Premier League Prediction – Week 2

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Yes, it’s good to have the football back.

From Friday to Sunday the ten Premier League matches produced a decent range of intriguing encounters. Of course some were going to react to the events like the league was won and lost, while others were overly cautious about reading too much into the fixtures.

Yet again, however, I put it out there that I could predict which way the fixtures would turn out, so let’s see how successful or not, I was. The points system, despite some consideration, won’t be changed from last season. So there’s three points for getting the whole thing spot on. There’s just the one point for getting just the right outcome. Finally there’s the not so sweet nothing for getting it wrong all over.

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester (1 point – actual score 4-3)

Watford 1-3 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 3=3)

Chelsea 2-1 Burnley (0 points – actual score 2-3)

Crystal Palace 2-2 Huddersfield (0 points – actual score 0-3)

Everton 3-0 Stoke (1 point – actual score 1-0)

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

West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth (3 points)

Brighton 0-5 Man City (1 point – actual score 0-2)

Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 0-2)

Man Utd 2-1 West Ham (1 point – actual score 4-0)

In terms of getting the right outcome – 7/10 is pretty good. Regarding the points actually accumulated – 9 points from a possible 30 looks bad on paper, but getting the right scoreline is a higher form of prediction, so being one off the double figures this early in the season is no reason for feeling glum.

However it is a standard set – and hopefully a standard I will surpass more often than not. So it’s on to this weekend’s fixtures.

Swansea 1-3 Man Utd – This will not be as comfortable a game for United as their first one. Swansea will be a lot more competitive. Under Clement they already are developing into something much more akin to the side that was a breathe of fresh air to the Premier League, that should cause some issues for the visitors. But the class of the Old Trafford should see them collect another three points.

Bournemouth 2-1 Watford – These clubs had mixed fortunes in their first fixtures. One thing Watford showed was a never die attitude to keep fighting until the last kick of the game. The challenge will be if they can do it away from home at a Bournemouth keen to get the taste of defeat out of their mouths.

Burnley 2-1 West Brom – Undoubtedly the result of the first weekend was Burnley going to the home of the champions and emerging with all three points. Not even they could have hoped for that. Now there is an opportunity to start their home games the right way, West Brom may prove to be stubborn opposition.

Leicester 1-0 Brighton – This game isn’t actually that easy to predict. The Leicester that played against Arsenal should win this game. Yet there’s more to Leicester than that performance and if plucky Brighton catches them on a good day, it might work in their favour.

Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace – A lot of attention has been drawn again to the suspect defence of Liverpool, this overlooks the fact that in the final third of last season, the defence as a unit played well. Their first home game sees them take on a Palace side still getting used to their new manager’s ways, that may impact the result in the home side’s favour.

Southampton 2-2 West Ham – West Ham will not have like their performance at Old Trafford at all and will be keen to show they are much more than that. This game against the Saints might prove to be just the tonic if they can get their act together. Meanwhile the home side will be looking to start scoring goals against a defence that doesn’t convince.

Stoke 1-3 Arsenal – This is usually a tough fixture for Arsenal. Stoke also tend to enjoy this fixture more than most. Yet there is the sense that the away side are in the better position in terms of squad development. There is also the feeling that Stoke have not improved much from last season and are in danger already of stagnating further unless reinforcements freshen things up.

Huddersfield 1-1 Newcastle – The first match between two teams who came up from the Championship. That means to a degree they know each other well and to another degree it also means they are in a position to cancel each other out. Huddersfield not only have the home advantage but also the boost of already winning a game in the Premier League, but will that be enough to overcome the canny Benitez?

Tottenham 2-2 Chelsea – Spurs could not have asked for a trickier first home game. What makes the game intriguing though, is that they face a wounded animal in Chelsea. Their transfer window that appears to leave them weaker than when they started and a horrific first game of the season including two key players suspended, This game is full of conflicting factors as to who will emerge the victors.

