Why you should pause before you pay that parking fine

Why you should pause before you pay that parking fine

In 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that a fine of £85 against a person who overstayed their time in an off street car park was fair, even if the actual cost of the parking, had the driver paid up front, might have only been £1.

Since then however the private parking companies – those who run car parks for local councils, for bus, underground, tram and other transport companies, and who build their own car parks, have taken the Supreme Court ruling to give them the right to trigger fines of lunatic amounts – often amounting to far more than the £85, against anyone who infringes even a tiny amount of the parking regulations.

However Jiving.info – a website that encourages creativity and an independent lifestyle – decided to take up the challenge when one of us got caught by National Car Parks.

Now it is important to say from the start that NCP may not have fully given up on this case.  We haven’t heard from them for four months, after their solicitors returned the details of the case back to NCP, without taking the action that they had repeatedly threatened, but so bizarre has NCP’s actions been thus far, it is quite possible that they might suddenly start up again.  If they do, we’ll let you know.

The original case that led to the Supreme Court ruling came about because a driver, Mr Beavis, appealed against a parking charge for overstaying at a car park in the Riverside Retail Park in Chelmsford in 2013. He’d left his car for 56 minutes longer than the allotted free two hour wait time and was issued with an £85 parking charge. He believed the charge should be ruled unlawful, including under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations (which are now part of the Consumer Rights Act 2015). Parking Eye argued – and the Supreme Court agreed – that the charge was justified to discourage people from overstaying at a site close to the railway station and law courts.  The Consumer Association is asking the government to look at the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations again, but so far this has not happened.

So let’s look at what car parks are now doing.

Of late in many car parks the old barrier and ticket approach has gone and instead a camera takes a picture of the car number plate as it enters, and again as it leaves.   The parking company asks that you declare your car number when you buy a ticket, and the whole process is matched digitally. If you drive out without having bought a ticket and allocated it to your car, or you have overstayed, they automatically fine you.

This means they no longer use wardens to check the cars and their tickets, and everything including the issuing of the fine notice and subsequent notices is done automatically.

But they consistently make mistakes, and this is where you may well have a chance of seeing them off, if you do inadvertently overstay or make some other mistake.

First, the terms and conditions of the car park must be on display in a place where you can read them.  It is no good having them on a huge board as you drive in, because it is clearly impractical to stop the car and hold up other road users while you study 2000 words of rules and regulations.

So by driving into a car park with a barrier and the regulations outside the barrier does not make you beholden to the rules.  It might be possible for a car park to argue that in such a case you should have parked and gone back to read the rules, but this seems unlikely to win, and could only win a case if it is possible to leave the car park without paying, having read the rules.

Clearly that is ok in a non-barrier car park and indeed many systems are set so that if you leave within 15 minutes (the time taken to park, read and leave) you will not be picked up by the system.

The rules and regulations do have to be clear, and they have to say, “do pay for your ticket when you arrive” if that is what they insist.  If they don’t say that, you can obviously pay for the time you have had, when you leave – so if doing that, make a note of the time you arrive.

The terms and conditions have to be reasonable and easy to understand for everyone.  If they are not, they won’t stand up in court. They also have to be clean and easy to read at night, if you are parking at night.

Infringements within barrier operated private car parks

In one case we were involved in, an off duty nurse took a disabled patient to a hospital, entered through the barrier and then found there were no disabled bays available as a delivery truck was parked across two of them.  The nurse parked as best she could and took the patient into the hospital. She returned to find she had a ticket for parking partially in a special needs bay.

She wrote to the company and to the hospital pointing out that by the time she found there was no bay in which she could park she had entered the car park, and thus it was the car park operator that was at fault since it was offering a service (parking, including disabled bays) and the service was not available she did not have to pay.

The hospital said the letter had gone to their appeals committee but had been turned down.  The driver wrote back and asked for details of the hearing, who was there, and why she was not invited.  The hospital refrained from replying.

The parking company wrote four times demanding money, but the driver repeatedly threatened publicity for the case, and the parking company then gave up.

The ticket machine is poorly placed or the numbers are not clear

In some locations you may be asked to enter your car number into a machine when buying a ticket, having parked  the car. Many of these machines have very small numbers and letters which are set very low down so it is difficult to read them.   Some become very worn so the numbers and letters are impossible to read.

We have seen cases where parking companies are sending out £85 fines to people who entered one digit wrong on a machine where the numbers and letters are set very low.  This most certainly should be appealed because it is the duty of the car parking company to make the system usable by all road users. They put the numbers low for those in wheelchairs – which is of course very reasonable.  But people who stand say six feet tall also have to be able to use the machine.

