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Sunday 29/08 Premier league Predictions from Mystic Jarv

Posted by Jarv on August 29, 2009

Well Saturday’s games have finished, or will have by the time this publishes, hopefully i was right with all my predictions, onto Sundays games:

Portsmouth Vs Manchester City 13:30

Well Portsmouth have new owners and its not a day too soon for thyem, they need players in fast.  Speaking of new players Man City have a bundle of them, they have a 100% record too. If Hughes can get the team to gel they could be a force to be reckoned with this season. Its too late for Pompey to bring in enough players to make a big enough difference for this gameand City i believe will have too much

Mystic Jarv predicts a 0-2 win for Manchester City

Portsmouth Vs Manchester City Match Discussion

Everton Vs Wigan Athletic 15:00

Everton have started badly, very badly but its a little early to be marking them for relegation as some Tabaloids have done, the distraction of Lescott has gone now so they can focus on obtaining some Premier League form.
Wigan got a mullering last weekend and in the week against Blackpool, Confidence must be quite low

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-0 for Everton

Everton Vs Wigan Athletic Match Discussion

Aston Villa Vs Fulham 16:00

Villa got a great result at Anfield and will be buoyed by this and were at home in the Europa league where Fulham had a long journey, Both teams have 1 win from 2 Premier league games, i expect it to be a tight game and Villa to Edge it

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-0 for Aston Villa

Aston Villa Vs Fulham Match Discussion

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Mystic Jarv’s Saturday 29/08 Premier League Predictions

Posted by Jarv on August 28, 2009

Its Friday and time for another round of me plucking random numbers out of the air and writing some words otherwise known as Mystic Jarv’s Premier league Predictions, Last round i got 6 out of 10 results right but no perfect scores. Lets see how i do this time

Chelsea Vs Burnley – 12:45

So…hands up those who predicted Burnley to have 6 points after 3 games. Well i didn’t and i don’t expect them to win at Stamford Bridge either. At home with the crowd behind them is one thing but against Chelsea who seems to be playing very well this season and Ancelotti appears able to change things at half time if they are struggling i can only see one result.

Mystic Jarv predicts  a 2-0 win for Chelsea

Chelsea Vs Burnley Match Discussion

Blackburn Rovers Vs West Ham United – 15:00

Personally i think this has draw written all over it, a battling Blackburn against West Ham who are a little one dimensional up front, well they would be with only 1 fit striker.

West ham will want to put the midweek behind them as soon as possible and Blackburn will want to get off the mark or risk being in a big relegation fight.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 draw

Blackburn Rovers Vs West ham United Match Discussion

Bolton Wanderers vs Liverpool  – 15:00

Well thats season over for Liverpool isn’t it…….no of course it isn’t but you might be forgiven for believing the multitude of Tabaloid papers that claim it is. While i might have had some fun at my Liverpool supporting mates expense there is in reality a long way to go in this seasons title race.

Bolton aren’t a great side, they’re not even a good premiership side, The had chances against Hull but Hull are not a good side either. Now if Liverpool were to lose this game then questions would need to be asked, I don’t see it though

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-3 to Liverpool

Bolton Wanderers Vs Liverpool Match Discussion

Stoke City Vs Sunderland – 15:00

I’m a big fan of Steve Bruce, he did wonders with Wigan last year and found some gems who have moved on to bigger clubs , He appears to be doing the same for Sunderland, he has Bent motivated and firing.

Stoke were a lot of peoples tip for relegation last season and ended up comfortably staying up with a philosophy buiult on Hard work which i think will keep them up this season too however i think Sunderland will have too uch for Stoke even at home.

Mystic Jarv predicts 0-2 to Sunderland

Stoke City Vs Sunderland Match Discussion

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Birmingham City -15:00

Tottenham are flying high, top of the league and have a real chance of going into the International break with a 100% record, Jermain Defoe is really firing this season and they out played Liverpool in game 1, gave Hull a drubbing in game 2 and got a great away win at West Ham in game 3.

Birmingham will be reasonably pleased with 4 points from their first 3 games, they have already got rid of the trip to Old Trafford, A similar average return per game will see them safe….if only it were that simple.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Birmingham City Match Discussion

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Hull City – 15:00

Two clubs i’ve tipped to be battling against the drop this season, Wolves did ok against City at towards the end of the match and Hull got a morale boosting win last week against Bolton.

