Matchday 7 – October 30, 2020

Last weeks scores were posted earlier in the week and yours truly is already falling behind the leaders. Going to keep the analysis quick and to the point this week.

Your Comments
JE: “I wish I could actually know which united are going to turn up!”
Someone overheard Ole saying the same thing as he wandered around Manchester looking for Pogba.

JE: “Fulham will beat wba in the match of the weekend. Lol.”
Match of the season!

ME: “Covid is draining my footballing spirit… but I will keep the guesses coming!”
2 Days ago: Manchester United announces they are ready to hold 23,500 fans
1 Day ago: Manchester United’s back Telles tests positive for Covid-19

AA: “I wonder what clubs the F1 drivers support…”
I was surprise to find out that F1 Champion Hamilton supports Arsenal. I thought he was a big enough knob to support Chelsea!

F1


Friday, October 30, 2020

Wolverhampton
WDWWL
2-0
Crystal Palace
LWDLL
Wolverhampton 2-0 Crystal Palace 30 Oct 2020
Wolverhampton 2-0 Crystal Palace 20 Jul 2020
Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolverhampton 22 Sep 2019
Wolverhampton 0-2 Crystal Palace 02 Jan 2019
Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolverhampton 06 Oct 2018

Easy win. Wolves are improving and Palace are worsening. Wouldn’t be surprised if it is more but definitely a clean sheet.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Burnley
LDLLL
1-2
Chelsea
DDWDL
Chelsea 3-0 Burnley 11 Jan 2020
Burnley 2-4 Chelsea 26 Oct 2019
Chelsea 2-2 Burnley 22 Apr 2019
Burnley 0-4 Chelsea 28 Oct 2018
Burnley 1-2 Chelsea 19 Apr 2018

As Bob Mortimer says on Athletico Mince – If you want to score, get the ball off the floor and remember….. shit, piles, roadkill, eggnog…. and that’s the Burnley way!

The Burnley way in this case will be eeking out a result as they start to improve.

Sheffield United
LDLLL
1-3
Manchester City
DWDLW
Sheffield United 0-1 Manchester City 21 Jan 2020
Manchester City 2-0 Sheffield United 29 Dec 2019

A tough one for Citeh who are struggling to get things together. I think watching Citeh and Liverpool play allows you to see how much COVID is impacting the game. The organization, the training, the timing, the teamwork isn’t there. Too much space in the game and too much of a practice five-a-side feel.

They will pull out a comfortable win after falling behind early.

Liverpool
WDLWW
2-0
West Ham United
DDWWL
Liverpool 3-2 West Ham United 24 Feb 2020
West Ham United 0-2 Liverpool 29 Jan 2020
West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool 04 Feb 2019
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United 12 Aug 2018
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United 24 Feb 2018

Liverpool are without VVD but they still have a team of superstars.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Aston Villa
LWWWW
1-2
Southampton
WDWWL
Southampton 2-0 Aston Villa 22 Feb 2020
Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton 21 Dec 2019

Villa got some great early season results but I see them hitting a rough patch.

Tottenham Hotspur
WDWDW
2-0
Brighton and Hove Albion
DDLLW
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 Dec 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur 05 Oct 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 Apr 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 22 Sep 2018
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 17 Apr 2018

Every meeting with Jose will have him talking about keeping a clean sheet. Maybe he doesn’t like laundry.

Manchester United
DWLWL
2-3
Arsenal
LLWLW
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United 01 Jan 2020
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal 30 Sep 2019
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United 10 Mar 2019
Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal 05 Dec 2018
Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal 29 Apr 2018

Who the hell knows ? Arsenal will jump into a 2-0 lead and think everything is great. Then the comeback as the referee ignores Harry Maguire beating up someone in the box and immediately on the following attack Bruno falls over his own feet and gets a penalty. A quick stunner and it’s 2-2 before Harry Maguire gives a penalty away the one time he doesn’t molest someone from a corner.

Newcastle
DLWDL
1-1
Everton
LDWWW
Everton 2-2 Newcastle 21 Jan 2020
Newcastle 1-2 Everton 28 Dec 2019
Newcastle 3-2 Everton 09 Mar 2019
Everton 1-1 Newcastle 05 Dec 2018
Everton 1-0 Newcastle 23 Apr 2018

Everton are missing two key players through suspension. Newcastle are looking better.


Monday, November 2, 2020

Fulham
LDLLL
1-1
West Bromwich Albion
DDLDL
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Fulham 14 Jul 2020
Fulham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion 14 Sep 2019

West Brom play out a bore draw in this game of the week!

Leeds United
WLDWW
2-2
Leicester City
WLLWW

No prior form results for these two. I tend to think that Bamford used up his goal allotment last week so they will need to find goals elsewhere. and I’m sure they will find enough to get a great and thrilling draw

Matchday 6 – Results

This weeks results. I’m happy to say that I didn’t finish last but I think I must have scored incorrectly because I don’t understand how JE finished top.