If the numbers have been rubbed out by over use, or if it is too dark to see the numbers clearly, then it is not your fault.  Likewise if you have a bad back and can’t bend down, but are able to get in and out of a car, the parking company has no case.

In all these cases do take a picture on your mobile phone if you can.

You paid, but they say you didn’t

This was the case Jiving fought.  In this case a regular user of NCP car parks used a mobile phone to pay.  The system recognised his phone number, repeated the car number and the credit card number, and then confirmed the bill had been paid for the amount of time required.

The driver needed to press “1” each time to say that the information confirmed by the system was true, which he did.  The system did not ask the expiry date of the card.

Having parked and paid, the driver then received a call from NCP saying “your card did not go through – have you been issued with a new card with a new expiry date?”  This was indeed the case, and information was given, ending with the driver asking, “Is that all paid?” and the employee confirming it was.

Two weeks later the driver received a demand for £85 for parking without payment.  He wrote back and said he had paid, and reminded NCP of the phone conversation. They denied this, and said that the driver had not given the new information and had cut the call.

The driver then appealed through the supposedly independent appeals procedure and his appeal was rejected on the grounds that the driver had opted to have a confirmatory text message to say he had paid, and this had not been sent.  The driver rejected this notion on the grounds that the human voice saying he had paid overrode the need for an automatic message.

NCP continued to write and demand payment.  The driver wrote back and said he was not paying and wanted NCP to take him to the county court where he was sure he would win, and would then be able to quote the court case in subsequent publicity.

NCP then threatened to send bailiffs around, and the driver wrote to say this was harassment given that he had said he was not paying.   Despite this a firm of bailiffs wrote to the driver demanding the money pointing out that it would be hard to gain any credit once the driver had a county court judgement against him.  By this time the “bill” had escalated to around £200 since it was now adding in the bailiffs fees.

The driver replied to each letter, and then the solicitors of NCP, wrote to the driver.  They now escalated the costs further, and clearly had not seen any of the details of the case.

They also phoned the driver five times, but on four occasions an automatic system took over asking the driver to press various numbers depending on his situation.   The calls then ended either with the line going dead or else the driver being told there was no one available. Eventually the driver did speak to one representative of the solicitors, explained that he was not paying, and suggesting that they read the case notes.

After a further letter from the solicitors, the driver sent copies of all the documentation and a letter explaining why he was not paying.

The driver also said that as the case was clearly going to court he wanted, in advance of the hearing to have a copy of the recording of the conversation between himself and the NCP representative, and of the CCTV footage which would show him on the phone – thus proving that he did not cut the call at the start.

The solicitor replied that the driver would have to pay to obtain this evidence – something which is of course against all county court rules.  NCP did not have to provide such evidence, but since without it, they have no way of backing up their claim, it was obvious that the court would want to see such evidence.  Defendants do not have to pay for the evidence presented by the person taking them to court.

The solicitors then replied that they had returned the case to their client as they had no further instructions from the client.  And there it stopped.

The whole case shows quite clearly that no humans are involved in most of these processes, as well as showing that the supposedly independent appeal system is capable (at least in this case) of reaching a farcical conclusion.  Also it appeared that the solicitors were letting the cases be handled by unqualified clerks, although we can’t prove that.

The parking ticket flipped over

We have seen a number of cases of car parks still using the old machine and ticket system requiring the ticket to be displayed on the dash board.   In several cases we have seen cases of the ticket being bought but flips off the dash board as the car door is closed. The car park company asserts that displaying the ticket is part of the requirement of the contract and thus a fine must be paid.

So far, each case we have seen challenged has been accepted by the car park.  The regulations do suggest we should all check the ticket remains in place after the door is shut, but if one can produce the ticket to show it was bought then the car park accepts that.

If it doesn’t the argument is that the car park is amiss at not providing tickets with a sticky section so they can be stuck to the windscreen if the driver wishes, and that the display failure is clearly an unintentional error.  It would be a brave and stupid car park company that tried to take that to court – although as the examples above show, there are some very stupid, or very greedy car park companies around.

The terms and conditions

Companies can change the details of their terms and conditions but if they do they have to tell users that this has happened – it is unreasonable to expect car park users to read a mass of regulations each time they drive in.  Also there needs to be clarity in the regulations – they need to be understandable and readable by the users – which includes people from all walks of life.

What can be done if you get a fine?

