2018/19 Premier League Predictions: September 29th-1st October

The action and twists and turns are keep coming in the Premier League. Last weekend saw Burnley stun Bournemouth 4-0 while Wolves secured a famous point against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the season while Chelsea lost theirs with a goalless draw at West Ham. Now, after the action in the Carabao Cup midweek, it is back to league action this weekend. As ever for this season, I am making weekly predictions and comparing them with those made by pundits Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson. Last weekend, Lawrenson took on Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and due to her being a sporting legend I included her predictions as well.

Paul Merson Mark Lawrenson Jessica Ennis-Hill Michael
Fulham 1-1 Watford 1-2 2-1 2-1 2-2
Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-2
Cardiff 0-5 Manchester City 1-3 0-2 1-3 1-4
Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-1
Leciester City 3-1 Huddersfield Town 2-0 2-0 1-0 3-1
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-0
Manchester United 1-1 Wolves 3-1 2-0 2-1 2-0
Brighton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-2
West ham 0-0 Chelsea 1-3 2-1 0-2 1-2
Arsenal 2-0 Everton 3-0 2-0 1-1 3-1
Total 11 14 13 23

The scoring for these comparisons as always follows the format of Sky Super 6. Therefore, it is: two points for a correct result and five for the correct score. read more

2018 Russian Grand Prix Preview

From the luminous night of Singapore, Formula One travels to the Black Sea and the city of Sochi for the 15th round of the season. It is still one of the newest additions to the F1 Championship but the sport had been trying to break into Russia for three decades before the country eventually made its maiden bow in 2014 while the event has origins even further back….

History of the Russian Grand Prix

Despite only coming on to the F1 calendar in 2014, the Russian Grand Prix has origins over a century before that. In fact, Russia was still under the autocratic rule of Tsar Nicholas II when the first ever Russian Grand Prix took place in 1913. The race took place on a circuit in the streets of St. Petersburg. The event only ran twice due to the start of the First World War and after the Russian Revolution saw the Romanov dynasty eventually replaced by the Soviet Union, the race did not start up again afterwards unlike other racing events of that age. read more

Hamilton takes crucial victory to take 40 point lead: 2018 Singapore Grand Prix Review

Almost ten years after the Singapore Grand Prix made its maiden bow in 2008, the nighttime race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit did not disappoint with drama and twists that could have repercussions in the Championship battle and beyond.

Singapore had been a turning point last season when Sebastian Vettel crashed out 150 metres after the start with his teammate and Max Verstappen which allowed Lewis Hamilton to win from 6th. Hamilton gained momentum from there and his two previous victories to go on and secure his 4th title. Fast forward twelve months ad Hamilton smashed Vettel’s 2017 pole by almost three and a half seconds to put the unfancied Mercedes on pole. read more

Premier League Predictions 2018/19 : September 22nd-23rd

The Premier League returned with a bang after the International break and the action was fascinating. This week has also seen the start of the Champions League and Europa League group stages. The games are coming thick and fast and so too are the predictions. As I have been this season, I have been making weekly predictions to see how I fare compared to football pundits Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson though because he is a legend, I included the predictions made by actor Mark Wahlberg as well. For this I use the scoring system utilised by Sky for their weekly Super 6 game:

• Correct Score= 5 points
• Correct result = 2 points read more

2018/19 Premier League Predictions: September 15th-17th

After the intriguing action in the UEFA Nations League during the international break, it is back to top-flight football this weekend. That means my weekly predictions are back as I pit myself against pundits Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson who make their own weekly predictions for BBC Sport and Sky Sports. For this, I use the scoring system used by Sky for their Super 6 game:

• Correct score = 5 points
• Correct result= 2 points read more

10th Birthday for the Singapore Grand Prix; 2018 Singapore Grand Prix Preview

Ten years! I was still in high school and in year 11, Kimi Raikkonen was the reigning champion while his teammate Felipe Massa was in the title battle with Lewis Hamilton when Formula One first raced in Singapore. It feels hard to believe that Singapore has been on the F1 calendar for ten years now. Even so, it feels like it has its special place on the F1 calendar despite the Crashgate controversy in its first running and a race I eagerly anticipate every year. The night race of Formula One is really something.

History of the Singapore Grand Prix

The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix and Formula One’s first ever night race was held 28th September around the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Felipe Massa was on pole position while Fernando Alonso took a surprising victory with Nico Rosberg in 2nd for Williams and Lewis Hamilton 3rd for McLaren. The result allowed Hamilton to maintain his title lead as he went on to secure the Championship that year and while that race was covered in controversy (more on that later), a lot of the groundwork for the event took place much earlier. read more

UEFA Nations League Preview

In 2018, we have already had the euphoria and emotions of what turned out to be an amazing month of football in Russia. The domestic league seasons have started up again and now they have reached the first break in the season. That means the return of International football. Normally, European sides will begin their qualification campaign for the next major tournament but instead, they will be embarking on a new competition in the UEFA Nations League.

The Story behind the Nations League

The UEFA Nations League has its beginnings seven years ago, at the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus. This is when the discussions and consultations began regarding having a third major tournament to go alongside the European Championship (EUROs) and the World Cup. The discussions continued through meetings at the Top Executive Committee (TEP). It was not until March 2014, at the XXXVII UEFA Ordinary Congress in Astana, Turkey where the tournament was unanimously adopted. read more

Premier League Predictions 2018/19: September 1st-2nd

After the action of the August Bank Holiday, we are now moving into September and the fourth match weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season. This is also the last set of games before the first international break of the season and the start of UEFA’s Nations League. So, gaining a good result this weekend will leave teams in high spirits before they play again in two weeks time.

Paul Merson Mark Lawrenson Idris Elba Michael
Wolves 1-1 Manchester City 1-3 0-3 1-2 0-2
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham 3-0 2-0 6-0 4-2
Bournemouth 2-2 Everton 2-2 2-1 1-0 1-1
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City 1-0 1-1 1-2 0-0
Southampton 1-2 Leicester City 2-0 2-1 0-1 2-1
Liverpool 1-0 Brighton 3-0 3-0 3-2 4-0
Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace 1-2 1-0 2-3 2-1
Fulham 4-2 Burnley 1-0 1-1 0-2 2-1
Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea 1-2 1-1 0-2 1-1
Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 2-1 0-2 1-0
Total 16 8 8 18

With last weekends predictions, I included those of actor Idris Elba who took on BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson. The pair were closely tied in their predictions with four correct results each with Lawrenson notably being the only one to predict Leicester’s victory at Southampton while Elba backed a Spurs win at Old Trafford. Paul Merson had another consistent round as he collected two correct results (at Bournemouth and Newcastle) and three correct results to give him 16 points. In my predictions, I also predicted two correct results (at Huddersfield and Watford) but also four correct results to edge the round on 18 points. That is also the highest score I have had doing this. read more