Friday, June 9, 2023

Premier League proves to be totally unpredictable (for me anyway!)

Mine certainly wasn't working!

Every Saturday I make predictions on the games in the Premier League. I’m not the best and I’m probably not the worst. I get some right and some wrong, but yesterday I was made to eat my words several times over. In my defence, I don’t think anyone could have predicted what happened.


Forty-one goals in eight games was remarkable enough, but some of the results were simply beyond belief. It was a day of record goal scoring and unbelievable games.

Let us look at the most embarrassing of my predictions and comments from yesterday.


Before predicting a result of Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2, I wrote the following:

It was quite sad watching Newcastle in their defeat at Fulham on Wednesday evening. They play some nice football but if they were still playing that game now, they still wouldn’t have scored!

Arsenal’s back four is not the best and when they come up against Drogba and Torres or Berbatov and Rooney, it is not clear that they will be able to cope. However, Nile Ranger and Leon Best? I think they’ll be alright.

OK, after sixty-eight minutes with Arsenal 4-0 up it looked as though I was going to be about right. Then came a quite remarkable period of thirty-two minutes that saw Newcastle recover to 4-4. Even Leon Best managed to score one of the goals to well and truly shut me up!


Before predicting a goalless draw between Wigan and Blackburn, I wrote the following:

This game will be the one that only gets twenty seconds of highlights right at the end of ‘Match of the day’. Neither team are likely to do very much that would excite their own fans, let alone the neutrals.

I may be being a little harsh, but I think I might go to bed before this game comes on.

Once again, I was made to eat my words as the two teams played out a thriller that finally ended 4-3 to Wigan. I can only apologise to fans of both sides!


Before predicting a 2-0 win for Manchester United at Wolves, I wrote the following:

Mick McCarthy’s men are rock bottom as teams around them have started to pick up points. They are desperate for a win and their opposition just happen to be the unbeaten league leaders who seem to have found some form. There can only be one result.

I couldn’t possibly get it wrong could I? Bottom against top. Of course I could. Wolves got a deserved 2-1 win and I look silly again!


This predicting lark isn’t easy you know! In my defence, I did predict that Everton would beat Blackpool although I didn’t go for 5-3! I said Stoke would beat Sunderland, but expected just a single goal, not a five goal thriller.

I was close to the score in the Manchester City against West Brom and Tottenham against Bolton games, but didn’t think Fulham would get a draw at Villa. I predicted a total of sixteen goals and there were actually forty-one.

Maybe I’ll do better today, but I certainly wouldn’t put any money on it.


Graham Fisher



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