Well that was the week that was…. The top 4 have taken a big step towards confirming who will be in the Champions League next season; Spurs, Everton and Man Utd will still have hopes of catching them but it seems unlikely now. So the question is which one will end up top of the pile. I said Chelsea at the beginning of the season and the moment there’s nothing to change my mind.
Over the next couple of weeks they have the chance to pull away with Man City and Arsenal missing games due to cup commitments, them and Liverpool could be 1 and 2 come the end of GW 29, MC and Arsenal will have games in hand, but I’d still rather have the points on the board and let the others worry about catching up.
Week 27 Review
Chelsea took a big step towards the title with a hard fought win over Everton they didn’t play that well but got job done with a late goal from “somebody”.
Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool all won their respective games all be it with very differing performances, but nevertheless they all got 3 points regardless and will be happy going in to their next games.
Hull and West Ham had very good wins over Cardiff and Southampton respectively and will take a lot from being able to score goals coming into the tricky part of the season where the ability to score goals is vital.
On the other side of that Newcastle and Norwich both got 1- 0 wins over Villa and Spurs, the goals have dried up for both teams lately but have been tight at the back and if you’re not scoring goals then if you can be strong at the back you always have a chance of a sneaky 1-0 and that’s exactly what happened.
Man Utd took a while to break down Palace, who have improved immensely under Pulis, and who have a great run of games coming up its worth getting a couple of Palace players in for the next couple of weeks. But Utd did make a breakthrough and Palace had no way back.
And finally…Fulham and West Brom drew.
I know Don touched on this last week but GW 28 and 29 are small weeks in terms of games and 29 has now gone down to 5 games at the time of writing. So while everybody will have their own ideas on how to combat this depending on what they are aiming for, as people play for different things Weekly, Monthly and mini league – overall championship chasers will all have a different game-plan and I would be here all day trying to work out different permutations on subs and rearranged games, but what I will say is this. Choose what you are playing for and stick to it, if you’re playing for the weekly prizes then get rid of the players not playing and use subs wisely, same goes for the monthly chasers it would be wise to maybe leave a MU or MC in your teams for a couple of weeks so when the big weeks and rearranged fixtures fall in you’ll have a jump on some players. And my final advise for the players that chase mini leagues and the overall championship is….. Ask James Dash, because I’m shocking this season.
Week 28 Preview
Everton v West Ham – West Hams resurgence in the last few weeks have given the buffer of of 7 point gap from the relegation Zone, and while Everton have only won 1 in their last 5, this could be a potential “upset” here, if it wasn’t for the fact Everton are at home. They are strong at home and don’t concede easily. I see a low scoring game with Everton just sneaking it.
Key Man – Lukaku
Fulham v Chelsea – Fulham are poor at the moment, but the new manager has been putting them through a rigorous training plan and says that they are “certain to stay up” I’m not so sure!! The road to survival certainly won’t be this weekend, Chelsea are winning games even not playing well and this week I expect them play well and win well.
Key. Man – Hazard
Hull v Newcastle – Hull are looking for back to back wins after a convincing win last week and against Newcastle who are finding goals very hard to come by, this only points one way you would think, but I have a sneaky feeling after last week’s last gasp win against Villa, Newcastle will be up for this and will jump out the blocks.
Key man – Remy
Stoke v Arsenal – Stoke are a strange team this season, just you think you have them pegged, they pull out a great performance or don’t even turn up, Arsenal are the strongest they have been in years and even with an out of form Ozil and Ramsey still not fit, they should have more than enough to get 3 points here.
Key man – Wilshere
Southampton v Liverpool – Liverpool are the form team in the league at the minute 17 goals in their last 5 outings and 7 in the same time for Sturridge suggest a comfortable win against Southampton. But let’s not right the saints off just yet they beat them at Anfield and they have players that could cause Liverpool problems and with their frailties at the back this could be a cracker of a game. There will be goals, but I think they will be evenly shared.
Key man – Lallana
Aston Villa v Norwich – Both teams that could really do with points, Villa no win in 4 and Norwich 1 win in their last 5, this all points to a “6 pointer” here and a win would give both managers that little bit of breathing space they need. Both teams do try to play attractive football and will think they can win this game. With that in mind I can see some goals here.
Key man – Agbonlahor
Swansea v Palace – Palace are in good form under Pulis and will feel that the current form would see them get the points here, Swansea are a very capable side as they showed last week against Liverpool. This game could go anyway of 3 ways and no one would be surprised so it makes it hard to predict but I’ll stick my neck out a go for a Palace win.
Key Man – Murray
Spurs v Cardiff – Cardiff are in real trouble I think, the appointment of Solsjear hasn’t really worked and they haven’t recovered after the Malky Malarky, Spurs on the other hand have been very hard to predict this season they too have had their background issues and both side have been affected by this, but the quality that Spurs should have on the pitch will be enough this weekend to beat a Cardiff team with absolutely zero confidence.
Key Man – Paulinho
Good luck this week, it will be hard to get a competitive score, so I wish you all the best.
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