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Premier league predictions: 7/12/13

DISCLAIMER: I take no blame if following my predictions leads to a failed accumulator…and all the credit if they turn out to be correct.

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MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE UNITED

So many classic games between these two down the years. Who can forget Philip Albert (proud owner of one of football’s greatest ever moustaches) deftly lobbing a forlorn Peter Schmiechal at St James’ as the Toon Army ran out 5-0 winners in ‘96, or a pubescent Wayne Rooney casually cutting short a rant at the referee to smash home a volley from 30 yards back in 2005. And this could be another cracker. United are in a post-Fergie downward spiral of despair/ haven’t won in 3, while Newcastle are the proud holders of both the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month Awards – even after a humbling 3-0 defeat to Swansea.

PREDICTION: 2-1

CRYSTAL PALACE v CARDIFF

Tony Pulis gained his first victory as manager of Palace last weekend against West Ham and will be hoping home form will be the key to saving the London side from what has so far looked like an almost certain relegation. Coming up against a Cardiff side, who despite claiming notable results against Man Utd and Man City this season, find themselves on a run of one win in eight, Palace will be confident they can snatch a second consecutive three points. Palace have had three clean sheets in the past four games, and with this game pitting the two lowest scorers in the division against each other, goals could be at a premium. But then again when Marouane Chamakh is around…oh nevermind.

PREDICTION: 1-0

LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM

With the news England will face Uruguay in next summer’s world cup announced today we could all be forgiven for hoping Luis Suarez gets back to biting people rather than scoring ridiculous goals. Three of his four against Norwich were worthy of goal of the month and Sam Allardyce will be going ultra defensive in this one in an attempt to stifle the Uruguayans threat. Although with the Hammers having played several games this season without a recognised striker, I’m not sure how much more defensive they can get. West Ham have conceded 10 goals since they last scored and with Liverpool having won six from seven at Anfield it looks like a home banker.

PREDICTION: 3-1

SOUTHAMPTON v MAN CITY

A difficult one to call. Southampton have been impressive so far this season, with the likes of Lallana and Lambert playing ahead of an imperious defence (imperious until they conceded three to Villa mid week). Even though Saints midfielder Steven Davis completed more passes (109) than the entire Villa side combined (96) on Wednesday night, the 3-2 defeat means three losses in a row. Man City on the other hand finally got a victory on the road against West Brom last time out. City are scoring goals for fun but if Southampton can regain their defensive stability it could be close.

PREDICTION: 1-3

STOKE v CHELSEA

Stoke do not win against Chelsea. They have never beaten them in the Premier League era and have only scored three goals in ten meetings in that time. And with Mark Hughes’ side stuttering along so far this season you would be hard pushed to find people backing the home side in this one. Having said that Chelsea did concede three on route to victory against bottom of the table Sunderland mid-week and haven’t looked like a classic Mourinho side so far this season. Edin Hazard was unplayable at the Stadium of Light and if he is on form again it could be a long afternoon for Stoke.

PREDICTION: 0-4

WEST BROM v NORWICH CITY

Both teams are firmly established in the “too good to go down but not good enough to challenge for Europe” camp.  Although Norwich need to start putting the ball in the back of the net, and stop having to pick it out of their own soon if they are to avoid being dragged into a prolonged relegation battle. West Brom haven’t won in over a month but have been unlucky in draws against Chelsea and Aston Villa in that time.

PREDICTION: 1-1

SUNDERLAND v SPURS

Gus Poyet has at least got Sunderland putting up some sort of fight in recent games and pushing Chelsea all the way in their last outing at least suggests some of the signings Di Canio made can have a positive impact. But close defeats do not save you from relegation and the Black Cats really need to start picking up points soon. Spurs, and Villas Boas in particular, are also desperate for points at the minute as they seek to kick start their season. The smooth talking Portuguese boss has watched his side struggle to score in the post-Bale era, and with Sunderland having already shocked Man City at home this season, will be fearful defeat here will see him collecting his P45.

PREDICTION: 1-2

Hmm, quite a lot of goals it seems tomorrow. Will make for an interesting MOTD if it pans out anyway.

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Sporting Week in Pictures, August 31 – September 6

This weeks sporting events as caught by the camera…

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-madness-of-the-transfer-window

You have to feel sorry for the reporters sent out by Sky Sports News to stand in club car parks waiting to report back to HQ on transfer deadline day. While one reporter at West Brom was welcomed with sausage and chips, this reporter, the man given the honour of revealing to the world that Arsene Wenger had finally spent some money, was caught in a stampede of Arsenal supporters attempting to confirm via autoque that they hadn’t misheard. Dragged back to the Emirates sadly this reporter has not been seen since.

Baseball picture
http://www.joe.ie/sports/us-sports/baseball-crowd-terrified-by-foul-ball-might-be-the-best-baseball-picture-ever/

Fans on the other side of the Atlantic this time. In a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Oreos  Orioles last week a foul ball was sent up toward the crowd and this image perfectly captures the total chaos caused. Some, such as the two older women at the bottom of the picture, recoil in horror. Others, like the sporty blonde in the centre, welcome the chance of glory. And then there are the two grey gentlemen on the peripheries. One, almost superman-like looks to “save the women and children” while the other is simply left wide eyed and frozen with terror.

Frustrated:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2414051/Break-ing-point-Murray-Andy-smashes-racket-losing-US-Open-title-frustrating-quarterfinal.html

Andy Murray gave up the defence of his US Open title at the quarter final stage on Thursday. Losing in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka the current Wimbledon and Olympic champion was clearly not happy with how things were going and took it out on his poor defenceless racket. They do say a bad workman blames his tools but you can’t really argue with the Scots performance over the past year.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/10292851/Roy-of-the-Rovers-Rickie-Lambert-will-never-forget-the-night-Moldova-came-to-town.html

Continuing on from his début goal against Scotland Rickie Lambert made it two from two as he scored England’s second goal in a comfortable 4-0 victory against Moldova at Wembley last night. *Insert cliché about him having risen from the bottom of the football pyramid in true “Roy of the Rovers style”*. Fair play to him he hasn’t looked out of place so far although playing against a Moldovan defence is probably a lot more similar to his early career days than the Premier league opponents he now faces.

http://www.lsusports.net/PhotoAlbum.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&PALBID=1014553

Slight bias on this one. The college football season got under way last week in the US and having attended LSU for year in 2011 it was good to see them get of to a winning start this year. Defeating Texas Christian University 37-27 in front of over 80,000 fans in the ‘Cowboy Classic’ held at the AT&T stadium in Texas this is about as far removed from university level sport in this country as is possible. Plus the number 90 you see in that picture, Anthony Johnson, is 20 years old and weighs 21 stone; someone has got to be checking these birth certificates!