Out of 5 matches of direct or indirect interest to us, I feel that three have been great results while the remaining two were….predicable!
Let’s start from what interests us directly, that is, our direct rivals for 4th spot. A few days ago I had thrown in the gauntlet and gave my predictions about how the Reds will take 4th spot. In those predictions I had said that Spurs would draw at Sunderland, while Villa and Man City would win at Bolton and Burnley respectively. I got the last two spot on but the Spurs result was even better for us because they were totally outclassed by Sunderland and left the Stadium of Light without points. I saw the Sunderland vs. Spurs game and feel that Lee Mason is the worse PL ref….as bad as Rob Styles used to be!
Keep in mind Spurs have Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd up next while Man City have Birmingham, Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs on their fixtures list. Villa were level with us with two games in hand. Now they are level with the same games played and we have a much better goal difference.
As for tomorrow’s game at St.Andrew’s, I’ve predicted a draw. The pitch is not the best playing surface in the PL and Alex McLeish’s side is very organized. With Johnson and Dann at the back I think they have the best emerging centre-half pairing in the PL. We do have the quality to beat them of course, but we saw what a hard time they gave Arsenal a week or so ago. Good Luck Reds!
As for the indirect results of interest, it was a pleasure to see Man Utd loose to Chelsea. It was also a relief to see Arsenal squeeze through over Wolves to come within one point of Man Utd and heap more pressure on them. PL to Chelsea or Arsenal please……!!!
Keep the faith….!