I can’t help thinking this wont be a game for the football purists though.

Mystic Jarv predicts a bore draw 0-0

Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs Hull City Match Discussion

Manchester United Vs Arsenal – 17:15pm

Both teams come into this game on the back of good results, Manchester United beat Wigan 5-0 last weekend and Arsenal beat Celtic 3-1 in the Champions League.

This is the first meeting of any of the “big 4” this season and both will want to lay down a marker. All too often over the years this game is billed as an Epic premier league title decider only to peter out into a low scoring scrappy affair. This season however it hasn’t been built up anywhere near as much and i can’t help wondering if that is because Arsenal are not seen as genuine challengers this season. To be honest Arsenal were my tip to drop out of the top 4 this year.

Arsenal have started well this season and destroyed Everton on the first weekend and have a Plus 8 Goal difference from their 2 matches. United have looked less than impressive from their first 2 games and were not overly stunning in the first half against Wigan, once the first goal came however it was a different story.

Both clubs have a few injuries with United probably having the slight worst of it missing Van der Sar, Ferdinand, Rafael, Obertan and of course Owen Hargreaves, add to this Johnny Evans who needs surgery sooner rather than later and is playing through the pain. Arsenal are missing Nasri, Djourou, Rosicky (Arsenals very own version of Owen Hargreaves?), Fabianski and their biggest problem Fabregas, who may or may not be fit for the game. Lots to take into account, 2 Clubs with injuries, 2 clubs that like to play the game in an attacking way.

So anyway Mystic Jarv Predicts a 2-1 Win for Manchester United, the game could go either way and the first goal is Key.

Manchester United Vs Arsenal Match Discussion

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Chelsea Burnley
Blackburn West Ham
Bolton Liverpool
Stoke City Sunderland
Tottenham Birmingham
Wolves Hull City
Man Utd Arsenal
Portsmouth Man City
Everton Wigan
Aston Villa Fulham

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Uefa Europa League Group Stage Draw

Posted by Jarv on August 28, 2009

Here is the result of the UEFA Europa League Draw

Group A
Dynamo Zagreb

Group B
Slavia Prague

Group C
Hamburg  SV
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Rapid Vienna

Group D
Sporting Lisbon
FC Heerenveen
Hertha Berlin

Group E
AS Roma
FC Basel
CSKA Sofia

Group F
Dynamo Bucharest
Sturm Graz

Group G
Levski Sofia

Group H
Steaua Bucharest
FC Twente
Fc Sherriff

Group I
AEK Athens

Group J
Shakhtar Donestsk
Club Bruge
Partizan Belgrade

Group K
FC Copenhagen
Sparta Prague
CFR Cluj

Group L
Werder Bremen
Austria Vienna
Athletic Bilbao

Discus this Draw here – Europa League Group Stages Discussion

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Champions League Group Stage Draw

Posted by Jarv on August 27, 2009

Here is the Draw for the 2009/2010 Champions League group stages

Group A
Bayern Munich
Maccabi Haifa

Group B
Manchester United
CSKA Moskow

Group C
AC Milan
Real madrid
FC Zurich

Group D
Athletico madrid
Apoel FC

Group E

Group F
Inter Milan
Dynamo Kiev
FC Rubin Kazan

Group G
Unirea Urziceni

Group H
AZ Alkmaar
Standard Liege

(sorry for any Spelling Mistakes, I’m typing this while watching the draw, i’ll fix them later)

Discuss the Champions League Group Stage Draw Here

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United in for Diarra?

Posted by Jarv on August 26, 2009

Our source reports that Manchester United officials have begun negotiations to sign Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra in a deal worth up to £12 Million to the  Spanish giants.

Diarra, who moved to Madrid in January for a reported 20 million Euros, is understood to have been pushed down the pecking order for a first team start at Madrid and Real are eager to re-coup some of the money laid out this summer.

United are keen to rush the deal through before the end of the current transfer window to bolster the defensive midfield options. A problem area for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men which was highlighted with the absence of Darren Fletcher & Owen Hargreaves, whose injury is now rumoured to rule him out until January at the earliest,  against Barcelona in last seasons Champions League final.

Our source reports that although United are keen to bring in the French International before the window closes on September first, that the deal is likely to be done in January to bring in Diarra next summer.

