Merson’s Prediction For MCFC V CPFC Gives Me Hope Of An Upset

0 Posted by - September 22, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

When it comes to making Premier League predictions, Paul Merson is known throughout the land as someone to bet against. It is with his laughably poor tipping record in mind that I look towards our trip to face Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium with a glimmer of hope this morning.


Of course, given the cavalcade of stars available to Pep Guardiola, their scintillating display at Watford last weekend and their stunning start to the 2017/18 Premier League season in general, the fact that Merson has tipped them to win is hardly surprising but if there is one man capable of stopping a team in their tracks just by siding with them on a betting slip, it’s the “Magic Man”.

Just last weekend, the former Arsenal midfielder managed to predict a paltry three correct results out of the ten Premier League games that were played, which, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, is a pitiful record to have when attaching the word magic to your nickname.

I could allow myself to go on a self-indulgent rant about the fact that his presence of Sky Sports’ payroll is an absolute disgrace given his general attitude towards the job but I’ll save that dissertation-length piece for another day. For now, let’s just say that his confidence in City giving us a good thrashing is the only thing that’s given me any hope of us upsetting the odds all week.

His reasoning for what should be the most straightforward of predictions veers wildly into the realms of stupidity inside the first paragraph when he claims that “Roy Hodgson isn’t very good at setting up teams to win” which really, is the primary job of any football manager on the planet. Yes Paul, he took charge of an England side who lost to Iceland but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he is the only Three Lions boss in history to win all ten qualification games in the lead-up to a tournament or indeed, that he has won eight league titles with different clubs during a 41-year career.

I won’t pretend to be Hodgson’s biggest fan but I do find the sense of collective amnesia being used by “Proper Football Men” over his achievements to date a little distasteful. The man took Fulham to the final of a European competition, I’m not claiming to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination but I do feel that would be a rather tricky task if you weren’t very good at setting up teams to win.

I would love nothing more than for Roy and his players to prove the masses wrong tomorrow afternoon.

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  • Richard C September 22, 2017 - 9:54 am Reply

    I think I preferred Merson when he was on the sauce. There seems to be a commonality amongst modern pundits to just slag every single player and manager off, unless of course they used to play for that team and then you won’t hear a bad word about them!

    • admin September 22, 2017 - 10:02 am Reply

      He’s an absolute joke. I hate him more than I should.

  • Pete B September 22, 2017 - 10:06 am Reply

    I think he must still be on the sauce… surely the only explanation? His continued employment is probably good value for his employer; top-rated comedians don’t come cheap so they’ve undoubtedly got a real bargain with this man.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 22, 2017 - 11:40 am Reply

    Paul Merson is small minded, ill-informed pundit that Brexit Britain deserves.

    Phil Neville is also shocking. Just a yes-man who doesn’t have any original thoughts. Very similar to his playing career.

    However, the worst is Glenn Hoddle, the pundit who invented the oxymoronic phrase, ‘almost hit it too well!’ One of the many reason i hate international breaks is hearing him on ITV!

  • TonyN September 22, 2017 - 1:46 pm Reply

    Pundits are there to bring in viewers or on the radio listeners. My parents are Arsenal fans but my mum has a one sided rant at the radio when they continually slag off Arsenal. How many clubs would like that level of consistency for 16 years? Yet according to pundits Wenger is the worst manager in England. So no surprise over Merson but it is Savage that I can’t stand. The pundits were one reason I got rid of sky and started coming to more home games. Wheelchairs struggle sometimes but would rather go through all the hassle of getting to the ground than listen to idiots been paid to roll out the cliches.

  • Pardewispants September 22, 2017 - 1:51 pm Reply

    Couldn’t agree more merson and savage complete waste of time

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