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T’was an interesting week in the Premier League. Man City went top after coming from behind to win at Burnley, then Liverpool snuck ahead thanks to a late victory over Sunderland, but when Chelsea dolled out Tottenham’s first league defeat of the season on Saturday evening it was them who took top spot. All good fun stuff, and that’s before we’ve mentioned Swansea 5-4 Palace!

Experienced tPs-ers will know about the threat posed by Marko. Betting heavily on scores, his is a high risk, er, low reward strategy! But he likes it, and at least once a season it comes good in spectacular style. A trio of players would ordinarily have shared the Player of the Week title with 73 points, but unfortunately for them Marko had it all sewn up before tea time on Saturday. A 10 point bet on Liverpool’s 2-0 win and another on Chelsea to win 2-1, in a total of three correct scores and six results let to a massive haul of 94 points. Brilliant stuff, Marko!

In Sudden Death, stevenfisher83 failed to predict this week, so when nbs picked Arsenal to win, and they did, it was a gentle stroll to victory. Well played nbs! We’ll all be back in next week.

Rob


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Game Home v Away Score Poss Win Result Poss Win
1 Man City v Chelsea
2 Crystal Palace v Southampton
3 Stoke v Burnley
4 Sunderland v Leicester
5 Tottenham v Swansea
6 West Brom v Watford
7 West Ham v Arsenal
8 Bournemouth v Liverpool
9 Everton v Man Utd
10 Luton v Solihull Moors
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The tPs League

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  Player ScP ReP w16 Total
1 Big Willie -48 693 55 645 Stays in the same position as last week
2 Jennyg -34 671 61 637 Stays in the same position as last week
3 wainwright -46 674 58 628 Stays in the same position as last week
4 Ian -12 636 55 624 Stays in the same position as last week
5 smelling of roses -76 647 64 571 7th last week, a change of +2 positions
6 Stevemanics -58 626 43 568 Stays in the same position as last week
7 Alicol -65 627 25 562 5th last week, a change of -2 positions
8 nbs -34 593 73 559 11th last week, a change of +3 positions
9 Jono -84 642 73 558 12th last week, a change of +3 positions
10 mrs ninja -27 577 55 550 Stays in the same position as last week
11 Adge -12 549 34 537 8th last week, a change of -3 positions
12 Scoot -60 594 52 534 13th last week, a change of +1 positions
13 Kev79 -52 584 37 532 9th last week, a change of -4 positions
14 Whistlin Bob -42 564 52 522 15th last week, a change of +1 positions
15 crouchinghippo -73 578 43 505 16th last week, a change of +1 positions
16 flookyflood -64 569 61 505 18th last week, a change of +2 positions
17 Ade -40 539 28 499 14th last week, a change of -3 positions
18 Gripweed -58 557 43 499 17th last week, a change of -1 positions
19 Daniel -42 515 40 473 20th last week, a change of +1 positions
20 pubcarparkninja -101 573 49 472 21st last week, a change of +1 positions

ScP=Points from Scores, ReP=Points from Results.


Top Scores in Week 16



Player Points
marko 94
Barnes 73
Jono 73
nbs 73
chriscol 70
JTP 70
smelling of roses 64
flookyflood 61
Jennyg 61
wainwright 58
Ian 55
mrs ninja 55
Big Willie 55
Scoot 52
Whistlin Bob 52
SteveH 49
pubcarparkninja 49
Gripweed 43
drigler 43
katecol 43