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Football Violence

Posted by Jarv on August 26, 2009

In scenes reminiscent of those I’ve seen on video from the 1970’s (i was too young to see it first hand) West ham and Millwall me last night in the Carling cup resulting in 3 stoppages for pitch invasions, the police having to restrain the Millwall fans, fighting outside the ground and in surrounding areas and at least 3 fans hospitalised.

The FA are conducting an investigation, i for one hope this is a real investigation with real punishments for those involved, all too often footballs governing bodies are too soft after bad events.

I can’t help wondering if senior officials at FIFA and UEFA wont be having a wry grin as its something to hold against the English FA’s bid for the 2018 world cup, lets face it their dealings with the English against other nations is quite one sided, I was amazed for example that the Champions League final was given to Rome after the seemingly constant and innevitable trouble with the Rome Ultras and indeed one fan was stabbed before the game last May.

I shall watch with earnest to see the outcome of the investigation

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Mystic Jarv’s Sunday and Monday Predictions

Posted by Jarv on August 22, 2009

Here are my predictions for Sunday and Mondays Games

West Ham United Vs Tottenham Hotspurs
Spurs have gotten off to a fantastic start and boy do i wish i’d put Defoe in my fantasy footie team, he’s been in it at the beginning of the last 3 or 4 seasons and didn’t this year as he usually lets me down and needed transferring out. Harry redknapp has spurs playing brilliantly and i expect more goals from them in this game

Gianfranco Zola, A Manager everyone seems to like, they play good football and got a good win at Wolves They might struggle with lack of fire power with only Carlton Cole fit.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 2-3 to Tottenham Hotspurs

West Ham United Vs Tottenham Hotspurs Match Discussion

Burnley vs Everton
Burnley got the result of their season on Wednesday night, beating the incumbant champions in  their first home game in the top flight for 33 years. Burnley can’t afford to relax and must put in the same effort and work rate for another 36 Premier league games and they might just survive.

Everton can’t afford to hang onto Lescott for too much longer as the saying goes if he doesn’t want to play for them get rid, And quickly so they have time to bring in a replacement.  Can Everton put the disruption out of their minds and get the 3 points?

Mystic Jarv Predicts Burnley to work their socks off and get a 1-1 Draw

Burnley vs Everton Match Discussion

Fulham Vs Chelsea
Fulham had a fantastic season last year and can Roy Hodgson do it again? He’s brought in a few good players who have decent Premier League experience, Hopefully they will hold onto Hangeland as he is key to their defence.

Carlo Ancelotti has chelsea playing well and have twice come from behind this season, they are well organised and have a very good squad.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-2 to Chelsea

Fulham Vs Chelsea Match Discussion

Liverpool Vs Aston Villa
What has gone wrong at Villa, they look poor defensively and lack cutting edge going forward, many more bad results and O’Neill will be under immense pressure. Its not just the beginning of this season their form at the end of the last campaign must be a worry for Villa fans.

Liverpool were very poor against Tottenham but looked much better against Stoke Defensively Liverpool have some worries and have signed Sotirios Kyrgiakos to bolster their defensive line, whether he starts only Rafa knows.

Mystic Jarv Predicts Villa to get their first goal of the season but Liverpool to win 3-1

Liverpool Vs Aston Villa Match Discussion

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Mystic Jarv – Saturday Premier League Predictions 22/08

Posted by Jarv on August 21, 2009

Like a duracell bunny I wont give up no matter how wrong i am. First up Lets see how i did in midweek

Sunderland Vs Chelsea predicted 1-1 actual Result 1-3 – Nothing There
Wigan Athletic Vs Wolves predicted 2-0 actual result 0-1 – Nothing there
Birmingham Vs portsmouth predicted 1-0 actual result 1-0 – Spot on Yay
Burnley Vs Manchester United predicted result 1-2 actual result 1-0 – I dont want to talk about it
Hull City Vs Tottenham Hotspurs predicted 1-2 actual result 1-5 – Right result, wrong score
Liverpool Vs Stoke City predicted 1-0 actual result 4-0 – Right result, wrong score

So a mixed Bag midweek much like last weekend. So onto Saturday

Arsenal Vs Portsmouth
After destroying Everton on the first weekend and beating Celtic in midweek it is  a great time to be an Arsenal fan, i stand by my statement i don’t think they will challenge this season as soon as they get a few injuries. Wenger has Arsenal playing great football as usual and it must be a joy to be a season ticket holder at the Emirates, not only do you get to watch great football every week but you have some decent amount of cash to afford one 🙂

