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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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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

English Premier League, Week 4 Game of the Week

10 Sep

Recap of Two Weeks Ago (*International Duty last week): I incorrectly predicted Liverpool to win 2-0 at home to an Arsenal squad that was reeling and in desperate need of its first goal of the season. In actuality, Arsenal won the game 2-0 behind goals by newcomers Lukas Podolski (31′) and Santi Cazorla (’68). The new, Van Persieless Gunners finally asserted themselves on the offensive end, while Liverpool continued to struggle in the open field.

This Week: 

Everton F.C. vs Newcastle United

Monday September 17th, 2:00 PM (CST), Goodison Park

Why This Game is Intriguing: Everton is currently in 6th place in the Premier League, while Newcastle is in 10th Place. While nobody would say that either of these teams is an elite club in England, I believe most at this point in the season would be open to mentioning them in that 2nd group of teams. Everton has looked sharp thus far, with wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa. Newcastle is looking for its second win of the season, but notched an important opening week victory over Tottenham Hotspur. The Magpies’ lone loss thus far comes at the hands Chelsea, the league leaders and without a doubt the best playing soccer team on the planet right now. At this rate, both of these teams possibly are vying for that 4th Champions League bid, or at least an automatic bid in the Europa League.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian international midfielder has been sensational thus far in the season. In 3 games he has 2 goals on 13 shots, and has been involved in just about every positive play for Everton. His vastly improved quality, coupled with his size (6’5) and age (he turns 25 in November), makes him one of the most valuable players Everton has. His partner in the midfield, Steven Pienaar has looked good as well, and together they compliment what appears to be a strong, consistent Everton attack. In previous articles I have mentioned the strength and talent Newcastle possesses. The skills of Hatem ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, and Fabricio Coloccini are well known in England, and it will be a thrill to watch them matchup against a surging, confident Everton team.

Soccahaus Prediction: 2-2 Draw.

Other Games This Week Worth Watching: Norwich vs West Ham, Stoke City vs Manchester City, Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic, QPR vs Chelsea, Fulham vs West Brom, Arsenal vs Southampton, Sunderland vs Liverpool