Football, eh. You take a little break from league action and then Leicester use that gap to sack their manager to great umbrage and outrage from the pundits. Well should they have sacked the man who won them the title in an incredible achievement less than one year ago? Loads of sentiment and arguments to and fro looking at loyalty versus expectations being disappointed significantly.
It feel like a long time ago since league action took place, but way back then I did have a go at looking at what I thought those scores would be, so it’s worth reminding ourselves what I thought versus the reality. Points are accumulated on the following score basis – three points for getting a spot on prediction; one point for just getting the right outcome and didley squat for getting everything wrong. Let’s have a look.
Arsenal 3-1 Hull City (1 point – actual score 2-1)
Man Utd 2-1 Watford (1 point – actual score 2-0)
Middlesbrough 1-3 Everton (0 points – actual score 0-0)
Stoke City 2-1 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Sunderland 2-1 Southampton (0 points – actual score 0-4)
West Ham 2-1 West Brom (0 points – actual score 2-2)
Liverpool 1-3 Tottenham (0 points – actual score 2-0)
Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (0 points – actual score 1-1)
Swansea 3-2 Leicester (1 point – actual score 2-0)
Bournemouth 1-4 Mn City (1 point – actual score 0-2)
Sheesh, it’s not the most pleasant set of results. In terms of outcomes I eked out a mere 50% and with no correct scorelines at all there’s just a measly five points to look at for the effort put in. Not the best of weeks, to be fair and so it’s good to wash things out and have another go at this thing.
Moving swiftly on, then. With the exception of two league games being postponed because of the League Cup final, the other 16 teams will resume league action. So here is how I see those games panning out.
Chelsea 4-1 Swansea
Crystal Palace 0-0 Middlesbrough
Everton 3-1 Sunderland
Hull 2-0 Burnley
West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth
Watford 1-1 West Ham
Tottenham 2-1 Stoke City
Leicester 1-3 Liverpool
There are not that many games left in the season and points are becoming all the more precious. Expect tighter games, but there should be no lack in quality for all that. In any case …
Let’s see how it goes.
C. L. J. Dryden