Matchday Post 12 – The Games, The Picks, The Points

This week you get everything in one post because it’s coming thick and fast.

Your Comments

AA: “The Mercedes pit crew are off my Christmas card list. Russell was that close. Same could (maybe) be said of his hometown club in the latest round of the FA cup. F1 is my latest thing. “
With Mercedes he is Top 3. With Williams he is bottom 3. Predictions are way too easy.

BE: “Ho hum., another week, another try………you say exacts are important, I think I have only one so far this season.”
If you had picked 2-1 for every game you might have had more than one!!

JE: “All choices by young H today apart from Leeds v West Ham. I have 2-1 and H guesses 1-2. “
I go with young H from now on!

JE: “Hope Raul can play again and doesn’t suffer like that geezer from Tottenham / hull. I forget his name….. Love to all
Ryan Mason form Spurs nobody went to Hull before Cahill destroyed him. I don’t think he is in as bad a shape (multiple plates and screws) but you never know. Petr Cech had to wear a helmet. I don’t think I’d fancy insuring him much!

ME: “The manchester derby is the biggest game of the day and it’s a dog fight between “the luckiest team” and “the classiest”. I predict that AM has gone for a Man U win and will be disappointed! “
Keep the focus on your own picks and don’t make fun of the Trafford Boys from Old Toilet because that’s mean to their fans who don’t need any more reasons to whine and complain.

Friday, December 11, 2020

 

Leeds United
LLWDL
0-1
West Ham United
WLWWW
Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United 11 Dec 2020

Leeds play well but don’t win. The Hammers keep winning (4 of 5) and their last meeting was an away win… so why not.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Everton
DLWLL
1-2
Chelsea
WDWWW
Chelsea 4-0 Everton 08 Mar 2020
Everton 3-1 Chelsea 07 Dec 2019
Everton 2-0 Chelsea 17 Mar 2019
Chelsea 0-0 Everton 11 Nov 2018
Everton 0-0 Chelsea 23 Dec 2017

I keep picking Fat Frank’s team to win. If they fail this week I won’t make the same mistake again.

Manchester United
WWWWL
1-2
Manchester City
WWLDW
Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City 08 Mar 2020
Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United 07 Dec 2019
Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City 24 Apr 2019
Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United 11 Nov 2018
Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United 07 Apr 2018

I want to pick a clean sheet for Citeh but United have this bad habit of picking up dodgy penalties and Bruno keeps scoring with his annoying hoppity-hop style. I think Citeh will win but I’m not sold on them anywhere near as much as anyone else. I’m beginning to question whether Pep is just the next Mourinho and no longer the chosen one (said as Spurs sit on the top of the mountain).

Newcastle
WLLWD
2-1
West Bromwich Albion
LWLLL
Newcastle 0-1 West Bromwich Albion 28 Apr 2018
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Newcastle 28 Nov 2017

Will the Baggies ever win? Not this week. Bilic must be the sack-wagon… its where he lives.

Wolverhampton
LWDLW
1-1
Aston Villa
LLWLL
Aston Villa 0-1 Wolverhampton 27 Jun 2020
Wolverhampton 2-1 Aston Villa 10 Nov 2019
Aston Villa 4-1 Wolverhampton 10 Mar 2018
Wolverhampton 2-0 Aston Villa 14 Oct 2017

A draw seems a fair result. Hope Raul gets to be with the team at least.


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Arsenal
LLDLW
2-0
Burnley
DLWDL
Burnley 0-0 Arsenal 02 Feb 2020
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley 17 Aug 2019
Burnley 1-3 Arsenal 12 May 2019
Arsenal 3-1 Burnley 22 Dec 2018
Arsenal 5-0 Burnley 06 May 2018

Can Arteta be on the chopping block already after taking the FA Cup last year? I have to say yes. Any manager who plays David Luiz can’t spot a lack of talent or a problem.

Time to put Ozil back? Surely the time limit on upsetting China is over by now. Put Gunnersaurus in!

Crystal Palace
WLLWL
0-2
Tottenham Hotspur
WDWWW
Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 26 Jul 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Crystal Palace 14 Sep 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace 03 Apr 2019
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 Nov 2018
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 25 Feb 2018

I’m turning into ME…picking Spuds each week.

