Seeing as this is a FA Cup weekend and we have no fixture I‘ve decided to take a closer look at the title run in. Perhaps I was a tad heisty in a previous blog suggesting Arsenal are out of the title race, although I believe Arsenal to be a firm outsider of the three. Rather than look at the complete remaining fixtures, I will analyse the next six league games for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Sat 20th Feb Everton (away)
Tues 23rd Feb West Ham (home)
Sat 6th March Wolves (away)
Sun 14th March Fulham (home)
Sun 21st March Liverpool (home)
Sat 27th March Bolton (away)
The games against the Merseyside teams seemingly look the toughest of our next six fixtures. Everton, similar to us have been really unfortunate with injuries this season. Their injured players have started to return which has seen a return to form and steady rise up the table.
Liverpool, well are Liverpool. I don’t really need to explain the importance of this game to any United fan. As my Liverpool fan mates like to keep reminding they have a good record over the last two seasons against us. In my pre-match blog against Aston Villa I described the game as not seeking revenge for our defeat in December; against Liverpool however it is different. I’m desperate for us to beat Liverpool so I can have full bragging rights over the Liverpool fans I know 🙂
You’d expect us to beat West Ham and Wolves, although Wolves may be tougher than first thought. The Wolves team may be more up for the match after the controversy caused by Mick Mcarthey’s team selection against us earlier in the season.
Fulham will be tough but at home I’d expect us to win.
My prediction: 16 points out of 18.
Sat 20th Feb Wolves (away)
Sat 27th Feb Man City (home)
Sat 6th March Portsmouth (away)
Sat 13th March West Ham (home)
Sun 21st March Blackburn (away)
Sat 27th March Aston Villa (home)
Chelsea possibly have an easier than United next set of fixtures. There are a few interesting fixtures – City, Blackburn and Aston Villa.
City are now capable of competing against the bigger teams so this will be a tough fixture for Chelsea. This fixture now has added spice since recent events involving John Terry and Wayne Bridge. I expect the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge to be explosive, a number of City players have firmly stuck their colours to the mast after the “Team Bridge” t-shirts and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a sending off or two. Chelsea could well easily lose this match.
Blackburn I hear you say? Why is this fixture considered interesting? Well, Chelsea have lost four away games this season, three of which have come against North-West opposition. You’d expect Chelsea to win, but you never now…
Aston Villa as we have recently witnessed are a tough team to crack, their defence is superb. When this fixture is played the league season will be deep into the home straight and Villa will be desperate for points when fourth spot up for grabs.
My prediction: 14 points out of 18.
Sat 20thFeb Sunderland (home)
Sat 27th Feb Stoke (away)
Sat 6th March Burnley (home)
Sat 13th March Hull (away)
Sat 20th March West Ham (home)
Sat 27th March Birmingham (away)
Arsenal in the next set of fixtures play what is considered bottom half of the table teams. Stoke and Birmingham (both away) are their toughest games in my opinion, with Arsenal recently losing to Stoke in the FA cup also at the Britannia stadium. In the past and in this present season, Arsenal have struggled with teams that are physical which these two teams can be, definitely Stoke anyway.
Hull may be slightly tricky but I’d expect Arsenal to win. I’d expect Arsenal to win their other fixtures.
My prediction: 14 points out of 18.
League table Prediction
- United: played 32, 73 points
- Chelsea: played 32, 72 points
- Arsenal: played 32, 66 points
Perhaps heart has ruled the head with my United predictions – we will see…