Afternoon all

Wins for Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City at the weekend meant it stayed neck and neck at the top of the English Premier League.

The weekend kicked off at The Stadium of Light where Arsenal brushed aside a rather sorry Sunderland team who look almost certain to be relegated come May. To the amusement of the blue side of Manchester, neighbours United couldn’t find a way past Burnley who had Tom Heaton to thank, the game finished 0-0 with a record number of memes being created at the full time whistle – mostly aimed at Zlatan who’s failed to find the net after 42 attempts on goal. Things aren’t looking great when you’re best player is less prolific than David Nugent.

Elsewhere, Watford needed an own goal 8 minutes from time to take the 3 points against Hull City, Tottenham and Leicester drew 1-1 at White Hart Lane whilst a Gaston Ramirez wonder goal put Boro on their way to a first home win since promotion to the Premier League.

Premier League rivals and title contenders Everton also recorded their first win in 4, beating the ‘Ammers at Goodison Park, Goals from Lukaku and Ross Barkley sealed the points for Ronald Koeman. Chelsea also claimed another win under Conte, this time at the expense of Southampton, goals coming from Hazard and Diego Costa…

In the Championship, you can see why the bookies made Newcastle the title favourites and Rafa’s men are looking good for it – another win at the weekend away at Preston means they remain top with a 3 point lead over second place Brighton. Huddersfield have self destructed and after a 5-0 mauling by Fulham at the weekend, they drop to third. Wigan came away from the Cardiff City Stadium with a surprise 3 points, whilst Leeds left it late to beat Burton, the only goals of the game coming in the last 5 minutes.

In the Predictions and starting with the Premier League, there was 2 winners last weekend with a score of 12 points each –Congratulations go to Mark Borkin (who’s probably still half’cut celebrating City’s win last night!) and Greg Ashworth (who’s probably forgotten as a red what it feels like to watch Champions league football).

Despite the Liltwhites suffering defeat at the weekend, Mark Golden still has something to smile about as he stays top of the league, 4 points adrift of Alan Kettlewell who takes a narrow lead over Gleavo. Mark Borkin climbs to fourth, with Jonny Birch, Greg and Nick Royle taking their place in the Champions League places.

In the Championship, just the one winner who matched that score of 12 – Congrats went to Luke Wright who banked his first win of the season! J Robin, Ellie, Dave Royle and Anthony all came runners up with 11 points. At the top, Mark Robbo remains head and shoulders above the rest of the pack on 116 points, 5 points clear from Pete in second place. Max climbed back upto third at the expense of Trazza by a point, as Sam Myall dropped 2 places and down to fifth.

After coming out of the traps like a whippet, he’s been quiet for a few weeks now, but Stuart Gunn is back to winning ways with a score 11 points. Joining him on winners row is Luke Robbo who’s continuing to climb the league table, he’s up another 3 places this week and into the top 5 leapfrogging Martin Spencely who’s in freefall.

Stu’s win, takes him back to the summit of League One, as Talbot drops to second. Andy Bentley retains third place with Kai, who had another decent score at the weekend {narrowly missing out on 11} but can take heart from another climb up the league table, and up into fourth.

Over to PNG and there was 3 winners last weekend, Congratulations to Richie, Eric & Carlos who shared the spoils – all scoring 10 points each but more importantly, more than Daddybear.

I do however need to give Alan a shout out for being so cool at the weekend and not kicking up a fuss after I drank 2 bottles of his wine whilst at Kirstys Halloween party. Good wine too, probably cost you a few quid. Appreciate it Al x {Kirsty said you’d go mad, but I told her you wouldn’t mind}

This weekends fixtures are now available online at www.footballpredictions.eu

Good Luck!

John