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Who Am I?

Hi! And welcome to my new blog, the Couch Potato’s Corner.

My name is Liam Pritchard, I am in my 30s, from the UK and I am the world’s most unenthusiastic sports enthusiast.

The list of my half arsed passions is endless, but my first love is football (or soccer, as our North American friends know it) closely followed by ice hockey and international Rugby Union. I have a passive (which, by my standards, is saying something) interest in basket ball and have recently begun educating myself on American Football.

My passions sub-list extends to an eye-watering number of teams across the globe that I actively seek out the results for. It would take a little too long in this post to list them all but here’s a taster:

Football.

Swansea City (EFL Championship). My home team and number one guys.

Dumbarton (Scottish League One). My old local team, whom I used to regularly pay £3.50 to watch in Scottish Division Three back when I first fell in love with the beautiful game.

Borussia Monchengladbach (German Bundesliga). Another former local team I used to regularly watch. I personally believe the Bundesliga is the best league in the world.

Toronto FC (MLS). I kinda have a “thing” for Toronto, which will be explained in a later post. The city will feature heavily on this blog.

York 9 (Canadian Premier League). I’ll go into more depth of this in a very near future post.

The Welsh Premier League. Or Cymru Premier as it’s known now. I used to regularly watch TNS when I moved to Wales in 2004, as they were one mile from my front door in Llansantffraid. During this time I got to see them win the league, the League Cup, the FAW Cup and the FAW Premier Cup. Not to mention taking on the European Champions, Liverpool, in the Champions League. I spent a number of years as their mascot before becoming General Manager of Technogroup Welshpool but the less said about THAT the better.

Wrexham Ladies. I love women’s football, ever since the 2011 World Cup showed me how damn good it is. I used to run an unofficial website for the Welsh Premer League, before the FAW came along and did their own thing. Wrexham are my local team, although they aren’t in the top flight any more.

Ice Hockey.

Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL). Toronto. Duh.

Toronto Marlies (AHL). See above.

Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL). Now, hockey afficinados may well assume that my affection for this team stems from their previous affiliation to the Maple Leafs, but that was just a coincidence. Actually, we have family friends in Florida, it’s a place that I love and I remembered seeing the logo a lot when we visited in 1997, a time when I was first starting to discover the sport.

Cardiff Devils (EIHL). Ok, I’m from Swansea so it should disgust me to profess to like anything from Cardiff. But there isn’t another team in South Wales so this is the best I can get. Sue me.

Telford Tigers (EPL). Local team, a lot of my family live near the town. The first ice hockey team I’ve ever watched.

Deeside Dragons (whatever league they’re in). Ok, so they absolutely hate Telford Tigers, but they’re my new local team, they’re another Welsh team. It would be rude not to love them too.

Dusseldorf (Deutsche Eishockey Liga). They’re the closest thing hockey has to Monchengladbach.

American Football

Chicago Bears (NFL). When I was five I got a Chicago Bears uniform for Christmas for reasons I don’t understand. But hey. There we go.

Florida Gators (college football). There’s a photo of me as a baby wearing a Gators babygrow. I’m just learning the sport this year and they’ve made it a lot of fun.

Toronto Argonauts (CFL). Ok, so technically Canadian Football and American Football are different sports due to pitch size and number of downs, but I don’t do technical well.

Rugby Union.

Wales.

Whoever England are playing.

Llanelli Scarlets.

Special mentions:

Toronto Wolfpack (Rugby League). Toronto Arrows (Major League Rugby). Llanidloes Town Ladies (former Welsh Premier Women’s League badasses. I pray they one day return).

Anyway, that’s enough boring lists! What is this blog all about?

Well, like most people who engage in sports from the seat of their pants (not you, Michel Vorm, though I swear blind you have the most decorated arse in world football), I fancy myself as a bit of a journalist. In truth, I’m just full of half baked, ignorant opinions that lack coherance or substance.

This blog is really not for anyone other than myself, and anyone else who happens to be interested in the subject matter.

It’s mainly a vehicle for me to improve my knowledge about particular sports that I love as I believe the best way to learn about something is to try writing about it.

Most of what you read on here will be utter horse shit. But please feel free to call me out. I love to learn and I love a good barney over unimportant things.

Enjoy! If you can.

Cymru Premier League Festive Round-up

The final whistles have blown across pretty much all of the festive double headers in the Cymru Premier League. Only Pen-y-Bont vs Carmarthen remains outstanding. Despite what I said in my previous post (https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/cymru-premier-festive-fixtures/) this game didn’t take place at 2.30 today, rather it takes place at 2.30 on New Year’s Day.

In the immortal words of President Schwarzenegger in The Simpsons Movie: I was elected to lead. Not to read.

Anyway! Let’s take a look at how my predictions matched up against reality!

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Airbus UK Broughton

For reasons that escape my recollection, I said that Connah’s Quay would only pick up four points from these two games. I guess my reasoning must have been a combination of the fact that Nomads lead the table in games drawn this season and that I’ve seen Airbus play, and win, this season. They didn’t look that bad. In fact, they looked half decent. Sure they’ve lost every game since then, but they’re due a good result!

Yeah. I was wrong. I admit it.

My confidence in my prediction was buoyed by the fact that Andy Morrison’s side only won 2-1 on home turf on Boxing Day.

With the score of the return leg standing at 0-0 at the break, I was starting to allow myself to believe I’d called a blinder.

Four unanswered second half goals put paid to that. Mike Wilde, Jamie Insall from the spot, Danny Holmes and Priestley Farquharson provided the score.

26.12.19. Connah’s Quay 2-1 Airbus UK

30.12.19 Airbus UK 0-4 Connah’s Quay

Cefn Druids vs The New Saints

I said in my last post that I was regretting my prediction that each side would take a win a piece, following the Saints’ 5-0 demolition of Druids on their own patch.

However, checking the scores around the 89th minute mark, I saw Druids were leading the return leg 1-0, thanks to Tyrone Ofori. Off I went to cook myself some chicken pakoras to celebrate having actually pulled a shock out the bag this time, after that fake Airbus drawing with Connah’s Quay shock that had been well and truly put the bed.

Twenty minutes later, I decide to check the results of the rest of the league. My eye scrolls casually down the screen and what do I see but TNS have only gone and scored twice in injury time to take all three points and stay top of the table, one point ahead of the victorious Nomads.

