Well they’re all back then. Moyes, Pardew and Allardyce in the space of a few weeks find themselves back in the Premier League. All safely ensconced in cushty numbers at clubs that they should do fairly well at for maybe a season and possibly two. I don’t feel bad about that. They’re competent managers, they are not exciting or great in the sense of the word when applied to managers, but they are competent.
West Brom want to stay in the Premier League playing a better style of football – Pardew will do that. West Ham want to stay in the Premier League at all costs – Moyes has the ability to do that – seriously he does. Everton want to stay in the Premier League and not look like idiots for spending a lot of money only to get dragged into a relegation scrap – Allardyce does not believe in relegation, just like he doesn’t believe in winning trophies, so they should be fine for at least this season.
That all makes the mix in the Premier League all the more intriguing with the promoted sides showing they are not walkovers, it makes everything below the top six very, very interesting indeed. Which means this period of the deluge of games and points on offer gets all the more intriguing where predictions are concerned. Before we consider the games going on today and tomorrow, let’s recap on what took place in the midweek games. As ever there were points at stake for me – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and nothing for nothing.
Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 0-0)
Leicester 1-2 Tottenham (0 points – actual score 2=1)
Watford 1-2 Man United (1 point – actual score 2-4)
West Brom 2-1 Newcastle United (0 points – actual score 2-2)
Arsenal 3-1 Huddersfield (1 point – actual score 5-0)
Bournemouth 1-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 1-2)
Chelsea 4-0 Swansea (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Everton 1-1 West Ham (0 points – actual score 4-0)
Man City 3-0 Southampton (1 point – actual score 2-1)
Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool (1 point – actual score 0-3)
Six points for six correct outcomes, but no spot on predictions. Also meaning a 60% correct outcome percentage. Better than average, but not with the points I would hope for. So I can do better. Let’s hope I do with the next set of fixtures …
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool
Everton 3=1 Huddersfield
Leicester 1-1 Burnley
Stoke City 2-2 Swansea
Watford 2-1 Tottenham
West Brom 1-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 2-2 Man Utd
Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton
Man City 5-0 West Ham
There are some really tight affairs in the league this weekend. No reason to believe these results will work out that way especially as it’s the third league match in 8 days for most of the clubs. Will the new managers have an immediate impact? Will the Spurs recover from their mini-slump? How many will West Ham concede this weekend? Can Arsenal make a statement for the top four with a win against their beloved enemy Mourinho?
Let’s see how it goes.
C. L. J. Dryden