Afternoon Guys!

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic bank holiday weekend and aren’t still feeling the effects from a few too many bevvys.. (from some of the responses I’ve had, I think the drinking commenced early Friday!)

If you wasn’t a Burton Albion or Derby fan, the football got underway Saturday lunchtime at White Hart Lane where Spurs hosted Jurgen Klopps Liverpool… and although the match ended 1-1, it became apparent that the officials still aren’t sure of exactly what the rules are with regard to ‘grappling’ … looking at some of the decisions made, there could have been a 3 of 4 penalties in the game.. but it still ended with the visitors being given a dodgy decision (normality resumed then).

Arsenal seemed to find some form at last running beating Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road, while Chelsea look unstoppable so far, they hammered new boys Burnley 3-0 at The Bridge.

Everton recorded back to back wins with a ‘phenomenal’ 1-0 victory over Stoke. They’ll be those of you that say the penalty decision was somewhat fortunate, as was the goal itself which went in off Shay Givens back – but 3 points are 3 points and the Mighty Toffees are upto fourth in the league!

Man Utd left it late against Hull City, Marcus Rashford came on to steal the 3 points for the Red Devils late in injury time, to keep Jose’s 100% record intact. A win for Pep in Sunday’s late kick off against West Ham sets up a mouth watering derby in a fortnights time.

In the Championship, Huddersfield recorded yet another win, this time at the expense ofthe new millionaires, Wolves as they secured a 1-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium. Blackburn suffered yet another defeat at home, this time to the hands of Fulham and after just 5 games in, it looks like it’ll be another long hard season for Rovers – there bottom of the league with only a point!

Promotion favourites Aston Villa suffered a shock defeat against Bristol City whilst rivals Newcastle took maximum points in a thrilling game against Brighton who until now, have been impressive under Chris Hughton.

In the Predictions and starting with the Premier League – just the one winner this week – ME! Cue the cries of ‘Fix!’ followed by hisses and boo’s! I scored 14 last weekend which was also the highest score across all 4 divisions (Are you watching Kettlewell!?) Big John was unlucky not to find himself a weekly winner too with a decent score of 13, but it’s done his league position no harm, he’s up 3 places and out of the relegation zone into fifteenth place.

Snell and Ben remain top of the league, a point ahead of myself with Steph, Jonny Gleave and Andy Graham all tied on 28 points each. Greg just about scrapes into that top 7 spot with a combined score of 27 (about 20 points better off from where he was this time last year :p

In the Championship, another single winner with a score of 13 points… Congratulations go to Robin Gentle who ‘s made it back to back wins already this season! He’s absolutely flying!! That win also takes Robin to the top of the league table, if only by goal difference to Mark Robbo who drops to second. Max is a non mover and holds onto third, as Tommy Pickles already starts his descent down the table..

In League One, it was Martin Spencely who claimed victory with an impressive score tally of 13 points and like Robin, he’s gone straight to the top of the league table!! Ethan drops to second as Jeff does enough to hold onto third place.

Luke Robbo and Anne Clark both climb two places and into the top 5, with Steve Moseley and Jimbo scoring well to take their place in the top 7… unlike Stuart who had a’mare and dropped 6 places and outside the playoffs!  Kaden is steady and retains his place in the top half of the table, he’ll need to be at his best this weekend if he’s to catch up and overtake his dad!

At the bottom end, its Harry Atkinson and Tommy Gunn who prop up the league table on 16 and 18 points respectfully, Anthony Woodhouse and Mark Morgan are in danger too and need a decent score this weekend to find away out of the relegation zone..

Over to PNG and the braggin rights were shared last weekend – Congrats go to Richie Clarke & (through gritted teeth) Alan Snr – well done sir, you well and truly rammed last weeks comments back down my throat 😀

And in the league, it couldn’t be closer! John Battle takes top spot on goal difference to Eric (G’won JB!) good to see a fellow Bluenose at the top, Bill Lowrie drops to third and is now only a point ahead of weekly winners Richie & Alan.. Tommy & Carlos follow with Lucky so far, struggling to pick up points – I can’t see it staying that way – cue the Sanghera win this weekend! 😉

And looking to this weekend.. it’s the first International Fixtures of the season… dreadded by most, unless your called Stewart, Tracey or Robin.. lets see if they can keep their record going!

Fixtures now available online – the very best of luck (I think you’ll need it!!).