Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Premier Predictions (Week 22)

Another exciting week of the Premier League :)
Big game of the week is under-performing Man City against over-performing Tottenham, Pep Guardiola has managed to make a very expensive City team look pretty average, while Pochettino is getting better every year, making some pretty average players play like world beaters.
The rest of the title contenders look to have pretty easy games, but you never know.
West Ham need to build on last weeks excellent performance at smog city, which has not been a happy hunting ground in previous visits (although we did win there the last time we played).

Liverpool v Swansea
Bournemouth v Watford
C Palace v Everton
Middlesbrough v West Ham
Stoke v Man Utd
West Brom v Sunderland
Man City v Tottenham

Southampton v Leicester
Arsenal v Burnley
Chelsea v Hull

Good Luck All :)

Friday, 13 January 2017


Oh well that's another football love affair ending in a bitter divorce :(
One good season and a good Euro's for France and suddenly he's too good for us, so he's refused to play anymore.
The problem with modern footballers, their only loyalty is to their bank balance.
So he joins the ever growing list of football Judas's off for a bigger pay packet somewhere else.
Hopefully after 6 months of sitting on his arse collecting his £120k a week we can at least get back what we paid for him?

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Premier Predictions (Week 21)

Back to the Premier league after last weeks Cup damp squib.
8 Games Saturday and 2 more on Sunday.
Could be a good week with the two Manc v Scouse matches on Sunday, and a possibility of some upsets in the Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea games.
Oh and Big Fat Sam should get a warm reception at the Stratford Bowl :)

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

Good Luck All (especially Me, Paulo or Longy) hehe :)

Fran├žois Van der Elst RIP

Sadly another former Hammer passed away today :(
Francois Van Der Elst suffered a heart attack on New Year's day and did not recover.

I first remember him scoring twice in the 1976 Cup Winners Cup Final for Anderlecht against West Ham, but he redeemed himself nicely by signing for us in 1981 and played really well every time I saw him live, although I remember thinking he was much shorter in real life than he looked on the telly (but I've said that about everyone I've met) :)

RIP Francois.

Monday, 2 January 2017

F.A Cup Predictions 2017

Ran this last season and got 5 regular players, totally separate from the Premier League competition.
Last season 2015-16 saw a win for Biopunk with 61 points from the 63 games.

All welcome to join :)

Rules - 3 points for a correct score, 1 point for a correct result.
Scores after 90 minutes only (not including extra time and penalties) to avoid complaints.
Not going to include replays only first matches -
Round 3 x 32 games, Round 4 x 16 games, Round 5 x 8 games etc. So a total of 63 games
Winner will be whoever scores the most at the end .. simple :)

First Set - (Copy and Paste)

West Ham v Man City
Man United v Reading
Accrington Stanley v Luton 
Barrow v Rochdale
Birmingham v Newcastle
Blackpool v Barnsley
Bolton v C Palace
Brentford v Eastleigh
Brighton v MK Dons
Bristol C v Fleetwood
Everton v Leicester
Huddersfield v Port Vale
Hull v Swansea
Ipswich v Lincoln
Millwall v Bournemouth
Norwich v Southampton
QPR v Blackburn
Rotherham v Oxford U
Stoke v Wolves
Sunderland v Burnley
Sutton U v AFC Wimbledon
Watford v Burton
West Brom v Derby
Wigan v Nottm For
Wycombe v Stourbridge
Preston v Arsenal
Cardiff v Fulham
Liverpool v Plymouth
Chelsea v Peterborough
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wed  
Tottenham v Aston Villa  
Cambridge U v Leeds

Good Luck All :)

Africa Cup of Nations 2017

The African cup of Nations (Coupe d'Afrique des nations de football 2017) kicks off on the 14th january.

Group Stages - 14th January to 25th January
Quarter Finals - 28th January to 29th January
Semi Finals - 1st February to 2nd February
Final - 5th February

Being held in Gabon which is on the West coast of Africa.

For those of us interested in the Premier league players who will be missing games here is a list of those called up so far (not confirmed).