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nbs: 1. What’s the most interesting location you’ve ever worked?
Quite an eclectic of permanent, temporary and contract office-based jobs. Possibly the most interesting period was when I was working in a Fleet Street law firm from 6pm to 10pm, while during the day I was doing temporary admin work for the Home Office. On a voluntary basis I also did some student radio presenting, which was outside my comfort zone.
2. I’m not a big one for job titles, partly because the ones in my industry are (probably deliberately) fairly meaningless. My official job title is Senior Reporter, even though ‘senior reporter’ is also what you get called when you quality. So I guess I could call myself Senior senior reporter. Anomalously, I don’t really do any reporting….in reality my role encompasses what used to be the news editor role with bits of deputy editor thrown in. Neither of these roles now exist. My boss refers to himself as the Editor of three newspapers on his emails. That is effectively his job, but the role doesn’t technically exist. Having said all that I did ‘buy’ a Masters degree, although since I’ve not moved job in over 12 years I’ve never needed to put that on my CV. (I suspect I wouldn’t either).
3. Obviously you need to be good to win the league and in previous years it’s never really been an issue to play twice in a week. For some reason over the last two seasons, it seems like the teams playing in Europe are under a major disadvantage. This could be coincidental, but I think perhaps not. Leicester and Spurs pointed the way last season with their high energy, high pressing game. Neither has been able to sustain that this season with a crack at both PL and CL. Leicester have understandably been more up for the European adventure, but in the PL have struggled to find the incredible levels of motivation they reached last season which sustained them from about January onwards. Spurs have tried to straddle both – making a few changes here and there in Europe not helped by defensive injuries and the Wembley effect – but ultimately played poorly in midweek. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Chelsea have flourished with relatively few games. I think this has enabled Liverpool to recover from their own high energy, high press style. For Chelsea, I think it’s been more about the chance to work on things tactically. Conte has overhauled a number of positions and introduced a whole new system. I would suggest that teams can play both competitions successfully, but it requires a deep and powerful squad and perhaps suits the sides with more experience of coping with two games a week and with a style of play which is conducive to the extra workload. Perhaps the style of Barcelona, City or Arsenal is more conducive than the high energy style of Leicester or Spurs or even of Liverpool, although the latter do at least look after the ball well.
4. We’ll know a bit more after today. I’ve predicted a narrow City win over Chelsea as I think the away side will be delighted with a draw whereas City need to get their home form back on track. I’m also still not 100% convinced that Chelsea can live with the big boys after our performances against other members of the top four this season. However, I do think Chelsea and Liverpool enjoy a significant advantage with only one game a week and I expect both to be in the top two into the New Year, not least as both seem to have favourable festive fixture programmes. If I had to stick my neck out I’d say City to win the title, with Liverpool second, Chelsea third and Arsenal fourth. But I fully expect Spurs and also United to challenge for the top four this season – United ultimately have a bit too much to do though, I think. Relegation-wise I fancy Swansea, Hull and Palace.
5. My picture’s in the papers regularly, if you’re asking… (03/12 10:43)

Kev79: On your own, on your own, on your own…..

1. What’s the most interesting location you’ve ever worked?

As some of you know I used to work at The Etihad for about 7 years. And I will soon be moving to the Regional Tennis Centre next door to The Etihad, as part of a role that encompasses various legacy Commonwealth Games sites, included the velodrome that house Team Sky. Which I guess counts as cool. I know people that used to work at Wembley and Millenium Dome, which is surely cooler. I once went to a software demonstration at Wembley, mainly because I was already in town and there was a free tour afterwards.

2. What’s the most grandiose job title you’ve held (or known)

In a world where you can be a salesman or a helpdesk operator and still get Executive or Director or Manager or Associate in your job title these days, I am nonetheless happy with ‘Head of Finance’, which as of Monday will be on my CV and nobody will be able to take it away from me. I don’t need to tell the whole world that there’s only 5 of us and we’re really quite a small company.

3. Are Liverpool and Chelsea really at the top because not being in Europe is a massive advantage, or are they just good?

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to be first on this one lest I ruin it for everybody. But there is no black and white in the world, just stages of grey. Clearly it helps to have midweek off for rest, training and preparing tactics. But you still don’t get to the top without being good. So it’s both. But mostly being good.

4. Give me your revised end-of-season predictions. Title winners, top 6, relegation places etc.

Chelsea are on a fantastic run but it doesn’t mean it will last all season. There’s a bubble to burst at some point. I’ll go City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, United, Spurs for top 6. Palace and Hull to go down, with one of Sunderland and Swansea. I’ll be a homer and say Brighton to come up with Newcastle, with Birmingham to win the play-offs.

5. When will I, will I, be famous?

Well, I have been on BBC’s Manchester 10km coverage twice. (03/12 07:35)

Kev79: Four-weeks-and-Christmas-is-over Fun Five:

1. What’s the most interesting location you’ve ever worked?

2. What’s the most grandiose job title you’ve held (or known)

3. Are Liverpool and Chelsea really at the top because not being in Europe is a massive advantage, or are they just good?

4. Give me your revised end-of-season predictions. Title winners, top 6, relegation places etc.

5. When will I, will I, be famous? (02/12 10:15)

Kev79: It seems I favoured United to win more than most. Very disappointing: I loathe having to hope they win to salvage my week. (27/11 16:39)

pubcarparkninja: Marko bangs 10 points on Chelsea 2-1 win, wow, is this weekend over already! (27/11 11:58)