It’s that time again. As I wrote last time round, I was concerned that we would slip in to a poor vein of form after our loss at the Etihad. Unfortunately, this actually happened and my third set of predications came in as my worst after defeats to both Chelsea and Norwich.
Now It’s time for what I can foresee in the next three games starting with Swansea. Now before everyone starts saying that we’ve played Swansea, I do realise that, but as Toonsy has been busy with stuff along with myself tying up some loose ends for the rem at Uni we struggled between us to get it published in time. However I’ll write exactly what I had in mind. There is no skullduggery going on!
Before that I’ll recap my predictions of the previous three games:
My first 1/3 result:
Manchester United – 1-1 Draw (Prediction: Draw)
Chelsea – 0-3 Loss (Prediction: Win)
Norwich – 4-2 Loss (Prediction: Win)
Looking to our next three games:
We should have won this. We had the bulk of the game and but for the woodwork and the Swansea ‘keeper we would have won it. It wasn’t to be though and we had to settle for a point even though I’d have predicted us to take all three.
My Predication: Win
Actual result: Draw
Wednesday 21st December – West Brom (h)
West Brom come to the Park on the back of a huge win against Blackburn. Roy Hodgson’s team are desperate for points and are having a generally poor, West Brom style, season. Pardew will be looking at the prospect of a full-strength side with Coloccini and Tiote having proved their fitness and Mike Williamson will be that little bit closer to a return. As we’ve shown all season, we have a quality core contingent of players. Injuries have decimated the side and shown that we lack cover in defence. On the other hand, I’d rather we get found out before the transfer window, rather than after it when we’re not able to bring in any players to solve our problems.
My Prediction: Win
Monday 26th December – Bolton (a)
Our Boxing Day trip takes us to Bolton. If we don’t get three points here, I’ll be devastated. Bolton are bottom of the League with 9 points after 16 games whilst conceding 36 goals. Pardew has set us the target of 30 points before Christmas, and it would be hoped that we reach this milestone before we face Bolton, but if we haven’t by then, it would be safe to assume that we’d reach it following a trip to the Reebok.
My Prediction: Win
Summary: Well pre-Swansea I’d have gone for nine points and a stop to our poor run of form, but I’ll have to settle for seven points instead. We’ll be anywhere from 3rd to 7th in the League, depending on results around us. We’ll need to establish ourselves at least in the Top 8, strengthen the side in the January transfer window and push our way up the table.
Our games after that: Liverpool (a), Manchester United (h), Blackburn – FA Cup 3rd Round (h)