Fulham
LWLLW
1-3
Liverpool
WDWDW
Fulham 1-2 Liverpool 17 Mar 2019
Liverpool 2-0 Fulham 11 Nov 2018

Easy win. I give Fulham a goal just for trying and to acknowledge Liverpool are shaky.

Leicester City
WLLWW
2-0
Brighton and Hove Albion
LDWDL
Leicester City 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 Jun 2020
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City 23 Nov 2019
Leicester City 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 Feb 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City 24 Nov 2018
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City 31 Mar 2018

There’s a new game I play weekly that consists of a question: Leicester, Clinical or Crap?
This week, clinical.

Southampton
WLDWW
2-0
Sheffield United
LLLLL
Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United 26 Jul 2020
Sheffield United 0-1 Southampton 14 Sep 2019

Poor, poor, Sheffield. The honeymoon is well and truly over. The return plane got canceled, the luggage got lost, they left the fridge open and burglars broke in and stole their valuables.

Everyone’s picks

Everyone’s Points

So he who gets few exacts has two exacts!

And she who has exactly one on the season so far gets one.
Overall, a pretty low scoring affair.

Matchday 11 – Results

Another topsy-turvy week indicated by the Super Computers 3 and 1 finding themselves at the wrong end of each table – with SC1 still holding the overall lead on that front.

I don’t think anything is topys-turvy for AM and BE who continue to fight it out at the bottom of the weekly table.

Weekly Scores

JE still struggling to get exacts and finding himself not in first despite have far less incorrect answers!

Total Scores

Matchday 11 – Dec 5th

Another week.

Your Comments

BE: “Well, I couldn’t be any worse as a manager than I am at picking and I would be a lot cheaper. Maybe I could manage Watford even for a few weeks! I think it’s about time we went for forced equality and had more women as managers,”

There are already calls for Ivic to be fired! I haven’t checked today but a 1-0 loss at home to Cardiff won’t have pleased very many.

ME: “Your quotable: Hoping the Gunners don’t find any form this week!
The hammers are going to upset Man U this week.
Chelski and Liverpool will win but will only just squeak past their opponents.
When Newcastle have spent 2 weeks in isolation they will come back playing like zombies… not sure who they will be up against though. So predicting this one is more down to the gods than usual… could be weeks before they reschedule.
Palace and Everton who are average will just pip their opponents because Burnley and WBA are both rubbish..
Banker of the week is Man Pretty who will quash a Fulham mini mini revival.”


Thank you. I think you’re guessing! And incorrectly!

AA: “I just hope Raul is OK, eventually. Also, how cool is it that Marine drew Spurs at home for the next FA Cup match? They’ll be able to watch from their back gardens again!”
I think they suspended their league play for COVID? Will be strange if the only game they play is the FA Cup against Spuds in an empty stadium that only holds a couple of thousand.

Hope Raul is ok, too



Friday, December 4, 2020

Aston Villa
LLWLL
P-P
Newcastle
WLLWD
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa 24 Jun 2020
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle 25 Nov 2019

The easiest game to predict this week. Jack Grealish will get extra time to go online shopping for hair producs. Jonjo Shelvey does as well but he doesn’t need it.

Burnley
LWDLL
1-1
Everton
LWLLL

I don’t see Burnley continuing to lose without trying to tighten things up.  This means I”m expecting a glut of low scoring draws.

Everton 1-0 Burnley 26 Dec 2019
Burnley 1-0 Everton 05 Oct 2019
Everton 2-0 Burnley 03 May 2019
Burnley 1-5 Everton 26 Dec 2018
Burnley 2-1 Everton 03 Mar 2018
Chelsea
DWWWD
2-1
Leeds United
WDLLW

I’ve hitched my wagon to Fat Frank for some reason. I’ve been picking them consistently to win with a clean sheet and nothing is getting me an exact so I thought I random Leeds goal and maybe I’d do better.