First, if  the terms and conditions of parking in the car park are clearly displayed and can be read either outside the car park or inside with the option to leave then the rules of the Supreme Court that overstaying can result in an £85 charge have to be complied with.  If you don’t like these rules, don’t park there.

If not, fight.  Answer each letter clearly and unemotionally.  If you want to take it all the way through, tell them that from the start.  Then their action of putting the matter with bailiffs and solicitors can be shown to be harassment.   They have no reason to call on you or phone you, or send you more than one letter, as long as you have replied.

Keep all correspondence, answer promptly, tell them you will go for maximum publicity at the outcome, and if you are going away for a while, tell them that so they can’t claim they wrote and you did not reply.


How to lose weight, get fitter, no cost, guaranteed.

Untold Social is a series of articles on topics that have arisen during discussions between those of us who run the site.  They have nothing to particularly do with football, but are issues we have talked about, debated, and come up with some ideas about.

There is nothing being sold, nothing being promoted, no links to advertisers (unless one comes along and offers us some money, which is always helpful to keep the site going.

This article: How to lose weight, get fitter, no cost, guaranteed.

The total, absolute and utterly guaranteed way to lose weight.  Better still it won’t cost you a penny in books, special diet, or clubs to join

There is one absolutely guaranteed way to lose weight, and it arises from a new understanding psychologists and nutritional scientists have developed as to why so many people fail to lose weight despite their best intentions.

It is very simple, you can start it at once, you’ll see results in a week, and major changes in a month.

The understanding behind this approach comes from the recognition that most people who eat or drink at a level that causes them to put on weight, and who also don’t exercise enough to remove that weight, do so because of habit.

Now we all have lots of habits – habits in the way we talk, walk, sit, scratch our ear,…. and in a thousand other aspects of our behaviour.

Scientists have recognised that while habits are very easy to form, they are actually much harder to stop.  We might say, “I am going to have smaller portions,” and keep up that resolution for a week, but then the habit of having larger portions slips back.

We then feel bad about ourselves, and feel we can’t reduce our food intake, and so our self esteem battered, we slip permanently back into our old ways.

The habit system within the brain is installed for a very good reason to allow us to put lots of our daily lives under subconscious control, so that the brain can be on the look out for the different or the unusual.   Habits take over our everyday actions: walking, driving, talking and so on.

The problem is that certain things can get established as habits which we dont want.   People who bite their nails do it out of habit the habit has been established and is no longer under conscious control – but there is no value in it.  

People who say the phrase I mean in every other sentence do so out of habit.  Weve all got habits, and they can be very hard to shake off.

Not impossible, but hard.

This is the problem: habits are very easy to establish, and very hard to remove.   There is a survival benefit in this because it allows us to learn quickly and act without thinking in emergencies, but is also very annoying if there is a habit we wish to remove.

So eating more than we actually need is a habit, and your task if you want to reduce weight is to stop the habit of eating as much as you do.

Now because habits are hard to eradicate, there is every chance that when you start trying to reduce the amount of food you eat, you will fail, and eat more than you really should.   That does not mean you are a failure. It just means that you are falling under the pressure of your habits.

But habits can be overcome.  Dont feel guilty, dont feel like a failure.  Just recognise that this is normal and start again.

So this new approach to reducing weight still involves the two obvious things: consume less food and fattening drinks that you do now (sugary drinks, alcohol, sweets, ready meals, crisps etc).  And exercise more.

The best way to handle this is to have something clearly identifiable to reduce, such as no puddings, or maybe no alcohol two days a week etc.  Or cut down sugar from two teaspoons in coffee to one. Or don’t buy any more packets of crisps.

Absolutely don’t try everything at once, just choose one thing to cut down on, and when you’ve sorted that, add another.

At the same time, up the level of physical activity you undertake.  If you are taking no physical activity other than what you have to do, start by walking 200 yards on day one, then 250 yards on day two, 300 yards on day three and so on.   Don’t sign up to a gym or buy a load of running gear or a new bike. Start with walking, and then move up to something else like swimming once a week or whatever you want to do.

You could do this by choosing to park at the far side of the car park at work, so you have further to walk to the office.  Or it could be walking round the garden once each evening.

Then, when you find yourself slipping back by eating or drinking too much, or by not taking your exercise, DON’T GIVE UP.

Just remind yourself that habits are hard to break, but you can do it over time.  Pick up from where you were and carry on.

That final bit is the key.  Most people stop the moment they slip back into the old ways.  They typically say, “I tried but I just couldn’t do it.” What they actually should be saying is “breaking habits is hard – you need to try it a number of times to get it sorted.”   

