With just fifteen games left in this season’s Premiership campaign, here is my prediction – as a Leeds fan by the way – of how the table will look come Sunday 13th May.
City are rocking at the moment, however I suspect when Yaya Toure returns from The African Cup of Nations, he will bring stability back to the team. Toure has proven to be City’s key man, and his absence has been felt greatly.
Mario Balotelli’s return from suspension will also be a big boost for Mancini’s team, he is the best striker City have. Whilst Aguero is a brilliant player, he lacks the presence of Balotelli, and often drifts out of games completely. That’s not to say Balotelli is without his faults, but if the crazy Italian finds focus, he is virtually unplayable.
City’s next five games are against Fulham, Aston Villa, Blackburn, Bolton and Swansea. If they are to claim their first league title since 1968, they should be taking maximum points from these games.
Tuesday saw United draw level on points with City. This is a credit to Sir Alex Ferguson, who has kept in the hunt for the title despite endless injury problems.
With Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young set to return from long-term absences, as well as the return to fitness of Javier Hernandez, United are gaining steam and personnel at the just the right time, as always.
As a Leeds fan, it would be irksome to see United take another title, although not in the least bit surprising. The Manchester derby on 28th April could well decide the title.
Harry Redknapp has done an absolutely fantastic job at White Hart Lane this season. Whilst the superstars Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart will gain most of the plaudits, it has been a real team effort.
Players such as Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker have been outstanding, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor has been an integral part of the team, despite his questionable finishing.
Tottenham will definetly finish in the top four, and could challenge for the title if they remain injury-free.
It’s been a frustrating season of transition at Stamford Bridge, but one that is necessary for the future of the club. Andre Villas-Boas is building a new Chelsea team in his own image, and this takes time.
What is essential for him to achieve this season is qualification to the Champions League. With Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle breathing down their necks, it will be anything but comfortable, but I believe The Blues will hold their nerve.
I have been very critical of Kenny Dalglish’s transfer dealings recemtly, perhaps overly so. Following last week’s 3-1 loss at Bolton, I felt that Liverpool’s season was destined to end in failure.
Since that sorry display at the Reebok Stadium, Liverpool have turned it around. Last week saw Liverpool make it to the Carling Cup final and the FA Cup fifth round, overcoming both Manchester teams in the process. This was capped off comfortably beating Wolves 3-0 in a professional display at Molineux.
The return of their best player in Luis Suarez will see Liverpool challenge for Champions League qualification, however I feel they will fall just short this season.
Currently, Newcastle look more likely than Arsenal to challenge Liverpool for 5th spot. A drop in form of Robin van Persie has seen Arsenal pick up just one point from their last four games in the Premiership. Worrying times for Gunners fans.
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