Man City 2-1 Everton – The Toffees get to test out their new line-up with the possible new signing Sigurdsson in the area against the big spenders of the transfer window. The attacking threat of City will be a good test as well. Last season these were the sort of games City struggled to impose themselves on, so it’s just as much a test of their credentials.

It’s another intriguing set of fixtures that’s for sure. On the one hand there is nothing to say that the sides who did poorly last week will continue it. There’s also pressure for those who did well to continue it. There are points to be gained and I reckon this is how they will pan out. As to whether it will  …

Let’s see how it goes.

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 1

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Ahhhh the wait is over, the Premier League is back and what better way to get going than with a round of predictions for the opening games of the season. Preseason form can be completely useless as a team begins with hopes of success – all starting at the same level if not at the same time.

This being week one, no need to worry about anything other than the games and my predictions of the final score!

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester

Watford 1-3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-1 Burnley

Crystal Palace 2-2 Huddersfield

Everton 3-0 Stoke

Southampton 1-1 Swansea

West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth

Brighton 0-5 Man City

Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

Man Utd 2-1 West Ham

The beauty of these fixtures is that there’s no immediate precedent on which to make predictions, clubs can experience all kinds of starts to seasons. So will things turn out as I imagine?

Let’s see how it goes.


C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 34

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Well. Here we are. 34 prediction weeks, 38 Premier League games. From August 2016 to May 2017. The end of the league season is here. I will save my thoughts on the season for another post after the play off finals. What I will say now, though, is that this season has been better than last season with great promise for next season. 

There is one more day of Premier League action for me to apply my prediction skills. Before that, there is the review of the previous set of fixtures. Usual points apply, three points for a spot on prediction, one point for just the right outcome and zero points for getting it wrong. 

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

Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley (0 points – actual score 2-1)

Middlesbrough 0-1 Southampton (1 point – actual score 1-2)

Sunderland 1-2 Swansea (1 point – actual score 0-2)

Stoke 0-2 Arsenal (1 point – actual score 1-4)

Crystal Palace 2-2 Hull City (0 points – actual score 4-0)

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

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

Chelsea 2-1 Watford (1 point – actual score 4-3)

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

Man City 3-1 West Brom (3 points) 

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

Leicester 1-2 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 1-6)

13 ties in total, 4 completely wrong outcomes, so 9 out of 13 correct outcomes is cool. 11 points in it all. Not great, but at least it’s better than nothing. 

One more time for the 16/17 to see if I can do well at this prediction gig. 

Arsenal 3-1 Everton 

Burnley 2-1 West Ham 

Chelsea 4-0 Sunderland 

Hull 1-3 Tottenham 

Leicester 2-2 Bournemouth 

Liverpool 5-0 Middlesbrough 

Man Utd 0-0 Crystal Palace 

Southampton 1-1 Stoke 

Swansea 2-1 West Brom 

Watford 1-4 Man City 

There is little for teams to fight for in the games today. I hope that won’t make for a boring lady day of the season. Whether that will turn out to be the case, though. 

Let’s see how it goes. 


C. L. J. Dryden 

Premier League Prediction – Week 33

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Congratulations to Chelsea, worthy winners of the Premier League in 2016-17. Did I see this coming? Nope. Was it common knowledge they would win at the start of the season? Nope. But this is not a fluke win like Leicester’s last season. This is one built on a team playing to their level and structured and motivated well by a manager who has done well with what he was given even if it was not what he wanted. 

Although the Champions are known and two of the three relegated are also decided, there are still places to be decided and final games to be played. Before we consider the penultimate set of fixtures, let’s just review how I did in predicting the games I looked at last week. 

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

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

Burnley 2-0 West Brom (0 points – actual score 2-2)

Hull City 2-1 Sunderland (0 points – actual score 0-2)

Leicester 3-1 Watford (1 point – actual score 3-0)

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

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

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

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

Three measly points. Just three points. Not the greatest week of predictions for me. Not the greatest at all. By a long shot. 

To wash out that shower of rubbish, let’s look at the fixtures from now to Thursday. 

Man City 3-1 Leicester – The home side has more to play for. Leicester may be on their hols mentally by now. 

Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley – Burnley have won a game away from home finally, but that doesn’t mean they will be a threat from now on. Bournemouth still want to finish the season well. 

Middlesbrough 0-1 Southampton – Boro are down, primarily because they don’t know how to score. They might want to finish their last home game well, but Puel somehow knows how to bore opposition away from home. 

Sunderland 1-2 Swansea – The home side might have pride to play for, but the Swans can still stay up with a win. That might be enough to give them the incentive to get the precious three points.  

Stoke 0-2 Arsenal – At this time of the season, it’s about who has the character and quality to edge games. Over the season both have lacked in these matters, but Arsenal are in form at just the right time, so should get an unusual three points from their trip to the Potteries. 

Crystal Palace 2-2 Hull City – This game is the toughest to call and arguably the biggest game of the weekend. Palace can’t afford to lose. Hull must win. It’s set up for a fascinating clash. 

West Ham 2-1 Liverpool – The Hammers beating Spurs to ruin their title hopes would have made the home fans very happy and if they finish the season well can feel hopeful. Liverpool will struggle against inferior opposition again. 

Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd – There’s not as much riding on this game as there was a week ago. It’s still a clash of two big clubs with two great managers. I see a stalemate. 

Chelsea 2-1 Watford – It would be churlish for the Champions not to lift the trophy in front of their own fans. Don’t expect the Hertfordshire side to just make up the numbers though. 

Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland – Are Sunderland really going to stop the good run of the Gooners? Don’t be silly. 

Man City 3-1 West Brom – Pulis doesn’t want his season to peter out like this, but there’s little to suggest that his side will stop the home side from picking up the three points they need to confirm their top four finish. 

Southampton 1-1 Man Utd – People complain about Mourinho complaining about the number of games his team has to play. Is he wrong, though? Would any other club excel with the rate of fixtures they’ve faced? So don’t expect a festival of football here. 

Leicester 1-2 Tottenham – The ultimate in games that mean nothing and for which managers talk about doing a professional job and playing for the fans. It will be intriguing to see the approach both teams have. Spurs should win, but that’s not straightforward. 

Back to back, wall to wall Premier League football from now to Thursday as those fixtures left outstanding are sorted. All before the end of the season beckons with the games a week on Sunday. Might as well make the most of it while we have it. I know all the scores won’t go as I predicted, but how many will I get right? 

Let’s see how it goes. 


C. L. J. Dryden 

Premier League Prediction – Week 32

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As the end of the season draws ever closer so the points become more important at both ends of the table. Those with something to play for have their wits sharpened, but do they have enough to get enough to achieve their aims at the business end of the season? 

Before exploring this weekend’s fixtures, let us review my predictions from last week. Like the league, points are at stake. Three points for a spot on prediction, one point for the correct outcome and zero points for getting it wrong. 

Southampton 1-1 Hull City (1 point – actual score 0-0)

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

Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth (0 points – actual score 0-1)

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

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

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

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

Middlesbrough 1-3 Man City (0 points – actual score 2-2)

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (1 point – actual score 2-0)

Watford 1-1 Liverpool (0 points – actual score 0-1)

Wowsers. Just 4 points. Not even a 50% correct outcome percentage in which to find refuge. That’s bleak. I definitely need to wash that out of the system pretty quickly. 

So to the upcoming fixtures and although I missed the West Ham v Spurs match, I have to count that as zero points anyway as I wouldn’t have said this West Ham side would beat Spurs the way they have played through the season. Here is what I reckon the outcome will be for the other weekend fixtures. 

Man City 2-2 Crystal Palace 

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City 

Burnley 2-0 West Brom 

Hull City 2-1 Sunderland 

Leicester 3-1 Watford 

Swansea 1-2 Everton 

Liverpool 1-1 Southampton 

Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd 

Chelsea 4-0 Middlesbrough 

Chelsea should relish the opportunity to take on Boro to further strengthen their pole position. Meanwhile points dropped by United and Arsenal will only underline just how disappointing this season in the league has been for both of them. That of course is if things go as I predict. Will it? Well as ever all we can do is wait and … 

Let’s see how it goes. 