Greg Draper and Dean Ebbe provided the goals for the Saints.

26.12.19 Cefn Druids 0-5 TNS

30.12.19 TNS 2-1 Cefn Druids

Barry Town United vs Cardiff Met

I showed faith in Barry that they would take all six points and that was dashed in game one with a 1-1 draw.

However, they were good enough to reward my faith and claimed a 1-0 victory in the Welsh capital thanks to a goal from Momodou Touray early in the second half.

26.12.19 Barry Town 1-1 Cardiff Met

30.12.19 Cardiff Met 0-1 Barry Town

Caernarfon Town vs Bala Town

In my predictions, I said that Bala would pick up four from six in this fixture.

They were 2-1 winners at Caernarfon’s Oval, Boxing Day evening and, having watched the game, I felt sure Caernarfon showed enough on the night to prove themselves capable of grabbing a draw away from home.

It was not to be, however, as Bala kept apace with the title race thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 victory. The goals came from Golden Boot chasing duo Henry Jones and Chris Venables, as well as a late addition by Jonny Spittle.

26.12.19 Caernarfon Town 1-2 Bala Town

30.12.19 Bala Town 3-0 Caernarfon Town

Newtown vs Aberystwyth Town

I felt that each side would win one of these games each, a prediction immediately invalidated by a 1-1 draw at Newtown.

Watching the highlights of that game on Sgorio, I have absolutely no idea how Newtown didn’t win it to at least keep my prediction alive for a few short days.

It would have proven a moot point in the end as Newtown were victorious 2-1 at Aber’s Park Avenue tonight.

Lifumpa Mwandwe gave the Robins the lead in the third minute and Matthew Jones must have thought he’d rescued a valuable point for Aber in the 84th. However, George Harry grabbed the win in the 93rd minute for the visitors.

That result, coupled with Druids last minute defeat in Oswestry, sees Newtown jump ahead of Druids into sixth place, with just two games to go between now and the league split.

How long they will hold on to that spot is anyone’s guest as their next match is at home to Champions, The New Saints, while Druids entertain bottom placed Pen-y-Bont.

26.12.19 Newtown 1-1 Aberystwyth Town

30.12.19 Aberystwyth Town 1-2 Newtown

Carmarthen Town vs Pen-y-Bont

As stated above, we’re still waiting for the second leg of this double header to take place.

I called two wins from two for Carmarthen and a 3-2 home victory for the Old Gold means this remains my only hope of getting a prediction right.

Having watched the highlights, I felt all three goals were absolute gifts from Pen-y-Bont and if they sort out these defensive lapses, they stand a chance of upsetting my prediction.

Though I’m sure these defensive lapses are why they find themselves bottom of the table so they’ll probably be prone to one or two on New Year’s Day.

26.12.19 Carmarthen Town 3-2 Pen-y-Bont

01.01.20 TBC

Next up:

The Cymru Premier now takes a small winter break until 10th January 2020. That is with one exception.

On Saturday January 4th Pen-y-Bont play their rearranged game at home to Caernarfon Town. Should Pen-y-Bont avoid defeat at home to Carmarthen, a win would take them out of the drop zone. In the very least, it will see them overtake Airbus in 11th.

A win for Caernarfon would cement their place in the top half of the table post split. A draw would all but be good enough on goal difference.

Personally, I see this being an away win for Caernarfon Town.

Well, that was a pretty dismal attempt on my part. But, being Welsh, I’m not going to let a little abject failure stop me.

I’ll be back in the second week in January to preview round 21 of the Cymru Premier, as well as see how I got on with those last two predictions (if my form is anything to go by, maybe put a quid on Pen-y-Bont to win their next two games).

Liam vs Lawro: New Years Day Fixtures

Happy New Year!

Almost.

We have another full Premier League fixtures list on January 1st.

That’s three editions of Liam vs Lawro in just six days.

Jose is right. Subjecting pundits to this frequency of football is inhuman.

Anyway, mustn’t bitch, I’ll have a week off with the FA Cup next weekend.

After two weeks, the overall scores stand at Liam 100-120 Lawro.

Last week we drew 70 each. Here’s hoping I can go one better at the third time of asking!

(As it stands, Lawro hasn’t yet posted his predictions. I’ll update this when he does)

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Chelsea

Being a Potterphile (Graham, not Harry) I am tempted to call this as a home win as Chelsea’s form of late hasn’t been sparkling.

But a glance at recent results reminds me that, while Brighton might play attractive football, it hasn’t resulted in many points on the board.

So I have to back another ex Swansea man, Frank Lampard.

Liam says: 2-1 Chelsea

Lawro says:

Burnley vs Aston Villa

Six points separate these two sides. Burnley didn’t look up to much against United last time out and Villa were hammered by Watford.

I’m going to play this one safe.

Liam says: 1-0 Burnley

Lawro says:

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

I’ve been kind to Newcastle so far in my predictions and have awarded them four from a possible six points. They’ve rewarded me by picking up precisely zero.

Leicester got back to winning ways on the weekend and I think they’ll carry on the run.

Liam says: 2-0 Leicester

Lawro says:

Southampton vs Tottenham

I’m liking Southampton a lot over the last three games, where they’ve taken seven from nine points.

Tottenham, while flashy going forward, seem to be waffer thin at the back. They generally score, but you can count on them to concede too.

They were fortunate against Norwich not to be two down when one of Pukki’s pubes strayed offside.

I just can’t quite rule against them this time.

Liam says: 2-1 Tottenham

Lawro says:

Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

This is a tough one. Watford have been brilliant lately and put in performances against high calibre opponents as well as Aston Villa.

Wolves though!

I’m gonna call a bump in the road for Nigel Pearson.

Liam says: 2-0 Wolves

Lawro says:

Manchester City vs Everton

I’ve yet to predict a win for either of these sides in two previous weeks.

I promised myself that would change this week, only to find they’re bloody well playing each other.

I’m torn. My head says City because, well, they’re City and Everton are Everton.

My heart says Guardiola is losing the plot (fueled further by reading Zlatan’s autobiography last night and his scathing assessment of him) and Ancelotti has revived Everton’s fortunes.

Do these things cancel each other out?

Do I call yet another draw from Everton only to have them win?

UGH!

