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Premier League Prediction – Week 10

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Another week and another manager loses his job in the Premier League. Koeman joined Shakespeare and De Boer in receiving his P45 for an underwhelming start to the league campaign.

There are others who are not safe in their jobs. Those like Bilic at West Ham seem particularly precarious in as the hot seat of management gets ever hotter with the demands made of fans and owners.

As we surpass the quarter mark of the Premier league season, there is a greater desire at clubs to establish a better run of results and performances. This weekend sees another set of fixtures giving the opportunity for the uplift in performance. Before looking at those, it’s time as ever to consider how I did predicting the last set of fixtures. Points are at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for just the right outcome and zero points for missing it completely.

West Ham 2-1 Brighton (0 points – actual score 0-3)

Chelsea 2-2 Watford (0 points – actual score 4-2)

Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd (0 points – actual score 2-1)

Man City 4-0 Burnley (1 point – actual score 3-0)

Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Stoke City 1-1 Bournemouth (0 points – actual score 1-2)

Swansea 2-0 Leicester (0 points – actual score 1-2)

Southampton 1-1 West Brom (0 points – actual score 1-0)

Everton 1-3 Arsenal (1 point – actual score 2-5)

Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 4-1)

Three points from three correct outcomes giving a 30% ratio of correct outcomes where that’s concerned. There’s no way of hiding it – that’s a shambolic turnout for the weekend’s fixtures. It’s even poorer than Crystal Palace have been this season so far – and they’ve been poor.

Thankfully there is the opportunity to do better with this weekend’s fixtures. So here is how I reckon the matches will pan out over the coming days.

Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham

Watford 2-1 Stoke City

Liverpool 3-1 Huddersfield

Arsenal 3-0 Swansea

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham

West Brom 1-4 Man City

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Brighton 0-0 Southampton

Leicester 1-1 Everton

Burnley 2-1 Newcastle United

The lunchtime kick-off looks like the match of the weekend to consider. A win for either will be a significant statement for title ambitions even at this stage of the season. Meanwhile the Man City express chugs along inexorably, but is there a clanger ahead? How will Everton recover from their poor start and recent manager sacking? Will there be more upsets in the fixtures this weekend?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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Premier League Prediction – Week 9

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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.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 8

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True story. Over the international break I watched an international match. It turned out to be alright. Of course England weren’t playing – I did say the game turned out to be alright. So international football. It can be alright. Glad it’s over though for the time being.

So, back to club football and back to the Premier League. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way suggesting this is the greatest league with the greatest football in the world. I don’t buy into that hype. I just enjoy watching the ongoing stories told by the ups and downs of the 20 clubs deemed to be the best in all the land.

Before we have a look at the schedule for the weekend ahead, let us reflect on the last time league football was played. It has been a while, but way back then I put some predictions so it’s time to see how my predictions weighed up against the actual outcomes. There are points at stake – three points for getting it spot on, one point for just getting the right outcome and zero points for getting nothing right at all.

Huddersfield 1-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 0-4)

Bournemouth 1-3 Leicester (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Man Utd 3-0 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 3-0)

Stoke 1-1 Southampton (0 points – actual score 2-1)

West Brom 2-1 Watford (0 points – actual score 2-2)

West Ham 2-1 Swansea (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Chelsea 1-1 Man City (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Arsenal 3-0 Brighton (1 point – actual score 2-0)

Everton 1-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Newcastle 2-4 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Hmmmmmmmm … really missed getting a spot on scoreline. Only four points from that set of fixtures. A poor show all in all and the 40% outcome ratio isn’t getting me excited either. But it’s about getting back up again and having a right go at it – ain’t nothing gonna keep me down. (He writes with a sob.)

Another weekend’s football awaits and there is obviously one standout game to consider, but points are still available elsewhere. Here’s how I think the games will end up.

Liverpool 1-3 Man Utd

Burnley 2-1 West Ham

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Man City 5-0 Stoke City

Swansea City 2-2 Huddersfield Town

Tottenham 4-1 Bournemouth

Watford 2-1 Arsenal

Brighton 2-1 Everton

Southampton 1-2 Newcastle United

Leicester 3-2 West Brom

It’s odd to see just one outstanding game to watch in a weekend’s worth of Premier League football, but don’t dismiss some of the others, there could be plenty of goals and excitement in them. Especially check out poor Roy Hodgson with Palace to see if he can get Palace actually scoring goals in the league. Sure, it’s against the Champions, but don’t rule it out … (he says, ruling it out.)

Will there be any shocking results to make things more intriguing at this stage of the marathon that is the Premier League season?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 7

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Just as things were getting good for club football both on the domestic and the European scene, up pops the internationals again. Yeah, just to interrupt things once this weekend’s schedule of matches is done it’s another long fortnight of international football to endure.

So, let’s see how we can make the most of this weekend’s football. But first, there is the issue of checking on how things went in the last set of fixtures in which I set some predictions. Points are on offer – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and zero points for getting nothing right at all.

West Ham 1-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 2-3)

Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Everton 3-1 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 2-1)

Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace (3 points)

Southampton 1-2 Man Utd (1 point – actual score 0-1)

Stoke 1-3 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 0-4)

Swansea 1-1 Watford (0 points – actual score 1-2)

Leicester 1-1 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 2-3)

Brighton 2-1 Newcastle (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Arsenal 3-1 West Brom (1 point – actual score 2-0)

9 points – that’s a decent return in the context of the season so far. It’s also close to that double figures that has yet to be breached this season. Very happy with the spot on prediction this week too. Meanwhile 70% correct outcome percentage is an excellent return, very happy with that.

Now before the internationals take the spotlight, let’s see how it goes with this weekend’s fixtures.

