11:30am Friday (12/6/15) Chile v Equador
11:30am Saturday (13/6/15) Mexico v Bolivia
07:00am Sunday (14/6/15) Uruguay v Jamaica
09:30am Sunday (14/6/15) Argentina v Paraguay
07:00am Monday (15/6/15) Colombia v Venezuela
09:30am Monday (15/6/15) Brasil v Peru
09:00am Tuesday (16/6/15) Equador v Bolivia
11:30am Tuesday (16/6/15) Chile v Mexico
09:00am Wednesday (17/6/15) Paraguay v Jamaica
11:30am Wednesday (17/6/15) Argentina v Uruguay
12:00pm Thursday (18/6/15) Brasil v Colombia
11:30am Friday (19/6/15) Peru v Venezuela
09:00am Saturday (20/6/15) Mexico v Equador
11:30am Saturday (20/6/15) Chile v Bolivia
07:00am Sunday (21/6/15) Uruguay v Paraguay
09:30am Sunday (21/6/15) Argentina v Jamaica
07:00am Monday (22/6/15) Colombia v Peru
09:30am Monday (22/6/15) Brasil v Venezuela

Well in the blink of an eye 38 rounds of magnificent drama are behind us. Well done to the Kings Road Mincers for their comfortable title win and hard cheese to Hull, Burnley and QPR who are going back to their natural habitat of the second division.

Thanks to the gods that the lads at PremierLeaguePass will have the magnificent Copa America to help alleviate our withdrawal pangs, but before we move on to Chile on June 11, I have compiled a little end of season report card for all Premier League clubs.

Happy to debate via twitter @milesdavislive, unless of course you support Spurs, then you will be blocked.

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Because you can no longer press record on the VCR and then punch out those tabs on the cassette to ensure that the moment will never be recorded over with The Wiggles re-runs here is a downloadable version (once through the jump right click, save, etc.) of O Captain, My Captain farewelling Anfield last weekend.

As an added bonus we took out the middle bit that had some people wearing yellow ruining the narrative.

PS. does he always dress his daughters in matching outfits?

Miles Davis and firebomb, Liverpool 1980.

 

Almost before you could blink, the season reaches its last round. The title has been decided but there is a Europa League spot (two if you count the Fair Play league place) up for grabs and a two-way battle to avoid the drop involving Newcastle and Hull. Whilst the Geordies already have the points in the bag they do have an inferior goal difference and the worst current form in the footballing world. How are your team going to finish the season? No-one knows but I have given a stab at predicting it below. Feel free to disagree via twitter: @milesdavislive Continue Reading

The battle to avoid the drop is now down to three teams after this weekend’s games. Leicester earned their survival with a point at Sunderland whilst Villa escaped despite being pounded within an inch of their lives at Southampton. The north-east will be biting their nails over the next week as Sunderland and Newcastle are still in the frame to go down whilst Hull have the unenviable task of having to beat Manchester United whilst hoping either the Geordies or the Mackems get turned over. There were also some significant results in the battle for Europa League spots. For a quick overview and some rambling opinions Continue Reading

Despite Hull looking favourites to join QPR and Burnley in the down elevator the final occupant will not be decided this week. Even if the Tigers go down at Spurs they will still be within reach of safety with either Sunderland or Leicester destined to still be in the relegation frame after their encounter at the Stadium of Light. Newcastle will also be vulnerable should they fail to win at Loftus Road. To find out what else is at stake in the penultimate round of the Premier League, Continue Reading

Well as Chelsea bored their way to another point it was the end of the road for Burnley and QPR at the other end of the table. Always sad to see inoffensive sides like those get relegated whilst extremely offensive clubs like Everton and Spurs maintain top-flight status year in year out. Mathematically there are still five clubs facing the drop but Hull must be hot favourites after their abject effort at the weekend. For my view on other happenings Continue Reading

