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Gameweek 38

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 GAMEWEEK 38

Nec vi, nec clam, nec precario…Latin. Someone once translated it for me to mean having it all out in the open, at least… If I remember correctly. Every team has it all out, the 38 game run-ins come to a close and after it all heroes, villains, relegation survivors, title chasers and ambitions for Europe are determined. It all boils down to this. End game-it opens now.

Mind games have been a recent sign of nerves in Manchester. Taunts here, comments there, predictions everywhere but the football, will set it all square. Defending champions, United, seem to have thrown in the towel against Mancini’s men. This all with a game to play.  They take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light with slim hopes for a cricket score line when it’s all said and done. O’Neill’s charges will be fully aware of the ruthlessness MUFC will want to dish out. Never the less, this is a much improved Sunderland side. It’s well known, United’s strong mentality. Lately, that has been put to the test. The question now is…Will United do it again? Or is the blue moon prime in its lunar?

Mancini’s well worked schematics seem to be stealing the rag from United’s feet. With S.A.F sounding to former United man, current QPR and former City boss, Mark Hughes, a hue and cry for one last twist in the league. Whether ‘Spiky’ responds is anyone’s guess but the shrewd Italian will know this goes a long way in defining City’s future glories. The likes of Aguero, Hart, Kompany and Silva should be biting their nails to get the job done. One QPR apple (good or bad), Djibril Cisse, might have an aftertaste in Mancini’s pudding tomorrow. The question here….Can City go all the way?

With one and two in the balance, three and four couldn’t get even better. Arsenal will be thanking Lady Luck for her grace last time when they all but shoed in Tottenham and Newcastle to the Champions League. The French man was devastated but glad that his side’s topsy turvy season will have a high to it. He takes the trip to the Hawthorn’s with RVP-PFA and FWA winner hoping to topple TH14’s club record. The Baggies will be missing Irishman and captain Brunt but this one ought to be spicy. Factor in Arsenal’s kamikaze defending against Norwich, Sagna’s leg break, Walcott’s return and well…who knows.  Arsenal win??3-1??

Tottenham will be ruing the bad mojo that hit them in the run in. Failing to capitalize on their arch rivals slip up and so have to stick it out to Jol’s Fulham. A London derby…not easy. Injuries to midfield dynamo, Parker, and rife speculation of losing their star men might do a number on Redknapp’s crew though matters such as Hodgson’s appointment to the hot seat and reportedly Vertonghen’s signing ought to work some positives. Never the less Fulham have Dempsey…and on his day, who knows? Roll the dice, take a pick. A one-all draw.

Mersey side’s Everton will be be smirking at the chance of topping Liverpool in the log. However, their dreams face a stern taste. Newcastle. The season’s surprise package. Pappis Cisse, Jelavic, Ben Arfa, Pienaar, Collocini, Jagielka summarize this encounter. Throw in Krul, lest I forget. The ex factor- Goodison. So I’m backing for an Everton win. 2-1. Besides, Moyes is a damn good gaffer, Pardew isn’t all that bad…but, Moyes is a damn good gaffer! Far be it from me, in any way, to be pipping Arsenal for third. Admittedly, I’d welcome such a result but objectivity is prime on my agenda.

Norwich have been thrilling to watch lately and therefore you’d back them to give Villa a real scare. McLeish is fighting a survival battle. Recipe for an unpredictable 90 minutes. The Villans are struggling but perhaps the return of Bent or Agbonlahor could play a major role in it all. You should be advised however that Grant Holt is one hell of an uncapped troublemaker in front of goal. In addition, being at Carrow road will be a huge decider in this one. I fancy a draw never the less. Villa have never looked to face the chop. But maybe, the chop has finally come. Norwich 2- Villa 2.

Stoke entertain Bolton at the Brittania. Bolton have looked relegation candidates the season through, except for their first game.  Crouch has led the Brittania front line pretty well. In particular capitalizing on their trademark throw ins and time to time (against City) pure skill. He is bound to torment Bolton’s backline who have had dismall performances turn disastrous after Cahill’s January move to Chelsea. Bolton have potential goal threats, Davies, Petrov  and Klasnic. Owen Coyle will be hoping for to survive this one but it doesn’t look good at all. No sir. Not for the Trotters. 2-0 Stoke City.

Chelsea endured a midweek thrashing to Liverpool to summarize what has been an uncharacteristic season. Not that it has been all gloom at StamfordBridge. An FA trophy and a plausible but extremely tricky maiden Champions League title have it to prove. Di Matteo has a chance to inject some much needed confidence with an encounter against Blackburn. A win will remarkedly boost morale at Cobham before taking on the Bavarian giants in Munich, Allianz Arena. I must say, the 19th is a tall order for Roman’s boys…but, there you have it, its football. Unpredictable. Steve Keane has felt the pressure all season long and it’s a wonder how he has survived the kerb. However I expect Chelsea to lend him no favours in this one. Chelsea 2- Blackburn 0.

Liverpool have been another unpredictable side. But perhaps a future seems bright after the young Liverpool lads treated Chelsea to a heavy beating, just days after their FA cup encounter that ended in a loss. Good response, just what Dalglish demanded. With that saw the continued emergence of Andy Caroll the tricky pony and farewells from the never tiring Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez. They take on another season surprise- Swansea. The Swans are definitely a good side. Even better when playing at home. So this is a match. An even match. Probable result, a 2-all draw.

Wigan have been phenomenal I the recent month. Fighting and scrapping their way out of relegation and deservedly so. A match with already relegated Wolves could have with the toss of a coin been the reverse. Martinez and Victor Moses have been crucial in the late Wigan revival. Wolves might want to go out in fashion and therefore saving face to their fans might be a good incentive. Never the less Wigan have looked better with every game and this looks to be the moment for the Latic’s peakin. Another 2-0 win in favor of Wigan for whom I have two words….Well done!

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