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Bad news, Nuclear Warheads. The Premier League season is almost over.
Then, all we have to look forward to is the FA Cup Final, Champions League Final, Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup, MLS season, Minnesota United season, Men’s World Cup Qualifiers, international friendlies on US territories and the start of the Premier League in August.
SOCCER NEVER ENDS BAHAHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Speaking of the United, their home lid-lifter in Blaine is this Saturday night. Get out and enjoy some professional soccer.
On to the matches!!!
No. 1: Manchester City vs Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium
When: Saturday at 11:30AM on Big Boy NBC
Last year: City beat Villa at the Etihad 4-0 last season. It wasn’t as big as a runaway as it looks on paper though. All four goals came after the 64th minute and the final two came after the 89th minute.
The Spurs/Southampton ‘battle for 6th place and foolish hope we can still catch City for 4th’ derby will probably be a more intriguing match than this, but I can’t in good faith recommend anybody wake up at 6:45AM to watch it. These two teams had a chance to make this the most exciting top four race ever but they decided to be average instead. THANKS!
This City fall from grace really has been something to watch. Just further proof that you can spend a ton of cash on a ton of high-priced talent and still fail as a team. We see it all the time in baseball stateside. You have to build a team, not just buy the shiniest, most expensive toys.
If it hadn’t been for the combined ineptitude of Liverpool, Spurs and Southampton, they would be clinging to their Champions Leagues lives right now. How crazy would that be?
But they sit comfortably in fourth, seven points clear of Liverpool (having played one more game than the Reds), and even given their dreadful form, you can’t picture them falling any further.
They face a Villa team Saturday having an odd season. They are once again flirting with relegation but have somehow found themselves in the FA Cup final against Arsenal. Villa have to be confident coming off of that win over Liverpool at Wembley last weekend and know only a few more points in their final five matches will officially secure them another season in top-flight English football.
Villa will put up a fight but I see City taking care of business at home much like they did last week against West Ham.
No. 2: Everton vs Manchester United at Goodison Park
When: Sunday at 7:30AM on NBC Sports Network
Last year: Everton beat United and former manager David Moyes last season 2-0 almost a year ago to the day. Moyes was dismissed shortly thereafter as United stumbled to a seventh place finish.
Seems like as good a time as any to remind everyone I picked Everton to finish in the top four this season. If the FA decides to make this match worth 25 points AND if Everton win, that could still happen. YA JUST NEVA KNOW.
United’s faint title hopes came to an end last weekend at the hands of Eden Hazard but that shouldn’t be a blemish on what has been a great year for them. Any United fan in the world would have gladly handed you the deed to their house if you told them in August they’d finish in the top four and above Manchester City.
It has been a bad year for Everton. There is no way around it. They have even won four of their last five matches and still sit in 12th place. Yuck.
Should be an entertaining match at Goodison Park, where United have won just one match in their last five. Roberto Martinez said he expects James McCarthy is fit to play. That helps the Toffees and ensures supporters they get to see him play a few more times before he is inevitably sold this summer.
No. 3 Arsenal vs Chelsea at Emirates Stadium
When: Sunday at 10:00AM on NBC Sports Network
Last year: These two last met at Emirates two days before Christmas last season and played to a 0-0 draw.
Well, this should be a doozy, huh?
The Premier League title race is either (essentially) over with a Chelsea win/tie or will get a lot more interesting if Arsenal can grab all three points.
Here are the scenarios:
If Chelsea win, they will go 13 points clear. Arsenal can then get a max of 81 points, therefore Chelsea will need two more points in their final five matches to clinch the title and can do so Wednesday, April 29th at Leicester City at the earliest.
If Chelsea/Arsenal draw, Chelsea will stay 10 points clear. Arsenal can then get a max of 82 points, therefore Chelsea will need five points in their final five matches to clinch the title and can do so Sunday, May 3rd against Crystal Palace at the earliest.
If Arsenal win, Chelsea will remain seven points clear. Arsenal can get a max of 84 points, therefore Chelsea will need nine points in their final five matches to clinch the title and can do so Sunday, May 10th at the earliest.
Get all that? All of those scenarios are under the assumption that Arsenal will win out. If they drop any points after the Sunday’s match, it makes it even more difficult. Also, I did that math myself (seriously) so if it is wrong, don’t correct me, just take comfort in knowing you are smarter than me.
But all that is in the future! The only thing that these teams control is what happens on Sunday. I think it is obvious at this point that Jose Mourinho won’t really be looking to attack much. Plus, in this title race, a draw is just as good as a win for Chelsea. It may annoy casual fans or folks who support other sides. But Chelsea aren’t here to impress random Spurs or Liverpool fans, they are here to win a trophy.
Diego Cost is a question mark but Jose Mourinho said it is possible he plays ahead of schedule from that hamstring injury. If not, Jose said Friday that Drogba is ready to go. We all know his track record against Arsenal.
Arsenal will be going all out for the win. They have to. It is their only option. Look for Chelsea to defend and pick their chances carefully.
Should be a fun one. I just want to take a long nap until it is Sunday morning.
Enjoy the matches, soccer fans. Until next time, keep your socks taped and your cleats up.