PlayerExactsDifferenceResultsIncorrectPointsAltPoints
JE22331511
SC130251416
ML30251416
LJ30251416
JCE1225108
SC221071012
ME121697
SC3113599
KMFE113599
AB032582
BE023574
AM102769
BB022666
LS013653
AA101859

Matchday 6 -Picks and Post

I messed up the forms this week – some people have emails with last weeks games and no scores and some people have the right scores but he wrong games. I’ve included the scores and predictions here for everyone to check.

The short story is that my reference fixtures are sorted alphabetically and the secondary source is sorted by fixture date (which are all changing).

Anyway – should be sorted. Sorry it looks bad in a mobile – I’m looking for a fix and hope to have that done soon.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Home Away Actual JCE JE LJ AB BE BB AM AA LS ME ML SC1 SC2 SC3 KMFE
Arsenal Leicester City 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-3 2-1 2-1 2-1 3-2 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-1 2-1
Aston Villa Leeds United 0-3 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-3 2-2 2-1 1-0 1-2 1-2 2-1 1-2 1-2
Brighton and Hove Albion West Bromwich Albion 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-0 3-1 1-2 2-1 1-2 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1
Burnley Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 1-3 2-1 1-3 1-3 2-3 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-2 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2
Fulham Crystal Palace 1-2 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-2 2-2 1-2 1-1 0-2 1-2 0-2 0-2 1-2 1-2 1-2
Liverpool Sheffield United 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1 3-0 3-0 4-0 2-1 3-0 3-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 3-1 3-1
Manchester United Chelsea 1-1 2-2 2-0 3-2 2-2 1-1 2-1 3-2 2-2 2-2 2-0 2-0 1-2 2-1 2-1
Southampton Everton 1-1 2-1 2-0 1-2 1-2 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-2 2-1 2-1
West Ham United Manchester City 1-3 1-2 1-1 0-4 1-2 1-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1

1-2 1-2 1-2
Wolverhampton Newcastle 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-0 2-2 1-0 3-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0

Your Comments

AA: “Pandemics suck.”
Yep. Premier league without fans under pandemic conditions sucks too. The games aren’t normal.

AM: “What a nightmare start. . . haha. Can’t even bring myself to look at last weeks total but I fear it may be the solitary point for United’s win at Newcastle. “
Lucky point that! I don’t think anyone has figured out the full impact of playing in a bubble, playing without a crowd, playing with or without Pogba, etc.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Aston Villa
LWWWW
1-2
Leeds United
WLDWW
Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds United 23 Oct 2020
Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa 28 Apr 2019
Aston Villa 2-3 Leeds United 23 Dec 2018
Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds United 13 Apr 2018
Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa 01 Dec 2017

The Villains have won four in a row. They won’t win five. Leeds are a good team, excellent on the counter. There is already talk of a statue in his honor at Elland Road:

Bielsa – The Thinker


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Fulham
DLLLL
1-2
Crystal Palace
DLLWW
Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham 02 Feb 2019
Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace 11 Aug 2018

I can’t pick a team with no wins to win.

Liverpool
DLWWW
2-0
Sheffield United
DLLLL
Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United 02 Jan 2020
Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool 28 Sep 2019

VVD is out but this won’t impact Liverpools ability to outscore, out attack and out play most of the Premier League. Sheffield United are struggling. Easy stroll in the nearby Dales if you ask me.

Manchester United
WLWL
1-1
Chelsea
DWDLW
Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United 17 Feb 2020
Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea 11 Aug 2019
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea 28 Apr 2019
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United 20 Oct 2018
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea 25 Feb 2018

Both of these teams are schizophrenic in their results. United are a bad team that occasionally puts together a few good minutes of play. Chelsea are a decent team that occationally put together a few terrible minutes of play. Calling it even.

West Ham United
DWWLL
1-3
Manchester City
WDLW
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United 19 Feb 2020
West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City 10 Aug 2019
Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United 27 Feb 2019
West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City 24 Nov 2018
West Ham United 1-4 Manchester City 29 Apr 2018

This is the game that will let us know if Citeh are contenders. An “away” win whatever that means against a team that is not terrible. Anything less than a win spells “not this year”.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Arsenal
LWLWW
2-1
Leicester City
LLWWW
Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City 07 Jul 2020
Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal 09 Nov 2019
Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal 28 Apr 2019
Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City 22 Oct 2018
Leicester City 3-1 Arsenal 09 May 2018

Arsenal really are better with Arteta at the helm. Time to see if a Leicester side with two loses on the trot are able to turn it on against the big boys. Nope.

Southampton
DWWLL
1-1
Everton
DWWWW
Everton 1-1 Southampton 09 Jul 2020
Southampton 1-2 Everton 09 Nov 2019
Southampton 2-1 Everton 19 Jan 2019
Everton 2-1 Southampton 18 Aug 2018
Everton 1-1 Southampton 05 May 2018

Tough match to call with Everton off to an unbeaten start (that included some refereeing skullduggery against Liverpool) versus a Southampton team that has the mercurial Danny Ings up-front. A draw seems fair with Richarlison out… though Jordan should be out for the game as well.

