The season hasn’t even had ten league games yet and teams are already facing some injury issues. United, City, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool have key players injured and that has got some questioning the depth of some of those sides. Some have even suggested one or two of the managers are crying behind those setbacks. Ahhhh the fun and games of Premier League management.
It obviously won’t be an excuse, though, for failing to progress in the table. This weekend’s fixtures will be another opportunity for some of the leading clubs to press their claims for a top four finish and more. The fixtures also give me a chance to see if I can do better with the predicting thing. Over the eight previous weeks overall the points collection has been almost as poor as Everton have been in the season so far.
Let’s see how that form has affected the last week’s set of fixtures. As ever there’s a typical football points system in operation. Three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and diddley-squat for getting diddley-squat.
Liverpool 1-3 Man Utd (0 points – actual score 0-0)
Burnley 2-1 West Ham (o points – actual score 1-1)
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea (0 points – actual score 2-1)
Man City 5-0 Stoke City (1 point – actual score 7-2)
Swansea City 2-2 Huddersfield Town (0 points – actual score 2-0)
Tottenham 4-1 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Watford 2-1 Arsenal (3 points)
Brighton 2-1 Everton (0 points – actual score 1-1)
Southampton 1-2 Newcastle United (0 points – actual score 2-2)
Leicester 3-2 West Brom (0 points – actual score 2-2)
Five points. 30% correct outcome return. I mean, I am delighted to get a spot on prediction with the Watford-Arsenal score. But to be so poor elsewhere is just baffling really. Just baffling.
Nevertheless, that was the way it was and it is a spur to look at this next set of fixtures to see how I can really set a marker for the upward progress that will happen with these predictions. Let’s have a look,
West Ham 2-1 Brighton
Chelsea 2-2 Watford
Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd
Man City 4-0 Burnley
Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace
Stoke City 1-1 Bournemouth
Swansea 2-0 Leicester
Southampton 1-1 West Brom
Everton 1-3 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool
One or two fascinating games in this set of fixtures. It could be the starter for certain teams who need it. Likewise it could continue the domination that other teams have enjoyed. What will be the case?
Let’s see how it goes.
C. L. J. Dryden