Last season, when Liverpool mounted their first serious title challenge since TV introduced colour, we were reminded how obnoxious their fans could be when winning. This season has graphically illustrated how equally painful the nouveau riche Chelsea fans are in victory. Makes one long for the likes of Blackburn Rovers to win it again just to see some humility in triumph. Although they have the title wrapped up the clash between the Pensioners and Liverpool will be a must watch, with both sides wanting to gain bragging rights and the Reds still in the hunt for Champions League football. At the other end of the table it is surely the end of the road for Burnley and QPR but who else will join them? Looking at the remaining fixtures my money would be on Sunderland but if their North-East rivals Newcastle go down at home to West Brom they may well take their place. Leicester, Hull and Aston Villa are all still in the mix so plenty of nail-biting still to happen. Who is going to win this week? No-one knows but this is what I think… Continue Reading

Well the title has finally been delivered to Stamford Bridge and it was done in the understated way typical of most of the latter part of Chelsea’s season. They fully deserve the title but I still believe they could have won it with a bit more swagger and have short-changed Premier League fans with their more tempered approach. Having said that, to call them boring is a joke and reflects poorly on those levelling that charge. At the bottom of the table it looks as if Burnley and QPR are doomed but there are several clubs who will need to fight till the last day of the season if they are to avoid being the third passenger on the relegation express. Highlight of the weekend for me was Mary’s Mob getting Throstled at home but here is my take on other happenings Continue Reading

Only four rounds to go in this season’s Premier League and I can feel the withdrawal symptoms already. Chelsea will likely pick up the trophy this weekend but there will be frantic action at the bottom of the table where finishing 17th is as good as winning the league. Personally I feel that the current bottom three of Sunderland, QPR and Burnley will be the three to go down. Newcastle would have replaced one of them had they not accumulated early season points. The fans of those three teams must be very excited now as each time I have written a team off this season (and last) they have bounced back. Read on for more encouraging news about your team’s chances… Sorry in advance if I have picked your team to win and thereby put the hex on them..

Leicester City v Newcastle United

11:45pm Saturday 2 May OD

The Foxes performed a miracle stringing four wins together to climb out of the bottom three. The miracle looked like growing when they went into half time against Chelsea a goal to the good. Unfortunately the second half saw normal service resumed and Chelsea came back to win 3-1 and put Leicester right back into the relegation scrap. They will have to ensure that defeat doesn’t alter their aggressive play of recent weeks that has been so successful for them. They will be sweating on the fitness of Andy King who has been pivotal to their recent successes. Newcastle have lost seven on the trot and are a shambles. The fans are so disgruntled that manager John Carver has asked the club for protection from abusive patrons. The Magpies have not suddenly become a poor side, they have just lost their way and no-one within the set-up seems to have the answer to get them out of it. A must win for the home side and that is what I think they will do.

Player to Watch: Marc Albrighton. Tricky right-winger who has stamped his mark in recent weeks. Will also be boosted by his goal against Chelsea.

Davis: 2-1

Aston Villa v Everton

02:00am Sunday 3 May OD

Villa were exceedingly unlucky not to get anything from their trip to Citeh last week but will take heart from that performance. They will also be boosted by their recent form and the fact they have destiny in their own hands. Their home form however has been poor this season with only three wins from 16 games. They have also failed to beat Everton in their last eight attempts. Everton have turned their season around with five wins and a draw in their last six culminating in their 3-0 demolition of Manchester United. Their defence has been strong in that run conceding only twice. Midfielder Gareth Barry has challenged his team-mates to finish the season unbeaten so chances are Villa won’t have an easy ride. Fascinating game and hard to call. Villa’s desperation should ensure a point but they may need some luck to take all three.

Player to Watch: Fabian Delph. Not normally one of my favourite players but been a strong presence in Villa’s midfield this season and seems to be relishing the relegation battle.

Davis: 1-1

Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers

02:00am Sunday 3 May OD24

Liverpool have fallen apart in recent weeks suffering bitter defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, being knocked out of the FA Cup by lowly Villa then losing at relegation-battling Hull. A similar end to the season as they had last year and something that must be of concern to Brendan Rodgers. Champions League qualification is unlikely but they now face a struggle to hold on to fifth with Spurs and Southampton right up their jacksey. Having failed to score in their last two games they will not be helped by the continued absence of striker Daniel Sturridge. QPR should have picked up all three points against West Ham but a missed penalty and disallowed goal didn’t aid their cause. This is a game they must win as they are in danger of running out of time. Having won only twice on the road this season it is hard to see QPR getting a result albeit against a Reds side low on confidence. A scrappy home win looks likely.

