Friday, 24 May 2013

BAFANL Premier Division Predictions

Premiership North

Coventry Jets vs Tamworth Phoenix
OK, we're as sick of all the "Jets Grounded" puns as you all are, but the brutal facts are that their offence looked good against Nottingham (whose wouldn't?), but has done very little since then. Defensively they've been OK, keeping East Kilbride to a respectable score and blanking Yorkshire (although they did concede a score on offence), but they'll have to be on top form against their West Midlands rivals.

Tamworth seem to be shifting through the gears nicely in their games so far, looking comfortable without ever ripping anybody apart. This may be the weekend for that, with one of British football's emerging stars in Brad Thompson leading the offence.
Tamworth by four scores

Birmingham Bulls vs Lancashire Wolverines
Stifled by their own redzone ineptitude as much as a dominant Martyn Lee performance last time out, Birmingham will be smarting at 1-1, and desperate to move back to a winning record against Lancashire.

Despite being in different divisions last season, there really isn't much between these two teams. Lancashire got bashed by Tamworth in their only game so far, but that seems like it happened in a different lifetime, so long has their "break" been. Expect a refreshed Wolfpack to prove tough for the Bulls.
Birmingham by less than a score

Premiership South

London Warriors vs Peterborough Saxons 
The Saxons get to travel away to the leafy London suburb of Brentford this weekend to face the ever dangerous Warriors. The Saxons have proven they can beat division one rivals, but also proven they can lose to them by quite a way. This is their first test against a proper Premiership team, and they will want to put on a good show to prove they aren't whipping boys.

The Warriors are out to prove they can do what needs to be done to win the title this year, and that means executing for all four quarters of football. It is especially tough when facing an opponent you may expect to beat by a long way to stay focused, but it's what the Warriors need to do.
Warriors by A LOT.

Sussex Thunder vs South Wales Warriors
The South Wales Warriors and the Thunder have started off their seasons in rather lacklustre form. The Thunder narrowly beat Ipswich, a team who has been on the end of some severe beat downs by two previous teams, and the SWW lost to a division two team, and were outscored by the Mavericks. This game is a very winnable game for either of the two teams, but I fear the away team might be at the  disadvantage in this fixture.
Sussex by a score.

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