Premier League fixtures for 2018/19 announced

The Premier League fixtures for next season have been announced. The new season kicks off on Saturday 11th August 2018 and the highlight of the opening day fixtures sees Arsenal play hosts to last season’s Champions Manchester City.

It also sees Manchester United at home to Leicester and last season’s Championship winners Wolves kick off life back in the Premier League with a home match against Everton.

The other teams back in the Premier see Cardiff travel to Bournemouth, while Fulham entertain Crystal Palace.

Unsurprisingly Man City are favourites at 4/6 with Betfair to retain their title, with Liverpool second at 5/1, followed by Man Utd 13/2, Chelsea 11/1, Tottenham 12/1 and Arsenal 30/1.

Favourites to be relegated are Cardiff, along with Huddersfield and Fulham.

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For the full list of fixtures see https://www.premierleague.com/news/720651

WhoScored – Update 24

Premier League

A disappointing week for the WhoScored Premier League predictions. Just 2 correct results from the 10 matches and no correct scores, made it the worst week since I started monitoring selections.

A loss of -7.56 points for the results and -10 points for the correct scores gave a combined loss of -17.56 points. That wiped out over half the overall profit, bringing it down to +16.34 points.

The Championship

A good weekend saw Harry Smith return to form with his Championship predictions. Just 4 correct results from the 12 matches played, but 2 correct scores, including correctly predicting Derby would win 3-0 at Birmingham at odds of 20/1.

A loss of -3.08 points for the results, but a profit of +15 points for the correct scores, gave an combined profit of +11.92 points profit, bringing the overall profit to +26.33 points since I started monitoring the predictions.

La Liga

The upturn in results continued over in Spain with 6 correct results from the 10 matches and 2 correct scores. +2.69 points profit for the results and +4.50 points for the correct scores, gave a combined profit of +7.19 points and now sees them in an overall profit to the tune of +5.93 points, since I started monitoring the results at the start of December.

Considering they were showing a loss of -21.08 points at the end of last year, it’s been a very promising turn around since the start of the new year.

Bundesliga

4 correct results and 1 correct score gave a profit of +2.05 points and a loss of -2.50 points respectively, so hardly any change overall, with the loss now standing at -29.79 points, since the beginning of December.

Serie A

No Fixtures this week.

Ligue 1

Things continued where they left off before the mini break, with the French Ligue 1 predictions. Just 4 correct results from the 10 matches gave a loss of -1.75 points. There were no correct scores, so an additional -10 points loss, brings the overall combined loss to -50.48 points since the start of December.

A double helping of matches this week, so hopefully some better results.

 

WhoScored – Update 23

Premier League

With it being the 3rd round of the FA Cup, there were no Premier League matches played this weekend, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the WhoScored results since I started monitoring the performance on 9th September.

So far there’s been 195 Premier League matches played, of those they made a slight loss of -0.1 points for the correct results and a profit of +34.0 points for the correct scores, giving a combined profit of +33.9 points.

Now that’s not too bad going, considering they put forward a prediction in every Premier League game played, but if we break the selections down slightly we see there’s potential for much bigger profits to be had.

For most of the leagues WhoScored seem to use the same person to make all the predictions, however when it comes to the Premier League they split the matches between two main writers; Josh Wright and Ben McAleer (there’s also been a few predictions from Martin Laurence).

Of the 195 matches I’ve monitored Josh has made the prediction in 115, Ben 72 and Martin just 3.

If we break the predictions down by person, we see a stark contrast in performance:

Josh Wright
Matches : 115
Correct Results : 64 (55.7%) : +17.51 points
Correct Scores : 20 (17.4%) : +92.50 points

Ben McAleer
Matches : 72
Correct Results : 31 (43.1%)  : -18.3 points
Correct Scores : 2 (2.8%) : -55.0 points

Martin Laurence
Matches : 3
Correct Results : 2 (66.6%) : +0.69 points
Correct Scores : 0 (0.0%) : -3.0 points

So while you’d have made a combined profit of +110 points backing the result and correct score predictions of Josh, you’d have made a loss of -73.8 points following Ben’s and -2.31 points from Martin’s.