Liam says: 2-1 Everton (sure this is gonna bite me in the ass)

Lawro says:

Norwich City vs Crystal Palace

I finally caught up with Match of the Day yesterday and it astounds me that Norwich didn’t pick up six points from their last two games.

Yeah, there’s probably rose tinted specs on due to my loose Norfolk connections.

Norwich’s problem is that they play nice football, they just seem to get outscored all the time.

Sad as I am to say:

Liam says: 2-1 Palace

Lawro says:

West Ham United vs Bournemouth

“New” man in charge at the London Stadium. Looks a lot like the one that was there a couple of years ago.

The Hammers are a point behind the Cherries, having played a game less.

Both are precariously close to being sucked into the bottom three.

I think with the new manager and Fabianski back between the sticks, West Ham are going to take this one.

Liam says: 2-0 West Ham

Lawro says:

Arsenal vs Manchester United

In the late 90s this was a fixture I always looked forward to. I was, at the time, a Manchester United fan (I’m not not one now. I’d just describe myself as a Swansea fan. The switch occurred almost immediately after United won the Treble should anyone accuse me of ditching United when they got crap. The truth is, I got bored of winning) and a few close friends were Arsenal fans. It was bedlam, and I loved it.

Nowadays, there’s no Roy Keane and Patrick Vierra to kick lumps out of each other.

No Premier League titles resting on this one game.

Nowadays, it’s a bit of a wet fart.

But I tip United to follow through.

Liam says: 2-0 United

Lawro says:

Liam vs Lawro: 28-29th December 2019 Results

This is the second week I’ve taken on BBC Sports’ Mark Lawrenson, trying to predict the scores from the week’s Premier League programme.

In week one, Lawro beat me 50-30 (you get 40 points for a correct scoreline and 10 points for a correct outcome).

How would I fair in week two?

Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 Bournemouth

I said: 2-0 to Brighton

Lawro said: 2-1 Bournemouth

A tremendous start to the weekend’s activities!

A forty pointer right out the blocks for me and made all the sweeter by Lawro getting no points.

I won’t lie, I got damn cocky after this result.

The victory dance was suitably creepy.

It wasn’t all plain sailing as Dan Burn had a perfectly good goal ruled out for “offside” (see my rant here: https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/stop-bitching-about-var-start-bitching-about-the-offside-law/), which would have made it 2-0. But thankfully Aaron Mooy saved my bacon with ten minutes to go.

Liam 40-0 Lawro.

In your FACE Lawrenson!

Newcastle United 1-2 Everton

I said: 1-1 draw

Lawro said: 1-1

A rare occasion where myself and Lawro find ourselves in absolute agreement. I feel validated.

I felt extra validated and confident when Schär leveled for Newcastle on 56 minutes.

But Calvert-Lewin just had to go and show off for his new boss by getting his third in two games.

Kiss ass.

It remains Liam 40-0 Lawro

Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

I said: 3-0 Southampton

Lawro said: 2-0 Southampton

Ok, maybe I went a little nuts with this one. But Lawro wasn’t that far behind me.

Any hopes either of us would take 40 points from this one were dashed in the 50th minute when Tomkins gave Palace the lead.

Danny Ings continued his fine run of recent form to draw level so ten points a piece was possible, but ’twas not to be.

It still remains Liam 40-0 Lawro.

Watford 3-0 Aston Villa

I said: 1-1 draw

Lawro said: 2-1 Watford

My stupid gut talked me out of calling a home win and claiming ten points on this one.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Lawro had no such stupidity and the saving grace is he didn’t get the score right.

Liam 40-10 Lawro

Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

I said: 3-0 Tottenham

Lawro said: 2-0 Tottenham

Once again, myself and Lawro are equally wrong on this one.

As my girlfriend is from Norwich, I’m happy to take no points off this.

Still: Liam 40-10 Lawro

West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City

I said: 2-0 Leicester

Lawro said: 1-1 draw

And I’m back in the game!

Sure Pablo Fornals denied me the full forty here, but Lawro inexplicably thought West Ham could draw with Leicester so got no points.

Booyah!

Victory dance resumes.

Now: Liam 50-10 Lawro

Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

I said: 4-0 United

Lawro said: 2-0 United

Fuck you, Rashford!

Fuck.

YOU!

Ahem.

Now: Liam 60-50 Lawro

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

I said: 3-2 to Arsenal

Lawro said: 1-1 draw

Again, we’re both dead wrong with this one so I maintain my very slender lead over The Master.

Still: Liam 60-50 Lawro

Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

I said: 3-1 Liverpool

Lawro said: 2-0 Liverpool

Heavy sigh of relief after this one that Liverpool didn’t manage to find a second and give Lawro the full four points.

You see that, Rashford? That’s how you do it! DON’T score.

We both pick up 10 points and the score is now Liam 70-60 Lawro

Manchester City 2-0 Sheffield United

I said: 2-1 Sheffield

Lawro said: 3-0 City

Well that’s what I get for taking stupid, non calcuated risks.

I got burned.

Lawro picked up ten points, I got none and we end in a tie.

Had I just been sensible, I would have ended the week on 80 points and taken the spoils of war.

But NO! You just had to show off, didn’t you Liam?!

Idiot.

Final score: Liam 70-70 Lawro

A much improved showing from me.

A couple of silly predictions cost it for me in the end.

Let’s see if it’s third time lucky!

Running total: Liam 100-120 Lawro

Stop Bitching About VAR, Start Bitching About The Offside Law

I’ve just finished watching Brighton’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth and it’s about time I threw my two cents in on the whole VAR debate.

VAR is great. It works just fine in places like the Bundesliga and Major League Soccer so I don’t really understand the stick it gets here.

For me, the real issue is the present offside law.

I’ve just witnessed Dan Burn cruelly denied a wonderful first goal for Brighton. His touch to bring it out of the air behind him and into a position where he could just stroke it home was sublime. Had it stood, it surely would have been a contender for goal of the month on Match of the Day.

But no. Because several phases of play beforehand, the tip of Dan’s elbow was in an offside position.

I mean, really? What the f*ck?

Back in the good old days there used to have to be “daylight” between the attacker and defender for it to be considered offside.

Nowadays, the shadow from the hair off your arse seems to be all that is required.

It’s an absolute joke.

Yet people are blaming VAR for it.

It’s not VAR’s fault that they have to enforce stupid rules cast down from on high.

Yes, decisions are taking too long but if you’ve been told you have to work with millimetres then you’re going to take your time.

The issue is that the offside rule is bullsh*t.

It’s the rule that stiffles play and results in perfectly wonderful goals being ruled out.

Later, in the same game, Brighton’s Glenn Murray found himself one on one with Ramsdale in the Bournemouth goal and, despite the angle, forced a decent save and won the corner.

Now, the replay showed that Murray was a good yard offside when the ball was played to him, but the assistant referee missed it (how? I’ve no idea).

What genuinely interests me is, had Brighton scored from that set piece, would VAR have intervened to rule it out owing to the offside in that phase of play.

I don’t know, myself. If someone does know and can educate me, please do.

I would think/hope so because that decision would have proven instrumental in the goal being scored. But I have my doubts.

So, in short, let’s lay off VAR for a bit and lay in to Fifa or whoever sets these stupid rules.

And while I’m on my high horse about VAR, can players PLEASE stop chasing after the referee if they think they’ve got a shout for a penalty. VAR reviews it all anyway, regardless of whether you’re screaming your head off at the man in black so just cut it out please. You look like a knob head.

As a BT Sports commentator once said, VAR works fine. We just have to do whatever the Germans are doing.

Cymru Premier Festive Fixtures

Time got away from me over Christmas and, while I did type my vague predictions ahead of time, I didn’t get the chance to write up the post before the Boxing Day legs were played.

So, those new to the Cymru Premier League might not know that Boxing Day and New Year sees home and away games against your closest rivals.

Rather than go for predicting the exact scores for these games, I merely wrote what I thought would happen across the two games.

Cefn Druids vs The New Saints

Now, if any of you were worried that I’d amend my predictions with retrospect to make myself look good, this should calm your minds.

I predicted that sixth placed Druids would win one of the two games, with TNS taking the other.

That MIGHT well happen yet, but as TNS were victorious 5-0 away from home, I’m not confident.

I crumb of comfort though. The Saints’ big wins in the league (12-0 over Airbus and 10-1 over Aber) have come away from home. Although they were victorious in the home legs of those games, just not by much. I mean, they ONLY scored six against Airbus.

I wouldn’t put money on TNS doing the double over Druids now.

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Airbus UK

I called this as four points across the two games for Nomads and with them winning 2-1 at Deeside, I might well not be far wrong.

I’ll be at the Airfield on Monday night to watch the game so will have everything crossed for a draw.

Barry Town United vs Cardiff Met

I called two wins for Barry.

Game one finished 1-1.

Shows what I know.

I still think Barry will win in Cyncoed.

You watch them bloody lose now.

Newtown vs Aberystwyth Town

In my predictions, I felt that these sides would share the spoils in the form of a win apiece.

They did share the spoils at Latham Park with a 1-1 draw.

I’m not really doing very well so far…

Carmarthen Town vs Pen-y-Bont

Finally! Things are looking up for me, as I called two wins for Carmarthen.

They won the first game 3-2.

It’s all geared up for the return leg in Bridgend on Monday afternoon.

Caernarfon vs Bala

Game one was broadcast live on S4C on Boxing Day and as Bala took the 2-1 victory with a nice little move from Chris Veneables, that was 20% pure Zlatan, I was cursing my prediction of a Caernarfon victory.

But when I came to write this post this morning, it appears I called a win and a draw for Bala.

So I might well come out on top yet!

All the games take place on Monday 30th December with 7.45 kick offs, except for Pen-y-Bont vs Carmarthen, which is apparently 2.30pm.

I’ll report back on Tuesday with my findings!

If you like predictions and me making a fool of myself, why not check out my feature, Liam vs Lawro, where I take on the BBC’s Mark Lawrenson (without his knowledge) to predict the scores in the English Premier League.

Here’s the latest post in that series: https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/liam-vs-lawro-28-29th-december-2019/

Liam vs Lawro: 28-29th December 2019

On to game day two of my weekly quest to take on BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson with Premier League predictions.

Lawro just edged in 50-30 last week (https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/liam-vs-lawro-boxing-day-results/) and I’m kicking myself with a couple of my predictions.

Let’s see if I can go one better this time out.

As always, you get 40 points if you get the score spot on, and 10 if you just call the correct outcome (ie home/away win, draw).

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Bournemouth

Last time out I called Bournemouth to beat Arsenal. I wasn’t far off with that one.

I’ve visited both cities for Unison’s National Conference and I have to say I much prefered Bournemouth.

However, I see Graham Potter’s men taking the full three points today.

Liam says: 2-0 Brighton

Lawro says: 2-1 Bournemouth

Newcastle United vs Everton

The Ancelotti effect on Everton against Burnley was stronger than I had given it credit for as I called that as a score draw. I also predicted Newcastle would be victorious at Old Trafford and they really, really weren’t.

I’m conflicted on this one and not at all confident. So I’m going to go down the middle for a draw.

Liam says: 1-1 draw

Lawro says: 1-1 draw

Southampton vs Crystal Palace

If you’ve read last games’ results, you’ll know I talked myself out of calling a Southampton win at Stamford Bridge. I also correctly called Crystal Palace beating West Ham.

So I’m going to go with my gut on this one and give the win to the team on the rise.

Liam says: Southampton 3-0

Lawro says: 2-0 Southampton

Watford vs Aston Villa

Watford are resurgent under Nigel Pearson while Villa, their win over rock bottom Norwich aside, are on the slide.

I was going to call this as a home win but my gut flashed up with 1-1 so I’m going to run with that.

Liam says: 1-1 draw

Lawro says: 2-1 Watford

Norwich City vs Tottenham Hotspur

I so want Norwich to replicate their performances against City and Arsenal today. I really, really do.

My head is also telling me that Spurs only just overcame Brighton…

No. I can’t do it.

My head says: 3-0 Tottenham (I hope I’m wrong)

Lawro says: 2-0 Tottenham

West Ham United vs Leicester City

Brendan and his boys let me down badly against Liverpool the other night but I am going to forgive them, this once, and call a bounce back.

Liam says: 2-0 to Leicester

Lawo says: 1-1 draw

Burnley vs Manchester United

Last games, I showed too much faith in Burnley and too little faith in Manchester United.

If United turn up to this game, I’m going to call an away win.

Liam says: 4-0 Manchester United

Lawro says: 2-0 United

Arsenal vs Chelsea

This used to be a hell of a fixture when the two teams were in their prime, but now they’re shadows of their former selves. At least they’ve vaugely level pegging in terms of quality, if not results.

I think there will be goals in this one and Arsenal will JUST edge it.

Liam says: 3-2 Arsenal

Lawro says: 1-1 draw

Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool have all but sown up the title with the Boxing Day results, and Wolves did them a big favour by taking Manchester City all but out of the equation.

Part of me really wants to call this as an away win. I was so close to getting Wolves’ score bang on in the last game, but they went one better and left me empty handed.

Wolves are a good team and the last team domestically to beat Liverpool’s first team (Villa beating their U23s doesn’t count), nearly 12 months ago.

Something has surely got to give for Klopp’s side at some point and Wolves are one of the best placed teams to dish out an upset.

But I just can’t bet against Liverpool in the form they’re in right now. Not two games in a row anyway!

Liam says: 3-1 Liverpool

Lawro says: 2-0 Liverpool

Manchester City vs Sheffield United

City are all but out of the title race. Guardiola doesn’t seem to care any more and is going through the motions.

Do we see a City rebound today? It’s hard to say any team containing Aguero and de Bruyne won’t win, but that did happen less than 24 hours before I write this. Although both were substituted before Wolves scored their winning goals.

Hmmm.

Fuck it!

Liam says: 2-1 Sheffield United

Lawro says: 3-0 City

Current standings after one match day:

Liam 30

Lawro 50

Liam vs Lawro: Boxing Day Results

So, how did I get on in my first week against the Mighty Mark Lawrenson?

I’m in a bit of a rush today as I got home late last night from being away and I have just a couple of hours to decide how I think this afternoon’s fixtures are going to go, write up that post, do my belated predictions for the Cymru Premier festive fixtures, feed my kids, entertain my kids, wash up and go to watch Star Wars.

Busy day!

First up:

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

I said: 3-1 Tottenham.

Lawro said: 3-0 Tottenham

Damn! So close to a perfect start to the weekend for me. Only one goal separating me from glory.

I’ve not seen the highlights yet but the text commentary seemed to suggest Spurs were fortunate to come away with a win from this game. So maybe I should just be happy with having correctly predicted a Tottenham win, along with Lawro, and we pick up 10 points a piece.

Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City

I said: 2-1 to Norwich

Lawro said: 2-0 to Villa

It appears it was my heart ruling my head with this one. Sure, I tipped Villa to get a goal, but Norwich didn’t keep up their end of the bargain.

I realised when it was too late that I had forgotten all about Villa winning 5-0 at Carrow Road when making my prediction. I probably still would have stuck to it.

So Lawro correctly called a Villa win and gets ten points to my none.

He leads 20-10

Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal

I said: 1-0 to Bournemouth

Lawro said: 2-1 to Arsenal

I had a bad feeling when Bournemouth went 1-0 up so early on in the game. It just seemed too good to be true annd my gut said they wouldn’t hang on. My gut was right.

Fortunately, Arsenal only managed the one goal. A second would have give Lawro the full 40 points from this one.

As it stands, neither of us predicted a draw so neither of us get a point.

It remains Lawro 20-10 Liam.

Chelsea 0-2 Southampton

I said: 2-1 to Chelsea

Lawro said: 2-0 to Chelsea

I am absolutely kicking myself with this one because I talked myself out of calling an away win for Southampton. My gut called this one but my head overruled it. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Only saving grace is Lawro went the same way as me so we are wrong together.

Still Lawro 20-10 up.

Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United

I said: 2-0 Palace

Lawro said: 2-1 West Ham

BOOM! Another ten points to me thanks to a late Palace winner. Andre’s brother Jordan threw me a frickin bone here. Even after I dissed him in my prediction… Sorry, Jordan.

Again, I’ve not yet seen if, but I understand it was beautiful.

Lawro got it so badly wrong and I draw level 20-20.

Everton 1-0 Burnley

I said: 1-1 draw

Lawro said: 2-0 to Everton

Easy come, easy go. Lawro picks up ten points by correctly calling a home win and retakes his lead 30-20.

Sheffield United 1-1 Watford

I said: 2-2 draw

Lawro said: 1-0 Watford

And he’s back in the game. Not a bang on score, but good enough for ten points to draw me on level terms again. 30-30.

Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle

I said: 1-0 to Newcastle

Lawro said: 2-0 to United

Oh, Ole. Why have I foresaken you? Well, probably because you foresoke me when you managed Cardiff, so I guess we’re about even now, yes?

Lawro had more faith in United than I did and was rewarded with another ten points to take his lead to 40-30.

Leicester City 0-4 Liverpool

I said: 2-0 Leicester

Lawro said: 2-0 Liverpool

Seriously, Leicester? What the fuck, man?

Ok, so I’m not shocked that Liverpool won. They always win. It’s the fact that they obliterated their nearest rivals so comprehensively.

I’ve not seen the highlights so I don’t know if Liverpool were just too damn strong or if Leicester didn’t give the best account of themselves.

All I know is I feel burned by how easy this was for Liverpool.

Not least because Lawro picks up an extra ten points to stretch his lead to 50-30.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Manchester City

I said: 2-2 draw

Lawro said: 2-0 to City

GOD DAMN IT!

I needed an exact scoreline to have an hope of topping Lawro this week and in the 89th minute I got it.

In the 92nd minute Wolves scored again to take all three points.

Had I not had my pride riding on this I would have been thrilled with this result.

Guardiola says that title race is now over. Looking at the scores this weekend and failing to see where Liverpool are going to lose five games between now and May (coupled with City and Leicester needing to win EVERYTHING between now and then), I’d say he’s right.

Klopp won’t say so, and he mustn’t think so, but Liverpool are champions elect now. And it’s not even new year.

I digress.

Zero points a piece for either of us.

So the final score for this week is:

Liam 30-50 Lawro

Not an embarrassing pasting!

Next up! https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/liam-vs-lawro-28-29th-december-2019/

Liam vs Lawro: Boxing Day Fixtures

So, as a Swansea fan, I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Mark Lawrenson. Just minus the love. He would NEVER tip us to win any games in his weekly predictions column and, for a few years, we showed him. Sure, the last season he was right more than he was wrong but hey!

I’ve decided I’m going to see how easy this prediction malarky is (let’s overlook my first attempt at prediction with the Welsh Premier League https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/24/cymru-premier-league-preditions-matchday-18-how-did-i-do/ )

Each week, I am going to be pitting my wits against Lawro, based on his predictions on the BBC Sport website, where he takes on a difference celebrity each week.

As with the BBC scoring system, picking a correct results (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ten points. The exact score is worth forty points.

So here we go!

Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton and Hove Albion

This game contains two managers I really love. I love Jose when he first starts at a club. He’s witty, he’s charming, he’s fun. It disappoints me how grumpy he gets when things don’t go well. But he’s in loveable Jose mode now and I’m excited to see what he can do with a club that is on the up but underachieving compared to their potential. Kind of like Chelsea when he joined them.

Unlike a lot of Swansea fans, I still hold Graham Potter in high regard. It’s inevitable that he was going to go on to better things after the season he had with us last year and I don’t begrudge him that. Like it or not, Swansea will always be one of those clubs that is a stepping stone for players and managers. We just have to reap the benefits on the field when they’re with us, and reap the benefits in the bank when they leave. Like Martinez and Rodgers, I would love to see Potter succeed so that I can tell my grandkids “Swansea is where it all began for him” (sorry, Ostersunds…)

I think this is going to be entertaining, probably game one on Match of the Day. Spurs will have too much quality going forward.

Liam says: 3-1 Tottenham

Lawro says: 3-0 Tottenham

Aston Villa vs Norwich City

I don’t know if it’s heart over head for me with this one. Full disclosure, my girlfriend (although not a football fan) is from Norwich. As are her family. They’re sort of my defacto second team.

Having watched them closely on Match of the Day this year, I can’t comprehend why they’re where they are in the table. They seem an entertaining team with a lot of attacking flair. I love Pukki and Cantwell. If they can shore up at the back, they might well make a push for survival. My gut says they’re for the drop though. My gut also says Villa will be dragged down with them and today they might reinforce that point.

Liam says: 2-1 to Norwich

Lawro says: 2-0 to Villa

Bournemouth vs Arsenal

New manager for Arsenal with zero pedigree a la Ljunberg. I can’t see him having an immediate impact over results, succeeding where Freddie failed. Bournemouth have taken out United and Chelsea this season. I’m tipping them for a hat-trick.

Liam says: 1-0 to Bournemouth

Lawro says: 2-1 to Arsenal

Chelsea vs Southampton

Southampton have impressed me in recent weeks with the way they’re battling against the drop. I predict they’re going to be alright come May and foresee a real ding dong here. I like Chelsea under Lampard and the surprising success they’ve had with such a young squad. I’ve been especially pleased that Tammy Abrahams has proven me wrong when I’ve previously said the Championship was his level.

This one will go right down to the wire and only be settled by a single goal.

Liam says: 2-1 to Chelsea

Lawro says: 2-0 to Chelsea

Crystal Palace vs West Ham United

West Ham are going down in the world. They’re my outside tip to go down this year, possibly swapping places with Watford. Shame, because I like the club. Palace have Benteke and Zaha up front (and Ayew but he’s not as good as his brother) and I feel they’ll tear the Hammers apart and take a comfortable win.

Liam says: 2-0 to Palace

Lawro says: 2-1 to West Ham

Everton vs Burnley

New manager’s normally have a habit of winning their first game in charge, but I’ve a feeling that the boost of Anchelloti’s arrival will only be good for taking a draw in this game. Otherwise, I’d have been tipping an away win.

As it stands, I predict goals, just not a lot of them.

Liam says: 1-1 draw

Lawro says: 2-0 to Everton

Sheffield United vs Watford

I’ve been impressed with Watford’s resurgence over the last two games, culminating in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

The Blades have been this season’s surprise package and are flying high as a result. They also have Oli McBurnie, who was a favourite of mine at Swansea last season. He’s only got three goals so far this season, and seems to start most games from the bench but I’m rooting for him to succeed.

I think this will be one of the games of the day in terms of entertainment with both teams really going at it.

Liam says: 2-2 draw

Lawro says: 1-0 to Watford

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

United are my first love. They’re the reason I started watching football in the first place in 1996. With the advent of the internet and the relative easy by which I can follow Swansea scores and news from afar has seen my attentions drift towards my home team, but I’ve retained an affection for the Red Devils and I love Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was the first complicated footballer name I ever learned to spell (and pronounce) correctly, along with Peter Schmeichel. Sure, he was dead to me for a while when he managed Cardiff, but he took them down so I guess we’re good.

I’m saddened to see how far from grace United have fallen and I keep praying that Ole will drag them back up. It’s not happening though. Hopefully the board will back him for a few years to rebuild because there is no quick solution.

When I first started watching football, United vs Newcastle was the City vs Liverpool of its day. These days it’s a shadow of its former self.

On paper, United should win this. They’re United. However, Steve Bruce is doing an amazing job at St James’ Park and has led Newcastle to victory over his former club once this season. My gut says he’ll repeat the feat.

Liam says: 1-0 to Newcastle

Lawro says: 2-0 to United

Leicester City vs Liverpool

As with Norwich above, I don’t know if this is my heart talking here. I’m rooting for Leicester for the title this season. I love a good underdog story. Who doesn’t? Add to that my boy Brendan (he who led my Swans to the promised land and beyond) and Kasper Schmeichel, the son of my first footballing hero, and hell yeah I’m going to be shouting for them.

Also, as much as I admire Liverpool under Klopp, and part of me would love to see them smash some points records, that old germ of a United fan in me never wants to see them win.

So I’m going for a home win to keep the title race alive.

Liam says: 2-0 to Leicester

Lawro says: 2-0 to Liverpool

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

I’ve always had a soft spot for Wolves as they’re, in a roundabout sort of way, my uncle’s team. He’s not a massive football fan and when I asked him why he never went to any games in the early part of this century he quipped “they never came to see me when I was bad!” To my knowledge, he doesn’t go to see them now they’re good either.

Wolves were so unlucky against Spurs the other week and will be looking to make a statement against City. This seems the right time to play them in my eyes. Pep seems to have lost his love of the Etihad and, while they are winning most of their games, they are a big attainable scalp for a giant killer on their day.

I’m not going to go so far as to say Wolves will win, but I can see them taking a point here.