Algeria - Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Islam Slimani (Leicester), Adlene Guedioura (Watford)
Congo DR - Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull)
Egypt - Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke)
Gabon - Didier N'Dong (Sunderland)
Ghana - Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Andre Ayew (West Ham)
Ivory Coast - Eric Bailly (Man Utd), Lamine Kone (Sunderland), Max Gradel (Bournemouth), Wilfried Bony (Stoke), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Mali - Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace)
Morocco - Nordin Amrabat (Watford), Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)
Senegal - Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham)
Tunisia - Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland)
Burkina Faso - None
Cameroon - None
Guinea-Bissau - None
Togo - None
Uganda - None
Zimbabwe - None

Possible Bans for not playing?
Benik Afobe, Joel Matip, Brendan Galloway, Allan Nyom, Diafra Sakho 

Games potentially missed -
Premier League -  Week 20 to Week 24
FA Cup - Rounds 3 and 4 + Replays
League Cup - Semi Finals (Both Legs)

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Premier Predictions (Weeks 18 + 19 + 20)

Here we go with a festive bumper edition of the prediction competition.
Lots of good games to come while we all eat and drink ourselves stupid :)

Usual rules - post before the scheduled kick offs (Paulo if you still can't get it working just e-mail me), if any game is postponed due to heavy snow!! it's forgotten about not carried over.

Week 18 -
Monday 26th (8 Games), Tuesday 27th (1), Wednesday 28th (1)

Watford v C Palace
Arsenal v West Brom
Burnley v Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Bournemouth
Leicester v Everton
Man Utd v Sunderland
Swansea v West Ham
Hull v Man City
Liverpool v Stoke
Southampton v Tottenham
Week 19 -
Friday 30th (1), Saturday 31st (7), Sunday 1st January (2)

Hull v Everton
Burnley v Sunderland
Chelsea v Stoke
Leicester v West Ham
Man Utd v Middlesbrough
Southampton v West Brom
Swansea v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Man City
Watford v Tottenham
Arsenal v C Palace
Week 20 -
Monday 2nd (6), Tuesday 3rd (3), Wednesday 4th (1)

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

Good Luck All and a Very Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this :)

Special FA Cup edition coming up early January, and the regular competition will be back before the 14th January.

Leagues Update

First we have the all singing, all dancing version of the current Predictions table :)

Next up it's the FPL Fantasy game, the NBTF league has just 4 players but it has been tight for most of the season.

Next the TFF Fantasy game, I have 111 teams in the NBTF but nearly half of them are mine so should be doing better. The league itself is in a sorry 149th so hopefully everyone can kick on in the 2nd half of the season.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 17)

Straight on with this weekends fixtures, the last set before the Christmas program.
6 Games on Saturday, 3 on Sunday and the Merseyside derby on Monday night.
Can Chelsea make it 11 on the trot at Palace? City v Arsenal should have been the big game apart from a couple of bad defeats for both in the last week.
Can West Ham build on the thrashing of Burnley :) and pull away from the bottom 3?

C Palace v Chelsea
Middlesbrough v Swansea
Stoke v Leicester
Sunderland v Watford
West Ham v Hull
West Brom v Man Utd

Bournemouth v Southampton
Man City v Arsenal
Tottenham v Burnley

Everton v Liverpool

Good Luck All and a Very Merry Christmas :)

I will try and sort out the Christmas / New Year games this week, which will probably cover weeks 18, 19 and 20 played over a 10 day period.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Peter Brabrook R.I.P

Sad to hear that former West Ham, Chelsea and England winger Peter Brabrook died over the weekend aged 79 :(
According to John (last years prediction winner) who said he knew him as Peter used to live in Barking, he was a really nice fella.

He probably didn't get as much credit as he deserved as he played a small part in Chelsea's first title win (in pre-Roman days) and then was a member of West Ham's team during our glory period in the mid 60's.
He also won 3 caps for England.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 15 + 16)

One of those double weeks this time, competitions kept seperate.

Week  15 - Sat 10th + Sun 11th
First off week 15 with 6 games on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.

Watford v Everton
Arsenal v Stoke
Burnley v Bournemouth
Hull v C Palace
Swansea v Sunderland
Leicester v Man City

Chelsea v West Brom
Man Utd v Tottenham
Southampton v Middlesbrough
Liverpool v West Ham


Week 16 - Tues 13th + Wed 14th
2 Games on Tuesday and 8 on Wednesday.

