PUN-ting ahead 17 (17 Oct – 20 Oct/14) – “GIVE ME A BREAK” Edition

“It’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you, without some PUN-ditry to read through…” Call it delusions of grandeur, but I really do think Timbaland wouldn’t mind me borrowing his line to re-introduce this series.  “Just don’t call it a comeback”,
not because I’ve been here for years (as LL-Cool-J put it), bur rather because just like the major European footy leagues, I have just been on a break.  Granted, though, that it would appear at a glance that some breaks are waaaaaaaaay longer than others.  So let’s not prolong this one then, let’s get stuck back in.

FOOTY

LA LIGA:-

Team badge of Manchester City Manchester City -v- Tottenham Hotspur  Team badge of Tottenham Hotspur

13 seconds is all it took last season for Citeh to open their account, and by the time both teams walked off the park the boys from London had shipped in 6 GOALS!! Now it would be tempting to assume that Tottenham would have a damage limitation mentality going into this encounter but if there’s anything we learnt from Pochettino last season, it will surely be that his side will have a go, and then adjust accordingly.  As much as they have had a less than ideal start (lying 6th at kickoff) they will be keen to build on the scrappy win they got over Pochettino’s old club, Southampton, just before the international break. 
The reigning EPL champions are 2nd, but somewhat already feeling the pressure of having to play catchup to a rampant Chelsea, who lead them by 5 points, so a slip up in this encounter could not only see that gap widening, but even see them drop out of the top four if Manchester United, Swansea and Tottenham, register resounding victories.  So all to play for, with European duties coming up in mid-week for both teams.

PUN-dit Pointers

  • Manchester City have won six of their last seven league meetings with Tottenham.
  • Spurs lost 6-0 on their last trip to the Etihad Stadium in November 2013. That is their joint heaviest defeat in the Premier League.
  • The last six Premier League games between these sides have produced 30 goals, five per game on average, with City scoring 22.
  • Manchester City are winless in their last two home games in the league; they last went three without a victory back in November 2010 (L1, D2).
  • Citeh have scored in six out of their seven league matches this season.
  • Man City are undefeated in 20 of their last 22 home matches in the Premier League.
  • Manuel Pellegrini’s side have one more point than they did at this stage last year.
  • Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in six Premier League games against Tottenham, while Sergio Aguero has netted five goals in five league appearances against Spurs.
  • Man City have won their last 4 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.
  • Tottenham have only won one of their previous five league matches.
  • They have just three victories in their last 11 Premier League away matches (W3, D4, L4). Prior to this, they won five on the road in succession.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side have failed to hold on to a lead in their last two away matches in the league.
  • Nacer Chadli has been involved in five of Tottenham’s nine Premier League goals this season, with four goals and one assist.

NB* most stats as per www.bbc.co.uk/sport; www.goal.com; www.whoscored.com

So the way I see it the result will remain in favour of Citeh, BUT they will give Tottenham a break and not trounce them as much. …. I am PUNting a MULTIPLE SCORE WIN FOR THE CHAMPIONS!

 

There are very slim pickings in terms of intriguing football encounters this weekend, with very limited top of the table(s) clashes so let me not bore you with the irrelevant lengthy details.  It does mean, though, that we may be primed for a few shockers that might just be BREAKING news, if they go contrary to the Quick-Punts that follow.

QUICK-PUNts (of smaller Tifs)

  1.  Crystal Palace -v- Chelsea (EPL):-   This match only makes the list because some people want to know whether the Chelsea Juggernaut will slip up (as they did last season) against Palace.  Short answer NO!  Even if it turns out that Diego Costa has finally figured out that he is as “doubtful to start” as Jose’ has been hinting at all season, and actually sits this one out, I DOUBT that the result will be too far off my PUNt of a COMFORTABLE WIN FOR CHELSEA!
  2.  West Bromwich Albion -v- Manchester United (EPL):-  I am only covering this match because many people want to know if Louis Van Gaal will finally win away from Old Trafford, or if The Baggies will add their name to a growing list of unlikely Red Devil exorcists (based on United’s reputations of yester-yester year).  Short answer(s) YES and NO, respectively.  I PUNt with my little eye A RESULT BEGINNING WITH “W” FOR MANCHESTER UNITED!  So the away duck should be BROKEN.
  3. The Golden Lions -v- The Sharks (Currie Cup Rugby):-  The Sharks edged their last meeting with The Lions 26-23 eking out a win that helped get them some of the points they needed to make it into the semis.  Unfortunately their overall results couldn’t secure them a home semi and I believe that that may just tip it away from them.  So I PUNt a WIN FOR THE LIONS as the Big Cat b(eats) the Big Fish.
  4. Western Province -v- The Blue Bulls (Currie Cup Rugby):-  It wasn’t even close in the round robin encounter, as Province stormed their way to a 47 – 17 win!  The only thing I see changing now is the scoreline.  BUT not enough to prevent A WESTERN PROVINCE WIN!  So that is what I will PUNt.

 

Okay then, that does that.  Apologies that this post is late (Citeh actually now lead Spurs 2-1 at half time as I am about to post this).  BUT I do hope that your reasons for reading this series of blog-posts goes beyond your curiosity about my predictions.   Which is why I am hopeful that you will treat me with greater kindness than is being afforded to Raheem Stirling and actually just kindly give me a bit of a break as you graciously …….pardonthePUN-dit! 

Be blessed …. and ….Be Great!

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