I feel a little sad at this time of the year.
I know there’s the FA Cup and the Champions League to come this month. It’s World Cup year so there’s a month’s worth of football and then there’s always the new season that will start a few weeks after that. It’s hardly football cold turkey.
Yet there’s something about the regularity of league football that when it’s over … just leaves me a little sad.
That’s football. Quite rightly there must be time to stop and reflect and refresh in preparation for a new season. Which means the likes of me have to just make do with the interim period and get over the summer.
For all that, though, it’s been a fun ride over the season doing the vast majority of Premier League game predictions. As with most rides it’s had its ups and downs, but if there’s one thing that’s come across over the year it’s that I love football. I love Premier League football. I don’t love it because it’s great – it’s not always great. I don’t love it because it’s the best in the world – I don’t know enough about other leagues to make that assessment. I love it because it’s a saga full of stories and talking points about a game that is apparently so simple and yet is played at the highest level with so much in the way of complexities and nuances.
Well the final set of fixtures were played yesterday. I made predictions. There were points at stake. 3 points for a spot on prediction, 1 point for a correct outcome and zero points for getting it all wrong. So let’s see how I did for the last time in the 2017-18 season.
Burnley 2-1 Bournemouth (0 points – actual score 1-2)
Crystal Palace 2-2 West Brom (0 points – actual score 2-0)
Huddersfield 1-3 Arsenal (1 point – actual score 0-1)
Liverpool 4-0 Brighton (3 points)
Man Utd 3-0 Watford (1 point – actual score 1-0)
Newcastle Utd 2-1 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 3-0)
Southampton 0-3 Man City (1 point – actual score 0-1)
Swansea City 1-1 Stoke City (0 points – actual score 1-2)
Tottenham 3-1 Leicester City (1 point – actual score 5-4)
West Ham 1-1 Everton (0 points – actual score 3-1)
60% correct out come percentage is a fair way to end the season. Of all the spot on predictions to get right, I am particularly pleased to get the spot on prediction for my team. So 8 points is not as great as I wanted. Yet in the season that I’ve had and the points that were picked up, 8 points isn’t so bad.
There’s still much to be said in reviewing the season, but I’m happy to leave that for the actual end of the season after all the trophies have been sorted.
Meanwhile, will I survive the interim period?
Let’s see how it goes.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden