Football Predictions Week 9

Afternoon all

The action kicked off with another Friday night fixture under the floodlights of Goodison Park and it really was a game of two halves as Everton dominating the first half but couldn’t take their chances. A slender 1-0 lead was almost instantly chalked off as Benteke (who else!) bagged 5 minutes into the second half and Palace will find themselves somewhat unfortunate not to take all 3 points with a second goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Swansea played Liverpool in the lunchtime game on Saturday and despite starting brightly, Swansea threw away the lead, losing the game 2-1 and following the result, Francesco Guidolin was given his marching orders too. Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Hull, whilst Sunderland, Watford & West Ham were all held at home –Payet’s goal the highlight, his first at the London Stadium.

On Sunday, Man Utd took on a struggling Stoke City side and looked to be the banker of the day. Cue Joe Allen to pop up 8 minutes from time to give Stoke a share of the spoils, as the game finished 1-1 at Old Trafford.

Spurs showed they mean business this season and completely outplayed Pep Guardiola’s men, to hand the Spaniard his first taste of defeat of the season. Although the game ended 2-0, it could have been even worse for City had Erik Lamela converted from the spot.

Arsenal left it late at Turf Moor, and needed the elbow of Laurent Koscielny 3 minutes into injury time to bag the only goal of the game– harsh on Burnley who deserved atleast a point for their display.

In the Championship, wins for ‘Uddersfield, Norwich & Newcastle kept it tight up top as only 3 points separates the trio. Preston turned over Aston Villa 2-0 at Deepdale too which resulted in the dismissal of another manager, Di Matteo this time making way with rumours circulating that Steve Bruce might be making his return to management this weekend…

In the Predictions, and starting with the Premier League, there was 4 winners last weekend all scoring 10 points each – Congratulations go to Jonny Moss, Wolfie, Nick Royle and the angriest man in football, Alan Kettlewell.

It’s all change at the top too, Snell has been our leader since the opening weekend, but not anymore!! Jonny Gleave climbs 2 places to take top spot, Snell goes second with Mark Golden also climbing into the top 3 at the expense of Steph who drops to fourth. Jonny Birch, Andy Graham and Alan make up the rest of the Champions League places –a huge result for both AK & Nick who both climb 8 positions with that winning score of 10..

In the Championship, just the one winner last weekend and it was a return to winning ways for Katy Riley with a score of 10 points! Her second in 3 weeks! That win takes Katy up to sixth place and back amongst the playoffs.

At the top of league table, it’s Mark Robbo who pips Tracey and opens up a 2 point lead over her and Max. Pete continues to plug away and is only a point away from a top 3 spot, he’s fourth after leapfrogging Shrimper Robin Gentle.

League One had 3 winners last weekend, all scoring 10 points each – Congrats went to Andy Bentley, Mark Morgan & Anne Clark who all receive a much needed boost in the league standings! Andy climbs to fourth and could break into the automatic promotions spots this weekend with another decent score this weekend.. Stuart stays top with a combined total of 76 points, that’s the joint highest across all 4 divisions. Talbot continues his fine start and sits just a point behind with Martin following on 74…

In the PNG League, just the one winner last weekend, and it was thoroughly deserved as it was also last weekends highest score with 11 points.. Congratulations RICHIE CLARKE! You absolutely nailed it! It needed something special to climb above Bill and you well and truly pulled it out the bag! Bill doesn’t fall far, he slides into second place with Carlos taking third spot at the expense of John Battle.

This weekends fixtures are now available online, please make sure there in before the 12.30 deadline & Good luck! It’s another international week :-/

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