Wolverhampton
WWLLW
3-1
Newcastle
LWDLW
Wolverhampton 1-1 Newcastle 11 Jan 2020
Newcastle 1-1 Wolverhampton 27 Oct 2019
Wolverhampton 1-1 Newcastle 11 Feb 2019
Newcastle 1-2 Wolverhampton 09 Dec 2018

Another team all over the place. Wolves will win comfortably because I think Newcastle are ready to start calling it a day. Shelvey plays a good long ball though.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Brighton and Hove Albion
DLLWL
2-0
West Bromwich Albion
DLDLL
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 Jan 2018
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 West Bromwich Albion 09 Sep 2017

I’m just picking against West Bromwich every week.

Burnley
DLLL
1-2
Tottenham Hotspur
DWDWL
Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 07 Mar 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley 07 Dec 2019
Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 23 Feb 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley 15 Dec 2018
Burnley 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 Dec 2017

Another game that is hard to predict. Will Spuds score six or seven this week?

That’s it . I recommend that you ignore all my predictions, they have been terrible thus far.

Matchday 5 – October 17

Well it’s been two weeks since the last games but I think I can knock up a quick analysis.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Manchester City
DLW
2-1
Arsenal
WLWW
Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal 17 Jun 2020
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City 15 Dec 2019
Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal 03 Feb 2019
Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City 12 Aug 2018
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City 01 Mar 2018

Neither of these teams are going to win the league but it’s a top of the table clash between mentor and mentee. Mentor seems unable to buy a good defense and goalkeeper. Mentee inherited a bad defense. Mentor has seen performances dip. Mentee has seen performances improve. Conclusion: Mentor wins.

Leicester City
LWWW
3-1
Aston Villa
WWW
Leicester City 4-0 Aston Villa 09 Mar 2020
Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester City 08 Dec 2019

Will the Villains really start with 4 wins? No they won’t. Vardy rescues a lackluster team having taken a week off.

Newcastle
WDLW
2-2
Manchester United
LWL
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle 26 Dec 2019
Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United 06 Oct 2019
Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United 02 Jan 2019
Manchester United 3-2 Newcastle 06 Oct 2018
Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United 11 Feb 2018

An early scare for The Reds Devils as Newcastle jump on a dubious and nervy Manchester United. Bruno will score two stupid jump-bounce penalties in the last 10 minutes to make AM and JE feel better.

Sheffield United
LLLL
2-2
Fulham
LLLL
Fulham 3-0 Sheffield United 06 Mar 2018
Sheffield United 4-5 Fulham 21 Nov 2017

What a clash of giants. One team will not have full five game losing record. It won’t be Fulham. It won’t be Sheffield. It might be both.

Chelsea
WDLW
2-1
Southampton
WWLL
Chelsea 0-2 Southampton 26 Dec 2019
Southampton 1-4 Chelsea 06 Oct 2019
Chelsea 0-0 Southampton 02 Jan 2019
Southampton 0-3 Chelsea 07 Oct 2018
Southampton 2-3 Chelsea 14 Apr 2018

Chelsea are a decent team and have a manager who doesn’t settle for poor performances. Expect changes and an improvement in performances.

Everton
WWWW
2-1
Liverpool
LWWW
Everton 0-0 Liverpool 21 Jun 2020
Liverpool 5-2 Everton 04 Dec 2019
Everton 0-0 Liverpool 03 Mar 2019
Liverpool 1-0 Everton 02 Dec 2018
Everton 0-0 Liverpool 07 Apr 2018

Usually I would pick this as a 1-0 to the home team with 1 red card. This year is different as I think both teams are capable of banging in the goals. Bit more effort on the part of Everton sees them victorious (as does a dubious penalty).

West Bromwich Albion
LDLL
1-2
Burnley
LLL
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Burnley 31 Mar 2018
Burnley 0-1 West Bromwich Albion 19 Aug 2017
Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion 06 May 2017
West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley 21 Nov 2016

A game no-one will watch.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Crystal Palace
LLWW
2-0
Brighton and Hove Albion
LLWL
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Crystal Palace 29 Feb 2020
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 Dec 2019
Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion 09 Mar 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace 04 Dec 2018
Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 Apr 2018

Palace are significantly better this year. Brighton are significantly better this year. Palace’s better is better than Brighton’s better.

Tottenham Hotspur
WDWL
3-1
West Ham United
WWLL
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United 23 Jun 2020
West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 Nov 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United 27 Apr 2019
West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 20 Oct 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United 04 Jan 2018

Gareth Bale and Harry Kane ! They should be a two goal West Ham destroying machine but Son will score both.



Monday, October 19, 2020

Leeds United
DWWL
2-1
Wolverhampton
WLLW
Leeds United 0-3 Wolverhampton 07 Mar 2018
Wolverhampton 4-1 Leeds United 22 Nov 2017

It’s a toss-up and my coin said heads 3 tails 2.

