Prediction League – week 3 standings

Now, let’s be honest, we don’t exactly enjoy a reputation for being the most positive of blog-sites and with the greatest of respect to our main contributors, most of us would find it difficult to argue that we are fully fledged members of the Cynical, Grumpy Bastards Consortium.

Despite this, what was remarkable about Saturday’s fixture against Southampton is that 15 out of our 18 league participants forecast a Hammers win! Of course, this has resulted in a -1 score for all of us in that boat as a result of the latest abject home performance.

This week the plaudits must indeed go to my own flesh and blood; Harry (son of HM) was the sole contestant to predict a home defeat,meaning that having forecast the correct result, albeit not score, in our first 3 games, he has sailed to the summit of the leaderboard at the half-way mark in prediction league 1.

Contributor

WHU vs Southampton

Points

Total

Harry – son of HM

0 – 2

3

9

ClaretNBlues

2 – 0

-1

5

Headmaster

2 – 0

-1

5

AoF

2 – 0

-1

4

DiggerWay

1 – 0

-1

4

ADeludedCoker

0 – 0

0

3

Florida Hammer

1 – 1

0

3

Roshi

2 – 0

-1

2

SafHammer

1 – 0

-1

2

Stelios J

2 – 1

-1

2

Lucky West Ham surrender meekly, at home. Familiar?

West Ham managed to follow up a splendid performance away from home last week with the sort of home performance that characterised the majority of last season and, in truth, were lucky to lose by the margin of 3-1.

The first half was pretty turgid stuff. Allardyce’s men seemed content to allow Their opponents to enjoy the majority of the possession, a whopping 65% in fact, and they played the majority of the football. Their passing was neat and accurate although lacked incision, it has to be said. Oddly enough, the limited chances that there were at that stage fell to the Hammers, with Vaz Te being foiled by Forster at point blank range before Noble got lucky with a deflection and claimed the first goal a little against the run of play. Cue the being settled down and starting to spray the ball around with a little more panache? No, not a bit of it. 9 behind the ball continued to be the order of the day and Southampton resumed their superior passing game and managed a well deserved equaliser just before the break.

Cole and Vaz Te off, they screamed on Twitter at half time. Should they ever have been on, I ask (rhetorical)?

Bomad texted me at half time, from the stadium, and observed the following;

Back to the s##t from last season. Cole and f###ing Vaz Te? Hope they score now I’ve said that but doubt it! They are so sh##e. Allardyce was doing his nut on the touchline at their deserved goal!

Guest post by Gavin Thurston – Will the new Plan B become the new Plan A after the introduction of a bit of Karate?

Tonights guest post comes from Gavin Thurston.

Gavin is a C&B regular and I’m sure you’ll agree with us when we say that his posts including this one are well worth a read.

Post follows.

What a heart-warming experience it was to watch the new look team at Crystal Palace. Fast, free, enterprising football with great passing, movement and trickery. Pace of play, sometimes almost Samba like in it’s variation, invigorated midfield play, Mark Noble linking up so very well with the impressive Mauro Zarate, another commanding performance from  Cheihkhou Kouyate, two top drawer goals as well as one from the ever popular Carlton Cole. A tiny bit of a shame that Tomkins’ header didn’t find the underside of the bar but, instead, bounced back and started the move that created Palace’s goal. The kind of afternoon that we all used to love so much. Great football and maximum points in the bag. Although it always pains me, as many will know, I also have to admit that even Stuart Downing looked good! If he keeps that up he’ll have me believing.

Personally I don’t particularly care who takes the credit for this one. The team played well. There was a balance to the side that I’ve not witnessed in quite some time. There are improvements that will need to be made at the back but what was on display gave me great encouragement for the season ahead.