In fact some people make a mantra out of it which they say to themselves each day.  A mantra that says, “habits are hard to break, but I am trying” and you pick up again from where you got to.

Maybe you’ll have four days success before you slip.  Next time aim for five days success. Then six days…

It works.  Just try it.

So let’s go through this.   The four parts of the programme are

  • Understand the nature of habits.
  • Eating a little less each day
  • Eating a little better each day
  • Increasing exercise very slightly each day

Here’s a couple of final thoughts.   First do you tell other people or not?  Some people like to, some people don’t, but here’s one possible issue to consider.  If you are slightly over weight then the chances are that you have friends who are also slightly overweight.  So if you tell them about your new approach they might feel guilty that they are not doing it. As a result they might tell you this approach doesn’t work.

This is of course very much a matter for you, but if you want to reduce weight and feel that your friends might not be helpful (and also that you don’t want the embarrassment of admitting you have slipped back), find ways to avoid telling them.

For example, if you give up crisps, just say, “I don’t know what it is but I just don’t like the taste any more”.  If you don’t want people to see you taking an extra walk in the morning or evening, don’t announce it. If seen just say, “I’ve been getting a real back pain and the doctor said I should just take a short walk each morning to try and ease it after keeping it still all night in bed.”

Sometimes not telling anyone what you are up to, can be the easiest way to cope with the moment the old habits return.

Second, should you try this with a friend?  It is of course up to you, but if you plan for (say) a short walk each night is dependent on a friend, then if your friend gives up, that puts your plan in jeopardy too.   If you do work with a friend, it can be good to have a fall back plan if your friend proves to have less resolve than you.

How to get every job interview that you really want

How to get every job interview that you really want

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What is the first thing than an employer or personnel director sees when he/she gets a range of applications for a job?

It isn’t your cv, listing your qualifications etc etc, it is your covering letter (if you send your application by post) or your email, to which the cv is attached.

99.9% of cvs look the same, and go something like this

Dear Sir,

I’d like to apply for the position of [insert name of job] at [insert name of company].

I have worked for many years in [insert type of industry] and feel I would be ideal to work with your firm.  I am hard working and a good team player, and look forward to meeting you at an interview.

Yours faithfully

Ann Applicant.


Since many firms report that for each job they advertise they get 50 to 100 applications, you can imagine that if all the covering letters look pretty much the same, the whole approach to finding the right person for the job gets fairly dull if not boring.

But supposing that one covering letter isn’t like this at all.  Supposing it is different, lively, interesting, and stimulating.  Then what?

At the very least you can be sure that the writer of this letter will get an interview at the very least.  What’s more when the interview comes along everyone conducting the interview will sit up and take notice, because this will be the person that they want to see.   

For everyone will want to know, what does the person who write such a different letter of application look like.  They might not have decided to employ this person yet but they sure as hell want to see this person.

This whole approach was actually tried out by a friend of mine – a friend who had very modest qualifications and had sent in over 50 job applications without getting anywhere at all.   So she was desperate and ready to try anything.

She knew that I ran an advertising agency and so the notion arose that if I could write adverts for all sorts of strange products and services, why not an advert for a person?

Now, in writing adverts for products and services there are three overriding rules which are

  1. Grab Attention
  2. Be different from every other advert
  3. Don’t talk about the product, talk about the customer’s wishes and needs.

When I thought about this for a job application I decided to that only a couple of small tweaks were needed so the list would read….

  1. Grab Attention
  2. Be different from every other applicant
  3. Don’t talk about yourself, talk about the employer’s wishes and needs.

So that’s what I did.

And then having written the letter I became worried.  I wasn’t worried that it wouldn’t work – since I’ve written thousands of adverts through my career I know that people react in fairly standard ways no matter what the situation, and besides my friend was being turned down all the time anyway.

No my concern was that my letter was so different from anything I had ever seen written as a job application, that she might not use it.   So when I handed the letter over I told her that if she felt it was too radical, too different, and that her reaction was, “I CAN’T SEND THEM THAT!!!” I would understand, and it wouldn’t make any difference.

However she was more daring than I thought, or perhaps more desperate for a job than I thought, and so she did.   And she got the job.

That job in fact turned out to have some serious disadvantages so after a couple of months my friend wanted to change again.   I said I was sorry, but perhaps she would use the same letter again. “I certainly will,” she said. “If it weren’t for the letter, I’d not even bother trying – I’d just stay in this same job and be miserable.”

So she did it again, and got the next job too.   In fact she has used the letter three times in the last three years, and got each job.

OK, now you want to know what the letter looks like.  Here it is.

