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Chix's Chatter - '3 from 3' - Set Two

Chix's Chatter - '3 from 3' - Set Two

In a bid to retain our premiership status Chix continues his assessment of Pompey's chances with his second set of '3 from 3'

Now no laughing fellas! I`m the first to admit that my magical mathematical system has not got off to a good start, but I am confident that all will come good in the end and Pompey's Premiership status will remain in tact.

If you've yet to understand the logic behind '3 from 3' click here but basically it is my way of monitoring whether we are on track to remain in the Premier League for another season.

I take each group of three games in chronological order and try and assess where we can obtain a 'minimum' of three points from each set of three games. When averaged over the season '3 from 3'equates to 38 points which basically ensures Pompey's Premiership safety .. It is easy really (honest)!

So how am I doing so far?

Well I started with 'Set One', predicting 4 points from our first 3 games, but as we know 'Lady Luck' was not on our side against Fulham and Birmingham and despite an improved performance against Arsenal we got the thumping we expected - So four points predicted but none gained, but all is not lost, we are only three points (that's just one win) adrift from where we need to be and there is a whole season in front of us.

Anyway, those games are now in the past and there is no point crying over spilt Stella, so without further ado here is my take on where I think we should collect our first set of three points - Remember I am targeting a 'minimum' of three points from three games, but obviously I'm not gonna be upset if I'm wrong and we achieve more … especially as we already have a deficit to make up!

Man City (H)

As expected Man City have started the season well.

A 2-0 away win at Blackburn on the opening day of season was swiftly followed by a 1-0 home victory over Wolves a week later but despite their 2-0 away win at Palace in Carling Cup in midweek I can not see them continuing to keep clean sheets. I predict Given, Bridge, Toure and (now) Lescott & co. will concede a goal and it will be against Pompey.

The question is will David James manage to keep his first clean sheet of the season against his former employers?

With Tevez, Robinho, Adebayor and Bellamy supplied by the likes of Ireland and Barry it is hard to see how he can (especially with Distin now departed), so I have to predict Man City to also score, but I think it may only be the one.

I believe this will be the game that halts Man City's 100% record and sees Pompey grab their first Premiership point of the season

Chix's prediction: Score draw and our first point towards my '3 from 3'... but whatever the result just remember 11 March 2006! That will make you smile

Bolton (H)

For me, this one is simples!

Bolton are currently pointless. A 0-1 home defeat to Sunderland on the opening day was followed by a 0-1 defeat to Hull. Two defeats against teams Gary Megson would expect to be in and around come the end of the season is not a good start. Add to that the fact that before they come to Fratton there is the small matter of Liverpool at home to deal with and I can see troubles ahead for the Reebok boys.

I think The Wanderers will arrive at Fratton without an point (or even a goal) on the board and occupying a breath alongside Pompey in the bottom three and although a run of games that sees Pompey (A) , Stoke (H) and Birmingham (A) which they will surely be targeting to get their season off and running, I think they will return to Lancashire empty handed

Chix's prediction: Home win A fruitless return to Fratton for Sean Davis and Matty Taylor and our first win of the season.

Aston Villa (A)

Being so far in the future it is hard to predict what could happen between now and 19th September but to date, Villa have lost one and won one.

A 0-2 home defeat to Wigan on the opening day was followed by an impressive 3-1 win at Anfield and although they are currently smarting over the away goals defeat to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League qualifiers I believe Martin O'Neills men are made of sterner stuff and will dispatch Fulham (H) and local rivals Birmingham (A) before entertaining Pompey

Three wins from four games will no doubt put Aston Vila in the top six before our visit and despite us not losing there for three seasons I can unfortunately only see one result,

Chix's prediction: Home win Anything Pompey get will be a bonus.


So once again I`m going to predict 4 points from the next 9 on offer, which if it comes off will give us 4 points from 6 games, still not on target to avoid the drop but hopefully a step (albeit not a giant one) in the right direction..

So do you agree with me ?

How do you think we can obtain a minimum of three points from these three games?

Perhaps you think we will get more or less than the 3 needed or 4 I've predicted.

Post your thoughts below

Oh and don't forget the Vital Pompey Prediction League
Here are the links Manchester City , Bolton Wanderers Aston Villa

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Date:Saturday August 29 2009
Time: 6:59AM

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It was hard predicting results when I stuggling to predict our starting XI .. still at least we have a team that can compete now !
29/08/2009 08:59:00
Hello Chix, just to keep you honest let's compare your system versus my system - which we discussed at the beginning of this series - for reference purposes here it is again (re-edited for clarity but exactly the same formula): My home tactic is to beat 8 of the 11 “bottom” teams at home, and draw with the remaining 3 teams (27 points at home). My away tactic is to draw with 7 of the “bottom” teams, lose 3 games and pick up 1 win (10 points away). That's 37 points from the bottom 11 The 11 bottom teams I pick as being: Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Fulham, Hull, Stoke. Sunderland, West Ham, Wigan and Wolves. If we drop points against these “bottom” teams then we would have to make up those points against the better 8 teams. So the minimum result against Fulham should have been a draw. The minimum result against Birmingham and Arsenal was a loss. So according to my formula Pompey should be on a minimum of 1 point and a maximum of 4 points by now. As we are not at the target, today's game against City is considered an important catchup game where points are Vital! The next game home to Bolton really needs to be a home win, while Villa away I expect to lose. So for my system to be on course, at the end of the Villa game Pompey needs to be either on a minimum of 2 points, an expected median of 5 points (1 home win, 1 home draw and 1 away draw) or a maximum of 7 points.
29/08/2009 09:18:00
Hi ya mate.. yep I remember your system and think I commented at the time that it was very wekk thought out. It'll be interesting to see how we both do - Perhaps we should do a joint article a quarter of the way in to compare ? - Anyway .. I only worry (for yours) is having to consider a win at Manc City to be vital .. Would you really go into it 'expecting' rather than 'hoping' to win ?..
29/08/2009 09:33:00
Predict a result? I can't even predict the starting line-up at the moment! Exciting stuff, though.
29/08/2009 09:33:00
I know what you mean .. I started to write this yesterday afternoon and was thinking about what we could do against each of these teams and then we went and signed another player .. and another player .. and another player.. let's hope there are a couple of gems in there eh !
29/08/2009 10:05:00
Hi Chix, I think we are going to get an absolute battering from ManC tomorrow, unfortunately. The players we have signed will not all be able to play and they will not have played together either. Also, we have a gaping hole in defence. Yep, I think we will have players, some of them with something to prove by the time we go to Bolton and hopefully, we will win that one. Well, we will win that one! Aston Villa? I would like to think our players will have got a game under their belt by now, we have signed a really good defender to replace Distin, and maybe we go for one of Hart's famous draws.
29/08/2009 10:37:00
Some interesting comments especially about new playes gelling.. but City have to integrate Lescott so they will have an unfamiliar feel to their back line too .. and not all of their players have played together either .. There is a gulf in class but I just feel that Citeh are at the battering level yet and both Blackburn and Wolves created enough chances to win the games .. City may be expensive and good but they are not (yet) a great side and are definately beatable.. although I am going for the draw.. Bolton I agree with you totally and if we could snatch a point (however we play) against Villa it would be priceless
29/08/2009 11:05:00
Bah systems!! Lets get some points.
29/08/2009 12:29:00
systems? take each game at a time, and win them all. we need to get some points on the board... particually as our last "3 from 3" failed to give us anything.
29/08/2009 12:42:00
oh, and I think we should (need) to be getting 4 points from the next 3 games.
29/08/2009 12:43:00
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