Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jamie Collins for Havant and Waterlooville (v Swansea City), 16 January 2008

[the return of super Kev is celebrated here]

Predictions are in this e-mail - please scroll down.....

Some of you may be unaware that one of our long-term CUAS contributors, predictions league competitors and A-Z of Football gurus, Skif, is a fan of non-league footie. His superb website Hobo Tread details his experiences of all brands of football with great comedy and insight.

What you probably don't know is that, whilst being a generic football fan, he is also a very specific fan of Isthmian league side Havant and Waterlooville.

Not content with having their fifteen minutes of fame in last seasons FA Cup by reaching the first round proper and drawing the relative giants of Millwall, this season they have exceeded everyone's wildest expectations by eliminating York City, the oldest team in the League and the current League One leaders.

Now, they're off to Anfield for a fourth round tie with Liverpool.

Having someone we "know"'s small non-league outfit go on a Cup run such as this has been brilliant, and I found myself cheering loudly during goal flashes from West Leigh Park last night. It's easy to be a vicarious supporter of underdogs in Cup competitions; the fact one of our own is involved ups the ante several-fold.

An upset will be the longest odds seen in football for years, but I sincerely hope the players and fans have a bloody marvellous trip to Anfield and put up a great show. If they beat the five times European Cup winners, they should stop the tournament then and give them the trophy.

*insert "magic of the Cup" cliches here*

Anyway, predictions ahoy:

Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea
Blackburn 2-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 1-1 Arsenal
Newcastle 3-0 Bolton
Portsmouth 2-0 Derby
Reading 1-3 Man Utd
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
Man City 1-1 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

and let's have some wildcards from La Liga (there's a proper exciting league. Seven points separates Valencia in 7th with Osasuna in 18th).

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 2-1 Murcia
Valladolid 1-1 Espanyol

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Birmingham 1-3 Chelsea
Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 1-2 Arsenal
Newcastle 2-0 Bolton
Portsmouth 1-0 Derby
Reading 0-3 Man Utd
Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
Man City 0-1 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 1-3 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

wildcards:

Atletico Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 1-0 Murcia
Valladolid 1-0 Espanyol

SwissToni said...

Well done skif - I was cheering for your boys last night as I listened to the commentary of the game on the radio. Great result and let's hope your boys give Rafa one hell of a fright (no doubt he'll treat it as an opportunity for a spot of rotation).

Anyway.

Predictions:

Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea
Blackburn 2-0 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
Newcastle 3-2 Bolton
Portsmouth 2-0 Derby
Reading 0-2 Man Utd
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
Man City 1-0 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Everton
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa

Wildcards

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 1-0 Murcia
Valladolid 0-0 Espanyol

ST

Paul said...

Birmingham 1-2 Chelsea
Blackburn 2-0 Middlesbrough
Fulham 1-3 Arsenal
Newcastle 3-1 Bolton
Portsmouth 3-0 Derby
Reading 1-2 Man Utd
Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
Man City 2-0 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 2-0 Murcia
Valladolid 0-2 Espanyol

Mosher said...

I notice everyone is going for a Toon win at the weekend, and most are sensibly reckoning we'll ship some goals during it!

Just out of interest... would your predictions have been any different had Big/Fat (delete as appropriate) Sam still been in charge?

weenie said...

Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea
Blackburn 1-0 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Newcastle 2-1 Bolton
Portsmouth 1-0 Derby
Reading 1-2 Man Utd
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
Man City 1-0 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 1-1 Murcia
Valladolid 2-1 Espanyol

Shane said...

Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea
Blackburn 2-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
Newcastle 2-1 Bolton
Portsmouth 2-0 Derby
Reading 0-2 Man Utd
Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland
Man City 1-0 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 2-1 Murcia
Valladolid 0-1 Espanyol

(Mosher: NUFC prediction would have been more emphatic had they not got some of the Keegan beans out of their system on Wednesday; would have been same were B/F Sam still around)

Jonny said...

Birmingham 0-3 Chelsea
Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 1-2 Arsenal
Newcastle 4-3 Bolton (Surely!!!)
Portsmouth 1-0 Derby
Reading 1-1 Man Utd
Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
Man City 2-2 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Everton
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 1-1 Murcia
Valladolid 1-2 Espanyol

Ben said...

Birmingham 0 - 2 Chelsea
Blackburn 2 - 1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0 - 2 Arsenal
Newcastle 3 - 1 Bolton
Portsmouth 2 - 0 Derby
Reading 0 - 3 Man Utd
Tottenham 3 - 1 Sunderland
Man City 1 - 0 West Ham
Wigan 1 - 2 Everton
Liverpool 1 - 1 Aston Villa

Athletico Madrid 1 - 2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 2 - 0 Murcia
Valladolid 0 - 0 Espanyol

skif said...

cheers for the congrats - its been an astonishing season in the Cup. Once in a lifetime stuff. Hopefully the Anfield game will give us the cash to win promotion from the Conference South to the National next year. Cos it ain't happening this year. Not that I really care just now. :-D

Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea
Blackburn 2-0 Middlesbrough
Fulham 1-3 Arsenal
Newcastle 2-2 Bolton
Portsmouth 2-0 Derby
Reading 1-3 Man Utd
Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
Man City 0-2 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 2-3 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 1-1 Murcia
Valladolid 0-1 Espanyol

ian said...

Birmingham 1-1 Chelsea
Blackburn 3-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-2 Arsenal
Newcastle 2-0 Bolton
Portsmouth 0-0 Derby
Reading 0-2 Man Utd
Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland
Man City 2-0 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Everton
Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 2-2 Murcia
Valladolid 1-3 Espanyol

Andy said...

Birmingham 1-2 Chelsea
Blackburn 2-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-2 Arsenal
Newcastle 4-2 Bolton
Portsmouth 2-0 Derby
Reading 0-2 Man Utd
Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland
Man City 1-0 West Ham
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid
Real Zaragoza 2-0 Murcia
Valladolid 1-1 Espanyol