Dear Sirs,

For the next person you appoint you’ll be wanting someone who has learned never to bow to pressure and never to make a mistake.

There are two things in life that waste time: mistakes, and letting the pressure get to you.  If these events can be avoided everything gets done twice as fast.

And there’s a bonus, because if you have a member of staff who feels the pressure then there is every chance that she or he will start influencing everyone around.

Soon, instead of one person looking fevered, scowling, complaining or slamming the phone down, everyone is starting to feel edgy.

When I worked for the RAF as an administrator in the supply chain, processing requests for replacement parts and new equipment, I knew that people’s lives could depend on every single action I took.  One mistake by me in ordering up the wrong part, losing a piece of paper, deleting a file that needed to be forwarded, or omitting to forward a copy of the requisition to the right demand, could cost lives.

So I never made mistakes, and I never let the pressure get to me.

It’s a habit that has stayed with me all my life, and if you choose to employ me, it’s a habit I’ll bring to working for you.


OK, you might be saying, this could work, I can see that, although I’m a bit unsure about writing a bold headline like that.  But either way, it’s hardly relevant since I’ve never done such a job, so I can’t write that.

But my point is that every job has something in it which you can extract as essential.    Let me give a couple of examples.

Supposing you have worked as an assistant in a petrol station, taking money for fuel, selling snacks, and all the other stuff garages sell.

Ask yourself, what’s the difference between a good employee in such a situation, and an average employee?   The answer is the good employee is not only efficient, but also a person who adds that little bit extra so that customers are likely to return.

Thus we get a letter that reads



Dear Sirs,

What is the one thing that a petrol station assistant can do to increase the profits of the company he works for?

There are two things that people like when they come to pay for their petrol:  getting in and out of the shop quickly, and dealing with someone who is pleasant.  

And there’s a bonus, because if you have a member of staff who is both efficient and pleasant, not only is each customer more likely to return next time around, but also more orders can be processed per hour, leaving cars at the pumps for less time.  

Soon, everyone knows that at this petrol station the service is quick and pleasant, while at the next station along the road, the staff chat to each other rather than customers, and make people wait while sorting out some other issue.

When I worked for Ridgway Motors in Shropshire, the management didn’t particularly measure how long it took to serve each customer – but I decided to do that, for out of interest.  I got the time down to two minutes.

Six months after I left, as my family was moving south, I returned to the garage when re-visiting friends in the area.  It took me four minutes to be served in the shop.

My point is that everything can be improved, just by simply trying to do one’s job a little better.


This sort of letter, with variations of course, can be used whether you are applying for a job as a teacher, a receptionist in a GP practice, as an accountant, or an administrator in a local authority office.

You write a headline that grabs attention, and talk about the job and what makes it work more smoothly.  Only then do you talk a little about you.

Behind that you attach your cv.  But by then the cv is irrelevant.  They can’t wait to interview you.


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6 Ways To Help Your Child Discover Their Talents

6 Ways To Help Your Child Discover Their Talents

A child’s talent is one of the things that significantly increases their self-esteem and purpose in life. Having that one thing that they do effortlessly will also enable them to make friends with similar interests, choose a career, and have a great way to spend their free time, all which will increase their quality of life. In case you are trying to figure out your child’s gifts, here are a few tips that can help you:

Observe their interests

You might be tempted to sign them up for volleyball or science club because you were a star player or have a career in research, but the better thing to do would be to sit back and watch where they naturally gravitate towards. This way you will be sure of their interests, instead of wasting valuable time and energy in areas that they simply do not fit. For instance, if your child enjoys kicking a ball, or playing Sudoku, you can easily deduce where their talents lie.

Help them discover their interests

You are encouraged to take your kids to schools that expose your kids to a wide variety of subjects and extracurricular activities. If they start thriving in a specific sport or form of art, you should consider enrolling them in a camp or hiring a tutor to hone their skills. Camps like Lionville Soccer exist to enhance their skills further, leading to a rewarding career.

Avoid having high expectations too soon

Some kids have seized the headlines with their extraordinary gifts as early as five years of age, but that might not be your child. Having unreasonable expectations may make them feel overwhelmed, inadequate and might make them drop the interest eventually.

Find the delicate balance between pushing them and taking a step back

Understanding whether your child gave up a particular interest because they feel inadequate or it simply does not work is somewhat complicated. The opinions of their coach or teacher will come in handy, as they will give unbiased, professional advice. They will tell you how to support them and resources they can use to practice and better themselves.

However, if your child does not like it, let it go, as they will end up harboring resentment. Maybe they found something else that they love better than the first interest.

