Weekend done and dusted already and another set of games already on the way. FA Cup finalists are now primed for another day at Wembley. Meanwhile the league chugs on in the quest to wrap up the league in less than a month.
Before we look at the midweek action, let’s take a look at how I did with the few games that transpired on Saturday and Sunday. There were points to be picked up or not. Like the league system, three points for a spot on prediction, just the one point for the correct outcome and zilch for getting everything wrong.
Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough (1 point – actual score 4-0)
Hull City 2-1 Watford (3 points)
Swansea 2-1 Stoke City (3 points)
West Ham 1-3 Everton (0 points – actual score 0-0)
Burnley 1-2 Man Utd (1 point – actual score)
Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace (0 points – actual score 1-2)
Six games played and four correct outcomes is a decent return. Particularly pleasing, though, was getting two spot on predictions sending the score to a very creditable 8 points. Very creditable indeed considering there have been weeks where all ten games have been played and I accumulated less points. So I am pleased with that without going over the top and booking an open top bus parade of the city in which I live.
However there are now five league fixtures to be negotiated this midweek. There’s one intriguing encounter I am particularly looking forward to checking out. So without further ado I shall consider these games and my predicted scores.
Chelsea 2-1 Southampton
Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City
Middlesbrough 0-0 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 2-3 Tottenham
Man City 2-2 Man Utd
So no it wasn’t Boro taking on Sunderland that whetted my appetite but the next chapter in the saga of Guardiola vs Mourinho that has me intrigued. Not so much in the personal rivalry which has rightly been played down, but in that glorious professional combat of two of the greatest managers in the game today. In comparison the caretaker at Middlesbrough playing Moyes at Sunderland is … Well, it’s fair to say I won’t go out of my way to buy the DVD of that game for posterity. The Manchester derby completes the set of games where five of the top six are on action, so there’s position and points to play for. Ahhhh the Premier League story goes on – what will happen?
Let’s see how it goes
C. L. J. Dryden