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Mystic Jarv Saturday 26-28 September

Posted by Jarv on September 26, 2009

I’m not around this week so i am writing it last week hence just a list of score predictions.

Saturday

Portsmouth 0 Everton 1

Birmingham City 1 Bolton wanderers 0

Blackburn Rovers 0 Aston Villa 1

Liverpool 2 Hull City 0

Stoke City 1 Manchester United 2

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Burnley 1

Wigan Athletic 1 Chelsea 2

Fulham 1 Arsenal 2

Sunday

Sunderland 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

Monday

Manchester City 2 West Ham United 1

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Mystic Jarv Sunday 20 September

Posted by Jarv on September 19, 2009

So thats saturday done here are Sunday’s predictions

Manchester United V Manchester City

City got a great result last week against Arsenal at home but this stands to be a tougher test missing Robinho, Possibley Tevez and definately now Adebayor. Even without those 3 they have still spend big and have bought some good players so i don’t expect a rout but a more close game.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to United
Manchester United V Manchester City Match Discussion

Wolverhampton Wanderers V Fulham

WIll the UEFA cup damage Fulham’s season i guess time will tell and they’ve been away to Bulgaria this week and then travel to Wolves on Sunday. If Wolves want to survive this season these are game they need to win and i think they will edge this game.
Mystic Jarv predicts 1-0 to Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers V Fulham Match Discussion

Everton V Blackburn Rovers

Everton like Fulham have been in UEFA cup action on thursday, picking up a good 3 nil win against AEK Athensbut Everton need league points, Likewise Blackburn, Both teams will be hoping to pick up points from this fixture but i don’t see anything other than a home win.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Everton
Everton V Blackburn Rovers Match Discussion

Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea are flying so far this season picking up late wins and over turning defecits, the mark of champions or so the saying goes, Tottenham represent Chelsea’s toughest league game so far this season.

Spurs were unbeaten until being beaten by 10 man Man United last weekend after being a goal up, This game will be tougher still and they can’t afford to give Chelsea an inch

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Chelsea
Chelsea V Tottnham Hotspur Match Discussion

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Mystic Jarv Saturday 19 September

Posted by Jarv on September 18, 2009

Here we go again 6 right results last weekend 2 of them correct scores, Not a great weekend for Mystic Jarv, Lets see how i get on this week.

Burnley V Sunderland

Burnley have started well, although they only have 6 points from a possible 15,  Burnley have got trips to Liverpool and Chelsea out of the way and beaten Manchester united at home. Their home form is going to be crucial to them this season and need to make it a fortress as much as they can.

Sunderland lie 7th which i’m sure is higher than they would have expected, on the same points as Villa and liverpool, I’m sure their first job is to ensure survival but a few more wins and they can start to look how high up the table they can finish.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 Draw
Burnley V Sunderland Match Discussion

Arsenal V Wigan Athletic

Arsene Wenger will be glad he doesn’t have to goto Manchester again this season, 0 points from both games where they likely deserved more.

Roberto Martinez was quoted this week he wants European football in  3 years at Wigan, Lofty goals given the competition for the top 6 places, Sadly for Roberto i can’t see them getting anything from this game. 

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-0 Home win
Arsenal V Wigan Athletic Match Discussion

Aston Villa v Portsmouth

After a bad first week Villa have gotten themselves back on track with 3 straight wins, they are only 3 points behind 2nd with a game in hand.

Portsmouth must only be a matter of games away from sacking Paul Hart, not that i agree with it,  as he’s had most of his best players sold off from under him, he needs to start attacking though as the 4-5-1  just isn’t working and the longer it goes on the further they maybe adrift at the foot of the table

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-0 Win for Villa and lots more rumours about Paul Hart’s job.
Aston Villa V Portsmouth Match Discussion

Bolton Wanderers V Stoke City

3 points last time out for Bolton in a 3-2 win (a game i predicted 0-0) it doesn’t change the fact Bolton are in for a tough season.