Huddersfield 1-2 Tottenham

Bournemouth 1-3 Leicester

Man Utd 3-0 Crystal Palace

Stoke 1-1 Southampton

West Brom 2-1 Watford

West Ham 2-1 Swansea

Chelsea 1-1 Man City

Arsenal 3-0 Brighton

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Newcastle 2-4 Liverpool

A mega clash on Saturday evening sees two of the three title contenders face each other and it’s not going to be easy to see who is more likely to win. Other than that, the fixture list has its fair share of matches that appear straightforward, but don’t have to be. The points collected at this stage may prove to be pivotal to clubs as they set themselves up for the break. Will they go in with momentum or with much to regret?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 6

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There are many reasons why I enjoy Premier League football. One of them is that the game played regularly has twists and turns where over the course of time those who do best in navigating these elements tend to prosper. It’s all in the navigation, though.

Hence this weekend’s fixtures gives another opportunity to see how the navigating is going. Overall things are as they should be, but the season is still young.

Before looking at the games ahead, let’s look at the games before where I applied my idea of the game to ponder how results would turn out. Points at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for the right outcome and zero points for getting it completely wrong.

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton (3 points)

Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Liverpool 3-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Newcastle 2-2 Stoke (0 points – actual score 2-1)

Watford 1-4 Man City (1 point – actual score 0-6)

West Brom 1-1 West Ham (1 point – actual score 0-0)

Tottenham 4-0 Swansea (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Man Utd 3-0 Everton (1 point – actual score 4-0)

6 points is better than points in recent weeks. 40% correct outcomes is not good enough. But there was a highlight in getting a prediction spot on. Love it when that happens and it is something I want to do a lot more often.

So with things on the up let’s check this week’s fixtures and see if I can keep this progress going.

West Ham 1-2 Tottenham

Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield

Everton 3-1 Bournemouth

Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 1-2 Man Utd

Stoke 1-3 Chelsea

Swansea 1-1 Watford

Leicester 1-1 Liverpool

Brighton 2-1 Newcastle

Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

It sure is a mixed bag of fixtures this weekend. No obvious massive matches to look forward to, but enough intriguing clashes to fascinate. Whether things pan out as I predict …

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 5

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Football is picking up the pace. European action in midweek is followed by league action this weekend and then league cup action next midweek before another set of league games. Lovely.

Something else that would be lovely would be doing well in the predictions. Let’s see how I did in the recent set of fixtures. As ever the points system is the same as the league – three points for a correct prediction, one point for just getting the right outcome and zero points for missing everything.

Man City 2-2 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 5-0)

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth (1 point – actual score 3-0)

Brighton 1-2 West Brom (0 points – actual score 3-1)

Everton 2-2 Spurs (0 points – actual score 0-3)

Leicester 0-3 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 1-2)

Southampton 1-1 Watford (0 points – actual score 0-2)

Stoke City 0-3 Man Utd (0 points – actual score 2-2)

Burnley 2-0 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 1-0)

Swansea 3-3 Newcastle (0 points – actual score 0-1)

West Ham 2-1 Huddersfield (1 point – actual score 2-0)

Four lonely points picked up. 40% correct outcome percentage is under the barely acceptable standard. Oooohhhh it’s not been a good start to the season for my predictions after a promising first week. Only Crystal Palace have had a worse time of it than my predictions.

Nevertheless, the season is young there are plenty of points yet to pick up. So let’s consider the upcoming set of fixtures starting with the tonight’s B-team clash.

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton

Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton

Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester

Liverpool 3-1 Burnley

Newcastle 2-2 Stoke

Watford 1-4 Man City

West Brom 1-1 West Ham

Tottenham 4-0 Swansea

Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

Man Utd 3-0 Everton

The Sunday fixtures look a real treat and it’s something that will be a good indicator of the aspirations of the teams involved. Can things work out for the home favourites or is there a surprise in store?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 4

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OK international football, if you’re quite finished for the time being, we can resume with the football that really matters!

The transfer window is shut. The teams have to settle with their Premier League squads for the time being. There are winners and losers in it all and now we may get a glimpse of how things may pan out. Before that, though, let us briefly reflect on the last time I put the predictions on here and what I got for my troubles. Points system is like the league table – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and zero points for nothing right at all.

Bournemouth 0-2 Man City (1 point – actual score 1-2)

Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea (0 points – actual score 0-2)

Huddersfield 1-1 Southampton (1 point – actual score 0-0)

Newcastle 2-2 (0 points – actual score 3-0)

Watford 2-1 Brighton (0 points – actual score 0-0)

Man Utd 3-0 Leicester (1 point – actual score 2-0)

Chelsea 2-1 (1 point – actual score 2-0)

West Brom 2-1 Stoke City (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal (0 points – actual score 4-0)

Spurs 3-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 1-1)

Four lonely points. 40% correct outcome. It’s poor. No point beating around the bush. This ain’t the work of a very good predictor of football. This is not, however, the end of the matter. This is just the spark to pick up the business and go on and improve. I will not be defeated!

So onwards to this weekend’s fixtures. It may not have much in the way of stand out matches, but there are one or two especially on Saturday that should be cause for interest. Here’s my take on how it will turn out.

Man City 2-2 Liverpool

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

Brighton 1-2 West Brom

Everton 2-2 Spurs

Leicester 0-3 Chelsea

Southampton 1-1 Watford

Stoke City 0-3 Man Utd

Burnley 2-0 Crystal Palace

Swansea 3-3 Newcastle

West Ham 2-1 Huddersfield

This should be the sort of fixture list where it’s easier to get a few more points on the board. That really would be splendid right about now. I wonder if this will be the occasion where that happens. As ever, it’s just for us to …

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden