What next for the relegation run-in?

The relegation race (it is the race no one wants to be a part of – a bit like the 1500m at Sports Day) is entering its final stretch with just a handful of games to go and with Aston Villa done and dusted only two places remain in the bottom three. So with three teams left vying to remain in the Premier League but does this weekend’s fixtures mean for the relegation run in?

17th Sunderland – P34 Pts: 31 GD: -18
18th Norwich – P34 Pts: 31 GD: -25
19th Newcastle – P35 Pts: 30 GD: -26

Let’s start with the 3 o’clock kick offs and Sunderland are venturing a little south to The Britannia to face a Stoke City that are haemorrhaging goals at an almost sacrificial rate. Continue reading “What next for the relegation run-in?”

Leicester City vs. Norwich City, Match Preview, 27-02-16

Predicted XI’s

Leicester City: Schemeichel, Chilwell, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kanté, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Klose, Bassong, Brady, Redmond, O’Neil, Howson, Naismith, Hoolahan, Mbokani

And so the dream continues. Despite that gut wrenching defeat to Arsenal in the final moments of the game courtesy of Danny Welbeck, Leicester still find themselves top of the table by 2 points. And whilst all their title rivals busied themselves with FA Cup games and silly commitments in Europe, Leicester City went on holiday and had a little bit of town time. Actually, this game represents one of the more tanned affairs as Norwich City also ventured off east to Abu Dhabi to bring a little bit of sunshine to the gloom that has begun to surround Carrow Road. Continue reading “Leicester City vs. Norwich City, Match Preview, 27-02-16”

Poch keeps Faith for Potential Title Run In

Predicted XI’s

Norwich: Rudd, Pinto, Klose, Bassong, Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Redmond, Naismith, Hoolahan, Bamford

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier Alderweireld, Vimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Lamela, Erikson, Alli, Kane

In the Premier League this season where nothing is certain and the stakes are so high, the January transfer window has seen a tale of two halves of the table. The great quandary of stick or twist has seen the players with the short stacks roll the dice, as teams who might see themselves in a relegation scrap sought to improve their chances of reaping the rewards of the TV cash cow of next season. Norwich undoubtedly fall amongst the chancer’s post-January window. Continue reading “Poch keeps Faith for Potential Title Run In”

One Week till Deadline Day…

One week to go to what should be the third best day of the year (only behind Christmas and the Summer Deadline Day) and yet, unless something dramatic happens and some absolute curve ball emerges out of the left field, this January transfer window has been really quite stale.

As people embark on their Dry January’s because they had too much fun at Christmas, this season the Transfer Windows feels very much the same. We all had too much fun over the festive period, now we retreat home and do just what is expected from us. Yet for some football clubs this is surely the time to realise something great or even roll the dice to try and stay up? Continue reading “One Week till Deadline Day…”