I’m going to start sounding like a stuck record regarding Paul Hart’s Portsmouth, What is going on down there on the south coast, David James is now rumoured to be on his Way to spurs to link up once again with Harry Redknapp, Will there be anyone left by the time the take over happens….if it happens

Mystic Jarv Predicts 2-1 to Arsenal

Arsenal Vs Portsmouth Match Discussion

Birmingham City Vs Stoke City
First win of the season for Birmingham midweek against Portsmouth, for what its worth I think it was a penalty, eyes on the ball or not David James took the player out who may have got to the ball before him.

Regardless of last seasons results against Liverpool I’m sure Tony Pulis wouldn’t have been expecting anything from Anfield. Its sure to be a tough season for both of these teams and its games like this that both teams really need to win, if it were 3 games from the end of the season instead of 3 games in pundits up and down the country would be calling this a Relegation 6 pointer and to be honest the game has no less significance to both clubs. Their main aim this season will definitely be survival first then see where they can get to.

Mystic Jarv predicts Birmingham to edge it 1-0 but it could go either way.

Birmingham City Vs Stoke City Match Discussion

Hull City Vs Bolton Wanderers
Hull will be smarting from the 5-1 demolition at the hands of Spurs and they seem to be really struggling to bring in a striker, latest to be linked is David Nugent who hasn’t been able to get a game on a regular basis at Portsmouth, No wins since december at home for Hull.

Bolton have no points either and just like Birmingham Vs Stoke this game is a must win for both teams and Bolton were certainly the 2nd best team in the game versus Sunderland. I do expect them to have a bit more than Hull though

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-0 win for Bolton

Hull City Vs Bolton Wanderers Match Discussion

Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
What a time to be a Man City fan, loads of money to spend, lots of new players and a sense of real expectation. City really have to win games like this and should be expected to comfortably, Hughes has spent a quarter of a billion pounds since he took over and knows his job must be on the line unless they seriously challenge for the title.

Wolves got a good win against Wigan bit i still think they will struggle this season

Mystic Jarv predicts a comfortable 2-0 home win

Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Discussion

Sunderland Vs Blackburn Rovers
Darren bent has got off to a flyer so far this season and at this rate won’t be far away from a chance at the golden boot, Steve Bruce wouldn’t have expected to get much out of a game against Chelsea and Sunderland should have a great shot at a top half finish under Bruce, especially if Bent keeps firing.

Sam Allerdyce has a team of battlers and will no doubt work hard against Sunderland, Blackburn have signed Salgado on a free transfer and time will tell if Big Sam can get much out of him.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-0 to Sunderland

Sunderland Vs Blackburn Rovers Match Discussion

Wigan Athletic Vs Manchester United
There will be some damaged ego’s in the Manchester united camp after losing against Burnley, most United fans i know can’t seem to understand why Carrick took that penalty, it must have been decided before hand however i would have expected Rooney on 99 United goals to want to have made it 100 Will Wigan be on the End of a United backlash?

Wigan lost against Wolves in midweek and I think they will lose this one too but i do expect them to survive this season

Mystic Jarv predicts 0-1 to Manchester United

Wigan Athletic Vs Manchester United Match Discussion

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Hull City Vs Tottenham Hotspurs 19 August

Posted by Jarv on August 19, 2009

A great result on match day one for Spurs beating last season’s runners up Liverpool and Hull were unlucky to not pick up a point against Chelsea owing to a late fluke cross/shot.

It must be a strange beginning to the season for spurs fans, for so long there has been talk of breaking the Premier league top 4 and the added pressure that brings, This season Man City have taken that mantle and I guess time will tell if the slightly less pressure helps spurs over the season.

Hull i think will struggle this season, they struggled to pull out of a bad run of form last season and only survived thanks to their stunning start and the fact Middlesbrough and Newcastle couldn’t score goals at the end of the season.

Mystic Jarv Predicts Spurs to win 2-1

Do you know Better? What will be the Score? Hull City Vs Tottenham Hotspurs match Discussion

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Birmingham City Vs Portsmouth 19 August

Posted by Jarv on August 18, 2009

So how did i do with these 2 teams on the first weekend of the season, I had Portsmouth to lose 2-1 (note: i seem to have predicted a few 2-1’s not sure why) and they lost 1-0 and i had Birmingham to lose 4-1 at Old Trafford and they lost 1-0 so 2 correct results at least if not the scores.

