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EPL Week 33, Game of the Week

13 Apr

Recap: The Manchester Derby was a delightful match, featuring some of the top players in world football. It was Manchester United that came away with a 4-2 win, and a game in which the Red Devil’s dominated.

This Week:

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Saturday, April 18th, 11:30am CST, Stamford Bridge

Why this game is intriguing: Form. Again. Manchester United is in splendid form, particularly after beating rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford 4-2 just last week. Louis van Gaal’s men are currently in 3rd place, just 1 point behind Arsenal, and 8 points (and 1 game) behind 1st place Chelsea. Now 4 points clear of City, the Red Devils have all but reached their #1 goal at the start of the season: Finish in the top 4, and earn a UEFA Champions League spot. United is one of, if not the biggest club in the world, with a globalized fan base. Their story this season, while not yet complete, is absolutely worth the headlines and the news coverage they receive. Chelsea have won their last 3 matches in a row, and having been eliminated from the Champions League and the FA Cup, winning the league is their only chance of getting a trophy this season, minus the Capital One Cup.

Other Reasons to Watch: The Manchester United midfield is something to behold, and while it did take awhile, this unit is the strength of the club. Marouane Fellaini is showing glimpses of the player he was at Everton before David Moyes brought him with to Manchester. He scores, he’s unselfish, and he’s a large presence in the box on crosses and corner kicks. Juan Mata is an intelligent Spaniard- the archtype of a number 8, and a player with great ball handling skills, vision, and scoring ability. Ander Herrera and Daley Blind are smooth passing defensive midfielders (Blind the more defensive of the two, Herrera more offensive). This unit thoroughly dominated the likes of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho in the Manchester Derby, and have really stepped up in the latter part of the season.

Prediction: United is on a train that can’t be stopped. I’m going Red Devil’s 3, Chelsea 1

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EPL, Week 33 Game of The Week

9 Apr

We are back for the Manchester Derby!!

 

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Sunday, April 12th, 10am CST, Old Trafford

Why this Game is Intriguing: Present form. While Manchester United has seemingly gone through hell in the last 12 months with David Moyes’ blunder last season and an initially struggling Louis van Gaal this season, it seems as if the Red Devils are finally hitting their stride. Manchester United, 3rd in the table, leads City by just 1 point heading into the final Manchester Derby of the season. Manchester City has been struggling as of late, losing to Crystal Palace, FC Barcelona in the Champions league, Burnley, and Liverpool. Manchester United, who early on in the season had plenty of hiccups, including a disastrous loss to Leicester City who find themselves at the bottom of the table, are now playing like one of England’s best clubs. Manchester United has won 5 of it’s last 6 matches, including a precious road win over rivals Liverpool.

Other Reasons to Watch: Could we be witnessing another changing of the guard in Manchester? Louis van Gaal and his squad, particularly the partnership of Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, and Fellaini in the midfield, are playing lights out. They appear to have a swagger about them that Manchester City guys like Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, and particularly Yaya Toure have lost in the last several games, and for much of this season. City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s seat has never been hotter at the Etihad, and you can bet that a blowout loss to their rivals at Old Trafford would absolutely seal his fate.Van Gaal on the other hand, with a victory here, would take a large step towards securing Manchester United’s return to the Champions League, which means United will have the cash and the legitimacy to build on what is already a strong team in this summer’s transfer market.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester United 2, Manchester City 0

 

English Premier League, Week 4 Game of the Week

8 Sep

Recap: Liverpool annihilated the Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane 3-0, a much needed result after their pummeling to Manchester 1-3 just a week prior. Raheem Sterling opened up the scoring in the 8′, followed by a pk by Steven Gerrard in the 49′, and capped off in the ’60 by newcomer defenseman Alberto Moreno.

This Week: 

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Saturday, Sept 13th, 6:45am (CST) Emirates Stadium

Why This Game is Intriguing: Both of these clubs desperately need a positive result coming off the international break. Manchester City suffered a humiliating defeat to Stoke City at home, while the Gunners drew with newly promoted side Leicester City. The Gunners have just 1 win in 3 games thus far, and a win against the defending champions at home early in the season would go a long way towards building confidence for a club seeking 3 points. Manchester City has a tough 2-game stretch here, playing Arsenal on the road, and then next week hosting Chelsea at the Etihad- a game which will speak volumes as the season continues to move on. On the face of it, it appears that Chelsea is the frontrunner to win the league- unless a club like Manchester City, or even Arsenal, can manage to make this a competitive race.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Quality of talent. Manchester City’s Kun Aguero already has 2 goals in 3 games, and he has yet to even play a full 90 minutes. Aguero is one of the elite players in the Premier League, as are his teammates Yaya Toure, David Silva, Joe Hart, Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho, Eden Dzeko, and others. Arsenal, despite drawing their last 2 matches, seems to look more comfortable with Alexis Sanchez leading the attack after Olivier Giroud went down with injury. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better player in greater form right now than Aaron Ramsey, who continues to get better with each season.The last time these 2 clubs played, Arsenal demolished Manchester City at Wembley winning FA Community Shield by a score of 3-0.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester City 2, Arsenal 1