Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 03)

8 Games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday this week, then it's International injury week :)
Can West Ham repeat last seasons amazing win at City or will the injury hit Hammers still have 11 fit players after a Thursday Euro game?
Several hard to call games and I suppose the top game is Hull v Man Utd?

Tottenham v Liverpool
Chelsea v Burnley
C Palace v Bournemouth
Everton v Stoke
Leicester v Swansea
Southampton v Sunderland
Watford v Arsenal
Hull v Man Utd

West Brom v Middlesbrough
Man City v West Ham

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 02)

Week 2 and the games are over 3 days again, but this week it's Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Man U game starts the week on Friday night for some reason?
Last years top 2 play on Saturday night both needing points after losing their opening game.

Man Utd v Southampton
Stoke v Man City
Burnley v Liverpool
Swansea v Hull
Tottenham v C Palace
Watford v Chelsea   
West Brom v Everton    
Leicester v Arsenal
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Bournemouth

Good Luck All :)

Someone Needs Glasses

So Costa says he was going for the ball and Anthony Taylor says it was a genuine attempt for the ball so no need for a yellow card?
I think the pair of them need a trip to Specsavers. :(

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 01)

It's Back !!!!
The all new prediction competition for the 2016-2017 season.
Usual rules apply - 3 Points for a correct score, 1 Point for a correct result.
Predictions League will be decided on weekly wins first, if 2 or more people share a weekly win that will be classed as a draw, if at the end things are still level the toal points for the season come into play.
Anyway enough of that :) hopefully the regular players will be back and anyone reading this blog is welcome to join in at any point, just let me know a name and club supported. Obviously predictions will only count if they are made before the kick offs.
Predictions in the comments please :) as always the comments are moderated to weed out spam and abuse so won't appear instantly, but I will get them done before kick offs.

Here is the first week of the new season, games spread over 3 days with 7 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday and a big game on Monday night.
Champions Leicester open against relegation favourites Hull which might show us what sort of season it will be :)
Big spending City start with Sam-less Sunderland, and mega spenders United go to Bournemouth.
Obviously fans of this blog will be looking forward to Monday night :)

Hull v Leicester
Burnley v Swansea
C Palace v West Brom
Everton v Tottenham
Middlesbrough v Stoke
Southampton v Watford
Man City v Sunderland

Bournemouth v Man Utd
Arsenal v Liverpool

Chelsea v West Ham

Good Luck All :)

Fantasy Football Season 2016-17

I have set up leagues for Nothing Better Than Football "NBTF" in the Premier league game and the Telegraph game.If you would like to join either, here are the details -

Fantasy Premier League 2016/17
https://www.premierleague.com/
League name: Nothing Better Than Football
Code to join this league: 312343-96257

The Premier league runs it's own game "Fantasy Premier League" and it is free to play.
You choose a squad of 15 players in your budget, then pick a starting XI for each game, transfers are available during the season - 1 is free, anymore cost you points, wildcards are available twice a season to let you ship out several players at once if half your squad get sold to Real Madrid in January.
You can only have one team each, but you can put it in multiple leagues.
(Hopefully get more than the 4 who joined last season)
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Telegraph Fantasy Football 2016/17
http://fantasyfootball.telegraph.co.uk/
League name: NBTF
Pin: 8072532 - Passcode 2323

The Telegraph game tends to be the most popular amongst Fantasy football managers as you can tinker away all season with 40 transfers allowed and make changes to your team right up till the first kick-off of the day. You can have as many teams as you like, the first team is free but if you want more you can upgrade by paying a fee, the more teams you have the cheaper it is.
Many different cash prizes if your good enough.

This League has finished Top 100 for the last 2 seasons so the more players I get the better the chance of finishing in the cash positions? If we are lucky enough to

The Premier league game is open to everyone worldwide (as there are no cash prizes),
sadly the Telegraph game is UK residents only :(

Silly Season (Part 2)

Silly season has really took off today with Paul Pogba re-joining Man Utd for £89 million and John Stones going to City for £47 million, even West Ham have blown some money.