Stoke lie 8th in the table and don’t appear to be set for a 2nd season slump which affects quite a few newly promoted teams and In my opinion will be safe in plenty of time this season.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-1 win for Stoke
Bolton Wanderers V Stoke City Match Discussion

Hull City V Birmingham City

15th V 17th, Two teams who could really do with 3 points  but equally wont want to lose, I expect a tight game  but the Home team to edge it.

Mystic Jarv Predicts a 1-0 Win for Hull
Hull City V Birmingham City Match Discussion

West Ham United V Liverpool

So the season isn’t over just yet for Liverpool, after a shaky start they appear to be back on track, this is a tricky away trip this season, if West ham can sort out some strikers.

I Expected West Ham to have more than 4 points form 4 games and i still think they will finish mid table but could very well be in the bottom 3 by the end of the weekend.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-1 Win for Liverpool
West Ham United V Liverpool Match Discussion

so there we go, Come back tomorrow for Sundays games

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Mystic Jarv Sunday 13 September

Posted by Jarv on September 13, 2009

I’m not around this weekend so i’m writing this friday so i don’t yet know how i got on yesterday

Birmingham City V Aston Villa

It’s often said form goes out the window in Derbies, both teams are playing for local pride and bragging rights between friends,  at work and in the pub.

After a poor first week Villa have 2 wins from 3 games and are nicely placed in 8th with a game in hand on many of those above them. Birmingham have made a few decent signings and should have a handful of players back from injury. Unfortunately for blues fans i can see bragging rights going to the team wearing claret or possibly white depending on which kit Villa wear.

Mystic Jarv predicts 1-2 to Aston Villa

Birmingham City V Aston Villa Match Discussion

Fulham V Everton

After 2 losses Everton finally seem to have put Lescott out of their minds and firmly behind them, they notched their first win last time out, they’ve added John Heitinga to their defensive corps too.

Fulham have lost their last 3 games including the Uefa Cup and Andy Johnson is still a doubt for this game, they have their fair share of injuries this season already and for sauch a settled side last season that has to worry Hodgson. I think Everton will just edge this game and Fulham need to hope thier injuries improve soon and that the UEFA cup doesn’t end up being their downfall.

Mystic Jarv predicts 0-1 to Everton

Fulham V Everton Match Discussion

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Mystic Jarv Saturday 12 September

Posted by Jarv on September 12, 2009

Its been a good week in the world of Mystic Jarv, 9 of 10 results right in the premier league last time out and 5 of 5 of Saturdays Internationals. Although i didn’t post on here I had England to beat Croatia, Russia to beat Wales, Holland to beat Scotland and Northern Ireland to draw with Slovakia so 3 of 4.

Anyway onto this Week

Blackburn Rovers V Wolverhampton Wanderers

Blackburn have struggled so far this season and find themselves in the bottom 3 after 3 games, Wolves on the other hand have had mixed fortunes  so far this season. Blackburn i think will be too strong for Wolves especially so as Wolves have a few injuries and by the end of Saturday will draw level on points with Wolves

Mystic Jarv predicts 1-0 to Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers V Wolverhampton Match Discussion

Liverpool V Burnley

Two wins from 4 games is not the start Rafa, Liverpool or their fans wanted or expected but talk of their premier league challenge being over is premature to say the least. Rafa’s men have been far from convincing this season but championships are not won in September, they can be lost however and Liverpool will want to improve quickly.

Burnley have had a good start to the season which finds them on the same points as Liverpool having already played Manchester United and Chelsea, those 2 games and this one wont decide which division they play their football in next season and any points are a bonus. Owen Coyle i’m sure will be ticking off the points to the Magic 40 point mark, 6 down 34 to go, In my opinion he will be in the same position at 5pm on saturday.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-0 to Liverpool

Liverpool V Burnley Match Discussion

Manchester City V Arsenal

One of the big four verses one of the teams hoping to replace them this season, City have spent big including 40 Million on 2 players from Arsenal. City have a few injury problems from the Internationals including Robinho and Tevez who are both doubts but that shouldn’t be an excuse when you have spent over 100 million pounds recently and a truck load before hand.

