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Premier League, Week 38 Game of the Week

18 May

Recap: Newcastle’s horrible slide continues, as they lost 1-2 at Loftus Road to lowly, and newly relegated Queens Park Rangers. Fear not though you Magpies. A draw or loss by Hull City, regardless of your own outcome against West Ham United, will ensure your safety in the Premier League next season.

This Week:

Hull City Tigers vs Manchester United

Hull City Tigers vs Manchester United

Sunday, May 24th, 9am CDT, KC Stadium

Why This Game Is Intriguing: With the Premier League title already decided (Chelsea), and 2 of the 3 relegation spots secured (Burnley and QPR), all eyes will be on the Hull City Tigers, who literally are in a must-win situation. A loss or a draw to Manchester United (a likely scenario), will ensure the Tigers of relegation back to the Championship. Hull is led by Nikica Jelavic with 8 goals, and midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady with 5 assists, but overall lack the quality to really compete in the Premiership.

Other Reasons to Watch this Match: Mission accomplished for Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United Red Devils. After a disastrous season last year under David Moyes where the club finished 7th and out of European competition, Manchester United, after a bit of a rough start to the season, have managed a guaranteed top 4 finish and Champions League bid. They have taken down their rivals in Liverpool and in Manchester City en route to 69 points through 37 games played. Despite abysmal performances and injury concerns to strikers Robin van Persie and Radamal Falcao, van Gaal has been part of  and responsible for a resurgence of players such as Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, and Chris Smalling. Going forward, this club has a nice mix of youth and experience, and knowing how Manchester United spends, adding Memphis Depay among what are sure to be other key transfers, will see this club competing for the Premier League title next season.

Soccahaus Prediction: Bye Bye Tigers. Manchester United 2, Hull City 1

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English Premier League, Week 17 Game of the Week

17 Dec

Recap of Last Week: I predicted a close 2-1 result between the Spurs of Tottenham and the Swans of Swansea City. The end result was close, but the Spurs ended up completely shutting out Swansea by a score of 1-0. Michu, one of the league leaders in goals, was rendered useless- the Swans were limited to just 3 shots on goal, 0 on target, while Tottenham had 29 shots and 8 on target.

This Week:

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Sunday, December 23rd, 7:30AM (CST), Liberty Stadium

Why This Game is Intriguing: Swansea, you get one last chance. Just kidding- even though the Swans had a rough outing against Tottenham last week, they have another shot to prove themselves against the best club in England. Manchester United has not lost a league game in over a month, and the momentum the Red Devils have through the middle of the season is not only impressive, but downright intimidating for the rest of the league. Man U is rolling, and they are in prime position to take not only a commanding lead in the Premier League, but to also start gearing up for the knockout stages of the Champions League. In games such as this, where it is clear Man U has a wealth of talent, especially compared to the opposition, it is important Sir Alex Ferguson give his entire roster a chance at significant playing time, particularly the youngsters. Players like Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck need to receive at least some playing time to spell players like Robin van Persie and Ashley Young, especially for the long haul that is the rest of the EPL season and the Champions League.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: If you haven’t yet watched Manchester United this season, you are missing out on some beautiful, team-first football. Robin van Persie is tied with Swansea Midfielder Michu for the most goals in the league this season at 12, and van Persie has been on a tear recently, scoring at least 1 goal in each of the last 4 EPL meetings for Man U. The Wayne Rooney to van Persie combo continues to improve by the week, and the Dutchman’s class and the way he carries himself not only on the pitch tactically but as a member of a team-first club such as Man United has been one of the highlights of this season so far. While Arsenal has struggled mightily at times this season, Man U has seamlessly taken off to new heights with their leading goal scorer. As for Swansea, they must have a better showing at home this week than they did at White Hart Lane last week. 3 shots, 0 on target will not cut it against a team of Manchester United’s caliber. Swansea needs to play their best game in order to have a legitimate chance of getting any points against the league leaders.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester United 3, Swansea 0

Other Games This Week Worth Watching: Man City vs Reading, Tottenham vs Stoke City, West Brom vs Norwich, West Ham vs Everton, Newcastle vs QPR, Liverpool vs Fulham, Chelsea vs Aston Villa