It’s not been that many matches to draw any great conclusions, but that is a big difference in performance. I know who’s predictions I’d rather be following and I’ll be keeping a check on their individual performances going forward, to see if the trend continues.

WhoScored don’t make a big thing over WhoPredicted each of the matches, but if you look under the prediction box, you’ll see them named in a Twitter follow link for the person that made the prediction.

La Liga

It was a good start to the New Year for Simon Harrison, who makes their Spanish La Liga predictions. He was correct with 6 results out of the 10 matches played and of them he got the correct score in 3 of the games.

That gave him a profit of +3.32 points for the results and +16.5 points for the scores. A combined profit of +19.82 points pretty much wiped out all the loses from December and leaves him now just -1.26 points since I started monitoring the selections.

Serie A

Not such a good start to the year for the Serie A selections. They correctly predicted the result in half of the 10 matches, but only managed the correct score in 1 game.

A loss of -1.5 points for the results and -3.5 points for the scores brings the overall profit down to +7.55 points since I started to checking the results at the beginning of December.

WhoScored – Update 22

Premier League

The festive period continued well for the WhoScored Premier League predictions. The last of their post Christmas guesses saw them correctly predict Arsenal would win 3-2 away at Palace for a return of 22 points on the correct score and increasing their combined profit to +28.27 points for that round of matches.

Results weren’t so good in the last round of matches of the year. They didn’t manage any correct scores from the 9 matches played and only got the correct result in 3 of the games, giving them a combined loss of -12.46 points and reducing their overall profit to +27.85 points.

They managed to claw some of those losses back in the first round of games in the New Year, with 5 correct results and 2 correct scores from the 11 matches played, giving a combined profit of +6.05 points and increasing the overall profit to +33.90 points since I started monitoring selections.

The Championship

 

Things haven’t gone so well for Harry Smith and his Championship predictions. In the last round of matches of the year he only got 4 results correct from the 12 matches played and just the 1 correct score. The results he got right included 2 draws and an away win, which kept the combined loss down to -4.25 points and reduced the overall profit to +31.1 points.

New Years Day was a bit of a disaster with no correct results from the 9 matches played.  Harry did better with the 3 games on the 2nd, getting all 3 results correct, but no correct scores. A combined loss of -16.69 points across the 2 days saw the overall profit cut by more than half, down to -16.69 points.

That’s now -56.89 points wiped off the profits since 19th November. Hopefully Harry can get back to winning form after the FA Cup break.

Serie A

Their Italian writer Jacopo Piotto finished the year with an additional +9.18 points profit to bring the overall profit for the month to +12.55 points.

He was correct with the result in half of the 10 matches and came up with the correct score in 2 of the games to finish the year on a high.

WhoScored – Update 21

Premier League

It’s been a good festive period for the WhoScored Premier League predictions. The weekend before Christmas they only managed 4 correct results from the 10 matches played, but of those 4 they correctly predicted the score in 3 of the games, giving them a combined profit of +16.4 points.

They’ve followed that up with 6 correct results from the 9 matches played so far since Christmas and guessed the correct score in 2 of those games, giving a further combined profit of +5.47 points.

Overall now, since I started monitoring their predictions, they’ve made a profit of +4.51 points for the correct results and +13.0 points for the correct scores, giving a combined profit of +17.51 points.

The Championship

Not such a good festive period for their Championship predictions. They got the correct result in half the matches played before Christmas and one correct score meant they pretty much broke even across all the matches.

They then took a bit of a beating on the Boxing Day games. They could only manage the correct result in 3 of the 12 games and no correct scores meant a combined loss of -18.5 points.

Overall now, since I started monitoring their predictions, they’ve made a loss of -9.65 points for the correct results and +45.0 points for the correct scores, giving a combined profit of +35.35 points.

La Liga

A small loss on the games played just before Christmas, with 4 correct results from the 10 games and just 1 correct score.