Top Transfers so far (up to 9th August)

Paul Pogba (Juventus - Man Utd) £89.25m
John Stones (Everton - Man City) £47.26m
Leroy Sane (Schalke - Manchester City) £42.5m
Granit Xhaka (B Monch'bach - Arsenal) 38.25m
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (B Dortmund - Man Utd) 35.7m
Sadio Mané (Southampton - Liverpool) 35.02m
Michy Batshuayi (Marseille - Chelsea) 33.15m
Eric Bailly (Villarreal - Man Utd) 32.3m
N'Golo Kante (Leicester - Chelsea) £30.43m
Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras - Man City) £27m
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle - Liverpool) £23.38m
Ilkay Gündogan (B Dortmund - Man City) 22.95m

Premier League 2016-17

Premier League season only 4 days away, so here's my take on the season ahead.
Hopefully better than last season? where I didn't get any of the teams going down and predicted Leicester would just about survive!! also managed just 2 of the top 4.
Anyway kiss of death this year to ... ?

Arsenal - Need a top quality striker but still have one of the best midfields in the world. Really can't see them winning the league but will be one of several teams in with a chance.
Bournemouth - I think they will improve this season and could finish mid table or higher injuries permitting.
Burnley - Probably will be a favourite for relegation but I fancy them to survive this time .. but not by much.
Chelsea - I think Conte is a very good manager and with the likes of Hazard and Costa they should do better than last season, and will probably be in the mix at the end. But Roman's billions don't set them apart anymore.
Crystal Palace - Faded badly last season and I think they could be in for a struggle this season.
Everton - New manager who should improve things but mid table is about the best I can see from the current squad.
Hull - Now Bruce has cleared off I can start to like Hull again, but can only see a season of struggle for them.
Leicester - They were brilliant last season but unlikely to happen again, but if they can hold on to the players they still have should finish top half and maybe in the Euro spots.
Liverpool - Hate to say it but they will be in with a shout this term, with no Europe getting in the way could go close.
Man City - Probably my favourites for the title, as long as Aguerro stays fit.
Man United - Not sure if they can improve much from last seasons position, should be more entertaining but still lacking something.
Middlesbrough - Should be solid and hard to beat, but staying up will be the main challenge.
Southampton - Koeman, Mane, Pelle gone and a new manager? think their bubble will burst this season and will finish in the bottom half.
Stoke - Keep surprising me every season, should be good enough to stay clear of relegation but expect mid table.
Sunderland - No fat Sam to inspire them and Defoe can't keep doing it, could be a long season.
Swansea - Another team who surprised me last season, thought they would struggle but ended up looking alright.
Tottenham - I think they will be top 6 but don't think they have enough to challenge for the title.
Watford - No idea why they changed manager and don't think it will help, bottom half.
West Brom - Pulis is a really good manager but West Brom have been over performing for a few years.
West Ham - Hoping for better this term and some good signings will help, not sure if we have enough to challenge yet but would be great if can build on last season.

The predictions????
1 Man City 2 Liverpool 3 Arsenal 4 Chelsea
17 Burnley 18 Watford 19 Sunderland 20 Hull

So get your money on Burnley for the title :)

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Every Little Helps

There is a rumour that Tesco might be the new sponsor for the Olympic stadium?

So I've come up with a possible new cheap and cheerful 3rd kit for when we play in the new EFL Cup competition.

50 Years Ago

30th July 1966, 50 years ago today.


50 years of hurt? didn't know at the time that would be the last time England would win anything :(
I've watched virtually every competitive game since in the hope it would happen again but excluding 1990 and 96 we've never even gone close .... one day?

Here's a video I put up about 10 years ago :)



308 views in 10 years? not exactly gone viral :)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Silly Season

Four weeks to go before it all kicks off again :)
About six weeks until the first round of the big spend up is done and dusted, Premier league teams now have so much money they will all be struggling to spend it.
Here's my first round up of who is doing the spending.


Man Utd have been spending early as they did last season, and Southampton have once again been selling off the family silver.
Liverpool although spending heavily again have been balancing the books with some big sales.
West Ham have brought in some decent players on the cheap with the only major outlay on making Lanzini's transfer permanent.
Arsenal have actually spent some money on Xhaka who hit one of the worst penalties in the Euros?

