Sunday Apr 4Posted by: Tonio Bone Comments Off
‘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!’
That is what I wrote yesterday and unfortunately, that is what happened. For all those with a pessimistic mood, not all is lost. Even if we manage a draw with Chelsea and win the other four games we are still in with a shot. I think I’ve already explained my theory, so we will just have to wait and see.
Bad pitch, bad approach, bad game. We were on a canter rather than a trot. Ngog had more chances in 15 minutes than Torres had in the rest of the time. The goal we gave away was sloppy, no one, not even unchallenged Reina say Ridgewell coming. Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal all drew at St.Andrew’s…we were no exception!
Game archived and Europa League up next! I wonder what formation Rafa will conjure up for this game. With Insua and Babel out and Maxi cup-tied…….God Help Us!
By the way, did you all notice Torres shaking his head in disbelief when he was taken off? Did you all notice Gerrard’s expression and disbelief in the same instant? Did anyone notice our cousins Everton (game still in progress but they are winning!) could end up just three points behind us this evening?
We really love this Club don’t we?
Yossi starts against Brum while Babel & Mascherano start on the bench
Starting XI : Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Benayoun, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Maxi, Torres
Subs : Cavalieri, Aquilani, Agger, Babel, Mascherano, Ngog, Degen
Happy Easter, kick off today is at 3PM
Aquilani might feature today more…
(I guess Rafa has had enough)
Rafa wants to turn up the heat more…
(Like we did against Sunderland)
And the gaffer hints that there is no way back for Riera more…
(Albert crossed the line)
Aldo calls today’s game, the biggest of the season more…
Spurs lost yesterday with former Red Bolo Zenden sealing the 3rd goal for Sunderland more…
(Crouch did score for Spurs but Zenden responded for Sunderland, nice one Bruce. I guess Harry’s head is small than Steve Bruce’s :-) )
And Jimmy Case warns the players to be aware of Phillips more…
(Yep, we can never underestimate anyone)
Lucas believes that Torres will push us into 4th more…
(We need another Nando beauty)
Alan Hansen “Gerrard must stay” more…
(Gerrard will stay)
Benfica are after Diego Cavalieri more…
(It is hard being 2nd after Pepe Reina, Diego is a good keeper however unfortunately for him Pepe is one of the top keepers in the world)
According to the Daily Fail the club is getting an extention by the Rhone Group as investment talks continue more..
(Hicks and Gillett are not going to surrender 40%)
However the Telegraph reports that the club is going to reject the offer by the Group more…
(There you have it)
Here is an interesting read on 10 Premier League teams that do not meet the new proposed UEFA rule more…
(We are not one of them :-) )
And finally Echo’s Dominic King hits it right-on as it comes to Jamie Redknapp more…
(Pity that Jamie has turned into a big critic of the club)
Tweet of the Day
Darren Bent missed 2 penalties. He left his beach ball home.
Our Easter Sunday clash takes us down to the St. Andrews, we need all three points to keep our fourth place hopes alive. Birmingham are currently in good form as they were able to tie Arsenal in the dying minutes of the game last weekend, we not underestimate them at all.
When Brum visited Anfield earlier this season they held us to a 2-2 draw and we struggled to grab that precious point from them, we should not allow this to happen tomorrow. We need to play with the same intensity as we played against Sunderland and for the first few minutes in Portugal, we can not take our foot off the pedal but Attack, Attack & Attack.
Fabio Aurelio, Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel and Alberto Aquilani are still injured while Maxi Rodriguez will return after he was cup-tied against Benfica.
I expect Rafa to pick the same lineup that played against Sunderland, I believe that he will play both Babel & Insua as both of them will be suspended from next week’s clash against Benfica. Of course Maxi will also play as he is cup-tied in the Europa League, this will leave Yossi Benayoun who I think will again start on the bench as he is not back to his very best yet.
Probable line up:
Reina, Johnson, Carra, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Kuyt, Babel, Maxi, Gerrard, Torres
Kick off is at 3PM
Saturday Apr 3Posted by: Tonio Bone Comments Off
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….!