Emma (crouchea) wrote in ontd_football,
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We gotta fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for fourth place.

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So, when Chelsea beat City on Sunday, some journalists got a little carried away with themselves, asserting that Chelsea were "back in the title race." Hmmmmm. Call me pessimistic, but, let's not run before we can walk, hmmm? I'd concentrate on cementing third place first, before we even think about that kind of thing. So it kind of got me thinking about the other CL slot, who it's gonna go to, et al.

 


The league table currently looks like this: -

3 Chelsea 29 29 54
4 Man City 30 18 53
5 Tottenham 29 7 49
6 Liverpool 30 5 45

Jonathan Liew of The Telegraph has been, on a weekly basis, been posting his thoughts on who's gonna get fourth place by predicting the outcome of the upcoming games. He's just looked at Chels, City and Spurs, but for completeness and to pander ;) I've bunged Liverpool in, as they do have to play City and Spurs, so it's not like it's totally impossible. Here are his predictions: -

CHELSEABUNG
Current points: 54

Stoke (A)
Another tough fixture for Chelsea. Carlo Ancelotti may have to settle for a point.
Prediction: 1-1.
Points: 1

Wigan (H)
Roberto Martinez’s side will be fighting relegation, and Chelsea should sweep them aside.
Prediction: 3-0.
Points: 3

West Brom (A)
Can Roy Hodgson get one over on Chelsea again? Or will it be Torres's day?
Prediction: 0-1.
Points: 3

Birmingham (H)
Chelsea should have too much for Alex McLeish's side, who should be safe by this point.
Prediction: 2-0.
Points: 3

West Ham (H)
Avram Grant’s side provide Chelsea’s last easy fixture.
Prediction: 2-0.
Points: 3

Tottenham (H)
Fatigue could be a factor if both are still challenging on more than one front.
Prediction: 1-1.
Points: 1

Manchester United (A)
A United win could seal them the title. Chelsea will want to deny them the satisfaction.
Prediction: 2-2.
Points: 1

Newcastle (H)
Alan Pardew’s team should be safe by this point.
Prediction: 2-0.
Points: 3

Everton (A)
Everton would happily swap their FA Cup triumph at Stamford Bridge for three points here.
Prediction: 1-1.
Points: 1

Total points: 73 (3rd place)

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MANCHESTER CITY

Current points: 53

Sunderland (H)
Injuries are beginning to bite Steve Bruce’s side.
Prediction: 3-1.
Points: 3

Liverpool (A)
Mancini’s side will be more than happy to take a point.
Prediction: 0-0.
Points: 1

Tottenham (H)
Tottenham’s schedule might have caught up with them by this point.
Prediction: 2-0.
Points: 3

Blackburn (A)
Steve Kean’s side will be no pushovers.
Prediction: 1-1.
Points: 1

West Ham (H)
Could have added piquancy if the Hammers are fighting relegation.
Prediction: 1-0.
Points: 3

Everton (A)
Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United have all come unstuck at Goodison Park.
Prediction: 2-1.
Points: 0

Stoke (H)
Tony Pulis’s side should have little to play for by this stage.
Prediction: 3-0.
Points: 3

Bolton (A)
Might be tough if Bolton are chasing a European place.
Prediction: 2-2.
Points: 1

Total points: 68 (4th place)

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TOTTENHAM

Current points: 49

Wigan (A)
Roberto Martinez's side won at Tottenham in August, but Spurs should have too much this time.
Prediction: 1-2.
Points: 3

Stoke (H)
On home turf, Tottenham should despatch Tony Pulis’s side with ease.
Prediction: 3-0.
Points: 3

Manchester City (A)
The first of three tough away games to end the season. City's greater freshness and depth should prove telling.
Prediction: 2-0.
Points: 0

Arsenal (H)
Potentially a crucial fixture. Tottenham dealt Arsenal's title chances a huge blow last season.
Prediction: 1-1.
Points: 1

West Brom (H)
The Baggies won at Arsenal earlier in the season and are a potential banana skin.
Prediction: 1-0.
Points: 3

Chelsea (A)
Spurs have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and that drought should continue.
Prediction: 1-1.
Points: 1

Blackpool (H)
The Tangerines could already be down by now, making them easy prey.
Prediction: 4-0.
Points: 3

Liverpool (A)
Another ground where Tottenham have a terrible record.
Prediction: 2-0.
Points: 0

Birmingham (H)
Could be nervy if Tottenham need to win.
Prediction: 2-1.
Points: 3

Total points: 66 (5th place)

let it be known that this man is far from being infalliable. He correctly predicted a 2-0 win to Chelsea on Sunday, but he also made predictions like Spurs would beat West Ham, Chelsea would hold United to a draw etc (predictions which seem to have magically disappeared off The Telegraph website, funny that). If y'all gurls wanna try your hand at this predicting lark, this is the best outlet; do printscreen your final tables! ;)

I think the games that will really say what's what (the weekend's showdown being one of them) are:
Liverpool vs City & Liverpool vs Spurs
Chelsea vs Spurs
Spurs vs Arsenal (also affects the league)
Manchester United vs Chelsea
and of course, last year's showdown,
City vs Spurs

As for my predictions, hmmmm, I think it'll finish as it is, tbh, United winning the league (ehhhh), Arse second, Chels third and City to edge fourth. But my ability at predicting football is not that great, so now that I've said that, expect something completely different to happen!

Sort of sticking on topic, a crap photo from The Guardian about 5 of January's buys and how they've been doing: -


I like what it sez for David Luiz: His first few weeks have been dramatic. He has conceded one penalty, picked up three yellow cards and as many man of the match awards. He has also scored important goals on two occasions. BLOODY LAD :-D  (um, I haz obsessive compulsive disorder so I took photos on my mobile of his MotM from The Guardian for his performances against the two Manchester teams, un et  deux) knew from watching him during the Fulham game that we had acquired something special; he played like a veteran of the PL and some of his attacking flair was the best I've ever seen from a CB. And the lad just keeps getting better and better. He actually conceded a pen in that Fulham game, but it was just written that that penalty shouldn't go in, because it would have tarnished his boss debut!!! Only had four premier league starts, but he is fast accruing a legendary status at SB. And, not to turn this into let's-all-fap-over-David Luiz hour, but the stats back it up too:
 
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I'll say it again, BLOODY LAD.

Torres, though, er. The Beeb our two January buys, and er, yeah. I jus'. Um.  


OK I'm done now. Do share your thoughts on what will go down in those key games & who will get third & fourth & whatever you like really! :)
Tags: bungsten burner, buying shit, clash of the thightans, club: chelsea, club: liverpool fc, club: manchester city, club: tottenham hotspur, david luiz, fernando torres, league: champions league, league: english premier league (epl), source de journalistic integrity
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