Match Day 4 – Picks

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Home Away Actual JCE JE LJ AB BE BB AM AA LS ME ML SC1 SC2 SC3 KMFE
Arsenal Sheffield United 2-1 2-1 2-0 2-1 3-1 2-1 3-0 2-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-1 2-1 2-1
Aston Villa Liverpool 0-2 2-1 1-2 1-3 1-2 1-4 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 1-2 1-3 1-3
Chelsea Crystal Palace 4-0 2-0 2-1 1-0 2-0 2-2 2-1 2-1 2-2 2-1 2-1 2-0 1-1 2-1 2-1 2-1
Everton Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 3-1 2-0 2-0 3-0 2-1 3-0 3-1 3-1 3-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-1 2-0 2-0
Leeds United Manchester City 1-1 1-2 2-3 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-3 2-1 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-2 2-3 1-2 1-2 1-2
Leicester City West Ham United 0-3 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1 3-1 3-0 2-0 3-1 3-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-1 3-1 3-1
Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur 1-6 2-1 2-1 2-2 1-2 2-2 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-2 1-2 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-2 2-2
Newcastle Burnley 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 2-1 2-0 1-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1
Southampton West Bromwich Albion 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1 2-1 0-1 2-2 2-0 2-0 3-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1
Wolverhampton Fulham 1-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 0-0 2-0 0-1 3-0 3-1 2-0 3-0 2-0 3-1 2-1 2-0 2-0

Matchday 1-2-3 Results

I’ll be keeping these much more up to date as we move forward. Thankyou for your patience as I worked through some issues to try and make the process easier for me. I should probably have built and app rather than using Excel and WordPress but I didn’t have time to sort all that out.

Picks and Results for Match Week 1

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Home Away JCE JE LJ AB BE BB AM AA LS ME ML SC1 SC2 SC3
Burnley Manchester United 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-3 1-3 0-0 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-2 1-2 1-2
Crystal Palace Southampton 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-1
Fulham Arsenal 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-3 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-2 0-2
Liverpool Leeds United 3-0 2-1 2-1 4-2 3-1 2-0 3-1 2-1 2-0 2-1 2-0 3-1 2-1 3-1
Manchester City Aston Villa 3-0 2-0 4-0 4-2 4-0 0-0 5-0 3-1 3-0 3-0 0-0 3-1 2-1 3-0
Tottenham Hotspur Everton 2-1 1-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-1 2-1 2-1 2-0 2-1 1-1 2-1 2-1
West Bromwich Albion Leicester City 0-2 1-2 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-2 0-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-1 1-2 1-2
West Ham United Newcastle 1-1 1-2 2-1 0-2 1-1 2-1 1-1 2-1 1-2 1-0 2-1 1-1 2-1 1-1
Monday, September 14, 2020
Home Away JCE JE LJ AB BE BB AM AA LS ME ML SC1 SC2 SC3
Brighton and Hove Albion Chelsea 1-2 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-2 0-3 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-2 1-2
Sheffield United Wolverhampton 1-2 1-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-1 2-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-1

And here are the results – only eight of the ten games were played.  Some odd results so hardly surprising that the scoring was low.

Matchday Games Player Exacts Difference Results Incorrect Points AltPoints
1 8 AB 2 1 3 2 13 12
1 8 JE 1 1 4 2 10 9
1 8 AA 1 1 2 4 8 8
1 8 LS 0 1 4 3 6 5
1 8 ME 0 2 2 4 6 2
1 8 SC2 0 1 4 3 6 4
1 8 AM 0 0 5 3 5 6
1 8 BB 0 1 3 4 5 4
1 8 JCE 0 0 5 3 5 6
1 8 ML 0 1 3 4 5 4
1 8 SC1 0 1 3 4 5 4
1 8 LJ 0 1 2 5 4 3
1 8 SC3 0 0 4 4 4 4
1 8 BE 0 0 3 5 3 4

Picks and Results for Match Week 2

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Home Away JCE JE LJ AB BE BB AM AA LS ME ML SC1 SC2 SC3
Arsenal West Ham United 2-0 3-1 2-1 2-1 3-1 2-1 3-1 2-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1
Aston Villa Sheffield United 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 1-1 1-1 2-1 2-2 1-0 1-0 2-1 1-1
Chelsea Liverpool 2-1 2-1 1-1 2-3 2-2 1-1 2-2 2-3 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-2
Everton West Bromwich Albion 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-3 3-0 2-0 3-0 1-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0
Leeds United Fulham 2-0 3-1 2-0 4-1 1-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0
Leicester City Burnley 2-1 2-0 2-0 3-2 2-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-1
Manchester United Crystal Palace 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-2 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-1 1-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0
Newcastle Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-0 0-0 2-1 1-1 2-2 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-1
Southampton Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2 1-2 1-2
Wolverhampton Manchester City 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-4 0-3 1-1 1-2 1-3 1-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-2

Two weeks in a row for AB and AA at the top and JCE at the bottom?  This is an exact reverse of the final table last year.  This indicates some definitely weird things going on this year.  Weird outside of no fans, bizarre handball rules, and generally strange results.

