What a time to start writing a blog, eh? When the English football season reaches its peak, relegation stares straight into faces of many. While other will be pushing for promotion whether it’s the sweet bliss of an automatic promotion place or the treacherous climb of the playoffs. And so it begins….
The Premier League
The race for fourth place
It’s certain that the title will be returning the red half of Manchester, as per usual, its often them against whoever is bothered to turn up. And it looked so good for City when they beat United to a pulp with that six one drubbing earlier in the season. However its classic Fergie as his Premier League stalwarts look to cruise to another (20th) Premier League title with an 8 point gap over their nearest rivals City.
7 years ago one of my favourite films came out about a Mexican immigrant living in L.A, it name was simple: GOAL! The story followed a young lad called Santiago Munez who has loved and played football all his life, a goal scoring forward, he gets spotted by a former Toon legend who also runs a car repair store. Santiago make the flight to Newcastle and despite a few problems impresses in the reserves. An injury hit Newcastle team allow ‘Santi’ to score in the dying seconds of their crucnh match with Liverpool, as they nab a Champions League place from the Scousers and Chelsea. Sounds sort of familiar right? Demba Papis Cisse; a goal scoring forward from Sengal, brought from Freiburg (it’s in Germany) for £9.5 million, and his 10 goals in 9 starts has rocketed Newcastle to fifth and challenging for a Champions League place. And I’d love to see it happen.
How it stands Predicted Top 6
1 Manchester United 1 Macnhester United
2 Manchester City 2 Manchester City
3 Arsenal 3 Arsenal
4 Tottenham Hotspur 4 Newcastle United
5 Newcastle United 5 Chelsea
6 Chelsea 6 Tottenham Hotspur
I liked Di Matteo at West Brom and he looks to have his big shot at Chelsea after leading them to 9 wins in his 10 in charge including setting up a Champions League semi with Spanish perrenial powerhouse Barcelona. Tottenham have lost thier form at the wrong time, and with the added pressure of the England job calling on Harry Redknapp, they’d do well to even hang on to the 5th place. Alan Pardew has forever been an underestimated manager and he deserves all the credit, everyone thought his french revoltion would lead to him getting the chop, but the likes of Cabaye and his Senegalese (french speacking country) strike partners Ba and Cisse have excited the UK into submission. I’d like to see them grab fourth spot. Wenger should be handed some credit after inevatbley nabing 3rd despite losing Fabregas and Nasri.
The relegation battle
I think any decent human being wants to see Owen Coyle and his Bolton side survive, with Fabrice Muamba retuning to health it’d be the perfect welcome home present. I do think they will survive but there have been 2 reasons why their season hasn’t been brilliant, the first being no consistent goal scorer after the departure of Johan Elmander and Daniel Sturridge’s return to Chelsea at the end of last season. Croat Ivan Klasnic heads the list with 9- most of these have come from the bench. It’s almost a fact that Wolves are down and I can’t see them winning a game for the remainder of the season. And it’s a straight out battle between the rest with just a point separating 19th to 16th, Villa need to watch their back too.
As it stands Predicted Bottom 6
15 Aston Villa 15 Aston Villa
16 Bolton 16 QPR
17 QPR 17 Bolton
18 Blackburn 18 Wigan
19 Wigan 19 Blackburn
20 Wolves 20 Wolves
Wigan have been stupidly unlucky with a number of refereeing decisions, maybe their luck has finally run out, but that debate is for another day, Yakubu is a fantastic finisher in the box, and has been brilliant for Blackburn, but even his goals won’t save them.
Predicted Final Premier League Table
1 Manchester United
2 Manchester City
4 Newcastle United
6 Tottenham Hotspur
13 West Brom
15 Aston Villa