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Premier League Prediction – Week 12

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OK. That’s the international break done. World Cup places sorted. Managers duly sacked. Fans thrilled at making it to Russia next year or devastated that their team collapsed in such an epic fashion. It’s done now. Thankfully.

Now for a month or two, there’s a good stretch of domestic football. I am grateful for that. The next few weeks is where the games are going to come flying in thick and fast. That is something I will find very interesting indeed. This weekend has some delicious matches to consider, but first let’s have a look back a long time ago to the last round of games. How did I do with the old predictions? Points at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for just the correct outcome and zero for nothing.

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester (3 points)

Huddersfield 1-1 West Brom (0 points – actual score 1-0)

Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Southampton 0-1 Burnley (3 points)

Swansea 2-2 Brighton (0 points – actual score 0-1)

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool (1 point – actual score 1-4)

Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Man City 3-1 Arsenal (3 points)

Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd (0 points – actual score 1-0)

Everton 1-2 Watford (0 points – actual score 3-2)

So on the one hand the correct outcomes percentage only made it to 50%, but points wise breaking through the double digits barrier to get a decent 11 points. Not only that but three – that’s right three spot on predictions. That’s pretty sweet. It’s always about the points at the end of the day and if I can accumulate that like this week after week, I will be happy.

So onto this weekend’s matches, there is one particular match that should raise the interest of most fans, but there are some other beauties in there to look out for too. Here’s how I reckon they will go down.

Arsenal 1-2 Tottenham

Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Burnley 2-0 Swansea

Crystal Palace 1-1 Everton

Leicester 1-4 Man City

Liverpool 3-1 Southampton

West Brom 1-2 Chelsea

Man Utd 3-0 Newcastle United

Watford 2-2 West Ham

Brighton 1-0 Stoke City

The North London derby is definitely the stand out match for the weekend, but the tale of the two Uniteds at Old Trafford should prove to be fascinating too. Man City look to continue their domination with the match against Leicester. Will someone put a marker to compete?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden


Premier League Prediction – Week 11

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October is done. November is here. That means we’re edging closer to that mad rush of games in the festive season. Apparently there is yet another international break looming which is ridiculous, but that’s football. So once more I take consolation in this weekend’s games of which there are a few delicious matches to enjoy.

However, before that, there is the opportunity to reflect on the fixtures that took place previously. The run of predictions to date has been somewhat underwhelming … OK it’s been awful, but let me just say underwhelming to sound diplomatic. There are points at stake as ever – three points for getting a spot on prediction, one point for just getting the right outcome and zero for missing everything.

Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Watford 2-1 Stoke City (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Liverpool 3-1 Huddersfield (1 point – actual score 3-0)

Arsenal 3-0 Swansea (1 point – actual score 2-1)

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham (1 point – actual score 1-1)

West Brom 1-4 Man City (1 point – actual score 2-3)

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 0-1)

Brighton 0-0 Southampton (1 point – actual score 1-1)

Leicester 1-1 Everton (0 points – actual score 2-0)

Burnley 2-1 Newcastle United (1 point – actual score 1-0)

8 points. That might not look like a lot, but in the run of the season so far that’s one of the better turn outs. Also seeing that it’s an 80% correct outcomes percentage that’s a massive improvement – just two games I got wrong with the outcomes. That’s promising and good reason to feel confident about maintaining things as we press on.

Now let’s look at the fixtures scheduled for this weekend. There really are some choice and tasty encounters that is worthy of the title Premier League, here’s how I reckon they’ll turn out.

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester

Huddersfield 1-1 West Brom

Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 0-1 Burnley

Swansea 2-2 Brighton

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace

Man City 3-1 Arsenal

Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd

Everton 1-2 Watford

Four of the big six teams face each other and the results of this will go a long way at least for confidence. I am intrigued to see how those will pan out, meanwhile for the other two of the top six it’s a matter of if they will make the most of the opportunity to gain points in the race for the top four. Outside that, there is a great question as to how will the teams who should be doing better do this weekend, will they rise to the challenge of improving before another break?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 10

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Another week and another manager loses his job in the Premier League. Koeman joined Shakespeare and De Boer in receiving his P45 for an underwhelming start to the league campaign.

There are others who are not safe in their jobs. Those like Bilic at West Ham seem particularly precarious in as the hot seat of management gets ever hotter with the demands made of fans and owners.

As we surpass the quarter mark of the Premier league season, there is a greater desire at clubs to establish a better run of results and performances. This weekend sees another set of fixtures giving the opportunity for the uplift in performance. Before looking at those, it’s time as ever to consider how I did predicting the last set of fixtures. Points are at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for just the right outcome and zero points for missing it completely.