Player to Watch: Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian has been a standout in recent weeks and has the quick feet to unlock a leaden-footed Rangers defence.

Davis: 1-0

Sunderland v Southampton

02:00am Sunday 3 May OD

A point at Stoke was not enough to stop the Black Cats dropping into the bottom three. I guess one win in their previous ten games was a pre-cursor to that happening. Despite their plight it seems that Adam Johnson will not be considered due to his ongoing legal troubles. Jermain Defoe has also struggled to make the desired impact, scoring only twice since his return to the Premier League. Sunderland’s home form is also not encouraging with only three wins all season. Southampton are still well in contention for fifth and a Europa League spot but seem to be stumbling their way to the finishing line. A loss at Stoke was followed by a home draw with Spurs in which they were unable to hold on to a lead. They will be boosted by the return to goal-scoring form of Graziano Pelle who notched a double against Tottenham but will need to tighten their defence against a desperate Sunderland if they are to prevail. The home side could win but need to get on top early or the crowd will understandably get on their case and that will spell disaster. Saints to win and Sunderland to go one step closer to the drop.

Player to Watch: Jermain Defoe. On his day a predatory finisher and needs to make the most of the chances he is given if he is to lift his side from the doldrums.

Davis: 1-2

Swansea City v Stoke City

02:00am Sunday 3 May OD

These sides currently sit eighth and ninth with neither likely to go any higher or much lower. That would normally mean a game with nothing on it but both these sides are looking at making history. Swansea have already topped their record Premier League points haul and are looking to beat their record high finish of ninth which they achieved two seasons ago. The Swans however struggle for consistency and that could be their downfall. They are pretty strong at home having lost only four times. Stoke are also aiming for an all-time high Premier League finish which is also ninth (achieved last season). They have managed to win five times on the road and also picked up seven draws so avoid defeat when away more often than not. They have also managed to score in their last five games. Another tough game to pick but Swansea for me have the edge.

Player to Watch: Gylfi Siggurdson. Hard-working midfielder for the Swans and not the worst in front of goal when he gets the chance.

Davis: 2-0

West Ham United v Burnley

02:00am Sunday 3 May OD

Like most West Ham fans I am waiting for the season to end. A miraculous first half was created by the manager losing his favourites through injury and having to change personnel and tactics. Since the New Year he has reverted to type and the Hammers have become the most unwatchable side in the Premier League. One win in their last 12 just about sums it up and their lacklustre efforts against Stoke and QPR do not bode well for this game. Despite having the likes of Morgan Amalfitano and Nene on the bench Fat Sam will likely replace the injured Diafra Sakho with Carlton Cole or Kevin Nolan. Burnley are desperate and have given 100% effort all season without always getting a result. Anything other than a win here would likely condemn the club to relegation but the omens are not good. They have won only once and lost ten away from home this season and have only scored one goal in their last eight games. If effort was the decider then Burnley would win this at a canter but I simply cannot believe West Ham will be that bad they can’t score at least one so will take them to sneak home.

Player to Watch: Nene. Looks great warming up and down the sideline and that will likely be all we see of him (also created the winner when came on late against Sunderland but the fact that he is a footballer rather than a clogger counts against him in the manager’s eyes).

Davis: 1-0

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

04:30am Sunday 3 May OD24

The Red Devils will be smarting from their towelling at the hands of Everton last week and the fact that it allowed Citeh to overtake them in the battle for Mancunian supremacy. It was their second consecutive defeat and they failed to score in both those games. In a massive blow they will be without Wayne Rooney who limped off after suffering a knee injury against his old club Everton. The Baggies bounced back from a worrying three consecutive defeats, two of them at home, with a win at Palace and a battling draw at home to Liverpool. Those points have probably secured their top-flight status and there may be a danger that they turn up feeling their season is over. On the positive side, West Brom won this fixture last season but United have more to play for in this one and I cannot see a repeat.