Matchday Games Player Exacts Difference Results Incorrect Points AltPoints
2 10 AB 2 0 6 2 14 12
2 10 SC2 1 2 6 1 14 6
2 10 AA 2 0 5 3 13 9
2 10 BB 2 1 3 4 13 9
2 10 LJ 2 1 3 4 13 9
2 10 ML 2 1 3 4 13 9
2 10 SC1 2 1 3 4 13 9
2 10 ME 2 0 4 4 12 8
2 10 JE 1 1 3 5 9 5
2 10 SC3 1 0 5 4 9 7
2 10 LS 0 2 4 4 8 4
2 10 BE 0 2 3 5 7 5
2 10 AM 0 1 4 5 6 4
2 10 JCE 0 0 5 5 5 3

Picks and Results for Match Week 3

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Home Away Actual JCE JE LJ AB BE BB AM AA LS ME ML SC1 SC2 SC3
Brighton and Hove Albion Manchester United 2-3 0-2 0-2 2-3 1-2 1-3 1-2 1-1 1-3 1-2 1-2 2-3 1-2 1-2 1-2
Burnley Southampton 0-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 2-1
Crystal Palace Everton 1-2 1-1 1-2 1-2 3-2 2-2 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-1 1-2 1-2
Fulham Aston Villa 0-3 1-2 1-2 2-1 3-1 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-2 1-2 2-0 1-2 1-1
Liverpool Arsenal 3-1 3-1 2-1 3-1 2-3 2-1 1-0 2-1 2-1 3-2 2-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1
Manchester City Leicester City 2-5 3-1 2-0 3-1 3-2 2-1 2-0 3-1 3-2 2-0 3-1 3-0 3-1 2-1 3-1
Sheffield United Leeds United 0-1 1-2 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-2 1-2 2-1 2-1 1-2
Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle 1-1 2-1 2-0 4-1 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-1 3-1 3-0 3-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1
West Bromwich Albion Chelsea 3-3 0-3 0-2 1-2 2-3 1-2 1-4 0-3 0-2 1-3 1-2 0-2 1-3 1-2 1-3
West Ham United Wolverhampton 4-0 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-3 0-1 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-2 1-2 1-1 0-3 1-2 1-2

I’m not sure how you pick 3 exacts out of that bunch of results but looks like someone managed it!

Matchday Games Player Exacts Difference Results Incorrect Points AltPoints
3 10 LJ 3 0 0 7 12 14
3 10 SC2 1 2 2 5 10 8
3 10 JE 1 1 3 5 9 7
3 10 ML 1 2 1 6 9 6
3 10 SC3 1 2 1 6 9 8
3 10 AA 1 0 4 5 8 7
3 10 BB 1 1 2 6 8 8
3 10 JCE 1 1 2 6 8 8
3 10 ME 0 2 2 6 6 3
3 10 AM 1 0 1 8 5 8
3 10 AB 0 2 0 8 4 3
3 10 BE 0 0 3 7 3 6
3 10 LS 0 1 1 8 3 5
3 10 SC1 0 1 1 8 3 5

LJ once said that “The more you know about football the harder it is to predict results.” I think that 2020 has finally made that statement true.

Aggregate Points

Well done to AB and AA for staying up at the top!

Player Total Games Exacts Difference Results Incorrect Points
AB 4 3 9 12 31 27
SC2 2 5 12 9 30 18
AA 4 1 11 12 29 24
LJ 5 2 5 16 29 26
JE 3 3 10 12 28 21
ML 3 4 7 14 27 19
BB 3 3 8 14 26 21
ME 2 4 8 14 24 13
SC3 2 2 10 14 22 19
SC1 2 3 7 16 21 18
JCE 1 1 12 14 18 17
LS 0 4 9 15 17 14
AM 1 1 10 16 16 18
BE 0 2 9 17 13 15

Matchday 4 – October 3, 2020

Results will be posted on October 3, 2020! For now, a quick post of the upcoming games.
I will fix the issue with the email subject missing the date, and the email body missing the away teams for the next week.

I will post people’s picks Saturday so that people can see that I did capture the predictions correctly. I failed to setup the form properly.

Your Comments

AA: “Come on Brentford! 🐝”
That’s the wrong league. You need to go to WideOfTheJumper.com

JE: “: Lying in hospital.”
You should tell the truth in there! Best wishes. (It’s nothing serious everyone)

KMFE: “I did pick some comedy scores — was tempted to make one of my draw picks 7-7 or something just to be down with the 2020 pattern of reality…”
That’s two-points if it’s a draw! That said, I think there’s only been one draw this year (doesn’t rush to check the accuracy of said statement just to be down with the 2020 pattern of reality).lping.

ME: “Let’s hope that VAR keeps its head down this week…it is starting to really ruin the game.”
Not sure I agree with “starting” but I also this that this virus thing isn’t he

ME: “Hoping Spuds can turn Man U over this week…this is the only result that matters!”
I won’t agree on that result mattering .. but only because it might upset the Man U fans here.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Arsenal
LWW
2-1
Sheffield United
LLL
Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United 18 Jan 2020
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal 21 Oct 2019

Sheffield United are yet to win so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them hammer the Arse. I’m not going to predict that though.

Aston Villa
WW
0-2
Liverpool
WWW
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa 05 Jul 2020
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool 02 Nov 2019

I predict that one of these teams will be undefeated at the end of the day. I predict that team will be Liverpool. Liverpool have the players that can most skillfully bounce the ball of the defenders arms and win penalties. Those skills translate to the ability to score normal goals as well.

