Although it has been barely an entire week, it feels a lot longer. Yet that wait for action is about to be sated with a flurry of games as the year reaches its conclusion. This also means the half way point of the league campaign is almost upon us!
Before we get intrigued at that prospect and consider the next set of fixtures, let’s see how I fared in predicting the last round of games. The points system is very much like how it works in the league. Three points for a win – a spot on prediction. One point for a draw – right outcome, wrong score. Zero points for a defeat – getting it all wrong.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 0-1)
Middlesbrough 2-1 Swansea (1 point – actual score 3-0)
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester (3 points)
Sunderland 1-1 Watford (0 points – actual score 1-0)
West Ham 2-1 Hull City (1 point – actual score 1-0)
West Brom 1-2 Man Utd (1 point – actual score 0-2)
Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton (0 points – actual score 1-3)
Man City 2-2 Arsenal (0 points – actual score 2-1)
Tottenham 3-1 Burnley (1 point – actual score 2-1)
Everton 2-3 Liverpool (1 point – actual score 0-1)
Hmmmmmmm … Nine points. Not as good as the last time out, but a fairly decent collection of points. In terms of correct outcomes, getting 70% rate is very good. I can live with that return on a regular basis and then just work on a few more correct scores to boost the points tally.
It’s with some optimism that I approach this round of fixtures.
Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 3-1 West Brom
Burnley 1-1 Middlesbrough
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
Leicester City 2-1 Everton
Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland
Swansea 1-2 West Ham
Hull City 0-3 Man City
Liverpool 3-1 Stoke City
Southampton 1-2 Tottenham
The fun in these games is seeing how managers approach it knowing the schedule they face. Will I improve on the nine points of the last time out? I remain confident, but as ever in these matters …
Let’s see how it goes.
C. L. J. Dryden