Bournemouth v Leicester
Everton v Arsenal

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

Good Luck All :)
Hopefully the new comments procedure will work ok?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 14)

The games are spread over 3 days this week with 7 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday and one on Monday.
The biggie is the first match on Saturday lunchtime with Chelsea off to face Man City.
Hoping that the Hammers can raise their game against the Gooners but sadly we are looking really average this season :(

Man City v Chelsea
C Palace v Southampton
Stoke v Burnley
Sunderland v Leicester
Tottenham v Swansea
West Brom v Watford
West Ham v Arsenal

Bournemouth v Liverpool
Everton v Man Utd

Middlesbrough v Hull

Good Luck All :)
Can we stop Mystic Paulo? :)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


I knew of them but had never seen them play, but I am incredibly sad at the news of the terrible plane accident that happened early this morning.

I know there are people dying somewhere every minute of the day, but as a football fan this seems more personal :(
Virtually the whole team gone, it has just saddened me as if I knew them.
Best wishes for the survivors, the families of those who are gone and the fans and residents of Chapeco.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 13)

Another week has flown past and here we go with another selection of games.
A third of the season gone already :(

6 Games on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.
Game of the week probably at Stamford Bridge where new leaders Chelsea take on Tottenham.
I'm guessing Sunderland's winning streak might end away to Liverpool, and I'm hoping for a decent Hammers performance away to Man U?

Burnley v Man City
Hull v West Brom
Leicester v Middlesbrough
Liverpool v Sunderland
Swansea v C Palace
Chelsea v Tottenham 

Watford v Stoke
Arsenal v Bournemouth
Man Utd v West Ham
Southampton v Everton

Good Luck All :)

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 12)

Back to weekly games for a while after the third International break (yawn!!) of the season.
Big games of the week, Wenger meets Mourinho and West Ham go to Tottenham.
3 days of games with 8 on Saturday and one each on Sunday and Monday.
.... and yep I nearly forgot again :)

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

Middlesbrough v Chelsea

West Brom v Burnley

Good Luck All :)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 11)

Here we go with another selection before yet another International break.
5 Games on Saturday and 5 more on Sunday (not Friday?). Big game is the North London derby.

Bournemouth v Sunderland
Burnley v C Palace
Man City v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Stoke
Chelsea v Everton

Arsenal v Tottenham
Hull v Southampton
Liverpool v Watford
Swansea v Man Utd
Leicester v West Brom

Good Luck All :)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 10)

Woo Hoo that's the battle won on the pitch :) I'm guessing the headlines will be what happens in the next hour or so around the Olympic park?

But on with the weekend and the next exciting installment of Premier League predictions :)
7 Games on Saturday, 2 on Sunday and one on Monday this week.
Only Tottenham of the top 5 have a home games so it should shake things up again :)

Sunderland v Arsenal
Man Utd v Burnley
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
Tottenham v Leicester
Watford v Hull
West Brom v Man City
C Palace v Liverpool

Everton v West Ham
Southampton v Chelsea

Stoke v Swansea

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 09)

8 Games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday this week.
Sunday's games look the best of the bunch, although Mourinho might bring his new red bus to Stamford bridge?
Mike Phelan must be glad he got his contract signed as a defeat to Stoke will put the pressure on already.

Bournemouth v Tottenham
Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Burnley v Everton
Hull v Stoke
Leicester v C Palace
Swansea v Watford
West Ham v Sunderland
Liverpool v West Brom

Man City v Southampton
Chelsea v Man Utd

Good Luck All :)

Current standings in the Predictions league

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Premier Predictions (Week 08)

4 Weeks of games before yet another International break, here goes with the first.
Seven games on Saturday, two on Sunday and Klopp vs Mourinho on Monday.

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

Good Luck All :)

Just for the record, here's a snap of my spreadsheet for this week, replace John with Paul's model program.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Fantasy Leagues Update

About time I posted the state of the NBTF leagues.

First off here's the current Fantasy Premier League table, once again just 4 of us with 3 regulars and my son who lives in the US of A.
Fairly even so far as I was leading 2 weeks ago, now I'm last :(

Next the Telegraph Fantasy League, the NBTF has 111 teams this season although I've put all mine in which accounts for about 40% of them. Currently having a very slow start to the season but have heaps of transfers left to improve things (hopefully). Here's the current Top 10.