Liam says: 2-2 draw

Lawro says: 2-0 to City

So! I’ll be back here in a few days to report on how I got on and make my predictions for the next round of fixtures!

Cymru Premier League Preditions Matchday 18. How Did I Do?

Last week, I decided to try my hand at predicting the outcomes of each game in the Cymru Premier League. https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/19/cymru-premier-league-preview-and-predictions-matchday-18/

So! How did I do?

The New Saints vs Cardiff Met

What I said: 3-0 to TNS

What actually happened: 2-1 to Cardiff Met

I’m a big enough man to admit that I got this one WAY wrong.

The S4C cameras were at Park Hall for this one and, due to parental duties, I was planning to catch up with the stream on YouTube in the morning without knowing the scores. However a friend helpfully text me the half time score, which blew my prediction well out of the water, so I watched the second half live with an air of resignation, hoping TNS could find a couple of goals to allow me to salvage the pride of correctly calling a home win. They couldn’t.

I watched the first half on Saturday morning and was just struck by how disappointing the TNS performance was. For long periods in the first half I wouldn’t say Cardiff Met won the midfield battle, rather that TNS didn’t seem to have a midfield to speak off. There were far too many occasions where a defender had all the time in the world to pick a pass, only to hoof it into touch and give Met the ball back.

The Archers took the lead in the sixth minute with a really novel corner kick involving three men by the corner flag. I’ve never seen that one attempted before so I guess it was fitting that it resulted in a goal as Joel Evans flicked the cross between his legs and past Harrison.

Ten minutes later, the Saints were level with their first foray to speak of into the Met half. Adrian Cieslewicz powered his way into the box and crossed for Ryan Brobbel to fire home.

Met were to be back in front before the break when a long ball forward evaded the defence, dropping over the shoulder of Will Evans, who cooly slotted it past Harrison.

TNS were improved in the second half but struggled to create much of note. Fuller saved well from a free kick and Greg Draper spurned a decent looking chance with a heavy first touch.

The champions did have the ball in the net via Jamie Mullan but the linesman’s flag ruled it out. I have my doubts about the accuracy of the decision but there is no camera angle that adequately shows Mullan’s position when the ball was struck and no VAR so the result stands as an away win.

Met ended the game with ten men when goalscorer Joel Edwards decided to shove Keston Davies in the face in injury time. Davies got a yellow card for the hefty challenge that provoked Edwards’ reaction.

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Bala Town

What I said: 1-1 draw.

What actually happened:: 2-1 to Connah’s Quay.

In my defence, I was correct for about eight minutes in this one. That’s something, right? Right…?

Jonny Spittle put the Lakesiders 1-0 up on five minutes, taking full advantage of Quay ‘keeper, Brass’s inability to clear the ball and knocking it home in a goal mouth scramble.

Michael Bakare drew the home side level on 67 minutes, Mike Wilde flicking on a long throw for him to apply the finish. Bakare got his brace eight minutes later, heading in Declan Poole’s cross.

Both sides had chances to add to their tally, Lewis Brass made up for his earlier error with a few smart saves to help his team to three points.

The win see’s Nomads leap frog Bala into second place, a point behind TNS following their defeat.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United

What I said: 2-1 to Aberystwyth

What actually happened: 1-0 to Barry.

Well that rounded off Friday night perfectly, leaving me with a 0% success rate.

Barry should have had a penalty in the first half when Swansea City loanee, Tom Price clearly handled in the box. Despite having what looked like an excellent view of the incident, the referee waved away the protests.

The seven time champions weren’t to be outdone though and Kyle McLaggen channeled Jurgen Klinsmann with a belly slide across the deck to head in the game’s only goal.

The results leaves Aber still just six points ahead of the drop and keeps Barry in with an outside shot at the title.

Pen-y-Bont vs Newtown

What I said: 2-1 to Newtown

What actually happened: 2-0 to Newtown.

I almost got this one right! I called an away win for Newtown. I said they’d score two goals. I just clearly had too little faith in Dave Jones in the Robins’ goal, as he dealt with the few clear chances Pen-y-Bont had. He did nearly drop one into his own net right at the end to prove me right. I would have had to have bought him a pint had he done so.

Watching the highlights on Sgorio, aside from two decent efforts from the home side, it was one way traffic all day. However, it took until ten minutes into the second half before Kieron Mills-Evans headed home from point blank range. The defender had a first half effort cleared off the line but made no mistake at the second time of asking.

Pen-y-Bont have only themselves to blame for the second goal. Why the defender attempted a pass back to his keeper, when surrounded by red shirts, only he knows. Whatever the weather, he severely undercooked what was already a suicidal idea and Shrewsbury Town loanee Lifumpa Mwandwe intercepted the ball and squared for Niall Flint to tap into the empty net.

Airbus Uk Broughton vs Cefn Druids

What I said: 2-0 to Druids

What actually happened: 1-1 draw.

Watching the highlights of this game, Airbus don’t look like a side that should be deep in relegation trouble. I went to see them play Newtown earlier on in the season and they played them off the park, coming away with a 2-0 victory. However, Newtown are pushing for top six, whereas this point only gives Airbus the slimmest of advantages in the dogfight for the drop.

Andy Owens, who looked decent against Newtown (bagging a brace that day), latched onto a defence splitting pass to fire in from the edge of the box.

Druids fought back and both teams exchanged blows but Airbus struck the woodwork twice in quick succession in the second period. First through Andy Owens, and then the clearance was struck back goalwards by Thomason, only to rebound off the frame of the goal and out for a goal kick.

Druids managed to claim a point with ten minutes to go as Jamie Davies turned and shot into the centre of the goal.

Newtown’s win over Pen-y-Bont sees them just a point behind Druids in the race for sixth spot, with four games remaining before the split. That result also see’s Airbus inch a point above the drop zone.

Carmarthen Town vs Caernarfon Town

What I said: 1-0 to Caernarfon

What actually happened: 1-0 TO CAERNARFON!

I GOT ONE RIGHT! angelic chorus

Saved the best till last here, clearly. As did Caernarfon as their winning goal came in the 91st minute, Cai Jones heading into the ground and then knocking the ball in with his second bite.

A third successive 1-0 defeat for Carmarthen and they remain rooted to the bottom of the table. There were signs of hope for the Old Gold as Caernarfon were forced into a goalline clearance with Alex Ramsey stranded on the edge of his box.

