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Premier League Week 36 Game of the Week

4 May

Recap: Sunderland took a major step towards avoiding relegation with their 2-1 home win against the Southampton Saints. While it does look like Burnley and QPR will be dropping, with 4 matches left to play, Sunderland must fend off the likes of Hull City, Leicester City, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

This Week: 

Chelsea FC vs Liverpool FC

Chelsea FC vs Liverpool FC

Sunday, 10am CDT, Stamford Bridge

Why This Game is Intriguing: Because the Champions of the Premier League, Chelsea FC, will be deservedly honored and celebrated in this home match against Liverpool FC. Last season, these two clubs finished in the top 4, with Liverpool coming within a Steven Gerrard slip of winning the league against this same Chelsea team. Now, in this match this Sunday, the Liverpool players will be standing lined up outside of the tunnel to give Chelsea a guard of honor as they come onto the pitch. Say what you want about Chelsea’s style- and I have often been critical of it many times on this site- they won the league not just fair and square, but in a prolonged, dominating fashion. 13 points ahead of 2nd place Manchester City is a sign of the clinic these Chelsea players put on all season long, from start to finish.

Other Reasons to Watch: There is still much to play for if you are a Liverpool player and/or fan. Just 4 points behind arch rival Manchester United for 4th place- Liverpool will do everything they can to get a string of wins and earn a Champions League bid. They will need some help from the Red Devils, who have 3 very tricky games remaining: at Crystal Palace, vs Arsenal, and then at relegation fighters Hull City. If Liverpool can qualify for the Champions League over Manchester United, that would be considered a huge victory, and to some extent, a successful season for Brendan Rodgers’ club. Liverpool has had an up and down season, in large part due to the departing player of the year Luis Suarez who bolted to Barcelona after the World Cup. Liverpool can salvage a lot, in particular the likelihood of retaining Brendan Rodgers, if they can finish 4th in this year’s Barclays Premier League table.

Prediction: 1-1 draw

 

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English Premier League, Week 1 Game of the Week

10 Aug

WELCOME TO SOCCAHAUS! We are excited for another season of previewing matches!

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Saturday, August 16th, 6:45am CST, Old Trafford

Why This Game is Intriguing: The Louis van Gaal era is officially under way at Old Trafford, and the Dutch manager will look to make a statement against a solid team at home. Unlike his predecessor David Moyes, van Gaal will look to attack, attack, attack, only using a backline of 3 defenders- much like he did with The Netherlands in the World Cup. New acquisition from Athletic Bilbao, Ander Herrera has looked sensational in the preseason, and Wayne Rooney definitely comes into this game with a chip on his shoulder after the way last season went, and the way his English national team underperformed in Brazil. Manchester United went from Champions of the Premier League to coming in 7th place last year- and missing out on European competition.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Louis van Gaal isn’t the only manager with something to prove in this game- Swansea’s Garry Monk was permanently named manager this past May, a promotion from his interim status last season after the club fired Danish manager Michael Laudrup in February. Monk captained Swansea for much of the last decade, and has a good squad this seasion to boot. Swansea’s best players are captain Ashley Williams, midfielder Nathan Dyer, and center forward Wilfried Bony. Ivorian Bony is an exceptional talent, scoring 16 goals last season and 2 goals in the World Cup in Brazil. Swansea underachieved finishing in 12th place last season. With more stability in the club this season with regards to the managerial situation, expect the Swans to be in contention for a top 10 finish. Michu has been sold to Serie A side Napoli, but Bony is more than capable of filling the void.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester United 4, Swansea City 1