The Own Goal – The Gurgler’s UK Football Weekly

EPL
Manchester City’s habit of winning the EPL every other year is on track as they disposed of Chelsea last weekend, much to the delight of Jose Mourinho. They could hardly look more impressive with 2 x 3-0 wins. Their cross town rivals Man Utd are also undefeated with a pair of 1-0 wins. The others are lagging behind, but with the transfer window still open who knows what the squads will look like in just over a week’s time.

Sunderland look specials for relegation, and have even been made odds-on by their shirt sponsor who is a betting company.

The three promoted teams look OK, but Bournemouth will need to start scoring goals soon if they don’t want to go straight back down. Previous EPL visitors Norwich and Watford look comfortable already. That means some of the established clubs may have to watch out this year.

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL
EVERTON v MANCHESTER CITY

GURGLER’S EPL MULTI
MANCHESTER UTD to beat Newcastle
MANCHESTER CITY to beat Everton
NORWICH to beat Stoke
LEICESTER to beat Spurs
SWANSEA to beat Sunderland
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GURGLER’s ROUGHIE EPL MULTI
DRAW – Arsenal / Liverpool
DRAW – WBA v Chelsea
WATFORD to beat Southampton
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CHAMPIONSHIP
Ipswich Town are top of the Football League pyramid on goals scored and they share a 2 win 1 draw record with Hull City and Brighton. Two of the promoted teams Milton Keynes and Preston have started off well and sit in the top 7, as do surprise packets Charlton and expected Middlesbrough.
11 teams have yet to win a game from the first three rounds – the best of them are still unbeaten with Cardiff, Leeds and Derby all recording three straight draws. The worst are Bolton, who have only a draw to their name and not even a goal scored yet in three attempts. 18 draws from the first 35 fixtures shows what everyone already knows – the Championship is one of the toughest and most equal divisions in European football.

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS
BOLTON v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Can Bolton win? Can Bolton score? Only early days of course but a loss here and an early exit in the League Cup is a bad start to the year. Forest have only scored two themselves in three. A tense battle or blowout awaits.
CHARLTON v HULL
Both undefeated so far, one surprising, one sort of expected. The loftiest clash of the weekend in the Championship.
LEEDS UNITED v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Both clubs have semi-recent memories of both EPL and League One, and this clash get the lunchtime UK Time special treatment. With Leeds on just three draws, how long until their owner wields the axe on another manager? 41 managers sacked in 23 years as an owner for Massimo Cellino. Leeds already onto their fifth.

GURGLER CHAMPIONSHIP MULTI
IPSWICH to beat Preston
QPR to beat Rohterham
MIDDLESBROUGH to beat Bristol City
BRENTFORD to beat Burnley
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LEAGUE ONE
Coventry lead the way in the third tier with 3 wins from 3 games, and an already healthy +7 goal difference. The top 6 has some surprising names amongst it with the likes of Gillingham, Walsall, Rochdale and Burton all over achieving if pre-season odds are to be believed.
9 teams are yet to win in League One, and at the bottom of the pile are four teams with just a point – Shrewsbury, Blackpool, Crewe and Bradford.

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS
BARNSLEY v BRADFORD
High hopes for Bradford for promotion this year, but they sit last on one point in three games. Barnsley have now won two in a row.
PORT VALE v DONCASTER
Both team have started the League season with three draws from three games. What price a fourth? $3.10 actually.
WALSALL v COVENTRY
Two Midlands teams and as close to a geographic derby as we get in League One this week. Both undefeated, and a clash of first v third. Sells itself really.

GURGLER’S LEAGUE ONE MULTI
DRAW Port Vale v Doncaster
SHEFFIELD UTD to beat Blackpool
GILLINGHAM to beat Wigan
BARNSLEY to beat Bradford
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LEAGUE TWO
Three teams remain with perfect records for 2015-16, and whilst Leyton Orient and Wycombe are no surprise, the team that appeared doomed for relegation for most of last season – Hartlepool – certainly are. With only 12 draws from the first 36 games it has the lowest total of drawn games of the three leagues.

Two big names managers for League Two – Terry Butcher and Teddy Sherringham are finding the start to the season tough, as they have just a draw each to show for their efforts and sit 21st and 22nd.

Propping up the Football are Dagenham & Redbridge and Yeovil Town. Two teams that have spent plenty of time in Non League football, looking like they may just sample more of that next season if the wins don’t come soon.

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS
WYCOMBE v DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
Wycombe are 3 from 3, and have yet to concede a goal. The Daggers are one of two teams in the Football League with zero points. A mismatch on paper, or a continued bad start to the season for Dagenham & Redbridge?
PLYMOUTH v NORTHAMPTON
Two teams with two wins and a loss, both looking for bigger and better things. An early win over a team they are most likely to be fighting with for promotion will be a good start to the campaign.

GURGLER’S LEAGUE TWO MULTI
PORTSMOUTH to beat Morecambe
WYCOMBE to beat Dag & Red
CAMBRIDGE to beat Crawley
WIMBLEDON to beat Carlisle
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