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Hello.

Gamesweek 11 then. There have been some snide digs made on here about the quality of my predictions, questioning my understanding of this the beautiful game.

Well let me share this with you. I was in my local bookies first thing this morning and Fred on the counter said that I am not only one of his best customers but also one of his favourite. And this is from a man who is both a hugely successful businessman. And a mason.

Arsenal vs Fulham

Could they? I think they could. Fulham could get a result here. Only goal difference separates the pair of them and it’s a single goal that I believe that will separate them come full time. Arsenal’s recent form demonstrates they beat poor teams and lose to good ones. Right now, Fulham are doing a good impression of a decent side. Prediction: 0-1.

Everton vs Sunderland

While nobody was looking Everton hit 4th and while everyone was looking Sunderland hit 5th from bottom. I fully expect Moyes to get a result here and wouldn’t put it past Everton to knock in 3 or more. It seriously looks that way for Mr O’Neill. Prediction 4-1.

Reading vs Norwich

Mmmn. This may well not be one to savour. Reading seem entirely ill equipped for the Premier League both on the pitch and on the chalkboard. Norwich have Chris Hughton of course and if there is one manager who knows how to play the game to survive it’s him. Hughts has a squad of unmemorable players but he is combating this by getting them organized. Homw advantage could well kick in but… Prediction 1-2.

Stoke vs QPR

Ooh my days. The smart money is on cards here. Stoke are trying to kid us that they are playing football these days but it’s a marketing ploy. QPR are a mess. The manager and the director are taking turns backing each other, the only thing glowing are the player’s bank accounts. I half expect after this game that win lose or draw Mark Hughes produces a lucky rabbit’s foot and slightly holds it aloft before the world’s press. Prediction 3-0.

Wigan vs West Brom

This could be one of the dullest games played on planet earth today. But in terms of where the points go it will be one of note. A win for Martinez will really move them into what you could get away with calling ‘mid table.’ But a win for the Baggies would, dependent upon what we and Le Arse get up to could cement them as a top 5 side. For another week. Prediction 3-1. 

Aston Villa vs Man Utd

Difficult to see this as being anything less than a really nasty pile up. Firemen pulling bodies out of twisted smoking wreckage. The Villans are my secret tip for relegation and the thrashing they are likely to receive today will make that less of a secret and more of a racing certainty. Prediction 0-6.

Manchester City vs Tottingham

Here we go. In our favour, City have been out of sorts this season. It seems a club riddled with niggles and sideways glances. There seems to be a lack of esprit de corps. I have two hopes. First that we play our fast, thoughtful and inventive best. The second is that we don’t go out there, look goof for an hour then start clock watching. Can we win? Yes. Will we? Oh go on then. We did Utd so let’s have a Manc brace. Prediction 3-2.

Newcastle vs West Ham

Bizarrely West Ham are a point ahead of the Toon. I say this because Newcastle are clearly a superior side. But they’ve gone of the boil. Become a bit tepid. You can’t reboil previously boiled water. It’s simply not the same. Pardew needs to tip the kettle out and get it on the hob before the game starts. Big Sam drinks Maxwell house out of a tankard. Prediction 3-1.

Chelsea vs Liverpool

The Racists vs The Bedwetters. My needle on my Irrational Dislikeometer pings across the screen when the name of Liverpool is mentioned. But you can’t be championing Nazis. No good comes of it. I’ve seen The Blues Brothers. But Liverpool cannot win this. They are not capable of winning this. Prediction 4-1.

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  • Hartley says:

    Chicken dinner!

  • BrizzleSpur says:

    The Newcastle v Wet Spam prediction is genius.

  • Ronnie Wolman says:

    Arsenal vs Fulham

    Cant see Fulham winning unless Laurent Koscielny tries to tackle Berba in the area.What a liability he is.
    Like Cazorla and think they will win 2-1

    Everton vs Sunderland

    Think it will be closer but still Everton 2-1

    Reading vs Norwich

    2-1 but the other way.They are at home and to a former rival in the championship.It will be tight

    Stoke vs QPR

    Im in for a boring boring 1-1

    Wigan vs West Brom

    Wigan are fighters under Martinez and West Brom have Odewingie back to form.1-1

    Aston Villa vs Man Utd

    Villa are not a good team,agreed but they do have a few players.Think they willhang in for a while
    1-2

    Manchester City vs Tottingham

    We have to go with two strikers.Ade feeding Defoe and cenemting possession up front while the wingers go wild.
    We HAVE to attack them because playing scared with destoy us in midfield as they pile on the pressure slowly.
    Dont underestimaate them.Im looking at 2-2 if we play our cards right.If not we could be hugely cooked.

    Newcastle vs West Ham

    The party is over 3-0

    Chelsea vs Liverpool

    Always a tight game and I love Suarez
    but Chelsea really have a plethora of talent
    2-1 but not so easy

    What happened to Southampton Swansea.Dont like the coast? Harry it reminds you of Portsmouth-Southampton-Portsmouth and Bright and all stops to Bournemouth?

    1-1

  • Sid Trotter says:

    I believe we-ll lose to a Lloris howler ….. though I would still start him in goal. If we were to lose to a Friedel howler, people would saz he was past it. But they can-t say that with Lloris can they.

    • Ronnie Wolman says:

      Lloris has been treated with no respect…what do you expect

      • essexian76 says:

        Oh, Ronnie I was waiting for that type of response. The only consistent negative, however you package it is Brad’s 41 and therefore must a lesser keeper than a 25 French International-well,on paper perhaps Lloris should be-but guess what?, he isn’t and it’s now 6 games against pretty poor opposition and he’s managed to balls-up at least once a game so far. You’re saying start him so he can play his way into form because his ‘treatment’ has been disrespectful-excuse me?, how’s having to earn the right to play disrespectful?-maybe playing well when given the chance and getting the manager to see the error of his way’s would be a way I guess-but have you seen anything from Lloris to remotely suggest he’s the better option? because other than age, I haven’t so far.

      • Ronnie Wolman says:

        from what Ive seen of Lloris I like his style.he is more agile than Brad.
        Brad looks flat footed but is about as steady a goalkeeper as there is.
        I think AVB could have used both evenly this season.
        Both getting good and bad games.It would have offered a baton changing in a much more respectabvle way

        • essexian76 says:

          Sorry mate on evidence of the games I’ve seen him play so far-I’ve seen nothing to suggest we’ve got a WC keeper. As I said an age ago-All keepers cock-up, it doesn’t matter who they are-but a classy keeper makes less mistakes than an average one-and if we’re comparing the two-then it’s Brad for me, if only for his organization of the defence, let alone his displays this season, where he was unquestionably MOTM in at least three games.

  • Astro Spur says:

    Will Silva be back for the game? If so we will lose without our midfield maestro Dembele, if not we have a chance. Either 3-0 to city or hopefully if we play to our strength’s, with the depleted squad we have right now, we could scrape a 2-2 draw.

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