Ahhhhhh you know it. Football is on the go again as the New Year gets going. There’s already been an interesting run of games. Now to fill us up further before the FA Cup begins there is another batch of top flight fixtures to intrigue us. It takes us over the half-way point in the Premier League and there will be a review on that just as soon as this series of games is over.
As clubs finish one set of games and others are prepared to start their next set, let’s review how part one went. Points are awarded in the following way – three points for a correct scoreline; one point for just the correct outcome and zero points for getting it totally wrong.
Hull City 0-2 Everton (0 points – actual score 2-2)
Burnley 2-1 Sunderland (1 point – actual score 4-1)
Chelsea 4-0 Stoke City (1 point – actual score 4-2)
Leicester 1-1 West Ham (0 points – actual score 1-0)
Man Utd 3-0 Middlesbrough (1 point – actual score 2-1)
Southampton 1-1 West Brom (0 points – actual score 1-2)
Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 0-3)
Liverpool 3-2 Man City (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Watford 0-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 1-4)
Arsenal 3-1 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 2-0)
On the one hand where it came to outcomes I did as well as I have been doing lately with 70% score. Unfortunately I didn’t nab any correct scorelines and so have to settle for seven points. Not that I am settling for that but it stimulates a desire to do better in the next set of fixtures.
As teams adjust to the crush of games predicting how they will do may vary wildly, but that’s the fun of predicting. So let’s see what the match ups look like on this occasion.
Middlesbrough 1-1 Leicester City
Everton 2-1 Southampton
Man City 3-0 Burnley
Sunderland 0-4 Liverpool
West Brom 3-1 Hull City
West Ham 1-2 Man Utd
Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea
Stoke City 2-2 Watford
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Big game is undoubtedly the last one. I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs actually pulled a win from the encounter, but Chelsea just appear irresistible at the moment.
Let’s see how it goes
C. L. J. Dryden