Top Transfers so far (up to 15th July)
Granit Xhaka (B Monch'bach - Arsenal) 38.25m
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (B Dortmund - Man Utd) 35.7m
Sadio Mané (Southampton - Liverpool) 35.02m
Michy Batshuayi (Marseille - Chelsea) 33.15m
Eric Bailly (Villarreal - Man Utd) 32.3m
Ilkay Gündogan (B Dortmund - Man City) 22.95m
Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar - Tottenham) 18.79m
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow    - Leicester) 16.58m
Nolito (Celta Vigo - Man City) 15.3m
Jordon Ibe (Liverpool - Bournemouth) 15m
Andros Townsend (Newcastle - C Palace) 13.26m
Nampalys Mendy (Nice - Leicester) 13.18m

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Wales

Good luck Wales in their Semi Final against Portugal :)
James Collins looks likely to play so a Hammer to cheer on.

One thing that crossed my mind before the Tournament kicked off was "does having a really good song help you?" thinking of New Order's brilliant tune in 1990 which helped us get to the Semi's.
I love the Manic Street Preachers so the official Wales tune was a big favourite of mine, considering once again most of the England songs are crap.

Seems to have worked :)


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Euro 2016 Predictions (Part 4)

The Semi Finals ... Nearly forgot to post these .. oops!

Portugal v Wales
Germany v France

The Final
Portugal v France

90 Minute rule again, and please post your final results when we know who it will be :)
Looking like Longy did enough in the group stages to win, but still open with a possible 9 points to play for.
Good Luck All :)

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

England Disgrace

I've seen some ropey England performances but this has to be the worst ever. Iceland are a decent team but can never have expected such an easy passage to the next round.
The first half was poor but everyone expected us to take control in the second half, but we actually got worse? Rooney had been reasonable in the first half but seemed to forget how to play the game in the 2nd half, Harry Kane was an embarrassment and should have been hauled off at half time to allow Sturridge to play in the centre.
At least Vardy looked like he was trying when he came on unlike the rest of the team and Marcus Rashford did more in 5 minutes than the rest had managed all game.
Here are my over generous ratings - Hart 2, Walker 2, Rose 3, Smalling 3, Cahill 3, Dier 3, Alli 4, Rooney 4, Sterling 1, Kane 0, Sturridge 3, Subs - Wilshere 2, Vardy 5, Rashford 6

Hodgson has gone and I think the majority of this team should be banished from the national side as punishment.
Now really glad he didn't pick any West Ham players who would have got tainted by this shower of shit.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Euro 2016 Predictions (Part 3)

Well that's England out of the way :(
On with the rest of it.
Germany v Italy looks like the pick of the games and the Italians looked really good against Spain today.
3 of the 4 West Ham players still involved :)

Poland v Portugal
Wales v Belgium
Germany v Italy
France v Iceland

Current scores with 7 games left.
Longy 39, Lee 32, Biopunk 30, Paulo 28, John 21, Paul 0, (Lawro 36)

Once again the Rules - 3 points for a correct score, 1 point for a correct result (comment before kick off's)
Scores after 90 minutes only (not including extra time and penalties)

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Euro 2016 Predictions (Part 2)

Last 16 games start on Saturday through till Monday.
All the big names in England's half of the draw so if they beat Iceland it could be France followed by Germany, Spain or Italy in the Semi's?

Switzerland v Poland
Wales v Northern Ireland
Croatia v Portugal
France v Rep of Ireland
Germany v Slovakia
Hungary v Belgium
Italy v Spain
England v Iceland

Current Scores - Longy 39, Lee 28, Biopunk 26, Paulo 26, John 15, Paul 0, (Lawro 29)
Longy with at least a 4 game lead and only 15 games to go?

Good Luck All :)

Rules - 3 points for a correct score, 1 point for a correct result (comment before kick off's)
Scores after 90 minutes only (not including extra time and penalties) to avoid complaints.
** Extra time and penalties do not count **

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Euro 2016 Progress

All the teams have played twice and France, Spain and Italy are the only ones with 2 wins each.

Spain have probably been the only team to look good in both games, Italy struggled against Sweden after the terrific win over Belgium. France have had to rely on Dimi Payet's late brilliance to win both games after struggling against Rumania and Albania.

