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The Battle for Survival 2017 (Part 2)

Fixture by Fixture Leicester City 39 Burnley 37 Hull City 36 Swansea City 34 One spot to fill, four clubs to fill it including two of last season’s title winners no less. Saturday 13th May Bournemouth vs Burnley A home win meaning Burnley will go to the last game of the season still fighting for their proverbials. Sunderland vs Swansea City With final fixtures at Arsenal and Chelsea, this may be the last opportunity for Sunderland to have a shot, let alone win a point, in the Premier League. Who knows if they will opt for the former, but they could certainly grind out a depressing 0-0 farewell. Slaps all round! Sunday 14th May Crystal Palace vs Hull City That... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Europa League Semi Final 2nd Leg – Manchester United vs Celta Vigo

11:55pm Ian Holloway, having seen his QPR side nudge past Chestefield, once rabbited on about spending the evening in a club, and then resorting until the final five minutes before making a move on one of the lesser faces in the club – “…not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee.” Nowadays of course, Holloway would be hounded by the politically correct mob, and would be out of a job quicker than David Moyes could threaten to slap one of their members. Yet such an analogy is... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
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2017 Champions League Semi Final (2)

Monaco vs Juventus Ah – here comes 1998’s ‘Monaco vs Juventus in the semi-final of the Champions League’ rematch. And it appears not much has changed in the intervening two decades. Back then, Juve had the best manager in the world, the French side had dealt with a Mancunian mob in a previous round, and had a sprightly attacker in their XI, albeit without the ‘new Thierry Henry’ moniker. Because he actually was Thierry Henry. (Incidentally, if Monaco fans don’t sing his name to the tune of Hanson’s Mmm Bop, civilisation is in a darker place than any of us thought.) Juventus progressed that night and went on to face Real Madrid in the final, a prospect that the bookmakers... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places 2017 (Part 4)

Fixture by Fixture Manchester City 74 Liverpool 73 Arsenal 70 Manchester United 69 Tuesday 16th May Arsenal vs Sunderland Never face Sunderland in May used to be a popular adage, but rather like those ones about shepherds and the skies, it all seems a bit 16th Century now. The Black Cats should be well and truly run over by this stage – even the RSPCA aren’t returning their calls – leaving a home victory nothing short of a formality for Arsenal. Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion All tales have to possess a twist, and perhaps the race for the top four, will meet its particular bend here. Plenty divide these two managers on the style front, but we expect... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017
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2017 Champions League Semi Final (1)

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid In Madrid, warm ball theories abound, as if to prevent yet another all-Madrid affair and turn their flagship competition into the parochial equivalent of the Evening Standard Fives (ask your dad,) UEFA gerrymandered the semi-final line-up to match these two up now. Either way, so accustomed are we to seeing Diego Simeone’s men strutting around in the late stages of the Champions League, that we fail to reflect on how remarkable an achievement it actually is. Simeone is the man. But for three years running now, Real have accounted for Atleti – will the same happen over the next fortnight? Close study of those fixtures, will of course indicate how jammy Real were – late... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017
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The Battle for Survival 2017 (Part 1)

Fixture by Fixture Sunderland may be all but gone, yet teams as high as 9th could still feasibly drop. But who will it be? Out for the final time, comes the Oggs crystal ball. As it Stands: Southampton 40 Watford 40 Stoke City 39 Crystal Palace 38 Bournemouth 38 West Ham United 38 Leicester City 37 Burnley 36 Hull City 33 Swansea City 31 Middlesbrough 27 Sunderland 21 Saturday 29th April 3.00 Southampton vs Hull City A brutal run-in means that Saints will want to secure that one extra win sharpish, to guarantee another season of finishing mid-table. They should do that against the Tigers, whose form away suggests that unlike most people, they much prefer being in Hull. Stoke... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 3 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture Tottenham Hotspur 75 Manchester City 71 Liverpool 70 Manchester United 68 Arsenal 67 Saturday 13th May 12.30 Manchester City vs Leicester City Although Pep’s boys are one of the few teams Leicester have been arsed to show up against this season, lightning doesn’t strike twice. At least not if lightning were as lazy as Leicester City, although their places did show an impressive inclination to strike towards the latter end of Claudio Ranieri). Home win with certain City players fighting for their futures (hello Fabian Delph.) 5.30 Arsenal vs Stoke A trip to Stoke isn’t what it once was, rather like much of the midlands, a now decaying footballing force in what used to be a powerhouse.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 2 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture Tottenham Hotspur 74 Manchester City 68 Liverpool 67 (goal difference) Manchester United 67 Arsenal 63 Friday 5th May West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Draw Saturday 6th May Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Forget Leicester City’s title win – a big game in May being played on a Saturday is the biggest shock in Premier League history. Looking with hindsight at the Eagles run-in, it is extraordinary that Big Sam had the gall to leave their survival bid so late. But that he certainly did, and having secured another season of top-flight antics at the Palace, this may be a game too far. City, just. Sunday 7th May 1.30 Liverpool vs Southampton A fixture that has bizarrely... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 1 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture As it Stands: Tottenham Hotspur 74 Liverpool 66 Manchester City 65 Manchester United 64 Arsenal 60 Sunday 30th April Midday Manchester United vs Swansea City A (insert correct collective noun here) of plucky Swans fighting for their lives head to Old Trafford, where similarly innocuous teams have managed to come away with a point this season. Yet despite an incoming Celta Vigo, United should have enough, particularly now boosted by the absence of Marouane Fellaini. A narrow home win, to add the Mourinho box set of them. 2pm Middlesbrough vs Manchester City Their victory over Sunderland in midweek served only to deliver Boro the league’s tallest dwarf prize. Fact is that they remain garbage, and the type... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Premier League Title Run-In 2017

The Fixtures (Tuesday 25th April) Chelsea vs Southampton No walkover, but the Saints season was pretty much signed, sealed and delivered at Wembley two months ago. Home win to nil. (Weds 26th April) Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur Fresh from steamrollering Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, many will fancy Palace at home against Spurs. Yet perhaps Poch can coax one last big effort out of his men, and Allardyce is probably content to chillax with a pint of wine for the rest of the season. Surprisingly comfortable away win. Chelsea 78 Tottenham 74 (Sunday 30th April 2pm) Everton vs Chelsea A tough place to go, but the kind of place where titles are won at this time of year (think United... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017
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