Accept the child as they are

If you are going to discover your child’s actual talents, you need to start by accepting who they are, their unique gifts and limitations. Avoid comparing them to the kids next door, their siblings, cousins, and classmates. Embracing your child as they are opens your mind up to all possibilities and helps you support them regardless of what path they choose.

Look out for certain traits

If your child has an excellent memory and vast vocabulary, enjoys reading and intellectually challenging activities and is unusually critical and skeptical, they may be exceptionally gifted. There are tests online that you can use to determine if your child has an extraordinarily high IQ (130 and above).


Identifying your child’s gift outside of academics is a great way to enhance their well being. Imagination, creativity, and fun can also go a long way in ensuring your child’s long term stability, and often make for great careers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool: the predictions and the psychology

You don’t need me to tell you that Liverpool are flying through this season.  Nor that they were pursuing the notion of going unbeaten all season.  But didn’t.

Here is their away form thus far this season

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 12 10 0 2 28 12 16 30
2 Liverpool 11 8 2 1 22 7 15 26
3 Chelsea 10 7 1 2 19 8 11 22
4 Manchester City 10 6 2 2 19 7 12 20
5 Manchester United 11 5 2 4 22 19 3 17

Eight wins two draws and one defeat, away from home with 22 scored and seven conceded – quite a superb away record in a league where away form among the bigger clubs is growing.

So where have those away defeats come from?  Here’s the full list including all the major competitions.

Date Game Res
26 Sep 2018 Liverpool v Chelsea L 1-2 League Cup
03 Oct 2018 Napoli v Liverpool L 1-0 Champions League
06 Nov 2018 Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool L 2-0 Champions League
28 Nov 2018 Paris St Germain v Liverpool L 2-1 Champions League
03 Jan 2019 Manchester City v Liverpool L 2-1 Premier League

On the other hand Liverpool did have a run of eight successive wins in all competitions ahead of the 3 January result.

Wolverhampton at home are more modest in their achievements…

Team P W D L F A GD
9 Everton 11 5 3 3 18 16 2 18
10 Watford 11 5 1 5 16 18 -2 16
11 Leicester City 10 4 2 4 12 10 2 14
12 West Ham United 11 4 2 5 16 18 -2 14
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 4 2 5 12 15 -3 14

Four wins two draws and five defeats.

If we look at Wolverhampton’s results through December and into this month (all of which have been Premier League games) we find just two defeats…

05 Dec 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea W 2-1
09 Dec 2018 Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 1-2
15 Dec 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers v AFC Bournemouth W 2-0
21 Dec 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool L 0-2
26 Dec 2018 Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers D 1-1
29 Dec 2018 Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 1-3
02 Jan 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace L 0-2

One to Liverpool and one in their most recent game at home to Crystal Palace.

But although that last result was a great disappointment the away win over Tottenham and the earlier victory also away over Chelsea would have given them a particular boost.

The psychological affect

What Wolverhampton really need is for their to be an effect on Liverpool from having lost the chance to go through the season unbeaten.  If one combines this with a strong desire to win the league for the first time in 28 years 246 days then that could see them through. But that is quite a long time for a club that used to pride itself with winning the league virtually every season – but just as Manchester United have since found, once a run like that ends, it is so hard to pick it up again.

Of course playing the cup gives Liverpool the chance to go for the double – something they have only done once (Manchester United and Arsenal have each done it three times).

I suspect their scoring habit of two goals a game away from home however will be too much for Wolverhampton who on average only score one goal a game at home.   0-2 or 1-2 to Liverpool it is.


Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: result predictions

Tottenham reached the knock out stages of the Champions League this week which is being celebrated as a great achievement by the club.   

That will undoubtedly cause a distraction in the New Year but for now this can be set aside as they return to league action with a home match against Burnley.

Here is their home form thus far.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 16 13 3 0 34 6 28 42
2 Manchester City 16 13 2 1 45 9 36 41
3 Tottenham Hotspur 16 12 0 4 30 16 14 36
4 Chelsea 16 10 4 2 33 13 20 34
5 Arsenal 16 10 4 2 35 20 15 34

Curiously Tottenham’s home form continues to be worse than their away form, and it is unusual indeed to see a team in the top four having lost 25% of their home matches.   Their goals conceded while not as many as Arsenal who are fifth in the home games table, is still high at one a game.

The cause of this is probably their uncertainty in terms of playing at Wembley because of the on-going delays to the completion of their new stadium, and the constant drip drip drip of stories about problems with sub-contractors employed directly by Tottenham themselves.  It is an approach that can save money but means when things go wrong there is no one to blame but themselves.

