Premier League is slowly edging towards it’s Judgement Day with clubs battling it out to attain their best possible finish in the league. Title race is crying out loud for an unlikely slip-up from the Mourinho boys while relegation fight is getting ever so tensed.
Among all the little permutations and combinations there is a slight matter of Manchester Derby in hand. This will be a special Derby in its own rights as this will not only be about bragging rights in the city but the result would significantly impact the league finish for the Manchester Clubs. United(3rd) and City(4th) are just separated by one point only and a win for either of the sides would put them in firm control of an automatic Champions League qualification.
All of this and more would be on my watch as I bring you the top 5 things to expect from the upcoming Gameweek 32 of the Premier League.
Manchester United getting the better of their “Dominant Neighbors”
Sir Alex Ferguson gave us the most iconic nickname for any club when he referred Manchester City as the “Noisy Neighbors” back in 2010. But to City’s credit, they have proved the legendary manager wrong by going on to win 2 Premier League titles since and more importantly City have won the last 4 Manchester Derbies in a row.
Manchester United were center of all the criticisms early in the season but with key tactical fine tunings, Louis Van Gaal has turned his United in to a winning machine. United will go in to the Derby on the back of 5 wins in a row and with a massive chance to beat City in a long time. United’s midfield trio of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata is getting better and better with every game and it threatens to carve out City’s fragile gameplay in recent weeks.
If ever was the time for Manchester United to put one over their “Noisy turned Dominant neighbors”, then this will be it as Van Gaal has the chance to become an instant legend at the football club.
QPR to feed on Chelsea’s Vulnerability
We never thought of associating the word Vulnerable with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea as they were sweeping teams aside in the early weeks of the Premier League. However, in recent weeks, Chelsea have been rather lucky to have come away with all 3 points from their games. At the moment Chelsea seem to be overly reliant on Eden Hazard to deliver the goods which is giving other teams the chance to trouble them.
Chelsea’s opponents this week are QPR, who have found form at the most apt time in order to survive the drop this season. A thumping 4-1 win at West Brom and an exciting 3-3 draw at Aston Villa has lifted the mood for Chris Ramsey’s men and they will do everything they can to stun the League leaders this weekend.
Chelsea will be without their star striker Diego Costa, and we have seen Chelsea struggle without their Spanish striker in the side. QPR will have Charlie Austin playing for them who has proven this season that he needs only 1 chance to score in a game. QPR vs Chelsea might not be as straight forward as people are thinking it to be.
Burnley to suffer next from Arsenal’s inspired attackers
If there is one certainty about the Premier League at the moment, It is Arsenal scoring 2-3 goals in every game they play. Arsenal’s front line sees Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck really gelling well in second half of the season. It has left everyone wondering what could have happened if these players would have gelled when the season had started.
Burnley have the tough task this weekend of keeping these players quiet and Sean Dyche is aware that a heavy defeat could harm their chances of survival this season. Arsenal have been credited with an outside chance of winning the title this season. Arsene Wenger will hope to see his side win this weekend and expect a slip-up from Chelsea.
Brendan Rodgers needs the win to save Liverpool’s season
Liverpool have seen their season drift away in a matter of 180 minutes after suffering defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal. Brendan Rodgers was hailed as the ultimate genius for deploying a fluid 3-4-2-1 formation which did work for over 2 months but a refined United and Arsenal team came and blew that formation and Liverpool’s play wide open.
Many have started to doubt Brendan Rodgers’ work done this season after spending over £100 million in the summer and still languishing 5th in the table with 7 points behind the top4 finish. Rodgers must get a win this weekend against Newcastle to salvage his and Liverpool’s season. Anything less than that would have the rumor mill working extra hours in linking Rodgers for an exit from the club.
Do not expect a happy re-union between Spurs and Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood did a decent job during his spell as the Spurs manager but he has seen all of that good work get overshadowed by some of his remarks since leaving the club. Sherwood claimed earlier this week that he did a good job at Spurs and they did not value his efforts. Sherwood had an almost 60% win ratio in his games but that does not guarantee him a warm reception back at White Hart Lane.
Sherwood takes his half-struggling, half-in-form Villa side to his former ground where he enjoyed fair bit of success and knowing Sherwood’s naughty persona he will try to stir up the crowd and look to gain any advantage he can by disrupting the White Hart Lane crowd. One thing, we can be sure of that, it wont be a happy home-coming for the former Spurs manager.
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