As excited, I was about the NLD, I was brought down to earth throughout the week by world class analysis.
Not taking away what Arsenal did but Spurs’ tactics were truly bizarre, having their two central midfielders ahead of their strikers.
It’s unlikely we will ever play against that kind of system again ….
Man United 1-1 Everton
It does seem that Ole lacks that tactical insight to take Man United over the line.
Where a City, Chelsea and Liverpool have an identity, the plan at Old Trafford seems to be to rely on individual moments of magic.
Sometimes that will work (like midweek) but it also means they will drop silly points.
Alternatively, Rafa will rock up with a game plan and I don’t think it’s a shock if Everton get a result.
Burnley 2-0 Norwich
19th vs 20th.
Two teams without a league win yet.
Whoever loses this should be worried and it might come down to who shows more ambition.
Sean Dyche’s men though have more know-how, and at least know what they do has kept them up before.
Both I predict will get relegated.
Chelsea 2-0 Saints
I got to admit that I was getting carried away with Chelsea.
Yet in their last two fixtures they seemed to run out of ideas.
Let’s stress those fixtures were against Man City and Juventus, and maybe in the long term they need this to avoid getting complacent.
Leeds 1-2 Watford
The longer Leeds goes without a win the harder it becomes.
Part of their problem is fans show up at Elland Road expecting to win this type of game.
Yet in reality it’s an injury hit squad that is lacking confidence.
Wolves 1-1 Newcastle
Despite the criticism Newcastle are grinding out results mainly thanks to Saint Maximin. Whether he’s enough to turn draws into wins is debatable.
Away fans protesting though seems self-defeating.
Wolves don’t take a lot of their chances, meaning they will keep the Toon in the game.
Brighton 1-1 Arsenal
We might actually play against a team who don’t have their two CMS ahead of their strikers.
However tactically bad Spurs were, it doesn’t change the fact that Auba worked his socks off and Overgaard’s pressing was world class.
The challenge now is for our players to keep up those levels every week.
It’s one thing to be up for a Derby it’s another to repeat if away on the south coast for an evening kick off.
What separates good players from those who finish in the top 4 Is being able to be consistent.
Where this current group is at, it wouldn’t be a shock if we didn’t show up after a week of hype.
Palace 1-0 Leicester
Leicester plays these three days after a trip to Poland. They simply don’t have the squad to manage that.
If Palace play like they did on Monday, they can win this.
Was disappointed in Zaha’s complaints about Brighton’s celebrations when his was similar.
Sometimes he shows a mentality which explains why he wouldn’t cope at a higher level.
Spurs 1-2 Villa
Fair to say Spurs won’t play the same tactics that they did against us?
I’m still trying to work out was their manager blaming himself for asking players to do something not practical, or was he saying his players were not good enough to follow through his game plan?
A good time for Villa to go to Spurs.
West Ham 3- 2 Brentford
Could be the most entertaining game of the weekend.
A year ago, I would have said the Hammers would drop points as they struggle when they are favourites.
It’s a credit to David Moyes that they now have that belief to win games.
Liverpool 3-1 Man City
I got to admit that City proved me wrong at the Bridge.
If they win the Prem they will look back on last weekend as a statement moment.
Equally though, in a game they dominated they only scored by a hit and hope shot on the turn.
This game will be an example of the problem of not having a world class number 9.
Will City take the limited opportunities they get on Sunday?
You know Liverpool will!
Anfield can be electric for games like this and impact the result.
LAST WEEKS EPL PREDICTIONS TABLE
Top 32 Qualify for the World Cup
J Gunner 46
Sue P 44
Uzi Ozil 40
Kenya 001= 38
Kev 82- 34
Ba Thea 33
Gunne Ray 31
Indian Gunner London 31
Dan Kit 28
loose cannon 20
Kelvin A- 19
Third Man JW 18
Kondwani Tyson 14
Ezegou Kevin 9
mubz ug- 9
Jo Gunz -7
Quincy Okebe 7
football lovers 6
Good Luck Peeps