Wenger was annoyed this week that Arshavin has picked up an injury or rather made the one he had before the internationals worse by playing 90 Minutes. on the plus side though Rosicky is fit again and played 56 minutes for the Czech republic in the week. Not sure if i’m the only one who finds it a little odd a long term injured player like Rosicky played for his national team before his club side.

This will be an open game but will end in a draw

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 Draw

Manchester City v Arsenal Match Discussion

Portsmouth V Bolton Wanderers

Pompey are in trouble, Most of their better players have been sold off to be replaced with, in my opinion, downgrades. Paul Hart will need serious backing in January to avoid having to travel to Doncaster, Barnsley and other stereo typical places relegated premier league teams don’t want to goto, That is of course if he still has a job in January.

Bolton are second bottom only above Pompey and neither team will want to lose this game, its a typical “Relgation 6 pointer” but i reckon it’ll be one point apiece and a mind numbingly dull game to watch.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 0-0 draw

Portsmouth V Bolton Wanderers Match Discussion

Stoke City V Chelsea

Stoke have started great 7 points from 4 games and are really tough to beat at home. I can see them giving it a really good go but Chelsea are flying this season, the remainder of the season may depend on whether the transfer ban affects them, will they put it out of their minds, will it bring them together in a kind of siege mentality or will the distraction put them off their stride?

I’ve been wrong once already this season backing against Stoke at home but Chelsea are one of, if not the team to beat this season.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-1 win for Chelsea

Stoke City V Chelsea Match Discussion

Sunderland V Hull City

Sunderland sit mid table with the same points as Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal and Darren Bent has started the season well. Bruce’s teams are usually well organised and Sunderland are no different.

Hull are well erm poor they have struggled to bring in players in the summer and Phil Brown has a long old season ahead attempting to keep them up

I think i’ve predicted Hull to lose every game so far  and this game is no different

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-0 win for Sunderland

Sunderland V Hull City Match Discussion

Wigan Athletic V West Ham United

I keep predicting Wigan will be ok this season but sit 4th Bottom with 3 points from a possible 12, west ham have played a game less and have 4 points. This is an important game for both teams.

It should be an open passing game but neither have won since the opening day,

Mystic Jarv predicts an entertaining 1-1 Draw

Wigan Athletic V West Ham United Match Discussion

Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester United

Second V Third, Spurs are missing one of their key men from the early few weeks in Luka Modric and another,  Palacios will only have got home friday morning. these 2 are key for Spurs. Spurs may have some defenders back fit for this game and Defoe is on fire. Krankjar will probrably make his Debut, it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

United have Valencia like Palacios only back in Friday morning and may have Ferdinand back in the starting line up. United despite hammering wigan 5-0 havn’t looked overly impressive and toiled even in the first half at the DW stadium. Rooney like Defoe is on form this season so far and he seems to be enjoying hsi central role.  I believe United will have just a little too much for Spurs on this occasion, but i wouldn’t be surprised by a draw or a close win either way.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 2-1 Win for Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester United Match Discussion

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England are going to South Africa

Posted by Jarv on September 11, 2009

England are going to South Africa, but then again you all knew that, unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week. Sadly for the other home nations World cup hopes crumbled on Wednesday night.

Wales were never going to go in a group with Russia and Germany especially with Toshack in charge, You have to wonder how one group has Germany an Russia and there is a group with Greece and Switzerland  who are the toughest teams, seems a little unbalanced, then again thats the impression UEFA & FIFA give me most of the time anyway.

Scotland needed 3 points at home to Holland or at the very least a point and hope the other 2nd places didn’t manage to beat their 11 points, Unfortunately they were un-done by a bad back header. Scotland had their chances and were let down by some Heskey-esque finishing from their strikers.