Manchester City
WLDWD
4-0
Fulham
WLLWL
Fulham 0-2 Manchester City 30 Mar 2019
Manchester City 3-0 Fulham 15 Sep 2018

Confident in the 0 part of this prediction but it’s hard to know whether it’s the clinical six nil Citeh or the wasteful (should be six nil) two nil Citeh. I know they want Jesus to score but maybe we will have to wait until the 25th

West Ham United
WWWLD
1-1
Manchester United
WWWLD
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United 22 Jul 2020
West Ham United 2-0 Manchester United 22 Sep 2019
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United 13 Apr 2019
West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United 29 Sep 2018
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United 10 May 2018

It says a lot about the table and you’re more surprised that Manchester United are in the top half than you are the Hammers. I would pick the Red Devils but I just don’t see West Ham losing at home in front of what to them is a full crowd. Then again Manchester United keep scraping away wins, somehow. Who knows, this season is messed up.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Liverpool
DWDWW
3-1
Wolverhampton
WDLWD
Wolverhampton 1-2 Liverpool 23 Jan 2020
Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton 29 Dec 2019
Liverpool 2-0 Wolverhampton 12 May 2019
Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool 21 Dec 2018

Hard to pick against the Reds at Anfield and with the injury to Raul it leans even more in their favour. I’m not sure if he’ll ever play again. Michael Keen at Everton had a hairline fracture and played but Ryan Mason had a skull rebuild and retired. This seems to be a bit like Petr Cech who played but wearing a head protector and in a position that didn’t require much use of the head.

Sheffield United
LLLLL
1-2
Leicester City
LLWWW
Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United 16 Jul 2020
Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City 24 Aug 2019

I’m not picking against a Sheffield United loss.

Tottenham Hotspur
DWWWW
2-1
Arsenal
LDLWL
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal 12 Jul 2020
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 01 Sep 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal 02 Mar 2019
Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 02 Dec 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal 10 Feb 2018

In my head Arsenal are improved under Arteta. In my head a Jose team is ultra defensive and struggling. I have chosen to overrule myself.

West Bromwich Albion
WLLLD
1-2
Crystal Palace
LLWLW
Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion 13 May 2018
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace 02 Dec 2017
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace 04 Mar 2017
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion 13 Aug 2016

I want West Brom to win. What I want doesn’t matter to the football gods. Apparently, the football gods don’t like my picks either.


Monday, December 7, 2020

Brighton and Hove Albion
DWDLD
2-1
Southampton
LDWWW
Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 Jul 2020
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Southampton 24 Aug 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Southampton 30 Mar 2019
Southampton 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 Sep 2018
Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 31 Jan 2018

I might change my mind on this one before tomorrow. Southampton are good but never good enough. Brighton are bad but never seem to be bad enough. My gut says draw. My head said Southampton gave up a 2-0 lead to a junk Manchester United team and that has to hurt and leave a hangover.

Matchday 10 – Picks and Results

Here are the games and the picks for the week.

The results show that AM had a better week than normal and pulled away another three points from BE who set her not so ambitious target of finishing up above him!

Looks like the Super Computers had a decent week. By the end of the year I will expect them all to be in the top half. SC2 has been disappointing to date but I’m confident the algo

It is clear that exacts are as important as ever with JE having by far the correct number of results while suffering from a lower number of exacts. He should be walking it!

Scores across the board are definitely down but the season is “off” with no one hitting their stride.

Thanks for being patient with me.

Matchday 10 – The Games

Only a very quick summary this week.

Your Comments

AA: “Gobble Gobble”
In this house it seems to be gobble gobble gobble gobble… a Thanksgiving meal for 4 ended up feeding 2 for about 4 days.

BE: “this season, my aim is just to get off the bottom of the IOTJ table and beat AM….”
That’s not very ambitious is it! Ever consider being Arsenal manager?

JE: “Anyway I do this on the mobile and I can’t seem to see the scores I put it which is strange? Love ya brother x”
That’s true for me too. I need to figure out why that div is shrinking on that form.

