Preview + Prediction Challenge, 23rd March.

Indulged myself  in watching a bit of Riverdance before doing this weeks preview and prediction challenge. Made we wonder how much fancy footwork we might see on display at tomorrows games. I always think that whilst nice footwork skills are good it doesn’t always transfer onto a full sized pitch and is more suited to 5 a-side stuff. Mind you, ‘Captain Super Jack’ might change my mind  🙂

On to our football tomorrow and there’s really only 1 place to start and that is with the Cup Semi-Finals with 2 matches that could go either way. The first sees 2 teams maybe thinking of doing the ‘Double’ with Connect Sports playing Clarendon. I’m really unsure of predicting either match because I can see positives for each and every club. I think that Connect may not end up as Champions in Division 1 but I do think they will finish off Clarendons hopes of a ‘double’ in a very narrow match. It’s a match that may well need extra time, but it’s Connect in the Final for me.

The second Semi sees 2nd Division Delph Athletic play 1st Division Charlemont Star. Both teams have very similar stats in their respective divisions. This one may go all the way to penalties, but the prediction challenge is based on 90 minutes and being pushed, I will go for Charlemont to be the other finalists. So I am forecasting a Charlemont Star vs Connect Sports Final. This weeks prediction challenger is Ben from Amblecote Nomads who has predicted a Delph Athletic vs Clarendon Final with Clarendon needing extra time.

On to Division One and whilst 4 teams still remain in the hunt for the title its beginning to look to me as though some of those challenges may be fading. Life Central suffered a huge set back last week losing to Chawn Hill Church and now have 2 games left to play. One of those is against Clarendon and that is a must win for them but I don’t see them as Champions now come seasons end. Last weeks conquerors, Chawn, could however do them a favour as they play current 2nd placed St Marys at home. This is a huge game for St Marys, a win would elevate them into top spot and set it all up for next weeks match vs Clarendon. Chawn have other ideas though. I said last week I would like to predict them to win but lacked the belief they would do so. They also have to play Connect in a few weeks so their games may have some bearing on where the title ends up, plus they will be looking to finish the season as high as possible. My heart says Chawn but once again, not quite enough. I will plump for this to be a draw.

Selly Oak Methodist host Monyhull Church with both teams languishing at the bottom of the table. This is must not lose for Selly Oak, to do so would see them confirmed in bottom place. Their minimum aim must be at least a draw but a quick look sees that their remaining game is against Clarendon so actually I believe they need to win this match. It;s not beyond the realms of possibility that Monyhull could catch Rowley by winning their 3 remaining games and hope Rowley, who have tough matches, fail to get any more points. Should they lose tomorrow and also lose the other 2 matches left then they would end up bottom. This for me is ‘THE’ match to decide last place. I am going for Monyhull to win, I just cannot see Selly Oak getting a goal.

The last game in Division 1 sees City Church host St Andrews Netherton in what looks a basic mid table clash. City Church should just be playing for the fun of it now, currently safely placed in 6th assured of 1st Division football next season. St Andrews have a fair few games left and should be looking to win them all to elevate them as high as possible. Like Chawn, could a series of scorelines end up with them in 3rd place or could they dream of pinching 2nd? Both teams could still amass 43 points. I expect St Andrews to bag the first 3 of these points which would place them in 6th.

As stated earlier, my challenger this week is Ben from Amblecote and the only match they will be interested is is Christ Church Coseley vs Corinthians S.K. Should Corinthians fail to win then Amblecote will be Champions elect. With that in mind my prediction for that game will be last  🙂

Excel Church will be the first team to complete their fixtures this season travelling away to face St Thomas Aldridge who have moved away from the bottom with some good form of late. Their last match saw them beat off Living Hope Church and I see no reason why their accumulation of more points will stop tomorrow. Excel have let in an average of over 3 goals a game, something I expect will also happen in their last match. It’s a St Thomas win for me.

Living Hope Church United really must improve after last weeks result if they harbour any hope of trying to finish 2nd or even 3rd. They face a Dudley Lions side who like City Church in Division 1 sit comfortably in mid table. This could be tricky for Living Hope but I take them just to shade it.

Christ Church Coseley vs Corinthians S.K will have Amblecote players all over the result and some may even be going to watch it as they have a free weekend. Will they be Champions elect or Corinthians keep the title race alive, especially as they play Amblecote Easter weekend on April 20th. (Some matches have needed to be scheduled for that weekend, in agreement with the Club Secretaries). It’s still possible that Corinthians could push it all the way and if they also beat them then Amblecote would need something against Delph Athletic in their final game. Christ Church will be looking to win their last 2 matches and hope Corinthians stumble in their last 4 matches hoping they could finish 2nd. An inferior goal difference helps Corinthians so a big win for Christ Church would help that situation. Another game that’s a tough call, but I am going for a Corinthians win whick would keep Amblecotes celebrations on hold.

Thanks to Ben Hart for his predictions this week. (I will be aiming to do an update on this over this weekend).

23rd March, 2019
Neil Kovacs
League Cup Semi – Finals
Connect Sports 2 Clarendon 1
Delph Athletic 1 Charlemont Star 2
*******
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 St Marys 2
City Church 1 St Andrews Netherton 2
Selly Oak Methodist 0 Monyhull Church 3
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Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 1 Corinthians S.K 3
Living Hope Church Utd 2 Dudley Lions 1
St Thomas Aldridge 4 Excel Church 1
Club Secretary (Ben from Amblecote Nomads)
League Cup Semi – Finals
Connect Sports 2 Clarendon 2
Delph Athletic 3 Charlemont Star 2
*******
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 St Marys 1
City Church 0 St Andrews Netherton 3
Selly Oak Methodist 0 Monyhull Church 0
*******
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 2 Corinthians S.K 2
Living Hope Church Utd 4 Dudley Lions 3
St Thomas Aldridge 3 Excel Church 1
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