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.
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!
Eduardo joins Wasim again to discuss the various facets of Real Madrid’s successful La Liga campaign including Zidane’s management, the intelligent use of a talented squad and the Merengues’ underrated in-game resilience. In addition, Eduardo also shares some quick thoughts on the Champions League final, Copa del Rey final, Xabi Alonso’s retirement and the overachievers in this season’s La Liga.
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
Instant reaction to the draw for the Champions League and Europa league semi finals and Wasim also previews the FA Cup semi finals.Embed from Getty Images