Chelsea
DLW
2-0
Crystal Palace
LWW
Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea 07 Jul 2020
Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace 09 Nov 2019
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea 30 Dec 2018
Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace 04 Nov 2018
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace 10 Mar 2018

I expected Chelsea to do better in their first three games. I expected Palace to do worse in their opening games. I’m not saying that because it explains why I picked the way I did. I am saying that to explain why I’m not doing very well this year.

Everton
WWW
3-1
Brighton and Hove Albion
LWL
Everton 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 11 Jan 2020
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 Everton 26 Oct 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Everton 29 Dec 2018
Everton 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 03 Nov 2018
Everton 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 Mar 2018

Brighton are improved but Everton are more so. It feels like they could score three each week.

Leeds United
WWL
1-2
Manchester City
LW

Leeds will not put three or four past CIteh but they will score. Man City are struggling because their current available team only cost $300M and that’s not enough to put together a decent back four. It’s not Pep’s fault that they are struggling – it wasn’t his decision to spend million on 14 lbs of dead weight (John Stones- geddit)

Leicester City
WWW
2-0
West Ham United
WLL
Leicester City 4-1 West Ham United 22 Jan 2020
West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City 28 Dec 2019
West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City 20 Apr 2019
Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United 27 Oct 2018
Leicester City 0-2 West Ham United 05 May 2018

David Moyes is still there? I would put his picture on a sack but I lose that file when my laptop motherboard blew up. Leicester are good aren’t they.

Manchester United
WL
2-1
Tottenham Hotspur
DWL
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United 19 Jun 2020
Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 04 Dec 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United 13 Jan 2019
Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur 27 Aug 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United 31 Jan 2018

Gareth is back! Dele is still away! These are good omens; however, I cant help but think that Spuds are looking for a Mourinho replacement already. Players know this and will barely show up.

Newcastle
DLW
2-0
Burnley
LL
Newcastle 0-0 Burnley 29 Feb 2020
Burnley 1-0 Newcastle 14 Dec 2019
Newcastle 2-0 Burnley 26 Feb 2019
Burnley 1-2 Newcastle 26 Nov 2018
Newcastle 1-1 Burnley 31 Jan 2018

Dyche is my new clear front runner for the sack. There is clearly something wrong at Burnley. The fact that they are playing Newcastle and I’m calling them out as the team with issues says everything. No one wants to play in defense for Burnley so they will be shut out. I was going with 1-0 but he referees love giving cheap penalties from their office in London or wherever it is.

Southampton
WLL
2-1
West Bromwich Albion
DLL
West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Southampton 03 Feb 2018
Southampton 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 21 Oct 2017
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Southampton 08 Apr 2017
Southampton 1-2 West Bromwich Albion 31 Dec 2016

How good are you that you go 3-0 up against Chelsea in the first half ? How bad are you that you lose 3-0 in the second half. Bad enough to lose, I reckon.

Wolverhampton
LLW
2-0
Fulham
LLL
Wolverhampton 1-0 Fulham 04 May 2019
Fulham 1-1 Wolverhampton 26 Dec 2018
Fulham 2-0 Wolverhampton 24 Feb 2018
Wolverhampton 2-0 Fulham 03 Nov 2017

Time for the Wolverhampton Wanderers to quit us wondering when they will show up again and show up again. Fulham will finish in the bottom three and will have four LLLLs next to their name this time next week.

Matchday 3 – September 26, 2020

Some updates to the format. I’m still tweaking it but I want to do analysis each week and make it easy and quick enough that I can find something amusing as an aside!

I’ve added the latest five results for each team with the most recent on the left. An underline means the result was away from home. This only considers Premier League games.

I’ve also added the last results between the teams where they apply. Next up a page that shows picks and points so you all know exactly how you are doing!

Your Comments

AA: “Goals goals goals! (hopefully)”
Seems to be the way this year so far. I am finding it hard to watch the games. The space, the timing, the intensity is all off. A lot of players seem to be able to just dribble up the middle and into chances with only a modicum of effort.

ME: “Surely we cannot get another week of high scores… so I have kept everybody on no more than two goals….except for Man Pretty and Spurs. Highlight is Liverpool and Arsenal and i expect the home team to win but only just. I can’t see Fulham posing a threat to anyone this year and they will lose to Villa who could end up a middle table side this year (I’ll probably regret saying this in a few weeks) Not much else to say this week.”
Of course, Spurs. Off course, Spurs. I don’t think Aston Villa were bad last year – they lost McGinn for a big portion of the season which hurt them.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Brighton and Hove Albion

WL

0-2
Manchester United

L

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-3 Manchester United, 30 Jun 2020
Manchester United 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion, 10 Nov 2019
Manchester United 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion, 19 Jan 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester United, 19 Aug 2018
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Manchester United, 04 May 2018

It’s hard to see Manchester losing to Brighton who I have pegged to be a bottom dweller. The highest paid player in the league is the goalkeeper so he’ll be keen on a clean sheet.