Northern Ireland have surprised a lot of people in this qualification process and i hope their jump in the rankings gives them a better chance of making it to Poland and Ukraine next time around because even if they beat the Czechs next time up its a long shot for Slovenia to lose to San Marino

The Republic of Ireland have the best chance to at least claim a second place spot with 2 home games left, they could still win the group but will need to beat Italy on 10th October and then Montenegro on the 14th and hope Italy lose at home to Cyprus, Thats not likely but 3 points will guarantee them a play off i believe.

So onto England, England destroyed a good, if weakened, Croatia team who beat us convincingly 2 years ago. The Capello factor cannot be understated and every time i see a press conference he impresses me, all but banning the WAG’s from south africa only allowing them to see the players for a couple of hours after each match will hopefully stop them going out there for a holiday. the England team seems to have belief in itself and Capello went barmy when we conceeded to make it 4-1, this i like. We should be in for a good tournament and realistically the Quarter finals should be an Expectation and anything better would be a great achievement.

I expect Capello to keep everyone grounded but i also think he will be going to South Africa next june with the aim of com ing back World champions.

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Heskey Should Not be in the England Squad

Posted by Jarv on September 7, 2009

7 goals in 55 appearances says it all to me, I can’t understand how he’s still there, Capello says he picks players who are on form for their clubs, Heskey hasn’t scored for his club and is struggling to get in their side. I realise Capello has something against Owen and he’s not set the world light yet either but at least he has scored.

If we must play a big man play Carlton cole, at least he doesn’t give the impression he is going to fall over every time the ball goes anywhere near him. Me personally i would actually play the 2 form players, Defoe and Rooney and the Slovenia game was a perfect opportunity to try them together up front from the start and not just for 20 minutes after half time.

Surely there are better English strikers around than having to play Heskey, Agbonlahor, for one, Darren Bent is playing well for Sunderland, Either deserve another shot rather than Heskey, I understand players like playing with him but if Heskey played for your club and managed7 goals every 55 games would you be saying oh go on have another go or would you be calling for someone else to get a go?

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Mystic Jarv – International Saturday Edition 05/09

Posted by Jarv on September 5, 2009

I had a good week with the results last weekend with 9 out of 10 correct and 1 fully correct score so I’ve had a go at some of the International games this Saturday.

England V Slovenia

England have looked much better under Capello than at anytime in a long while, I have much more confidence than at anytime under Mclaren or Sven, Sven had a great record  but Capello just seems to have the right attitude, no-one gets picks because of their name they have to prove them selves, which is unfortunate if your name is Michael Owen.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 3-0 to England

England V Slovenia Match Discussion

Scotland V  Macedonia

Scotland need a win in this game or their play off hopes are gone, against Norway they looked poor after the sending off after being marginally the better team before hand. Caldwell deserved to go you can’t pull back a player as the last man when you’ve just been booked. Scotland might feel aggrieved that Norway weren’t down to 10 before them though as Riise could have been given a straight red for either nasty challenge he did and was lucky to only be booked for one of them. There is a bit of s siege mentality with the Scotland squad and anything less than a win here when Holland is next up will surely cost Burley his job.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Scotland

Scotland Vs  Macedonia Match Discussion

Poland V Northern Ireland

Who’d have thought Northern Ireland would have a realistic chance of winning a group with Slovakia, Slovenia , Poland and the Czech Republic in it, not me for one. I would have predicted a mid table finish would have been most likely but it shows what i know.  Nigel Worthington’s men have 3 tough games left Poland and the Czech republic away and current group leaders Slovakia away and winning all 3 should win them the group despite Slovakia having a game in hand. That being said Poland is a tough place to go.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 draw

Poland V Northern Ireland Match Discussion

Cyprus V Republic of Ireland

Revenge is not the main motivation for losing in Cyprus last time, really? it would be if i were manager, I would want to go out and win handsomely, but there you go Giovanni Trapattoni is a well respected manager with a lot of Medals, I’m some bloke sat at a compute. Anyway i believe Eire will be too strong for Cyprus

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-3 to the Republic of Ireland

Cyprus V Republic of Ireland Match Discussion

and the other big match happening in South America,

Argentina 2 V 4 Brazil

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