Our resident mystic recently took a bit of a knock to his confidence. He sampled defeat for the first time and, like with a 5pm burger outside your club’s ground, he didn’t much like the taste of it. But he got his crystal ball repaired by a mate of Russell Grant and came back with a bang last week, winning nine points to three. So that’s four wins out of five now, an 80% success rate. And to think… People were doubting his
made-up very much real powers.
Week six sees some stonking fixtures including a must-win game for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United against the champions Leicester City in the early kick off. And in the late afternoon game? A London derby not to miss, with Arsenal taking on Chelsea. Let’s see how our two predictors get on, shall we?
Representing Team Rileys this week is:
Paul Chase, General Manager (Chester)
A new week. A new challenger. A new set of fixtures. And there are some real juicy ones this week you’ll want to get out and watch…
Phew. Well, that’s more like it. I’m back to winning ways. A bit like Manchester United after their midweek League Cup victory against Northampton (what a link that was to start off with). To say that was a big result is as cobblers as Northampton’s nickname. But every little helps, as Tesco are keen on constantly reminding us. This is a big game here, though and the pressure will really be on the home side. Sure, they can score – but they can concede too. And that’s what I see happening here. Leicester will be disappointed with exiting the League Cup on Tuesday after going two up against Chelsea and will fight for a point.
Rileys’ Paul says: 2-1
Steven Naismith came back to haunt the Toffees in the week like some kind of ghostly Scottish canary. His brace ended Everton’s run of unbeaten games under new boss Ronald Koeman. Bournemouth are similarly humbled after seeing Preston’s giant albino horse-like striker Simon Makienok, the former Charlton man, bag a hat trick to knock them out of the cup. Both clubs will want to get back on track, but we see the Merseysiders nabbing the points in a tight affair.
Rileys’ Paul says: 1-1
The surprise package of the season so far, Hull won’t be rolled over by Liverpool here. Partly because they’re well-drilled, resilient and hard working (how very patronising of me, eh?). And partly because it seems that Klopp’s lot only play their best against the ‘bigger’ teams. That said, it’s difficult to see past a victory, albeit a narrow one in which both teams score.
Rileys’ Paul says: 4-1
Spurs are looking back to their best, aren’t they? Losing Harry Kane to injury is a big blow, but for the first time since his rise to superstar status, Tottenham actually have cover for the big England forward. An enviable squad with two players in every position and arguably the season’s top performer so far in Son Heung-Min, a quick jiggle in my pocket of my runes and I can’t see past the North Londoners coming away with the points here.
Rileys’ Paul says: 1-2
Fair play to the Baggies last week, they scored four goals against West Ham. FOUR. West Brom scored FOUR GOALS. In a single game. Incredible. And where better to head when your tails are up than the worst team in the league? And that’s currently Stoke City. The pressure’s starting to mount on Mark Hughes. He needs points and he needs them quick smart. I see his men getting him one here, but only one. A point for either manager isn’t going to help them convince their paymasters of their unsackability, is it? What? That is a word. Look it up.
Rileys’ Paul says: 0-0
Finally, a win for David Moyes. In the League Cup, anyway. But he’s finally off the mark and will be looking to build on the Wednesday win at Loftus Road. He’s up against Crystal Palace who are in a rare purple patch at the moment. Both will be confident, both will be vulnerable. Both will score a goal apiece and come away having shared the spoils.
Rileys’ Paul says: 1-1
In an exact replay of just a few days ago, Manchester City are going to travel to Swansea and win. I claim no great wisdom here (although I do possess great wisdom). C’mon. Who’s backing anything other than another Pep win here? Kevin de Bruyne – who, thinking about it, is actually the season’s star man so far, isn’t he? – is on fire. They can’t stop scoring and winning. And they’re not going to start stopping here. If that makes sense. Which it doesn’t, really.
Rileys’ Paul says: 1-3
Here’s a tasty tie for you. And it’s not a 3pm Saturday kick off, so we can all get in front of a big screen with a few drinks and enjoy it. As ever, most of the Arsenal talk this season has been about the frailty of Arsene Wenger’s position and his future. Which has slightly clouded a pretty decent start. Goals are flowing and they’re clicking. Speaking of frailty, one defeat against Liverpool and ‘crisis talks’ were apparently held between Antonio Conte and The Man Upstairs (Roman Abramovich, not God – though at Stamford Bridge, they’re the same thing). How will this go? I’m foreseeing a thriller. Well, hoping for one, anyway. I see a goal fest that Arsenal squeak.
Rileys’ Paul says: 2-2
Hammers fans – what’s happened? Last year you were so impressive. Slaven Bilic entertained us all in the summer as an ITV pundit during the Euros. You got (given) a new stadium… This was supposed to be the year you turned into a ‘big club’, wasn’t it? And now look at you. Relying on 96th minute set pieces to beat Accrington Stanley in your giant and hated new ground. Dear, oh dear. I hear boos echoing around that amphitheatre of woe on Sunday…
Rileys’ Paul says: 3-2
Is this the most unfashionable tie in Premier League history? If it’s not, it’s up there. Still, what these two lack in perceived glamour, they more than make up for in passion, grit and doggedness (more patronising…). Watford have impressed massively already and will fancy their chances, but a point away from home is still a decent result. Can Capoue keep up his run of goals? Or will potential England call-up Troy Deeney oblige? I should be able to tell you, really. But my crystall ball’s a bit dirty, I’m afraid. Sorry, I’ve been eating nachos.
Rileys’ Paul says: 1-2
CURRENT SCORE: Rileys Experts: 30 – 35 Psychic Steve
Another big week of football action. How do you see the weekend’s games going down…?