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TANGENTS

Titles To Be Won For Some, Survival For Others

Written by on May 7, 2011 | 7 Comments »
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Premier League

On Sunday the focus of most Premier League fans will be on Old Trafford. Chelsea have been able to narrow the gap to just three points with leaders Manchester United and a Chelsea win will put the London club top of the table on goal difference.

With 8 wins, 2 draws and only one loss in their last 11 league games Chelsea have overhauled Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal and they were the last side to leave Old Trafford with three points.

But in United’s favour is their intimidating home record.  The only blemish in 17 Premier League home games is a draw to West Brom.

In addition United have only given up 9 goals at home – they have not trailed at Old Trafford neither have they given up a first half goal.

The other Sunday matches have Wolves in desperate need of a win hosting fellow Midland’s side West Brom and FA Cup finalists Stoke will be ready to launch another air campaign on the Arsenal defence at the Britannia Stadium.

On Monday Fulham is at home to a charging Liverpool side.

Serie A

Udinese against Lazio is the pick of the Serie A matches along with the Genoa derby. Lazio is a point ahead of Udinese and the outcome of this one will have an impact on the final Champions League spot.

Genoa has the opportunity to kick local rival Sampdoria right where is hurts as Samp battle to avoid the drop. There are only one point out of the relegation zone and had to look to a 90th minute equalizer by Mannini against Brescia last weekend to salvage a 3-3 draw.

The others games has Bologna v Parma, Brescia v Catania, Cagliari v Cesena, Inter Milan v Fiorentina, and Lecce v Napoli.

Juventus is at home to Chievo on Monday.

Ligue Un

Lyon v Marseille

Once of the most intriguing matches of the weekend in Europe has Lyon up against Marseille.

After losing 2-0 last weekend at Toulouse Lyon are now six points (56 to 62) behind Marseille and are only ahead of PSG (4th) only on goal difference.

Lyon knows that this match could be a season-changer, for good or for bad.

A win for Lyon could put them back in the race as they look to have a more straight forward finish to the season

Last weekend Marseille gave up the lead at the top of Ligue I after holding it for only a week. While Lille won 5-0 Marseilles could only draw 1-1 with Auxerre.

Last season these two sides played out a classic 5-5 draw – 4 goals in the last10 minutes including 2 in the 90th and Marseille winning 4-2 then losing 5-4 then equalizing

It is worth noting that 35% of games in Ligue 1 this season have finished as draws (24% away wins) and only four teams out of 20 have not hit double figures in draws.

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7 responses to “Titles To Be Won For Some, Survival For Others”

  1. Erik says:

    BEFORE the season began I put a few “pennies” on Man U +210 to win the EPL. What looked like an easy winner a few weeks ago – doesn’t look so easy any more.

    I DON’T think Man U loses this one – I want to see them win so it will help Blackpool the last week of the season

    BTW – it seems like people are forgetting Chelsea ends the season @ Goodison and the way Everton is playing now that is not a “Sure 3 points” for Chelsea. IF this game means something I can very easily see Everton walking away with at least 1 point and maybe even all 3

  2. Tim says:

    cant wait for Ajax v Twente next week….thats an end of the season title decider

  3. I think needs to win by two goals tomorrow in order to be considered as favourites to take the title.

  4. houyhnhnm says:

    something tells me the Chelsea ManU match is going to be a great game. And, Chelsea will win. And, both clubs will win their remaining 2 games, no disrespect, so whomever wins definitely has the title.

    All the italians club should be fighting for these spots because they may not get a fourth position for quite a while. German soccer to me, will really be helped by a fourth spot, in the future.

    one has to go to the 1998–99 edition of the CL to not find Lyon representing France, it would be a big absence for the club not to be in it. But, if they do get in , more than likely PSG don’t get it, and it must be said, PSG have not lived up to their original purpose, making a big club for Paris. They have really been midtable havent they.

  5. rahul says:

    those 70 million pounds Abramovich dropped not looking so strategic at this point…My vote for player of the year is Javier Hernandez. He has had so many key key goals….

  6. Seattle_Loon says:

    Hernandez was an absolute steal: what a player. That said had Chelsea had scored an equaliser at the end everybody would have been talking about his glaring two misses in the last part of the game. I thought Valencia was the pick of the Man Utd team. He tore Ashley Cole to shreds all game. Another day he would have created a couple of goals from open play. Also, hard to see how Lampard’s handball from his cross wasn’t a penalty or how Terry’s trip of him in the box wasn’t a penalty either. Chelsea started poorly. Their lack of width has exposed them badly in their games against Man Utd this season. Their goal and best chances (especially the one which Van Der Sar parried right after Man Utd scored their second) came from wide positions. But too often in possession they were left trying to create something through the middle where Man Utd had so many bodies. In contrast, Valencia stick resolutely to the far right position posing a constant threat.

  7. houyhnhnm says:

    @Seattle Loon, the reality is Chelsea is getting older. The youth and speed of Park, Valencia, Chicarito overwhelmed them in certain positions

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