Player to Watch: Robin Van Persie. Could get a start with the absence of Rooney and has 18 months of awful form and injury to put behind him.

Davis: 2-0

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

12:30am Monday 4 May OD

Chelsea look set to bore their way to the Premier League title this weekend after the win at Leicester left them needing just two points to do so. It is a pity that their season has ended in rather negative fashion after their magnificent first half year where they strutted their stuff in magnificent fashion. The Pensioners are unbeaten at home this season having won 13 and drawn three. They have also only conceded seven times in those games whilst averaging nearly two goals a game themselves. Palace’s recent heady run has come to a grinding halt with two consecutive home defeats to lowly opposition. They have however won an outstanding five of their last six away games. The Eagles have beaten Chelsea only once in the league in the last 25 years and although they will be up for a challenge I can’t see them ruining the Kings Road Mincers title party.

Player to Watch: Willian. Boundless energy and an ability to beat a man on the outside makes him a handful every week.

Davis: 2-0

Tottenham Hotspurs v Manchester City

03:00am Monday 4 May OD

Spurs’ form has been a bit up and down this season but they have managed to garner enough points to be well in contention for Europa League qualification. They currently sit sixth but are only behind a fading Liverpool on goal difference. Their last home game was a disappointing loss to Aston Villa and they have often struggled to put sides away at White Hart Lane (apart from their thrashing of Chelsea) leaving it late to make their mark. Citeh surrendered their title in recent weeks without much of a struggle. Back to back wins do not make up for the three losses in four games that saw their challenge to Chelsea fizzle out. Hard to know what is going through their minds as they appear to be going through the motions. They should be motivated to keep above rivals United but one can’t guarantee it. Hard to pick how both of these sides will perform from week to week but I will take a punt on Spurs being the hungrier and just getting home.

Player to Watch: Nacer Chadli. Forging himself a decent reputation at White Hart Lane and pops up occasionally to complement Harry Kane’s goal-scoring efforts.

Davis: 2-1

Hull City v Arsenal

07:00am Tuesday 5 May OD24

I wrote Hull off a couple of weeks back and they have been shoving those words back down my throat since then. Back to back wins has seen them move four points clear from the drop and their win against Liverpool showed they have no fear of the top clubs. One more win should just about see them safe so you can guarantee a positive approach. On the downside they do tend to slip up at home regularly, having lost seven times at the KC Stadium this season. Arsenal have ended the season in magnificent fashion going unbeaten in their last ten, winning nine of them. In that time they have also managed to make it to the FA Cup Final. Only Chelsea have won more than Arsenal’s nine games away from home. Although the Gunners will be favourites I can see a resurgent Tigers pinching a point in this one. Remember that the Tigers managed a point at the Emirates earlier this season and made them work for their FA Cup triumph last season.

Player to Watch: Sione Aluko. Getting more regular starts and becoming an attacking nuisance alongside Dame N’Doye.

Davis: 1-1

Davis Bets of the Week

At the risk of being boring like Chelsea I will repeat that these picks are what I consider ‘value’ bets. If you want favourites just go for the result with the lowest return.

The $3.75 for Hull to draw with Arsenal appeals. Hull have won two on the trot and have showed they are not intimidated by the Gunners. Although Arsenal have put together an impressive run they have been run close several times and a desperate Hull won’t be easy.

I also like the look of $3.60 for Spurs to beat Citeh. The Mancunians have fallen off the pace a little in recent weeks and seem to lack motivation. Spurs on the other hand have Liverpool in their sights and will be looking for the win.

