The run in to the end of the year looks to be relentless and that is seen with another set of Premier League games just days after the last set were done. I don’t mind that at all!
Before we consider the midweek action, let’s remind ourselves of what I thought would happen in the weekend fixtures. Remember there are points at stake. Three points if I get the score absolutely right. One point if I just the right outcome. Zero points if I get nothing right at all.
West Ham 1-1 Leicester (3 points)
Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke City (0 points – actual score 2-1)
Man United 3-1 Brighton (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Newcastle 2-2 Watford (0 points – actual score 0-3)
Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth (0 points – actual score 0-0)
Tottenham 3-1 West Brom (0 points – actual score 1-1)
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 1-1)
Southampton 1-1 Everton (0 points – actual score 4-1)
Burnley 2-1 Arsenal (0 points – actual score 0-1)
Huddersfield 0-4 Man City (1 point – actual score 1-2)
Six points, eh? Not good at all. Made worse with the fact that half of the points were collected in the only prediction I got correct. Meaning not only a low points total but also a poor 40% correct outcomes record for the weekend. Some weekends are easier to predict than others, but it’s still disappointing to only get the four matches right in terms of the outcome.
Moving on from that, it’s about how I can improve and so let us consider the midweek fixtures.
Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Leicester 1-2 Tottenham
Watford 1-2 Man United
West Brom 2-1 Newcastle United
Arsenal 3-1 Huddersfield
Bournemouth 1-1 Burnley
Chelsea 4-0 Swansea
Everton 1-1 West Ham
Man City 3-0 Southampton
Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool
For a lot of the teams, the opportunity to do better than their previous match will be a welcome one and it is not clear that teams doing well will be able to recover soon. It makes the matches all the more intriguing to predict. Whether it will go as I reckon, well …
Let’s see how it goes.
C. L. J. Dryden