The combined loss of -2.68 points brings the overall loss to -21.08 points since the start of December, when I began monitoring their La Liga predictions.

Serie A

Their Italian writer Jacopo Piotto continued his improved form, with 6 correct results from the 10 games played in the run up to Christmas. 1 correct score from those matches ensured a combined profit of +5.66 points, which means he’s now showing an overall profit on all games since I started monitoring.

Ligue 1

There was still little joy to be had following their French Ligue 1 predictions. They correctly guessed the result in just half of the 10 matches and again could not find the correct score in any of the games.

A combined loss of -12.48 points now brings the overall loss to -38.73 points since I started monitoring at the beginning of the month.

Currently in their mid-season break there’s no more French Ligue 1 fixtures until 12th January.

Bundesliga

Also currently in a mid-season break with no fixtures until 12th January.

 

WhoScored – Update 20

Premier League

Another disappointing weekend for the WhoScored Premier League predictions. They managed 5 correct results from the 9 games played so far (Everton v Swansea to come tonight), but all matches were odds on, so a loss 0f -1.76 points was incurred.

They didn’t get the correct score in any of the games, so a combined loss of -10.76 points, means they’re no making an overall loss of -4.08 points since I started monitoring their selections.

The Championship

Results wise things weren’t any better in the Championship matches, with the correct result in just 25% of the 12 games. However they came up with the correct score in 2 of the 3 games, which in the words of Meat Loaf, ain’t bad.

A loss of -5.76 points on the correct results, but a profit of 4.0 points for the correct scores, meant a combined loss of -1.76 points, bringing their overall profit down to +53.9 points for Championship games.

Bundesliga

In the German Bundesliga they got 3 correct results from the 9 matches, with the correct score of 2-1 between Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim.

-3.10 points for the correct results and -0.5 points for the correct scores means they’ve now made a combined overall loss of -29.34 points since I started to monitor their predictions at the start of the month.

La Liga

There were no correct scores and just 3 correct results from the 8 games played in Spain over the weekend. A combined loss of -10.38 sees their overall loss increase to -18.4 points.

Ligue 1

It was a similar picture in France, with 4 wins from the 10 games played and no correct scores. The combined loss  of -12.38 sees their overall loss increase to -26.25 points.

Serie A

The best performance of the weekend went to Jacopo Piotto, their Italian writer, who got the correct result in half of the 10 games and was spot on with the 2-1 away win for SPAL over Benevento. A profit of +2.71 points for the results and a wiped face for the correct scores, reduced the overall loss to -2.29 points, since I started monitoring.

WhoScored – Update 19

Premier League

A small profit for WhoScored on their correct result predictions, combined with a slight loss on their correct scores, lead to a combined profit of +1.05 points from the mid-week matches.

They were spot on with Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Watford, thanks to goals for Palace in the 89th and 92nd minute, after Watford had a man sent off in the 87th minute.

Overall their combined profit stands at +6.68 points since I started monitoring their predictions.

Bundesliga

There was also a full round of matches played in the Bundesliga. WhoScored did well with their result predictions, getting 7 of the 9 games correct for a profit of +4.42 points, but they were again unable to get the correct scoreline in any of the games, so ended up with a combined loss of -4.58 points, increasing their overall loss to -25.74 points.

WhoScored – Update 18

Premier League

A disappointing weekend for the WhoScored Premier League predictions. They only managed 3 correct results from the 10 matches and no correct scores. That equates to a combined loss of -13.35 points, reducing their overall profit to just +5.63 points since I started monitoring their predictions.

The Championship

It wasn’t the best of weekend’s either in the Championship. Of the 11 games played so far they only correctly guessed the result in 2, but of those they correctly predicted Derby would win 3-0 at Barnsley, which paid out at a lucrative 20/1.

So a loss of -6.0 points for the correct results and a profit of +10 points for the correct scores, gave a combined profit of +4.0 points, increasing their overall profit to +57.66 points.

