I’m not even going to apologise for blowing my own trumpet! I am on a roll with my predictions – I even called West Brom to beat Spurs on Saturday!! Everything was in line for them at the weekend: they weren’t mathematically down, their form was unreal and they had a point to prove. I could just tell they’d get a result!!
Anyway, this is another week and the final one of the Premier League season – hopefully, the Bulldog can finish on a high!
How Do You like it?! Moore, Moore, Moore!!
Darren Moore has got to be given the West Brom job! I’ve been saying this in my BetBright blog forever, but it’s about time these young British managers are given a chance!
He’s been at West Brom a long time and what better way to kick his managerial career off, than by bringing the Baggies back up into the big time. Feelings in football are a big thing and are often disregarded by people, but the players obviously want to play for him, which is illustrated in West Brom’s form: DWDWW.
The only two sides to do better in their last 5 games are Man City and Chelsea – Unbelievable stuff!!
‘Be Careful what you wish for…’
…I’ve always said that whenever I hear people moaning about their club or manager being ‘boring.’ West Brom were fed up with Pulis but I’m telling you now, they wouldn’t be where they are if they stuck with him.
Another club who have got to be very careful what they wish for is Arsenal. Everyone is saying ‘it’s a great gig for an established Manager to come in and the only way is up’…
NOPE. Not For Me.
They could easily end up worse off – they’ve got to be very careful. Wenger was a nice safety gap for them and the fans just got bored. Well, looking at it from the outside, sometimes boring is really good for a club!
I also hear people saying ‘Arsenal should be competing with the big boys’ and again, I’ve got to disagree because they don’t spend enough! Gone are the days when they brought youngsters through on the regular – like Ashley Cole, Fabregas, van Persie and Ramsey to name just a few – so they haven’t spent the money and don’t produce a regular hub of players to compete.
Ok, they might bring the odd big name in once a season, but City, United and Chelsea are bringing in 6,7 or 8 proper players at a time – these are the guys they’re expecting to challenge with and it’s not going to happen unless they hit a little bit of luck.
Wolves Will Be Back With A Bang!
I called Wolves to get promoted at the begging of the season and by the way, Nuno Espírito Santo is a proper Premier League Manager! He and Slavisa Jokanovic (of Fulham) are leaps and bounds ahead of Managers already in the Premier League.
I love the way this Wolves side play – they know how to ‘play football’ but they’re SO GOOD at mixing it up – they’re not frightened of getting it in the box early, they’re a big, strong outfit with seven absolute monsters in the side and I’m calling it now, that they’ll hit the Premier League next year with a BIG BANG.
They’re very well organised and are animals at set-plays, ANIMALS! The gaffer was a Goal Keeper, so he’s set-piece mad and sees free kicks and corners as an opportunity to put the other team under serious pressure.
His second phase play is second-to-none as well – he’s just like ‘Come on then, let’s get the big dogs in there and let them absolutely attack it!’.
I’ve done YKTD with a couple of their players before and they’re just quality; I love them. There’s a great team spirit and these will not be a yo-yo club. They’ve got money and a big fan base behind them, so I think they’ll make a real statement next season.
I’d love to see Fulham go up…
Don’t get me wrong, they are quality and they deserve another shot in the Premier League, but I think they’d be similar to sides like Swansea or Huddersfield, in that, they’d play the right way but their players are just not powerful enough in their positions, so they might struggle to get results.
They’re great to watch and the stuff they do with the ball is pure-possession: pass, pass, pass, pass, pass! And when you’re bored, pass again! I love it!
The trouble is, when you play like that in the Premier League you need world elite players in the side and unfortunately Fulham don’t have that.
Regardless of whether they get promoted, I think we’ll be seeing young Ryan Sessegnon in the Prem. If it doesn’t happen for Fulham over the next few weeks I can see him going to a big club in the summer which will be great for him, of course.
I think we’ll also see Tom Cairney in the Premier League next season – he’s Fulham’s skipper and he is QUALITY!
The only thing about Tom is that he hasn’t got an engine – if he did, he’d be playing for England, 100%.
In possession, he’s a joke. He just doesn’t give the ball away. Simple as that. The only Englishman who’s better on the ball than him is Jack Wilshire – trust me, he’s proper!
The playoffs are brutal: it’s agony for one side and ecstasy for the other.
I actually think Villa (5/2) are most likely to go up simply because players like JT and Snods are conditioned to these scenarios and can deal with the pressure of the play offs, but I want my old side, Fulham (7/4) to go up.
Other than Chelsea, name a better place to play your home matches!! United? Middle of an industrial estate. Everton? It’s like a Coronation Street set. Liverpool? Same thing.
There’s no better ground in England than Fulham. You’ve got the river behind you, then you head down the Kings Road after the game – corrrr dear!!! It is the absolute nuts over there!!
I didn’t realise he’d been at City for eight years! That is phenomenal for any player and even more impressive for a foreign player who’s that good, to be so loyal to a club, for so long.
He’s been out of favour this season and it looks like his legs are going, which is a shame, but in his prime he was an absolute beast – he was so big and powerful on the ball and he’d just dominate midfields – never mind the goals he used to score for City – WOW!!!
He was bigger and more powerful than anyone – he was like an Uncle at a wedding who nicks the kids’ ball and takes the mick out of them, pulling out megz and overdoing it on slide tackles. He’ll have one big burst at the start then chill right out!!
Best of luck to him wherever he ends up and it was a pleasure to watch him in the Prem for so long.
Bullard’s Weekend Bets
It’s the final week of Premier League action for this season and I’m finishing strong – I’ve pulled some absolute blinders out the bag in the last three weeks and, fingers crossed, this will be no different.
Salah (do do do do do do) will bag first for Liverpool when they play Brighton at the weekend. That’s 2/1 with BetBright and I think the Reds will win this 2-0 (11/2). In fact, sod it, I’m putting them on the line again – back Salah to score a hat-trick!! 11/2 with BetBright – let’s have it!
Chelsea still have a Champions League place to play for (mathematically), so they’ll be going hell for leather at St. James’ – if they didn’t drop so many daft points throughout the season, they’d be cruising into this one. Nevertheless, back Alonso to notch, anytime (16/5) and Chelsea to win 3-1 (40/1).
Southampton will more than likely stay up by the skin of their teeth but they’ll get a hiding from City this weekend. They’ve been awesome this season – I’ve been so impressed with them and they’ve literally blown the league away.
I’m going for the SSS in this one: Sane (17/10), Sterling (11/10) and David Silva (5/2) all to notch, anytime!! Get. On. That!
Another Premier League season over already – I don’t know where the time goes! Don’t worry though, the Bulldog will be back next weekend with my bets for the FA Cup Final!
Have a good one, Guys!
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