 

Burnley

L

2-1
Southampton

LL

Southampton 1-2 Burnley, 15 Feb 2020
Burnley 3-0 Southampton, 10 Aug 2019
Burnley 1-1 Southampton, 02 Feb 2019
Southampton 0-0 Burnley, 12 Aug 2018
Burnley 1-1 Southampton, 24 Feb 2018

Both teams cannot continue to lose. Southampton had a great run in the second half of the season but have started poorly. I tossed a coin and I got two heads and a tail.

 

Crystal Palace

WW

1-1
Everton

WW

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace, 08 Feb 2020
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton, 10 Aug 2019
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton, 27 Apr 2019
Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace, 21 Oct 2018
Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace, 10 Feb 2018

Both teams cannot continue to win! I tossed a coin and I got one head and one tail and the last one rolled under the couch and I couldn’t see what it showed.

 

Fulham

LL

1-2
Aston Villa

W

Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham, 26 May 2018
Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa, 17 Feb 2018
Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham, 21 Oct 2017

I have Fulham really struggling to stay up this year.  I tossed a virtual coin because the last one is under the couch and it landed heads once and tails twice.

 

Liverpool

WW

3-1
Arsenal

WW

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, 15 Jul 2020
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal, 24 Aug 2019
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal, 29 Dec 2018
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool, 03 Nov 2018
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool, 22 Dec 2017

Arsenal are much improved under Arteta but they still have David Luiz and that’s worth at least a goal for Liverpool. Auba will always be able to put one in but I just see Xhaka seeing red or doing something daft.

 

Manchester City

W

3-1
Leicester City

WW

Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City, 22 Feb 2020
Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City, 21 Dec 2019
Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City, 06 May 2019
Leicester City 2-1 Manchester City, 26 Dec 2018
Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City, 10 Feb 2018

Still not sold on Leicester getting over there end of season collapse. I’m not sold on Man City being good enough to win the title either.

 

Sheffield United

LL

3-4
Leeds United

WL

Leeds United 0-1 Sheffield United, 16 Mar 2019
Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United, 01 Dec 2018
Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United, 10 Feb 2018
Leeds United 1-2 Sheffield United, 27 Oct 2017

All league games featuring Leeds will finish 4-3 this year. Bit of a derby so I expect to see each team end with one less player at the end of the game than the number they had at the start of the game.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

WL

2-1
Newcastle

LW

Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur, 15 Jul 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle, 25 Aug 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle, 02 Feb 2019
Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur, 11 Aug 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle, 09 May 2018

Jose will get his team more and more organized. Gareth Bale will score two. Of course he will. That way he can underachieve for the rest of the year but still talk about his two spectacular goals on his homecoming. It’s how he works – what did he do other than a crazy overhead bicycle kick in the Champions League final?

 

West Bromwich Albion

LL

0-3
Chelsea

LW

Chelsea 3-0 West Bromwich Albion, 12 Feb 2018
West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Chelsea, 18 Nov 2017
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Chelsea, 12 May 2017
Chelsea 1-0 West Bromwich Albion, 11 Dec 2016

I fancy West Brom to start the season with a number of losses and then spend an entire two thirds of the season trying to make up for it. Chelsea are way too good.

 

West Ham United

LL

1-1
Wolverhampton

LW

West Ham United 0-2 Wolverhampton, 20 Jun 2020
Wolverhampton 2-0 West Ham United, 04 Dec 2019
Wolverhampton 3-0 West Ham United, 29 Jan 2019
West Ham United 0-1 Wolverhampton, 01 Sep 2018

Wolves own West Ham but this is the team managed by the dynamic David Moyes. David Moyes, the only man capable of replacing Sir Alex. A draw sounds about right.

Matchday 2 – September 19, 2020

Seems like last season only just finished and that I’m already behind. I’ll promise to catch up this week and at least get the scoring up to date

Your Comments

KMFE: “Still completely random… Sure we’ll see patterns soon…”
Like Fulham and Brighton losing, Liverpool and Citeh winning… and Mourinho blaming everyone else…

JE: “Big upset this week will be wolves beating shitty. Although I have gone against everything I have written and changed chelski v scousers from A Desmond to a 2-1 victory”
You are trying, right?

Desmond

LS: Diogo who?
Everyone will be saying that this time next year

AM: “Having suffered a boastful claim by ME, I am hoping lady luck is going to shine this side the English/Welsh border this season – namely on me and not ME. (Fearful of Man United’s miserable transfer window activity, my 2-0 prediction was done with fingers crossed! Not happy!).  Good afternoon campers – keep smiling :-)”

What is this boastful claim? I like the prediction and more transfer news for United below.

ME: Lots of predictions….
Surprised to see you picked Spuds for the win !

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Arsenal
2-0
West Ham United

Auba has committed to Arsenal and as a fan of Watford I can tell you that’s important. It speaks to a belief in what Arteta has brought to the club and a sign that Arsenal should get rid of David Luiz. As for the Hammers?

Favourite to Go?

Aston Villa
1-1
Sheffield United

Aston Villa should have done better last year. Sheffield United should have done worse.
The scales are balanced.

Chelsea
2-1
Liverpool

It’s going to be tough for Liverpool to replicate last year. That is, a dominant season, followed with a few disappointed losses and acceptance that they won the league with a asterisk. I expect them to struggle when African Nations starts (assuming it does) and they lose their forward line.