ME: “Another poor week on the horizon! I think Spurs will pip Chelski and keep their run going.. Liverpool and man Pretty to win comfortably. Leeds must win soon as they play fairly attractive football but not this week.. Everton will scrape a draw. Fulham will once again deliver points to the opposition.. lucky recipient this week is Leicester . Arsenal and Man U have difficult fixtures but I think both will win 2-1 Villa will come a cropper at West Ham… their super start a few games away now. Palace forced me into an early selection this week…as they are playing Friday… argh – not enough time for proper analysis 😉”
Do you want to be given access so you can write it up properly and save me some hassle>


Friday, November 27, 2020

Crystal Palace
LLWLW
2-1
Newcastle
WLLWD
Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle 27 Nov 2020
Crystal Palace 1-0 Newcastle 22 Feb 2020
Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace 21 Dec 2019
Newcastle 0-1 Crystal Palace 06 Apr 2019
Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle 22 Sep 2018


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Brighton and Hove Albion
DWDLD
1-3
Liverpool
DWDWW
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Liverpool 28 Nov 2020
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-3 Liverpool 08 Jul 2020
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 30 Nov 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool 12 Jan 2019
Liverpool 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 25 Aug 2018
Everton
LWLLL
2-1
Leeds United
WDLLW
Everton 0-1 Leeds United 28 Nov 2020
Manchester City
WLDWD
3-0
Burnley
LWDLL
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley 28 Nov 2020
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley 22 Jun 2020
Burnley 1-4 Manchester City 03 Dec 2019
Burnley 0-1 Manchester City 28 Apr 2019
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley 20 Oct 2018
West Bromwich Albion
LLLDD
2-1
Sheffield United
LLLLD
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Sheffield United 23 Feb 2019
Sheffield United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion 14 Dec 2018


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Arsenal
DLWLL
2-2
Wolverhampton
DLWDW
Wolverhampton 0-2 Arsenal 04 Jul 2020
Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton 02 Nov 2019
Wolverhampton 3-1 Arsenal 24 Apr 2019
Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton 11 Nov 2018
Chelsea
WWWDD
2-0
Tottenham Hotspur
WWWWD
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 22 Feb 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea 22 Dec 2019
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur 27 Feb 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea 24 Nov 2018
Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur 01 Apr 2018
Southampton
DWWWD
1-1
Manchester United
WWLDW
Manchester United 2-2 Southampton 13 Jul 2020
Southampton 1-1 Manchester United 31 Aug 2019
Manchester United 3-2 Southampton 02 Mar 2019
Southampton 2-2 Manchester United 01 Dec 2018
Manchester United 0-0 Southampton 30 Dec 2017


Monday, November 30, 2020

Leicester City
LWWWL
2-0
Fulham
LLWLD
Leicester City 3-1 Fulham 09 Mar 2019
Fulham 1-1 Leicester City 05 Dec 2018
West Ham United
WWLDD
2-1
Aston Villa
LWLLW
West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa 26 Jul 2020
Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham United 16 Sep 2019

Matchday 9, Picks and Results

So below is the new format for the picks. I Will try and get these out on the day of the matches in the future so that you can track the ongoing scores.

I have decided to use an image for the tables because it’s easier than trying to manage CSS tables. I’ll probably re-order the names and put the Super Computers at the rear.

The final points tally show a general futile attempt at making predictions!

This Weeks Picks

The total for all so far

This Weeks Totals!

Already the gap between top and bottom is large! Time for some of us to pick better and hope everyone else picks worse!

Matchday 8 – Picks and Results

Picks
The table below shows all the picks for everyone for each of the games.

Guesses

Results
The following tables show the results for the week and the current totals through the week.

Week 8 Results
Total Points through Round 8

Comments
Every year Super Computer 2 has consistently been in the top-3 and this year appears to be no different!

Matchday 8 – November 6th

Once again I go out on a limb and make my predictions. I might change my mind on some of these prior to match time.

Your Comments

Your quotable: Another week another set of guesses.

Man Pretty v Liverpool is the pick of the games and I think the home side will squeak past the champions.

Spuds should cruise past Albion and would be my banker for this week…. can’t really see another obvious win but if I had to bet then Arsenal and Chelski would get the nod.

Leicester and wolves could provide a good game and I think this may be decided by a very late goal.