West Ham 2-1 Brighton (0 points – actual score 0-3)

Chelsea 2-2 Watford (0 points – actual score 4-2)

Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd (0 points – actual score 2-1)

Man City 4-0 Burnley (1 point – actual score 3-0)

Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Stoke City 1-1 Bournemouth (0 points – actual score 1-2)

Swansea 2-0 Leicester (0 points – actual score 1-2)

Southampton 1-1 West Brom (0 points – actual score 1-0)

Everton 1-3 Arsenal (1 point – actual score 2-5)

Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 4-1)

Three points from three correct outcomes giving a 30% ratio of correct outcomes where that’s concerned. There’s no way of hiding it – that’s a shambolic turnout for the weekend’s fixtures. It’s even poorer than Crystal Palace have been this season so far – and they’ve been poor.

Thankfully there is the opportunity to do better with this weekend’s fixtures. So here is how I reckon the matches will pan out over the coming days.

Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham

Watford 2-1 Stoke City

Liverpool 3-1 Huddersfield

Arsenal 3-0 Swansea

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham

West Brom 1-4 Man City

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Brighton 0-0 Southampton

Leicester 1-1 Everton

Burnley 2-1 Newcastle United

The lunchtime kick-off looks like the match of the weekend to consider. A win for either will be a significant statement for title ambitions even at this stage of the season. Meanwhile the Man City express chugs along inexorably, but is there a clanger ahead? How will Everton recover from their poor start and recent manager sacking? Will there be more upsets in the fixtures this weekend?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 9

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The season hasn’t even had ten league games yet and teams are already facing some injury issues. United, City, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool have key players injured and that has got some questioning the depth of some of those sides. Some have even suggested one or two of the managers are crying behind those setbacks. Ahhhh the fun and games of Premier League management.

It obviously won’t be an excuse, though, for failing to progress in the table. This weekend’s fixtures will be another opportunity for some of the leading clubs to press their claims for a top four finish and more. The fixtures also give me a chance to see if I can do better with the predicting thing. Over the eight previous weeks overall the points collection has been almost as poor as Everton have been in the season so far.

Let’s see how that form has affected the last week’s set of fixtures. As ever there’s a typical football points system in operation. Three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and diddley-squat for getting diddley-squat.

Liverpool 1-3 Man Utd (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Burnley 2-1 West Ham (o points – actual score 1-1)

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea (0 points – actual score 2-1)

Man City 5-0 Stoke City (1 point – actual score 7-2)

Swansea City 2-2 Huddersfield Town (0 points – actual score 2-0)

Tottenham 4-1 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Watford 2-1 Arsenal (3 points)

Brighton 2-1 Everton (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Southampton 1-2 Newcastle United (0 points – actual score 2-2)

Leicester 3-2 West Brom (0 points – actual score 2-2)

Five points. 30% correct outcome return. I mean, I am delighted to get a spot on prediction with the Watford-Arsenal score. But to be so poor elsewhere is just baffling really. Just baffling.

Nevertheless, that was the way it was and it is a spur to look at this next set of fixtures to see how I can really set a marker for the upward progress that will happen with these predictions. Let’s have a look,

West Ham 2-1 Brighton

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd

Man City 4-0 Burnley

Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke City 1-1 Bournemouth

Swansea 2-0 Leicester

Southampton 1-1 West Brom

Everton 1-3 Arsenal

Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

One or two fascinating games in this set of fixtures. It could be the starter for certain teams who need it. Likewise it could continue the domination that other teams have enjoyed. What will be the case?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 8

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True story. Over the international break I watched an international match. It turned out to be alright. Of course England weren’t playing – I did say the game turned out to be alright. So international football. It can be alright. Glad it’s over though for the time being.

So, back to club football and back to the Premier League. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way suggesting this is the greatest league with the greatest football in the world. I don’t buy into that hype. I just enjoy watching the ongoing stories told by the ups and downs of the 20 clubs deemed to be the best in all the land.

Before we have a look at the schedule for the weekend ahead, let us reflect on the last time league football was played. It has been a while, but way back then I put some predictions so it’s time to see how my predictions weighed up against the actual outcomes. There are points at stake – three points for getting it spot on, one point for just getting the right outcome and zero points for getting nothing right at all.

