Taking a look at the remaining fixtures of the Reds and our 4th spot rivals, Spurs, Man City and Villa, the situation may evoke a very slim chance for our beloved Club, yet when you take a deeper glimpse at the remaining games, we can safely say we need people (other teams) to do us direct or indirect favours, but we also have to win at least 5 of the remaining seven games, and draw the other two. The only other alternative is possible winning 6 and losing just one. Other than that it would take nothing short of a miracle to see the Reds playing Champions League football next season.
So let’s take a look at how the situation presents itself, and see how 4th spot can still be possible:
At first glance, Spurs seem to be 4th spot favorites, but from the four contenders, they are the team that will have the most difficult matches to battle out. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd (all title contenders) and finally Man City (direct rivals) are all in their path. These are their remaining games, home or away, and points prediction: Sunderland (A) 1, Arsenal (H) 0, Chelsea (H) 0, Man Utd (A) 0, Bolton (H) 3, Burnley (A) 3, and Man City (A) 1. They are on 58 points to which they would add another 8 bringing them to 66 points.
Man City are on 53 points from 30 games. The Blues have a slightly less traumatic route to 4th spot glory but they still have to face Man Utd and Arsenal (title contenders), and have direct ties with Spurs and Villa in their final 8 games. Let’s see what Man City can achieve from their remaining fixtures: Wigan (H) 3, Burnley (A) 3, Birmingham (H) 1, Man Utd (H) 0, Arsenal (A) 0, Villa (H) 1, West Ham (A) 3 and Villa (H) 1. As we said they are on 53 points and these predictions would bag in another 12 taking their final tally to 65 points.
Villa were frustrated by Sunderland, and have come undone at Stamford Bridge with a severe 7-1 battering. Villa’s remaining 7 games include the Birmingham derby and a direct encounter with Man City. This is my prediction for their remaining games: Bolton (A) 3, Everton (H) 1, Portsmouth (A) 3, Birmingham (H) 1, Man City (A) 1, Blackburn (H) 3, Hull City (A) 3. Villa are on 51 points in 31 games. The above results would lift them to a total of 66 points.
What to say about the Reds. They have been so unpredictable and inconsistent this season it would be extremely risky to bet your month’s salary on them. The mathematical possibility of obtaining that coveted 4th spot which will guarantee Champions League football and Champions League money is still very much alive and possible. In my predictions I have allowed the Reds five wins and two draws from their final seven games starting with Sunderland at Anfield tomorrow. So here go my predictions for the remaining matches: Sunderland (H) 3, Birmingham (A) 1, Fulham (H) 3, West Ham (H) 3, Burnley (A) 3, Chelsea (H) 1 and finally Hull City (A) 3. These results would produce 17 points and bring out final tally to 68 points.
The dates and sequence of the above fixtures may change to various commitments in other competitions but in essence these are what the Reds and their rivals will be up against. There will definitely be surprises, and I promise I have made my prediction objectively and without biased passion. To be honest, I’d much prefer winning at Birmingham and loosing home to Chelsea, but only if this means Man Utd do not take the title. It would be a price to pay but perhaps worth the cost. This of course, is my opinion!
I would love all the dear friends of this webpage and Liverpool supporters that visit to have their say with regards to the above. Please be objective and to the point. First up, Sunderland tomorrow…..good luck Reds!