Everton have gone off the boil and Man U have never done anything better than a simmer… expect a dull draw!

West Ham should win the London derby against Fulham… I really cannot add them to my banker section as I’m not overly convinced.

Your quotable: Now I’m off for a hole in the ground to hide in, for more reasons you could shake a stick at! GGMU! 🙁

Friday, November 6, 2020

Southampton
WWWDW
2-1
Newcastle
LWDLW
Southampton 2-0 Newcastle 06 Nov 2020
Southampton 0-1 Newcastle 07 Mar 2020
Newcastle 2-1 Southampton 08 Dec 2019
Newcastle 3-1 Southampton 20 Apr 2019
Southampton 0-0 Newcastle 27 Oct 2018

I actually picked this one to be 3-1 because the Saints are on a run but then I remembered that Danny Ings was hurt so I knocked a goal off.

Brighton and Hove Albion
DLDDL
1-1
Burnley
DLLDL
Burnley
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Burnley 06 Nov 2020
1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 Jul 2020
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Burnley 14 Sep 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-3 Burnley 09 Feb 2019
Burnley 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 08 Dec 2018

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Two dour teams in a dour game because “That’s the Burnley way!”. That’s an Athletico Mince podcast reference, in case you’re wondering. I don’t see anything but a draw going on here. I tossed a coin 3 times to see if it would be 0-0,1-1, or a moderately exciting 2-2.


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Crystal Palace
LWDLL
2-1
Leeds United
LWLDW

Not a lot of history to go on. I expect Leeds to score but less than Palace because they have to come off the boi sooner or later.

Everton
LLDWW
1-0
Manchester United
LDWLW
Everton 1-1 Manchester United 01 Mar 2020
Manchester United 1-1 Everton 15 Dec 2019
Everton 4-0 Manchester United 21 Apr 2019
Manchester United 2-1 Everton 28 Oct 2018
Everton 0-2 Manchester United 01 Jan 2018

Everton won’t continue their top of the table form but Manchester United are awful

West Ham United
LDDWW
2-0
Fulham
WLDLL
West Ham United 3-1 Fulham 22 Feb 2019
Fulham 0-2 West Ham United 15 Dec 2018

It’s going to be a tough year for Fulham. Losing to West Ham will show them exactly how tough it will be.

Chelsea
WDDWD
2-0
Sheffield United
LLDLL
Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea 11 Jul 2020
Chelsea 2-2 Sheffield United 31 Aug 2019

Don’t expect Fat Frank’s team to struggle much with the team from up North. What has happened to Sheffield?

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Arsenal
WLLWL
3-2
Aston Villa
LLWWW
Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal 21 Jul 2020
Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa 22 Sep 2019

Expect some thrilling goals but Arsenal will just nick it.

Leicester City
WWLLW
2-1
Wolverhampton
WDWWL
Wolverhampton 0-0 Leicester City 14 Feb 2020
Leicester City 0-0 Wolverhampton 11 Aug 2019
Wolverhampton 4-3 Leicester City 19 Jan 2019
Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton 18 Aug 2018

Anything could happen but I think Leicester are the stronger team.

West Bromwich Albion
LDDLD
0-2
Tottenham Hotspur
WWDWD
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur 05 May 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Bromwich Albion 25 Nov 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Bromwich Albion 14 Jan 2017
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 15 Oct 2016

I really wanted West Brom to do well this year but I think I’m going to have to settle for them being inconsistent. I suspect they will waver between bad and really bad until the end.

Manchester City
WDWDL
3-2
Liverpool
WWDLW
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool 02 Jul 2020
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City 10 Nov 2019
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool 03 Jan 2019
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City 07 Oct 2018
Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City 14 Jan 2018

This will probably be a draw. I should definitely pick a draw.

Matchday 7 – Picks and Results

Picks
The table below shows all the picks for everyone for each of the games.

Guesses

Results
The following tables show the results for the week and the current totals through the week.

Week 7 Results
Total Points through Round 7

Comments

It looks like this year the exacts are really going to be the differentiator!
I’m rather surprised that Mark Lawrenson is winning – how did this guy pick the best results

H