Burnley are of course a totally different case – having gained a position in the Europa League they then managed to let it slip through their fingers, and now instead of building on what was seen last season as an over achievement they are now sitting at the bottom end of the table.

Here is the foot of the table with both home and away games included

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
15 Newcastle United 16 3 4 9 13 22 -9 13
16 Crystal Palace 16 3 3 10 13 23 -10 12
17 Burnley 16 3 3 10 15 32 -17 12
18 Huddersfield Town 16 2 4 10 10 27 -17 10
19 Southampton 16 1 6 9 13 30 -17 9
20 Fulham 16 2 3 11 16 40 -24 9

This puts Burnley in the position of welcoming every point they can pick up.

In terms of away games only here is how it looks

16 Huddersfield Town 8 1 2 5 7 17 -10 5
17 Burnley 8 1 2 5 6 17 -11 5
18 Southampton 9 1 1 7 7 20 -13 4
19 Cardiff City 7 0 1 6 3 15 -12 1
20 Fulham 9 0 1 8 6 24 -18 1

Tottenham’s average home score is 2-1.  Burnley’s average away score is 1-2, which is a perfect match and suggests it will indeed be 2-1 to Tottenham.

Part of the impact on away teams of course is the fact that they are playing at Wembley – and for many players in lower ranked teams this will be their only time of playing at Wembley, so their managers have an easy job of motivating them – “it’s Wembley lads, go out and make your mark”.

That could be a motivating factor against Tottenham.   And there could be the Champions League.   Their draw with Barcelona meant that not only did they play a game mid-week which Burnley (not being in the Europa any more as noted) did not, but also they put everything possible into getting that unlikely draw.  

To come back to earth and play a team as near the bottom of the table as Burnley, at a ground where they have already lost four times, might just be the problem.

2-1 remains the obvious result but there is that caveat.

Coming back from a Champions League match Tottenham have had mixed results

18 Sep Internazionale v Tottenham H L 2-1 Champions League
22 Sep Brighton and Hove  v Tottenham H W 1-2 Premier League
03 Oct Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona L 2-4 Champions League
06 Oct Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City W 1-0 Premier League
24 Oct PSV Eindhoven v Tottenham H D 2-2 Champions League
29 Oct Tottenham Hotspur v Man City L 0-1 Premier League
06 Nov Tottenham Hotspur v PSV W 2-1 Champions League
10 Nov Crystal Palace v Tottenham H W 0-1 Premier League
28 Nov Tottenham H v Internazionale W 1-0 Champions League
02 Dec Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 4-2 Premier League
11 Dec Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Champions League

In the first two matches they won their league game after a Champs result.  The third game they drew and then lost.  In the fourth they won both in the Champs and the Premier League.  Then they won in the Champions League and lost to Arsenal in the Premier League.    Three wins two defeats.

If Burnley have a chance of doing better than a 2-1 defeat it will be because of Tottenham’s reaction to the draw with Barcelona and their celebrations at getting through to the knock out stage.


Barcelona v Tottenham Predictions

To get through to the next round of the Champions League, Tottenham have to beat Barcelona away.

Now we know from our analyses of domestic matches that Tottenham have been superb away from home in the League, at least up until the match against Arsenal which they lost 4-2,  but what about in the Champions League?

Away they have lost 2-1 to Inter, drawn 2-2 with PSV and now face Barcelona. They also lost at home to Barcelona 4-2.

Barcelona won last weeked 4-0 away to local rivals Espanyol, while in the League at the start of this month they beat Villarreal 2-0 at home.

Man City v Everton: predictions

Here are the analyses for the Manchester City v Everton game

Man City at home

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 8 8 0 0 30 5 25 24
2 Chelsea 9 6 3 0 19 7 12 21
3 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 17 8 9 20
4 Liverpool 7 6 1 0 15 1 14 19
5 Everton 8 5 2 1 14 7 7 17

And for Everton away

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 8 0 2 19 10 9 24
2 Liverpool 9 7 2 0 19 5 14 23
3 Manchester City 8 5 2 1 15 4 11 17
4 Arsenal 7 4 2 1 18 12 6 14
5 Chelsea 7 4 1 2 14 6 8 13
6 Manchester United 8 3 2 3 14 15 -1 11
7 Leicester City 8 3 2 3 11 12 -1 11
8 Wolverhampton W 8 3 2 3 7 8 -1 11
9 AFC Bournemouth 7 3 0 4 11 12 -1 9
10 Watford 7 2 2 3 7 8 -1 8
11 West Ham United 7 2 2 3 9 11 -2 8
12 Newcastle United 7 1 4 2 6 7 -1 7
13 Crystal Palace 9 2 1 6 9 15 -6 7
14 Brighton and Hove 9 2 1 6 7 14 -7 7
15 Everton 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6

Clearly Everton have a really poor away form – worse in fact than Arsenal had last season when it managed only four away wins in the whole campaign.