Bundesliga

Their European writers also found results hard to get right. Similar to last weekend they only managed 3 correct results from the 9 Bundesliga matches and no correct scores, gave a combined loss of -9.86 points bringing the overall loss to -21.16 points.

La Liga

Things were better in La Liga with 6 correct results and 1 correct score from the 9 matches played so far this weekend. A profit of +3.04 points for the correct results and a loss of just -0.5 points for the correct results, meant a combined profit of +2.54 points, reducing the overall loss to -6.02 points.

Ligue 1

Over in France they suffered further losses. They managed the correct result in half of the 10 matches, but that didn’t prevent them making a loss of -1.37 points and a combined loss of -11.37, which brings their overall loss to -13.87 points.

Serie A

With 2 matches still to be played in the Italian Series A they’ve had 3 correct results from the 8 games played, but no correct scores so a combined loss of -7.41 points bringing the overall loss to -12.4 points.

In the 2 weeks I’ve been monitoring the European predictions from WhoScored it’s been the lack of correct score predictions that have been hurting their results.

WhoScored – Update 16

Premier League

Some fine predictions in the Premier League from WhoScored getting 8 out of 10 results correct, for +7.5 points profit. Unfortunately they only get the correct score in 1 of the 8, correctly predicting the 1 all draw in the south coast derby between Bournemouth and Southampton, which only paid out at 11/2 (6.5).

A loss of -3.5 points for the correct score predictions brought the combined profit down to +4 points, which boosted the overall profit to +18.98 points since I started monitoring their predictions.

The Championship

A small loss was made on their guesses in the Championship. Again just the one correct score prediction, with Bristol City beating Middelsbro, as they predicted.

A loss of -2.5 points for the correct scores, but they were correct with the result in half the 12 games, which produced a profit of +1.22 points. Combined the loss of -1.28 points reduced their overall profit to +53.66 points.

It wasn’t the best of weeks to start monitoring their selections across some of the other top leagues in Europe, with losses incurred in all 4 leagues I started monitoring.

German Bundesliga

Just 3 correct results from the 9 games and no correct scores, gave a combined loss of -11.3 points.

Spanish La Liga

Only 2 correct results from the 10 matches played, although they did get the correct score with Athletico Madrid 2 v 1 Real Sociedad. -7.06 points for the correct results and -1.5 for the correct scores gave a combined loss of -8.56 points.

Italian Serie A

Slightly better with the Serie A predictions, with the correct result in half of the 10 matches and the correct score in 1. A loss of -1.49 points for the correct results and -3.5 for the correct scores gave a combined loss of -4.99 points.

French Ligue 1

Their best performance came in Ligue 1,  with the correct result in 4 of the 10 games and the correct score in 1. A loss of -1.0 point for the correct results and -1.5 for the correct scores gave a combined loss of -2.5 points.

WhoScored – Update 15

After the good run of recent form shown by the WhoScored predictions, the mid-week games came as somewhat a disappointment.

Premier League

They were correct in their results prediction for half the ten games, but apart from the draw between WBA and Newcastle, they were all pretty short odds, so a loss of -1.77 points was recorded.

They didn’t manage the correct score in any of the matches given an additional loss of -10 points and a combined loss of -11.77 points, bringing their overall profit down to 14.98 points, since I started monitoring their results.

The Championship

Monday saw the last of the weekends game’s being played and WhoScored probably thought they were on for a correct result, as the game headed into injury time, with their tip Brentford leading 2-0.

Then in the 93rd minute QPR grabbed what looked to be a consolation goal and it looked like the 2-1 away win prediction was going to land the bet. But then in the 94th minute QPR scored the equalising goal and both the correct result and score predictions fell by the wayside.

There was just 2 mid-week games played in the Championship, of which WhoScored got the correct score in 1. Combined they made a loss of -4.15 points, which brings their overall profit down to +54.94 points.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, as from this weekend I’ll start monitoring the WhoScored predictions in some of the other major European leagues. Updates on them may not be as frequent as the English leagues, but I’ll try and brings things up-to-date as often as possible.