 

 

What a topsy-turvy weekend that was. Just when you think you have the game sorted out it throws up some more upset results. I guess at this stage of the season there is always going to be some desperate and hungry performances from lower teams and some equally ambivalent ones from teams with little to play for but it still doesn’t make picking results any easier. This week we saw the Foxes climb further out of their hole, Sunderland fall into it, while Villa and Newcastle are standing on the edge having a look in. For my thoughts on the weekend’s activity Continue Reading

The destination of the Premier League title may well be just about decided but there is still plenty at stake as we approach the season’s end. The battle for fifth (and a Europa Cup spot) is going to be fought out between Southampton, Spurs and Liverpool, although Citeh may be brought into the fray if they don’t sort their act out. The most excitement promises to be at the lower end where six sides (possibly seven if Newcastle continue to plummet) battle it out to avoid being in the bottom three. Having experienced it many times before (comes with the territory of being a West Ham fan) I can assure you that a successful battle against relegation is more exciting than a title challenge. I remember a few years back when we finished 17th how elated we all were and how deflated all my Chelsea mates were despite finishing second. Having a look at the fixtures I feel that Hull and Sunderland fans are going to have a miserable demeanour come Monday… Continue Reading

The last chance for someone to make Chelsea work for their title went west this weekend as a valiant Manchester United were unable to put them to the sword. Not the best of performance from the Pensioners but they are now ten points clear with only six games to go. Some fascinating results at the bottom of the table as six sides battle to avoid being one of the unlucky three to take the drop. Hull and Sunderland must be starting to get really worried whilst Aston Villa’s Cup glory may come at the expense of their Premier League status. For my take on the weekend’s fixtures Continue Reading

The FA Cup slightly disrupts this weekend’s round of Premier League games but most sides will get a game even if they have to wait til later next week to get on the park. This time of year throws up some strange results as sides who are battling relegation suddenly decide it is about time to start playing. The last couple of weeks has seen every side in the bottom three pick up some unlikely points and there are a couple of potential upsets this weekend. Everton will not be relishing the visit of battling Burnley, Swansea will have to be in top form to beat resurgent Leicester and Liverpool will likely have to dodge the kitchen sink Hull are bound to throw at them. As well as that we have the mouth-watering Kings Road Mincers taking on the Northern Scum. For my take on these fixtures and more… Continue Reading

One of the great things about going to live football is the ability to loudly express your opinion directly to the players/managers/officials rather than via the screen. West Ham’s two bumbling efforts whilst I was there gave me plenty of opportunity to vent my spleen and I felt spiritually uplifted each time I left the ground. I had great seats but sadly what was on view did not do them justice. It did not however stop all of the four Davis boys at the game from thoroughly enjoying the experience. In fact my two youngest were about the only two wearing a West Ham shirt that put in a full shift of 90 minutes. For other happenings in the Premier League last weekend Continue Reading

Is this the weekend we see the engraver start polishing the Premier League trophy in readiness for inscribing Chelsea’s name on it or is there more drama still to come? Arsenal are now the closest challenger, seven points back, and if they continue their rampant recent form they could well take advantage of any Chelsea slip-up. Questions that will be answered this weekend: Have Liverpool recovered from their recent beatings or will they fall to the stumbling Magpies? Can QPR keep their miracle run going or will their West London neighbours bring back a dose of reality? Can Leicester be the second relegation candidate to beat the Baggies at home in a week? For musings on this and more Continue Reading

Another bizarre sequence of results in the Premier League this last weekend. Firstly Arsenal totally dismantle Liverpool, then the bottom three sides all pick up points, two of them winning, then Palace top it off by despatching the Champions. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out, especially if you put some money on at the TAB. One thing that remained the same is that Chelsea won without showing the class they undoubtedly have. For more on the weekend fixtures… Continue Reading

One thing I had forgotten, having now lived in NZ for 30 years, is the magnificent coverage of football here in England. Large daily doses of opinion and action but one thing they don’t have is Premier League Pass. My mates over here cannot believe we can access every game of the Premier League live or on demand for just 100 quid. If I could offer it to them here they would rip my arm off. I am not being paid to say this it just reinforces for me what a great product the lads at Coliseum have given us. Pity they are slightly retarded and support the wrong teams. Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs supporters are not exactly the most upright of citizens. Never mind, here is my view of this weekend’s action… Continue Reading

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