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Premier League Prediction – Week 15 Part 2

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It is not even Christmas and the games are coming in thick and fast over December. No sooner are a set finished, then there’s another set ready to go this midweek. Will the teams be ready to deal with the rigours of the incessant run of games?

What is to be considered before we look at the midweek games is how I did in the predictions of the weekend games. There were points at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for the correct outcomes and zero points for missing it completely.

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

Burnley 2-1 Watford (1 point – actual score 1-0)

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

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

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

Tottenham 3-0 Stoke (1 point – actual score 5-1)

Newcastle United 2-1 Leicester City (0 points – actual score 2-3)

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

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

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

Well that wasn’t good. 30% correct outcome is poor and 3 points is just atrocious. This really couldn’t have gone that much worse. I felt so sure with a number of those outcomes even if the scores themselves were going to be tight. A massive let down for the scores this week.

In any case, it’s about brushing this set of results off and starting again. Onto the midweek games and it’s clear if we think these will be straightforward to predict, the Premier League has another think coming.

Burnley 2-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford

Huddersfield 1-3 Chelsea

Newcastle United 2-2 Everton

Southampton 1-2 Leicester City

Swansea 0-3 Man City

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Man Utd 1-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham 3-0 Brighton

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Those weekend results really were something and teams are going to be even more determined to pick up points as the games go by. There are some teams who are doing well recovering from poor starts and it makes things even tighter especially in the bottom half of the table. Meanwhile the question of City is not so much if they can be stopped, but how and when. Will Swansea be the surprise team to scupper their unbeaten run?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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Premier League Prediction – Week 15

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Good week for most of the teams in Europe this week. Most of them winning. Those always likely to go through to the next round making it through to the next round.

That counts for nothing when it comes to the Premier League. How will results pan out in the first in a two part set of fixtures for the week?

Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United (1 point – actual score – 3-1)

Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (1 point – actual score 1-5)

Everton 3-1 Huddersfield (1 point – actual score 2-0)

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

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

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

West Brom 1-1 Crystal Palace (1 point – actual score 0-0)

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

Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton  (3 points)

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

Well that’s 8 points in total. Over the course of this season so far that’s slightly better than average. It’s not great or impressive, but it’s not shabby. There’s a three pointer in there too which is pleasing. It’s a 60% correct outcome percentage which again is better than average.

That was then, this is now and so it’s a matter of how I reckon the fixtures this weekend will go and there’s no doubt that the tastier matches are reserved for a truly super Sunday as the the two biggest northern derbies take place. Here’s what I reckon the scores over the weekend will end up with.

West Ham 0-2 Chelsea

Burnley 2-1 Watford

Crystal Palace 2-1 Bournemouth

Huddersfield 2-1 Brighton

Swansea 1-1 West Brom

Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

Newcastle United 2-1 Leicester City

Southampton 1-3 Arsenal

Liverpool 3-1 Everton

Man Utd 2-2 Man City

I noticed that when it comes to major fixtures I’ve sometimes copped out a little by suggesting a draw. That’s usually because I genuinely believe that the two big sides will overall cancel each other out. The way City are collecting points gives them the edge overall, but their performances have been gritty more than anything. This United side are not the same that were beaten at Old Trafford in the same fixture last year. They could very well win this match. It’s a tough call, there may not even be that many goals in it, but I still see the draw.

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 13 Part 2

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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.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 13

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The English clubs in Europe have had a mixed time of it. Sure City and Chelsea have won, but the others have had a fairly tepid time. That added to the week that saw West Brom sack their manager has given plenty of talking points about the Premier League.

For what it’s worth I can certainly understand why the Baggies ditched Pulis, talk of ‘being careful what you wish for’ by some, comes across as tired now after it’s been a drum banged on for any potential managerial change. This one hasn’t come out of nowhere and it’s just as risky to stick to a situation that shows no signs of improving. Pulis may be the great rescue act, but that’s not usually at the place where he started the fire.

Meanwhile in Europe, the really disappointing result wasn’t Liverpool’s second half capitulation that saw them concede three second half goals in a draw, or United failing to score and beat Basle. Those were bad. Celtic getting dismantled in the 7-1 thrashing by PSG wasn’t the most disappointing. That was bad. Arsenal not beating Cologne wasn’t the worse. That wasn’t great. No, the worst was the battering that Everton endured in their own back yard against an Atalanta side that’s hardly the scourge of the competition. The time they are taking to get the replacement for Koeman is not doing their confidence and run of form any good whatsoever and if Unsworth is seriously being considered as a long term option it might make all the aspirations of an Everton on the climb come to nothing. Might.

That of course makes how they all do in the domestic league scene all the more intriguing. Before we get a look at what’s ahead, let’s briefly recap how I did on last week’s predictions. There were points at stake – three points for getting a spot on prediction, one point for getting the right outcome and of course zero for nothing right whatsoever.

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

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

Burnley 2-0 Swansea (3 points)

Crystal Palace 1-1 Everton (1 point – actual score 2-2)

Leicester 1-4 Man City (1 point – actual score 0-2)

Liverpool 3-1 Southampton (1 point – actual score 3-0)

West Brom 1-2 Chelsea (1 point – actual score 0-4)

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

Watford 2-2 West Ham (0 points – actual score 2-0)

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

So 9 points isn’t retaining my recent record of getting double figures, but in the season so far it’s a decent gain. The 70% correct outcome is better than usual too, so it’s not something to get hung up about. It’s good, but I can do better. Let’s see if I can do that with this weekend’s set of fixtures.

West Ham 1-1 Leicester

Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke City

Man United 3-1 Brighton

Newcastle 2-2 Watford

Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth

Tottenham 3-1 West Brom

Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Southampton 1-1 Everton

Burnley 2-1 Arsenal

Huddersfield 0-4 Man City

This is the first of set of fixtures for the week, but with midweek matches taking place, expect to see another set of predictions at the start of next week. With that in mind how will the teams approach this weekend’s matches, will the teams under pressure prove they have more than they have shown thus far? How many goals will City score on this occasion?

Let’s see how it goes.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 12

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OK. That’s the international break done. World Cup places sorted. Managers duly sacked. Fans thrilled at making it to Russia next year or devastated that their team collapsed in such an epic fashion. It’s done now. Thankfully.

Now for a month or two, there’s a good stretch of domestic football. I am grateful for that. The next few weeks is where the games are going to come flying in thick and fast. That is something I will find very interesting indeed. This weekend has some delicious matches to consider, but first let’s have a look back a long time ago to the last round of games. How did I do with the old predictions? Points at stake – three points for a spot on prediction, one point for just the correct outcome and zero for nothing.

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester (3 points)

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

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

Southampton 0-1 Burnley (3 points)

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

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool (1 point – actual score 1-4)

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

Man City 3-1 Arsenal (3 points)

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

Everton 1-2 Watford (0 points – actual score 3-2)

So on the one hand the correct outcomes percentage only made it to 50%, but points wise breaking through the double digits barrier to get a decent 11 points. Not only that but three – that’s right three spot on predictions. That’s pretty sweet. It’s always about the points at the end of the day and if I can accumulate that like this week after week, I will be happy.

So onto this weekend’s matches, there is one particular match that should raise the interest of most fans, but there are some other beauties in there to look out for too. Here’s how I reckon they will go down.

Arsenal 1-2 Tottenham

Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Burnley 2-0 Swansea

Crystal Palace 1-1 Everton

Leicester 1-4 Man City

Liverpool 3-1 Southampton

West Brom 1-2 Chelsea

Man Utd 3-0 Newcastle United

Watford 2-2 West Ham

Brighton 1-0 Stoke City

The North London derby is definitely the stand out match for the weekend, but the tale of the two Uniteds at Old Trafford should prove to be fascinating too. Man City look to continue their domination with the match against Leicester. Will someone put a marker to compete?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Premier League Prediction – Week 11

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October is done. November is here. That means we’re edging closer to that mad rush of games in the festive season. Apparently there is yet another international break looming which is ridiculous, but that’s football. So once more I take consolation in this weekend’s games of which there are a few delicious matches to enjoy.

However, before that, there is the opportunity to reflect on the fixtures that took place previously. The run of predictions to date has been somewhat underwhelming … OK it’s been awful, but let me just say underwhelming to sound diplomatic. There are points at stake as ever – three points for getting a spot on prediction, one point for just getting the right outcome and zero for missing everything.

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

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

Liverpool 3-1 Huddersfield (1 point – actual score 3-0)

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

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham (1 point – actual score 1-1)

West Brom 1-4 Man City (1 point – actual score 2-3)

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

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

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

Burnley 2-1 Newcastle United (1 point – actual score 1-0)

8 points. That might not look like a lot, but in the run of the season so far that’s one of the better turn outs. Also seeing that it’s an 80% correct outcomes percentage that’s a massive improvement – just two games I got wrong with the outcomes. That’s promising and good reason to feel confident about maintaining things as we press on.

Now let’s look at the fixtures scheduled for this weekend. There really are some choice and tasty encounters that is worthy of the title Premier League, here’s how I reckon they’ll turn out.

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester

Huddersfield 1-1 West Brom

Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 0-1 Burnley

Swansea 2-2 Brighton

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace

Man City 3-1 Arsenal

Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd

Everton 1-2 Watford

Four of the big six teams face each other and the results of this will go a long way at least for confidence. I am intrigued to see how those will pan out, meanwhile for the other two of the top six it’s a matter of if they will make the most of the opportunity to gain points in the race for the top four. Outside that, there is a great question as to how will the teams who should be doing better do this weekend, will they rise to the challenge of improving before another break?

Let’s see how it goes.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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