Of the rest Germany have played well but struggle up front, England have not hit top gear, Portugal have played well but Ronaldo is having a nightmare.

Favourite game was Northern Ireland's win over the Ukraine.

Teams that have disappointed so far - Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Poland.

Teams doing better than expected - Hungary, Iceland, Northern Ireland.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Euro 2016 Predictions (Part 1)

The Euro 2016 Prediction competition.
Anyone welcome to join in on this (just leave a name, no anonymous).

Rules - 3 points for a correct score, 1 point for a correct result (comment before kick off's)
Scores after 90 minutes only (not including extra time and penalties) to avoid complaints.

Group Stages - Here
Round of 16 - Will post 23rd June
Quarter Finals - Will post 28th June
Semi- Finals - Will post 4th July
Final - Will post 8th July
A total of 51 games, Winner will be whoever scores the most at the end .. simple :)

First Set - Group Stages - (Copy and Paste)

France v Romania
Albania v Switzerland
Wales v Slovakia
England v Russia
Turkey v Croatia
Poland v Northern Ireland
Germany v Ukraine
Spain v Czech Republic
Rep of Ireland v Sweden
Belgium v Italy
Austria v Hungary
Portugal v Iceland

Russia v Slovakia
Romania v Switzerland
France v Albania
England v Wales
Ukraine v Northern Ireland
Germany v Poland
Italy v Sweden
Czech Republic v Croatia
Spain v Turkey
Belgium v Rep of Ireland
Iceland v Hungary
Portugal v Austria

Romania v Albania
Switzerland v France
Russia v Wales
Slovakia v England
Northern Ireland v Germany
Ukraine v Poland
Croatia v Spain
Czech Republic v Turkey
Hungary v Portugal
Iceland v Austria
Italy v Rep of Ireland
Sweden v Belgium

Good Luck All :)

Euro 2016 World Rankings

If it goes to World rankings, these would be the Quarter finals

France v Spain
England v Portugal
Germany v Belgium
Switzerland v Austria

With the Semi's ...

Spain v Portugal
Belgium v Austria

With Belgium beating Spain in the final.

But I've got a feeling it won't work out this way :)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Euros 2016 Fantasy Football


The Telegraph (Torygraph?) have launched their Euro 2016 Fantasy game.
£25k in prizes, with £10k for the winner.

If anyone wants to join the Nothing Better Than Football league? the details are -
League Name: NBTF EUROS - League Pin: 8111097
Sadly no prizes/medals for winning this league unless you finish top 10 overall, but you will get my gratitude :) Hopefully we can get a high placed finish to challenge some of the big groups?

Personal stuff - probably did well in the regular fantasy football league last season as I was out of work for a lot of it after being made redundant/laid off twice in 2015 :( 
Just a handful of part time jobs to interfere with this serious stuff :)

But sod's law I've got a nice new full time job starting tomorrow which will totally interfere with all the early kick off's in the Euros, meaning not only will I miss all the 2pm kick off's and maybe some of the 5pm ones if the traffic is bad? also I won't be able to tinker with my teams in this competition between matches, meaning I will probably do rubbish ... excuses made :)

Monday, 30 May 2016

Honours 2015-16

It's finally finished, so here are the winners and losers.

Premier League
Champions - Leicester City
Champions League Place - Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City
Europa League Place  - Man Utd, Southampton, West Ham
Relegated - Aston Villa, Norwich, Newcastle

Championship
Champions - Burnley
Promoted - Middlesbrough, Hull City
Relegated - Charlton, MK Dons, Bolton

League One
Champions - Wigan Athletic
Promoted - Burton Albion, Barnsley
Relegated - Doncaster, Blackpool, Colchester, Crewe

League Two
Champions - Northampton
Promoted - Oxford Utd, Bristol Rovers, Wimbledon
Relegated - York, Dagenham And Redbridge

National League
Champions - Cheltenham
Promoted - Grimsby
Relegated - Halifax, Altrincham, Kidderminster, Welling

FA Cup - Man Utd
League Cup - Man City
Charity Shield - Arsenal
Paint Trophy - Barnsley
FA Trophy - Halifax

Champions League - Real Madrid
Europa League - Sevilla
Super Cup - Barcelona
World Club Cup - Barcelona