Monday, May 2, 2011

The Premiership Weekend in Review

We're at the business end of the season now and whilst some matters are starting to appear more clear, others remain as uncertain as before.

At the top, Chelsea were somewhat fortunate to beat Spurs but nevertheless they gained three points. Arsenal managed to finally win a big one - albeit too late for themselves - and deserved to do so as ManYoo should have been both a goal and a man down had the penalty for Vidic's handball been given. Chelsea now go to Old Trafford next weekend with real hope of wrestling back the league lead. That being said ManYoo's final two games look very winnable by goalscoring margins and goal difference could decide the titlle were Chelsea to win next weekend. Next Sunday has a draw written all over it however and we still pick ManYoo to lift their nineteenth title.

As a foot note to ManYoo, they were truly awful against a Cesc'less Arsenal last night. They will be the poorest Champions in many a year - the points total will prove that - should they win and had Chelsea not removed their collective brains for much of the Winter they should have cruised to the title. That being said they did not and on that basis ManYoo will deserve it if they do indeed triumph. One would fear for the scoreline however at Wembley should they play like that against Barcelona.

Spurs now look to have moved from a race for 4th to a race to 5th against Dalglish's rejuvenated Liverpool. With trips to the City of Manchester Stadium and Anfield still to come they may have Thursday nights off next season in addition to Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Carling Cup anyone?

For the clubs above the 40 point mark their seasons look to be winding down now but at the bottom the riddles have still not been solved. West Ham endured another defeat with what was an admittedly tough fixture at Champions League chasing City. Their next game at home to Blackburn is now a must win. Their following games away to Wigan and home to Sunderland should also both be winnable but it remains to be seen whether the team has the required character. Their position remains highly perilous.

Wolves are now without a win in their last 5 matches but with home fixtures against West Brom and Blackburn still to come they are not without hope. Wigan have winnable games but two are away from home. Blackpool also look in real trouble with visits to White Hart Lane and Old Trafford on the final day sandwiching a home game against Bolton. Blackburn and Birmingham are not out of it but they have points on the board and that is the hard currency required. It now looks like three from West Ham, Wolves, Wigan and Blackpool - No Nonsense