C. L. J. Dryden 

Premier League Prediction – Week 31

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Oh, so in recent days the actions of a particular player has brought the issue of predicting match outcomes under scrutiny. OK to be fair it’s more about the gambling than anything. Interesting arguments flying around about that issue. It’s worth mentioning that this right here, this predicting of games, goes no further than the points I update from week to week. No betting, no gambling, no money in and no money out. It’s all for the fun in the game. 

Speaking of fun and games in predicting football games, the Premier League trundles into its final month. As we bid farewell to April, we have another intriguing round of league fixtures. Before that, let’s see how I did with those non-gambling related predictions in the midweek. Just points on offer as ever – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for a correct outcome and zero points for being wrong, wrong, wrong on the whole show. 

Chelsea 2-1 Southampton (1 point – actual score 4-2) 

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City (1 point – actual score 1-0) 

Middlesbrough 0-0 Sunderland (0 points – actual score 1-0)

Crystal Palace 2-3 Tottenham (1 point – actual score 0-1)

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

Four out of five correct outcomes is a decent return, but only getting four points for it with no spot on prediction hurts things a little. But like the Murphy’s, I’m not bitter. I just move on to the next set of games looking to do a little better than before. 

So let us see exactly what those fixtures consist of and see if I can do better. 

Southampton 1-1 Hull City 

Stoke City 2-2 West Ham 

Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth 

West Brom 1-2 Leicester 

Crystal Palace 2-1 Burnley 

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea 

Everton 2-2 Chelsea 

Middlesbrough 1-3 Man City 

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal 

Watford 1-1 Liverpool 

The final North London game at White Hart Lane is the game to watch this weekend. Spurs win and it seals their superiority over their neighbours for the first time in nearly a generation. Lose and the same old doubts will arise about them despite the progress they definitely have made over the last season. Meanwhile Chelsea’s trip to Merseyside isn’t going to be easy. Lovely league fixtures to feast over this weekend. What’s going to happen? 

Let’s see how it goes. 


C. L. J. Dryden 

Premier League Prediction – Week 30 Part 2

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Weekend done and dusted already and another set of games already on the way. FA Cup finalists are now primed for another day at Wembley. Meanwhile the league chugs on in the quest to wrap up the league in less than a month. 

Before we look at the midweek action, let’s take a look at how I did with the few games that transpired on Saturday and Sunday. There were points to be picked up or not. Like the league system, three points for a spot on prediction, just the one point for the correct outcome and zilch for getting everything wrong. 

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough (1 point – actual score 4-0)

Hull City 2-1 Watford (3 points) 

Swansea 2-1 Stoke City (3 points) 

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

Burnley 1-2 Man Utd (1 point – actual score) 

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

Six games played and four correct outcomes is a decent return. Particularly pleasing, though, was getting two spot on predictions sending the score to a very creditable 8 points. Very creditable indeed considering there have been weeks where all ten games have been played and I accumulated less points. So I am pleased with that without going over the top and booking an open top bus parade of the city in which I live. 

However there are now five league fixtures to be negotiated this midweek. There’s one intriguing encounter I am particularly looking forward to checking out. So without further ado I shall consider these games and my predicted scores. 

Chelsea 2-1 Southampton 

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City 

Middlesbrough 0-0 Sunderland 

Crystal Palace 2-3 Tottenham 

Man City 2-2 Man Utd

So no it wasn’t Boro taking on Sunderland that whetted my appetite but the next chapter in the saga of Guardiola vs Mourinho that has me intrigued. Not so much in the personal rivalry which has rightly been played down, but in that glorious professional combat of two of the greatest managers in the game today. In comparison the caretaker at Middlesbrough playing Moyes at Sunderland is … Well, it’s fair to say I won’t go out of my way to buy the DVD of that game for posterity. The Manchester derby completes the set of games where five of the top six are on action, so there’s position and points to play for. Ahhhh the Premier League story goes on – what will happen? 

Let’s see how it goes 


C. L. J. Dryden