Here we are at last the end of the year is nigh. What better way to close 2016 than with a round of Premier League matches. Regarding the year in football I will probably review that early next year. For the time being let’s briefly recall the festive round of games and see how the results matched up to my predictions.
The scoring system for the games is as ever three points for a correct scoreline, just the one point for the right outcome and zero points for getting it all wrong.
Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace (0 points – actual score 1-1)
Arsenal 3-1 West Brom (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Burnley 1-1 Middlesbrough (0 points – actual score 1-0)
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 3-0)
Leicester City 2-1 Everton (0 points – actual score 0-2)
Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland (1 point – actual score 3-1)
Swansea 1-2 West Ham (1 point – actual score 0-4)
Hull City 0-3 Man City (3 points)
Liverpool 3-1 Stoke City (1 point – actual score 4-1)
Southampton 1-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 1-4)
7 out of 10 correct outcomes again and 9 points again. It’s like Groundhog Day all over again. Not complaining though, it’s a good record overall and a decent standard from which to work. Two goals overall was the difference between the current score and 14 points with two spot on scores, but I won’t be bitter.
Now let us consider the next round of games that sees the end of the year and the start of brand new one. I know that there are another round of games scheduled to start just the day after this round finishes, but there will be a set of predictions for that too.
Hull City 0-2 Everton
Burnley 2-1 Sunderland
Chelsea 4-0 Stoke City
Leicester City 1-1 West Ham
Man Utd 3-0 Middlesbrough
Southampton 1-1 West Brom
Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth
Liverpool 3-2 Man City
Watford 0-2 Tottenham
Arsenal 3-1 Crystal Palace
Yeah things will be different for all clubs concerned, some will have matches soon after this one too. Yet I am confident that I will do well on these occasions and possibly break into double figures territory. As ever, however …
Let’s see how it goes.
C. L. J. Dryden