Manchester City have a perfect home record – eight out of eight.

In terms of goals Manchester City have scored 30 at home and conceded 5.  4-0 or 4-1 is their average score.

Everton have scored 7 away and conceded 10. 1-2 is there most likely away score.

Everton will come to defend, defend and defend, while Manchester City will want to show off their attack.

The result should be 4-0 at least – perhaps more.

Burnley v Brighton: the predictions

Burnley enter their home match with Brighton with the worst home record in the league:

17 Southampton 7 0 5 2 6 10 -4 5
18 Crystal Palace 7 1 2 4 4 8 -4 5
19 Huddersfield Town 8 1 2 5 3 10 -7 5
20 Burnley 7 1 1 5 8 15 -7 4

Just one win and one draw in seven games, scoring eight (one a game) and conceding 15 (two a game).  Effectively 1-2

Now Brighton does not have a much better away record

13 Crystal Palace 8 2 1 5 7 12 -5 7
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 8 2 1 5 7 13 -6 7
15 Everton 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6
16 Huddersfield Town 7 1 2 4 7 16 -9 5
17 Burnley 8 1 2 5 6 17 -11 5
18 Southampton 8 1 1 6 7 19 -12 4
19 Cardiff City 7 0 1 6 3 15 -12 1
20 Fulham 8 0 1 7 5 20 -15 1

Brighton have two wins one draw and five defeats with seven goals scored and 13 conceded away from home.  Effectively 1-2.    Both have negative goal differences: Brighton -6 to Burnley -7.

So on this basis both teams look as if they are going to be beaten 1-2.  But of course they can’t be.

Certainly it would be surprising if either team managed to score more than one goal in this game, so I would be looking for a 1-1 draw.

Whichever you look at it, Burnley’s recent record is awful…

20 Oct 2018 Manchester City v Burnley L 5-0
28 Oct 2018 Burnley v Chelsea L 0-4
03 Nov 2018 West Ham United v Burnley L 4-2
10 Nov 2018 Leicester City v Burnley D 0-0
26 Nov 2018 Burnley v Newcastle United L 1-2
01 Dec 2018 Crystal Palace v Burnley L 2-0
05 Dec 2018 Burnley v Liverpool L 1-3

Bur recently Brighton have been picking up…

03 Nov 2018 Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion L 3-1
10 Nov 2018 Cardiff City v Brighton and Hove Albion L 2-1
24 Nov 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Leicester City D 1-1
01 Dec 2018 Huddersfield Town v Brighton and Hove W 1-2
04 Dec 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Crystal Palace W 3-1

On this basis, if there is to be a winner it is likely to be Brighton, by 2-1.  Otherwise it looks like a 1-1 draw.

Coming this weekend: a preview of Arsenal, Man U and Burnley

By Osakpamwan Osadolor

In this article I’m going to look at the home and away analysis.   But it can also be important to look at who is officiating the game because very poor officiating cost us a win at the Old Trafford, so with this in mind let’s delve in a bit.

  • Arsenal vs Huddersfield
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Numbers of matches officiated: 10 matches

Given that he officiated the Arsenal match vs Fulham in which we hit five past their keeper something I noticed  is that seven of Paul’s  game all ended in favour of the away team and no draw so the other three are obviously home wins.

In his matches the home team has not score more than three goals with four games ending with a clean sheet for the winner. In games involving the top six the cards are always over 3 with Man City game versus Watford  the only game to produce 1 card.

Home and away

Arsenal played 8 home matches losing one and winning five drawing two

Huddersfield  played 7 away losing 4 winning one drawing  2.

Possible outcome:  Arsenal to win 3:0 or 3:1

With the remaining matches I’ll restrict myself just to the games.

  • Man Utd versus Fulham

 Home and away

Man U: played seven home matches lose one, win 3, draw 3

Fulham: played 8 away games lose 7 win nil draw 1

Possible outcome:  Man u win 2:0 or 3:0

  • Burnley versus Brighton

Home and away
Burnley: played 6 home games lose 4 win 1 draw 1

Brighton: played 8 away games lose 5 win 2 draw one

Potential outcome: Score draw 1:1 or 2:2

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