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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Now the EPL has a Super Bowl of its own

Once again, I must recant a previous statement as just over two weeks ago I stated that there would be more to watch at the bottom of the EPL table than at the top as Man U has sewed up the EPL Tilte. But a bad loss on April 30 coupled by a 5 game win streak by the blues and all of the sudden we’ve got ourselves a horse race. As if Manchester United doesn’t have enough on its plate this week as they will have the closest thing to the EPL has to a Super Bowl on May 8th when they host Chelsea who now sits in 2nd place just three points behind them in the standings, and if that wasn’t enough, a Champions League semi-final against Schalke on the 4th. Word out of Man U camp is that Wayne Rooney will not play in the Champions League semi –final on Wednesday to provide the best opportunity for him to play on the 8th. The question is will the rest of the club have anything else left in the tank to win two major matches in a five day span? Even in the event of a Chelsea win the game is far from over for the Blues as their remaining tow matches are far more difficult as they host Newcastle and then travel to Everton which is quite far from a certain result let alone a win. Meanwhile Man U will be bottom feeding with matches at Blackburn and hosting Blackpool, but beware of the dog backed into a corner as both clubs have their heads just above water sitting at 16 and 17 respectively. On that note I would be remised if I didn’t at least attempt to dig up my previous lead, the action at the bottom of the table as I already mentioned the clubs at 38 and 35 points but Wigan (35), Wolverhampton (34), and West Ham (32) will try to make the most of their final 3 life preservers. Wigan has had the most green dots over the last 6 going 2-2-2 and climbing into a tie with Blackpool and may catch a break as surely Stoke will have their attentions elsewhere when they meet on the final match of the season regardless of their FA Cup Final result, and should be able to handle a West Ham side that is winless in their last six, so a win over Villa on Saturday should be the one they need to stay over the relegation line. Blackpool may not have it so easy as their final three matches with Tottenham, Bolton, and afore mentioned Man U may not yield the results they need to stay up with the big boys.

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