Lee Idzi in the home goal made two magnificent saves from free kicks in either half to nearly deny the Cofis all three points.

The win sees Caernarfon just two points behind third placed Bala, with a game in hand against second bottom Pen-y-Bont to come.

Carmarthen are four points from safety but they next three games are against Pen-y-Bont twice and Airbus, so the situation could look very different come the league split.

So, how did I do?

In a word: pants.
Ok, so things improved on the second day after a woeful Saturday. I damn near got two scores spot on but the point is I only got two outcomes right out of six.

Pretty woeful stuff.

So! Should I accept that I’ll never make it as a football pundit and just quit now?

Hell no!

I’ve come to the conclusion that pundits are just often wrong with confidence and that’s how I intend to proceed.

Look out for my upcoming preview of not just the Cymru Premier festive programme, but I am also taking on Mark Lawrenson (he doesn’t know this) in Liam vs Lawro for the rest of this season (and beyond).

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Cymru Premier League Preview and Predictions: Matchday 18

There are six games in the Cymru Premier League this weekend, split evenly between Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Friday 20th December

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Bala Town. 19.45 kick off

The standout tie of the weekend sees second placed Bala Town travel to third placed Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Bala are the in form team in the division, having won fives games in succession since their 1-0 defeat at TNS back in October. The Lakesiders have achieved this feat without conceding a single goal in league play.

It’s a different story in the cups, where they lost to Friday’s opponents 2-0 in the semi final of the League Cup, as well as crashing out of the Welsh Cup at second tier Flint Town by the same scoreline.

The Nomads, last season’s runner up, are presently in indifferent form, having only won twice in their last six outings. Last weekend saw them lose their first game of the domestic season, 2-0 away at top six chasing Cefn Druids, and they lead the table in terms of games drawn (7).

One point separates the sides, and they boast the two stingiest defences in the league, with Bala only conceding 12 to Nomads’ 13.

Bala are the second highest scorers in the league with 39 from 17 games, and Connah’s Quay sit fourth in that ranking with 28.

I predict a low scoring draw, and will plump for 1-1.

The New Saints vs Cardiff Met. 20.00 kick off.

Live on S4C.

The Sgorio cameras will be at Park Hall when champions TNS take on last season’s Europa League Play-Off winners Cardiff Met.

Scott Ruscoe’s men sit three points clear of Bala in pole position, having won the last four league games in a row while Met’s run of one win in ten games sees them occupying 8th spot.

Sitting six points from sixth place, with five games until the league split, the Archers have an outside chance of going at least one better than last season’s 7th place finish, so will be hoping to better Cefn Druids’ result this weekend to keep that dream alive. It’s hard to see that happening, with TNS in free scoring form as of late, and having only conceded two goals in the last six league games.

The game is live on S4C (and via the Sgorio Facebook page should you live outside the UK), but I can’t see the game being a spectacle of anything other than TNS’s superiority. Although the last meeting in South Wales was a draw, I’m going to predict a 3-0 home win.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United. 19.45 kick off.

Neither side’s current form is anything to write home about. Aber sit in 9th spot with a six point cushion over the relegation zone, while Barry have likely slid all the way out of the title race. Despite last season’s title challenge, Barry might well be glancing over their shoulders with seventh placed Newtown only six points adrift with fifteen up for grabs ahead of the mid season split.

While Aber are mathematically in the relegation scrap, a win on Friday, combined with how I feel results will go for the bottom three, could see them open up a nine point gap, which might well prove decisive come May.

Barry desperately need a win to arrest their slump, but I’m going to be brave and call this an Aberyswyth victory: 2-1.

Saturday 21st December (all 14.30 kick offs)

Penybont vs Newtown

Rhys Griffiths’ Cymru Premier debutants find themselves mired in the relegation dogflight. They currently sit one place above the drop on goal difference alone.

Contrasting this, Newtown are three points off the top half of the table and come into the game having won two on the bounce.

Neither side are setting the world alight with their goalscoring prowess, each averaging roughly a goal a game, but the big difference between the sides in goals against. Newtown’s goal difference stands at minus four, compared to minus 18 for Penybont.

Last time the sides met, it was a 2-1 win to Newtown and I’d go so far as to say that scoreline will be repeated Saturday.

Airbus UK Broughton vs Cefn Druids

The Druids have the best form outside of the top two. The might only have eight wins in the league but seven of those have come in the last eight games and include impressive wins over Barry and Connah’s Quay. In fact, they are the only side in Wales to register a win over the Nomads this season.

Second bottom Airbus, on the other hand have the worst form in the league, losing their last six in succession, the worst goals for and against statistics. Even if you erase from the records their recent 12-0 away loss to TNS, their goal difference is still one worse than next best Aberyswyth (and their goal difference includes a 10-1 loss to the Saints). Their average goals against per game would still stand at 2.25.

Huw Griffiths’ charges occupy sixth spot, with Newtown breathing heavily down their necks.

I find it difficult to predict anything other than an away victory here. I’m going to be cautious though and call it 2-0 to Druids.

Carmarthen Town vs Caernarfon Town

The home team sit rock bottom in the league with only one win in their seventeen games to date. Conversely, the Cofis, in their second season back in the big time, look well placed to match last season’s fourth place finish.

Caernarfon have won four of their last five games, including the reverse of this fixture, 2-0 at the Oval.

There are signs of life in the Old Gold yet. Although they have lost the three games since their Novmember win over Cardiff Met, two of those games game against the sides currently occupying the top two spots. A Welsh Cup horror show when they shipped four goals without reply to Lee Trundle and Ammanford AFC aside, Kristian O’Leary seems to have worked wonders on the defence and the last two defeats have both been 1-0.

Should Carmarthen be able to match their recent defensive accumen with some fire power up front, they could well lift themselves clear of the drop zone. Looking at their upcoming fixtures, where they face their direct relegation rivals in the next three games, I foresee an upturn in their fortunes. But not today. I see Caernarfon taking another three points to all but consolodate a top half finish.

I’m going to be kind to Carmarthen owing to their recent defensive improvements and say it’ll finish 1-0 to Caernarfon.

So! That’s my two cents. What do you think?

Check back on Tuesday when I review how well I did in predicting the outcomes, as well as taking a look at the festive double headers.

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