Tuesday, 18 March 2008

A Great Season

I feel like a Premier League PR man after last weekend's intriguing results which threw up so many enticing end of season uncertainties.

At the top of the table, things could hardly be tighter with a 3 way battle for the title. Chelsea have taken advantage of United and Arsenal faltering in recent weeks and can go level with Arsenal should they beat Spurs with their game in hand tomorrow. Arsenal have wobbled in the last few games but un-Super Sunday gives them a chance to deal a blow to Chelsea while United are surely favourites to be on top on Sunday evening, playing both Bolton and Liverpool at home. Also, throw the Champions League quarter-finals (and possibly the big 3 in the semis) into the mix and we have a fantastic war of attrition from now till May... Fatigue will play a big part in it, like last season when United fell over the line first and Chelsea ran out of steam at the end.

The battle for fourth seems to have swung Liverpool's way after Everton's defeat to Fulham, but it is not over yet. Liverpool's run-in includes games against United, Everton, Arsenal, Man City & Spurs - with the Champions League a distraction, don't rule out many dropped points.

At the other end of the table, a measly 8 points separate 12th to 19th place in one of the best relegation battles in memory. I would like the current bottom 3 to go down (Bolton, Fulham & Derby) but I think there will be a lot of twists yet, and the last day of the season will be crucial.

So, even though the same teams are challenging for the title, this season has so far been fascinating. Spurs came from nowhere to win the League Cup, we'll have a non-big four winner of the FA Cup and the Champions League is shaping up beautifully. And then we have a short break and straight into the European Championships.

This is what it is all about....


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