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.
With Matchday 1 of the 2017/18 Europa League in the books, it’s time to revisit my predictions for the round. There were some statement wins for AC Milan, Atalanta, Arsenal, Zenit St Petersburg and Real Sociedad. Did I predict dominant wins for these teams? Let’s take a look at the table.
Time to check in and see how I did on my first stab at predictions for the Champions League. First, let’s compare the predictions and results in the table below. Then we’ll tally up the correct results and accurate scores to see my points total.
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.
I had the privilege of talking to Eduardo Alvarez on the podcast again earlier today. Eduardo is a real football intellectual and discussing the beautiful game with him is a true pleasure. My intention was to run through the Champions League groups quickly just after they were drawn, but we managed to go deeper with our analysis while enjoying some natural tangents along the way.
I genuinely enjoyed this episode as we predicted who will get out of the groups, while Eduardo also provided his expert opinion on the new La Liga season. Have a listen and enjoy a great episode of the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar.Embed from Getty Images
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.
Mina Rzouki joins the podcast to talk about Juve’s successful season and look ahead to the big Champions League final in Cardiff. Mina and Wasim also reflect on the Serie A in general and revel in Crotone’s remarkable escape from relegation.