Saturday, December 25, 2010

On the Forecast: Gameweek 19 & 20

Arshavin to stop Drog continues his tally...Nah
Managers behold, we are entering the hectic festive period of the season with four (4) gameweeks in eleven (11) days. Players rest and occasional lineup disruptions are expected. This weekend forecast will combine the only two upcoming fixtures based on three (3) difficulty levels (in my opinion!). Check the full list for the next four. Here goes:-

Should Nick These
LIV @BLP, vs WOL - Any fan will expect two wins for The Reds; Blackpool should be a thriller but points should be in the bag against Wolves; Mark my words, if they fall one of these Roy will said the team still in the rebuilding process and need more players, plain predictable.

MANU vs SUN, @BIR - Invincibility to continue as the likely draw will be at Birmingham if they falter; Just beware of Sunderland progressive rise top of the table; United attack and defense is more than enough during this fixture period.
   
Win Some, Lose Some
EVE vs BIR, @WHAM - High morale of City defeat should spur them on against Brums; Cahill, Baines & Coleman will be your fantasy outlet; Wary of The Hammers if they can get something at Fulham; One of these will be a draw at least.

MANC @NEW, vs AST - Any game City not winning is a failure; St James Park is a fortress unless Toons are on the off mode but they can take advantage of too much disharmony in Villa; Tevez performance will indicate where his mind lies; Successive wins.

BLA vs STK, @WBA - Samba-less Blackburn will miss their penalty box aerial threat; Rovers & Stoke depends heavily on set pieces while The Baggies attacks are more resolute; Honestly these type of fixtures can go anywhere if you ask me; Expect the unexpected.

BOL vs WBA, @CHE - Realistic target will be the home match, a tight win with both conceding and a strike force battle will be in store for both sides; We can only hope they can draw at The Bridge; Last chance for Elmander before the fixtures toughen.

Maybe I should drop 'Only Messi better than me' Mario

CHE @ARS, vs BOL - Both wants to win in the London derby to get the title quest back on track; Home advantage to Arsenal but it seemed like The Blues are a bit hungrier; Tough one but I bet on Chelsea win like Spurs before; Fragile defense against productive strikers (Bolton) but a win nonetheless for the the defending champion.

FUL vs WHAM, @STK - Fulham need to win one of these to avoid being dragged into the relegation zone; The nature of the WHam match looks like a possible thriller for me; Attacks led by Dempsey are their best defense; At Brittania Stadium looks 50-50, I go for a draw.

STK @BLA, vs FUL - A little blip after lost to unfashionable Blackpool at home; A win will leapfrog them above Rovers but I doubt it, a low scoring draw is more like it; Higher chance for them against the draw specialist (Fulham) at home.

WIG @WOL, vs ARS - Molineux has a potential of a cracker and home to Arsenal, I don't fancy Gunners to get a win that easily at DW; Victory in both is a possibility but I will go for one win and a draw; I give you the chance to guess which one;D

SUN @MANU, vs BLP - Bad form away but unexpectedly won away against Chelsea; I don't see another shocker as all the United heavyweights are fit and good captain material; Unpredictable Tangerines away are different, either they can hold you or scare you; High scoring draw  for depleted Sunderland to be safe.

WBA @BOL, vs BLA - I'm not sure about Tschoyi playing striker as Odemwingie looks to play; Attacking wise they have a fair chance to win any or both games but their opponents is no pushovers; I think their defense will concede in both games though; Draw both.

WHAM @FUL, vs EVE - They need to get something from these fixtures, they need it fast; At Craven Cottage and home to Everton proved rather a difficult task as both teams are not easy to break; Having said that, Avram Grant has a fair chance to rally his troops but reality shows they can't have it all; We can only hope for a draw, sorry.

WOL vs WIG, @ LIV - Their mission is simple, have to win at home and go gung ho at Anfield; Three points in the bag and hope for a draw against Liverpool; Not an easy assignment against unpredictable Wigan but a threat of relegation should spur them on; Good luck.

Blackpool are facing a fixture pileup in 2011

Tough Ordeal
ARS vs CHE, @WIG - Serious opponents for Arsenal to be facing the defending champion and their boogie team; I don't advice you to buy Arsenal players especially their defense before these matches; Win both and title is yours but lose one of them, Ferguson will be the happiest man next weekend.

BLP vs LIV, @SUN - There is a cancellation threat for the home game after two successive postponements; Again, nobody will give them chance against Liverpool but one thing for sure they have a remarkable away record; So, form shows they have more opportunity to get something against 'strong at home' Sunderland; This stats sound a bit misleading right?; A lost and draw should not be a surprising feat.

BIR @EVE, vs MANU - Brums to visit Goodison and will face United in midweek; Plenty save points for Foster I reckon but no clean sheet in sight but again they are capable for few surprises; They will accept any draws that come their way; No win.

AST vs TOT, @MANC  - Disharmony in camp will cause them to falter if their player are not happy; Senior versus junior player and to make the matter worse they have to negotiate through free-scoring Spurs and formidable City; Draw is the likely result that they can hope for.


NEW vs MANC, @TOT - Another test for the new boss to prove that the Liverpool win was no fluke; St James faithfuls to help them against the money boys but against Spurs in London with fit again VDV, they can only hope Carroll to score regardless of any result.

TOT @AST, vs NEW - Van Der Vaart is back and they will be scoring for fun again; Battle of nippy wingers (Bale, Downing, Albrighton, Young (doubtful), Lennon) is on the cards; Expect high tempo match with a high scoring result; I am betting Spurs to get at least one win and a draw.

A long preview but rather comprehensive summary to get you into the mood in the festive season. Good luck gentlemen, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...

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