Not much to get the pulses races in the world of football this week. Maybe the most important thing was the interesting decision of Luis Enrique to announce his departure from Barcelona at the end of the season. I don’t have a problem with the decision, it’s a good one to make especially if you are tired. Three years at the club, that’s not a bad run at all. I’m always intrigued at the timing of the announcement. How does that change the dynamic in the club and how do they rise to the occasion to be competitive?
That’s all going to come out in the wash. Meanwhile, here in England, there’s a full quota of Premier League football, which is good. Before we get that far, let’s review how I did in the eight games that took place last weekend. As ever the points system is exactly like the game itself – three points for a spot on prediction; one point for just the correct outcome and zero points for getting everything wrong.
Chelsea 4-1 Swansea (1 point – actual score 3-1)
Crystal Palace 0-0 Middlesbrough (0 points – actual score 1-0)
Everton 3-1 Sunderland (1 point – actual score 2-0)
Hull 2-0 Burnley (0 points – actual score 1-1)
West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 2-1)
Watford 1-1 West Ham (3 points)
Tottenham 2-1 Stoke City (1 point – actual score 4-0)
Leicester 1-3 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 3-1)
Five correct outcomes, one glorious correct scoreline gives a total of 7 points, which is not shabby considering the number of games. Five out of eight is not a shabby return either for the correct versus incorrect. It’s not shabby. It could be better, but it’s not shabby.
Now to consider the next three days worth of Premier League football and see if Chelsea can further extend their lead at the top of the table.
Man Utd 3-1 Bournemouth
Leicester 2-2 Hull City
Stoke City 1-0 Middlesbrough
Swansea 2-1 Burnley
Watford 2-1 Southampton
West Brom 2-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal
Tottenham 3-1 Everton
Sunderland 1-4 Man City
West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
No doubt the game at Anfield will be the one to watch this weekend. The result of that could do wonders for United who could be at least one place closer to the top four by the end of the weekend. Meanwhile
Let’s see how it goes
C. L. J. Dryden