2 teams i expect to be battling at the lower end of the premier league table, Birminghamhaving just come up and Portsmouth having sold a few players, Unfortunately for Paul Hart unless the take over happens soon by the time they can actually buy some more then they might be done for.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-0 to Birmingham

Do you know better? What do you think the score will be? Birmingham City Vs Portsmouth Match Discussion

Do you know the score?

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Liverpool Vs Stoke city 19 August

Posted by Jarv on August 18, 2009

2 games Liverpool dropped points in last season up first, one of which went the same way as last season, Rafa will be hoping to not make it 2 same as last year. If Liverpool are to challenge this year again they need to take 3 points from games like this.

How did i do predicting these 2 teams on the 1st weekend, I had Liverpool to draw 1-1 at spurs and they lost 2-1, nothing there and i had Stoke to win 1-0 against Burnley and they won 2-0 so at least the result right.

Liverpool looked disjointed and their passing was poor against spurs and they need to hope Aquilani once fit helps that.

Tony Pulis’s Side have been criticised for relying on Set Pieces but at the end of the day their main aim is to stay in the division and goals from set pieces count just as much as 40 yard screamers. That been said I think Liverpool will be better than against Spurs and therefor

Mystic Jarv predicts 1-0 to Liverpool

Do you know better? what will be the score? Liverpool Vs Stoke City Match Discussion

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Burnley Vs Manchester United 19 August

Posted by Jarv on August 17, 2009

So How did i do with these 2 clubs on the 1st weekend, I Had Burnley to lose 1-0 away at stoke and they lost 2-0 and i had Manchester United to win 4-1 and they won 1-0 so no correct scores but both results right.

What a start to Burnley’s season first game up and its against Man United shoudl ensure a bumper crowd, United have defensive worries and if Burnley can put some pressure on O’shea and Brown who is not long back from injury they they might sneak something from the game. Ultimately though i think United will have too much for Burnley.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-2 to Manchester United

What do you think the score will be? Burnley vs Manchester United match Discussion

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Wigan Athletic vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 August

Posted by Jarv on August 17, 2009

How did i do on the 1st matchday weekend predicting these 2 clubs, well i had Wigan to lose 3-1 away and they won 2-0 so nothing there and i Had Wolves to lose 2-1 and they lost 2-0 so right result wrong score.

I really think Wolves will struggle this season and wouldn’t be surprised to see Mick Mccarthy out of a job before the season is out.

Rodallega looks decent from what i saw of thim at the back end of last season and the stunner he scored against Villa, Will he be a Zaki where he starts very well then disappears, maybe not quite so litterally as Zaki’s case

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-0 Wigan

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Whats your prediction? – Wigan Athletic Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Discussion

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Sunderland Vs Chelsea 18th August

Posted by Jarv on August 17, 2009

Sixth Plays tenth, not that that means anything after only 1 weekend where half the league won and no draws. How did i do predicting their 1st 2 games, I had Bolton to beat Sunderland 1-0 and Sunderland won 1-0 so nothing there and i had Chelsea to beat Hull 2-0 and they won 2-1 so i got at least the result right.

Chealsea struggled to break down Hull and only picked up the win late on with a lucky cross-shot, their season will depend on how quickly the team gets to grips with Carlo Ancelotti’s formation and i expect Steve Bruce’s Sunderland to be no less organised than Hull, Bent will score goals this season for Sunderland and Sunderland should do well under Bruce’s stewardship.

Mystic Jarv Predicts a 1-1 Draw

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Sunderland Vs Chelsea Match Discussion

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Tottenham Hotspur Vs Liverpool 16th August

Posted by Jarv on August 16, 2009

The last 2 teams to start their premiership season.

Liverpool don’t need to improve much this season to win the title if their rivals remain as they were, their big task will be whetehr they can turn some of those draws into wins. Alonso is undoubtebly a big loss and Aquilani has some big shoes to fill.

Spurs have added Peter crouch to their strikeing line up but there are serious question marks about the long term fitness of both of their best 2 centre backs, woodgate has had his fair share of injuries and king can’t play 2 games a week.

Lots to play for to put down a marker early in the season and neither will want to lose, Mystic Jarv predicts 1-1

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Mtach Discussion

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