As Newcastle and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at St. James Park, Round 7 of the Premier League season came to an end. Time to tally the results against my picks. I am not particularly looking forward to this, because I didn’t accurately predict a single scoreline from this weekend’s action. Anyhow, here goes.
The last football weekend of September heralds another pause in domestic football before some crucial World Cup qualifiers. While there is plenty to look forward to on the road to Russia, there are still some tasty fixtures in the last round of domestic football before the international break. These obviously include some great matches in the Premier League. Here’s my stab at predicting the games this weekend, including the marquee clash between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Round 6 of the Premier League season came to an end as Arsenal eked out a somewhat fortuitous victory over West Brom. Was I as fortunate in my picks? Before revealing whether I did better than my first two attempts, I should mention that I was in a for a good haul but for some atrocious defending by Alfie Mawson at the Liberty stadium. Let’s tally the results against my picks.
It has been a very busy week for me, so no bells and whistles in this edition of Premier League predictions. Like most weeks, this is another tricky set of picks to get right. Consider some of the fixtures — Spurs visiting West Ham, Liverpool at Leicester, Chelsea away to Stoke and United with a tough trip to Southampton. It’s not going to be easy, but after seven points at the first attempt and eight in the second, I will take another incremental gain this time around.
With Round 5 of the Premier League in the history books, it’s time to revisit my predictions. The aim was to do better than last time. Since I had scored only seven points then, the bar was pretty low. As is the case with predictions, a few surprises dented my total and I certainly wasn’t helped by both Manchester teams winning by emphatic margins. Let’s take a look at the predictions, with my post-game thoughts and final tally updated below the table.
As round 4 of the Premier League concluded with West Ham’s win over Huddersfield, it’s time to revisit the predictions I made on Friday, ahead of the weekend. As mentioned before, I get three points for guessing the accurate score and one point for predicting the right result.
After a whole series of technical mishaps and dealing with contractors in the background, I finally managed to produce the new season’s first episode of the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar. With the Premier League and Ligue 1 the two active leagues amongst Europe’s top five this weekend, I provide predictions for every match that takes place this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Of the top six in the Premier League, I believe Arsenal, Liverpool and United have the trickiest fixtures, while a managerial battle between Frank de Boer and David Wagner provides novelty as Crystal Palace host Huddersfield.
Meanwhile in Ligue 1, excitement abounds ahead of Neymar’s debut in a tricky away match for PSG at Guingamp. It’s also going to be interesting to see if Rudi Garcia and Marcelo Bielsa can replicate good starts for Marseille and Lille respectively, away from home.
There are also league debuts for Morata, Lacazette, Salah and Lukaku. Lots to look forward to this weekend and the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar has you covered!Embed from Getty Images
As most of you know in the midst of last season, I launched a dream project that I have wanted to do for so long – my own football podcast! Launching in the middle of the season ensured that I had the liberty to try many different things with the podcast while enabling me to learn a lot about the processes of a podcast. I still have a lot to learn and by no means is the podcast perfect. However, with the launch of the new European season only a matter of days away, I am excited to resume the podcast. There is only one benchmark that I am going to use this season – consistency of releasing episodes. I want 2017/18 to be remembered not only for being a great football season, but also a campaign where the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar provided great analysis and perspective that is genuinely unique and insightful.
With that being said, I have released a short tease of an episode for all of you, outlining my goals and vision for the podcast this season.
One of football’s preeminent tactical analysts is the guest on this episode. Michael Cox talks to Wasim about the tactical evolution seen over the course of the Premier League’s existence, whetting our appetite for Michael’s upcoming book – The Mixer. From Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger, then Mourinho and Benitez, right up to Conte’s 3-4-3, Michael and Wasim talk tactics all the way!
Real vs Juve and United vs Ajax are two European finals that have Wasim foaming at the mouth. Wasim also looks ahead to the weekend, where champions can be crowned all across Europe.Embed from Getty Images