Chelsea are good and Fat Frank will sort them out. I don’t know much about Alcantara but he has to be better than Wijnaldum. It’s scary that Liverpool can be better.

Chelsea made a lot of signings but it seems most of them are hurt and The American is out too. Maybe I’m overly optimistic about a team I hate beating a team I hate.

Everton
2-0
West Bromwich Albion

I love the Baggies. I love the boing boings but I see them going down one (goals), getting upset and then the going down one (players), and fouling their way to a close 1-0 before a last minute penalty gives the team I hate most another goal.

Leeds United
2-0
Fulham

Two newly promoted teams. Everyone jump on the bandwagon because Leeds knocked three past Liverpool! I’m not going that far, I just think Fulham will be really bad.

Leicester City
2-1
Burnley

This is the year that Sean Dyche leaves. I don’t think he’ll be sacked but I think he will walk. Leicester are going to push for a solid top 5 again.

Manchester United
2-0
Crystal Palace

Woy got his winning start but he isn’t going to lead a team against United at Old Trafford in front of no-one and take any points. Manchester United loaned a young star to Watford (thanks) but are looking into buying Sarr in case the Sancho deal doesn’t happen. I’m confident the fans will make sure it happens

A Bargain – donate Now!

Newcastle
2-1
Brighton and Hove Albion

I don’t care about this match so it’s a guess.

Southampton
0-1
Tottenham Hotspur

Mourinho style football. Press, tight at the back, score one lucky goal. Hold on for dear life.
Can Gareth bail save Mourinho? He’s top of my list despite me picking them as a winner today.

Wolverhampton
1-1
Manchester City

I don’t know if Pep has lost his magic but I keep hearing excuses – the defensive players aren’t good enough (mostly his buys), his team can’t play a tight squeeze (his tactics). Silva is gone, Aguero is out for a few months. It all points to a team that will win some handily and struggle in others like last year. Too much has to go through Prince Harry.

Left: Megan Ran away Harry to Canada
RIght: Kevin pulls the strings for Pep

Matchday 1 – September 12, 2020

I tried to get everything ready for this week but it hasn’t quite gone as smoothly as I wanted. There will be four SuperComputers this year that will be vying for the top spot. SC2 has finished in the top 3 every year so they will be gunning for top spot.

I’ll look to get things sorted out over the first few weeks.

I’m looking to go with some standard layouts to make the weekly game posts quicker to free up some time for ridiculous commentary like the good old days. I will still include your comments so keep sending them in.

For now – this is how I expect the games to be formatted… nice and tidy!

I’ll be adding a formatted prediction table and, sooner or later, a SuperComputer win percentage calculator!

Monday, September 12, 2020

Burnley
P-P
Manchester United

Postponed due to Manchester City not playing as many games in the Champions League as they would have liked.

Crystal Palace
 

1-1

Southampton

Crystal Palace haven’t changed too much so we can expect them to be a middle-of-the-road team again. Southampton ended the season well but sold a couple of players and appear to be destined to stay a middle-of-the-road team.

That means we can expect a head on collision and a score draw.

Fulham
 

0-2

Arsenal

It’s a London derby between the new boys Fulham and the old guard Arsenal. The Gunners are the team that I think underperformed the most (of those that stayed up, I’m not talking about Watford) and I’m expecting a dominant performance. Aubameyang will score umpteen goals this year.

Liverpool
3-0
Leeds United

It’s going to be hard for newly promoted team to compete with the Red Army.  I’m not sure why I dislike Leeds – it could be they gave Cantona to Manchester United which led to years of dominance.  It could be the reputation of their fans for being racist (Is that still true or am I confusing them with Millwall?)  I do know they seem keen on telling everyone who they are.  

In Case Teams forget Who they are playing

Manchester City
3-0
Aston Villa

Postponed due to Manchester City not playing as many games in the Champions League as they would have liked.

Tottenham Hotspur
2-1
Everton

I don’t see Jose surviving the season but with Kane upfront they always have a good chance. I expect Everton to be the disappointing team of the season (bottom half). Lots of hope on a player with a decent World Cup in 2018 but hasn’t done anything since.

West Bromwich Albion
0-2
Leicester City

Leicester ended the season horribly! Most pundits seemed surprised as if they didn’t realize that James Maddison was a key player and his being missing would have an impact.   They should put one over on their midland rivals.

 

West Ham United

1-1

Newcastle

What a dire opening fixture.  Enough said.  

Monday, September 14, 2020

Brighton and Hove Albion
 

1-2

Chelsea

Chelsea over-achieved last year. There are continued expectation that are now being placed on Lampard. He was an intelligent player, and by all accounts, likeable. I expect Chelsea to get off to a good start. Pulisic will feature much more this year.

 

Sheffield United
1-2
Wolverhampton

Both decent teams but I think the Blades just had one of those great seasons last year whereas Wolves are a genuinely class team. The improvement of “The Muscle” has been tremendous. He has gone from a sprinter with pace to a footballer with pace. I expect a good season from Traore though I”m surprised to see him at right wing back!