Football Predictions: Photo Scraps.

August is nearly with us and that means one thing, the return of football ( whoopee). Amazingly without World Cups, Euro Championships ( except for our ladies ' The Lionesses ' bless 'em ), there has been little or no footie 'on the box ' since the end of last season.

So here are my predictions for the top three in each of our leagues.


Premiership 
                    1   Chelsea      (7/2 )
                    2   Man Utd    (7/ 2)
                    3   Man City   ( 15/8)

Impossible to look beyond these top three spenders this summer.
I feel Chelsea, fresh from their win last season have the 'wind in their tails ' and will be difficult to beat.

I felt with their European Cup win, Man Utd were, under Jose beginning to find their form at last. Expect them to start strongly.

City are the favourites on the back of some expensive signings. As a result they will not leak so many goals . They need to get their
 team cohesion together  quickly. At this level, dropping points will be seriously damaging.

Liverpool ( 14/ 1 ) and Arsenal (12/1) to  fight out for fourth position.

Championship

                      1   Aston Villa   (7/1 )
                      2   Fulham          ( 9/1 )
                      3   Reading         ( 25/1 )

Even before I found out that the Bookies had made Aston Villa favourite for the title, they were my firm choice. Manager Steve Bruce arriving late last season, had began to pull out some good late results. He knows what it takes to win this competition and will endeavour to keep the team amongst the front-runners from the start.

Fulham just missed out on promotion, beaten in the play-offs.  They were going forward and I expect them to be a difficult side to take points from, especially home at their Craven Cottage ground.
They will be very keen to join their Premier London neighbours. again.


Taking a chance with Reading. They were only just beaten 4-3 on penalties by Huddersfield in last season's play-off final. They usually come strongly late in the season. Good each-way chance at these odds.

Other teams to consider: Sheffield Wednesday (12/1 ); Norwich (12/1 ) and Sunderland (18/1)

League 1 and League 2 next week


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To finish this week two photos of 'animals.



Crane Park, Twickenham





Regent's Arcade.


The top picture shows a 'live'  Heron in the  stream in Crane Park

This Hare showed up, recently in Regent's Arcade, Cheltenham. The 'score ' tucked into his jacket is " The Trout " by  Franz Schubert. Inside the Hare's Ear is a picture of a rainbow trout ; a nice touch, would you not agree?

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Have yourselves a good week. Catch the sun when you can.
WiFi for now,
Ck.

         

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