Huddersfield 1-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 0-4)

Bournemouth 1-3 Leicester (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Man Utd 3-0 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 3-0)

Stoke 1-1 Southampton (0 points – actual score 2-1)

West Brom 2-1 Watford (0 points – actual score 2-2)

West Ham 2-1 Swansea (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Chelsea 1-1 Man City (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Arsenal 3-0 Brighton (1 point – actual score 2-0)

Everton 1-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Newcastle 2-4 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Hmmmmmmmm … really missed getting a spot on scoreline. Only four points from that set of fixtures. A poor show all in all and the 40% outcome ratio isn’t getting me excited either. But it’s about getting back up again and having a right go at it – ain’t nothing gonna keep me down. (He writes with a sob.)

Another weekend’s football awaits and there is obviously one standout game to consider, but points are still available elsewhere. Here’s how I think the games will end up.

Liverpool 1-3 Man Utd

Burnley 2-1 West Ham

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Man City 5-0 Stoke City

Swansea City 2-2 Huddersfield Town

Tottenham 4-1 Bournemouth

Watford 2-1 Arsenal

Brighton 2-1 Everton

Southampton 1-2 Newcastle United

Leicester 3-2 West Brom

It’s odd to see just one outstanding game to watch in a weekend’s worth of Premier League football, but don’t dismiss some of the others, there could be plenty of goals and excitement in them. Especially check out poor Roy Hodgson with Palace to see if he can get Palace actually scoring goals in the league. Sure, it’s against the Champions, but don’t rule it out … (he says, ruling it out.)

Will there be any shocking results to make things more intriguing at this stage of the marathon that is the Premier League season?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 7

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Just as things were getting good for club football both on the domestic and the European scene, up pops the internationals again. Yeah, just to interrupt things once this weekend’s schedule of matches is done it’s another long fortnight of international football to endure.

So, let’s see how we can make the most of this weekend’s football. But first, there is the issue of checking on how things went in the last set of fixtures in which I set some predictions. Points are on offer – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and zero points for getting nothing right at all.

West Ham 1-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 2-3)

Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Everton 3-1 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 2-1)

Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace (3 points)

Southampton 1-2 Man Utd (1 point – actual score 0-1)

Stoke 1-3 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 0-4)

Swansea 1-1 Watford (0 points – actual score 1-2)

Leicester 1-1 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 2-3)

Brighton 2-1 Newcastle (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Arsenal 3-1 West Brom (1 point – actual score 2-0)

9 points – that’s a decent return in the context of the season so far. It’s also close to that double figures that has yet to be breached this season. Very happy with the spot on prediction this week too. Meanwhile 70% correct outcome percentage is an excellent return, very happy with that.

Now before the internationals take the spotlight, let’s see how it goes with this weekend’s fixtures.

Huddersfield 1-2 Tottenham

Bournemouth 1-3 Leicester

Man Utd 3-0 Crystal Palace

Stoke 1-1 Southampton

West Brom 2-1 Watford

West Ham 2-1 Swansea

Chelsea 1-1 Man City

Arsenal 3-0 Brighton

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Newcastle 2-4 Liverpool

A mega clash on Saturday evening sees two of the three title contenders face each other and it’s not going to be easy to see who is more likely to win. Other than that, the fixture list has its fair share of matches that appear straightforward, but don’t have to be. The points collected at this stage may prove to be pivotal to clubs as they set themselves up for the break. Will they go in with momentum or with much to regret?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 6

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There are many reasons why I enjoy Premier League football. One of them is that the game played regularly has twists and turns where over the course of time those who do best in navigating these elements tend to prosper. It’s all in the navigation, though.

Hence this weekend’s fixtures gives another opportunity to see how the navigating is going. Overall things are as they should be, but the season is still young.

Before looking at the games ahead, let’s look at the games before where I applied my idea of the game to ponder how results would turn out. Points at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for the right outcome and zero points for getting it completely wrong.

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton (3 points)

Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Liverpool 3-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Newcastle 2-2 Stoke (0 points – actual score 2-1)

Watford 1-4 Man City (1 point – actual score 0-6)

West Brom 1-1 West Ham (1 point – actual score 0-0)

Tottenham 4-0 Swansea (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Man Utd 3-0 Everton (1 point – actual score 4-0)

6 points is better than points in recent weeks. 40% correct outcomes is not good enough. But there was a highlight in getting a prediction spot on. Love it when that happens and it is something I want to do a lot more often.

So with things on the up let’s check this week’s fixtures and see if I can keep this progress going.

West Ham 1-2 Tottenham

Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield

Everton 3-1 Bournemouth

Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 1-2 Man Utd

Stoke 1-3 Chelsea

Swansea 1-1 Watford

Leicester 1-1 Liverpool

Brighton 2-1 Newcastle

Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

It sure is a mixed bag of fixtures this weekend. No obvious massive matches to look forward to, but enough intriguing clashes to fascinate. Whether things pan out as I predict …

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden