Last weekend kicked off at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea absolutely steam rolling reigning Champs Leicester 3-0 – and it could have been more! Leicester seem to have already given up their title defence and look to be concentrating on the Champions League –last night’s 1-0 win against Copenhagen continued their 100% record in Europe – surely Ranieri can’t do the impossible.. again?
Pep Guardiola welcomed old friend Ronald Koeman to the Etihad, Maarten Stekelenburg on the other hand won’t be invited back in a hurry. Arguably the performance of the season by a goalkeeper with three world class saves and two penalty saves, throw in a top draw Lukaku finish and it looked like it might just be Everton’s day.. but it wasn’t to be. The 3 points were cut to just 1, with Nolito heading home the eqauliser 15 minutes from time. Great result though and both me and Max got a couple of free pints, courtesy of the city fans above us in the South Stand (we were dry by the time we hit the M55).
Bournemouth hit Hull for 6 at Dean Court, with Junior Stanislas looking really impressive – it won’t be long before his career takes a nosedive and he’s called upto the England squad. Arsenal made hard work of it against Swansea but just managed to get over the line to take all 3 points. Walcott should have taken the match ball home too (and probably a few others!) but spurned chance after chance and after Xhaka saw red it looked like the Swans might have pulled it back.. but they didn’t.. and yankie-doodle-do Bob Bradley left with nothing.
Stoke managed their first win of the season against arguably the only team worse than them – Sunderland. Joe Allen got his first career brace as the game finished 2-0, whilst at the Hawthorns, West Brom & Tottenham had to settle for a point, with the score tied on 1-1 at the final whistle.
Southampton and Watford both took 3 points in Sundays fixtures, and apparently there was a game on Monday night too… rumour had it that high flying Liverpool were to play Manchester United. It’s all gone quiet there..
In the Championship, it looks like Newcastle are going to run away with it. Another 3 points at the weekend, and then another win last night away at Burnley sent them to the top of the tree, a point ahead of Norwich who will be kicking themselves after surrendering a 2-0 lead last night in the big smoke.
Village idiot, Steve McLaren actually won a game too at the weekend, as Derby beat Leeds Utd, QPR and Reading cancelled each other out, as did Villa and Wolves with both games ending in a 1-1 draw.
In the Predictions and starting with our very own Premier League – there was 2 winners last weekend with a score of 11 points each … Congratulations go to Nick Royle and Mark Borkin! Well done guys. But it’s T’other Mark that still stands head and shoulders above the rest.. PNE’er Mark Golden sits at the top with the highest overall score for each Division on 99 points. Jonny Gleave follows only a point adrift with ‘Angry boy’ Alan Kettlewell in third. Mark Borkin climbs 4 places and sits outside the top 3, Chris Cole, Captain Birch and Greg occupy the final Champions League places.
In the Championship, 3 winners last weekend saw the pot split accordingly – Congratulations to Tommy Pickles, Pete Louth and Katy who all scored 11 points each. Despite Pete’s win, he’s still unable to find away past Mark Robbo who stays top of the league with a 2 point lead over Trazza Gleave. Max drops to fourth, but does enough to stay above Sam Myall, ‘That Kopite Pickles’ and Katy.
Robin is on the up and climbs up a place, which is more that can be said for Jessie who drops into the relegation srae for the first time this season.
League One and we have a single winner, at last. Congratulations go to Jeff Smith who’s score of 10 was just enough to take the pot, with a whole host of you following in second spot, Tommy ‘the machine’ Gunn, Luke Robbo and Mark Morgan to name but a few.
Stuart stays top but after a disasterous week, his lead has been cut to just 1 point! The Andy’s are on the attack – ‘Talbot and Bentley’ (sounds like a TV Series) are in hot pursuit and should Stu slip up again this weekend, his place could well be under threat. Weekly winner Jeff is up two places, with Martin Spencely slowly sliding back down the league table. I can still hear the mocking given by Martin to Luke only a few weeks ago – how that can change so quickly!
Kai Riley (the almost birthday boy) lies in sixth place with Steve Moseley occupying that final playoff spot. Whilst at the other end, Drew, Jeannie, Adam and Kaden all remain in trouble and need a monster of a score if there to turn it around this weekend.
Over to the PNG and another single winner – a welcome return to the winners podium for Tommy Taff! His score of 11 took the plaudits and just pipped Eric & Norman Phillips to the post, both just missed out on 10 points each. Richie Clarke stays top, joint with Bill Lowrie as Eric also stays third, John Battle is on the up and after another decent week, he’s only 2 points behind Eric.
The top 7 couldn’t be closer, Carlos drops to fifth with Tommy Taff leapfrogging Daddybear Kettlewell who I’m pleased to report fell again this week he’s now seventh. Ha. Come on Lucky – I’ve a tenner on you!
As always, this weekends fixtures are now available on the web – please visitwww.footballpredictions.eu and make sure your predictions are submitted before the 12.30 deadline!