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Premier League Week 37 Game of the Week

12 May

Recap: I predicted correctly; a low scoring, 1-1 draw in which Chelsea celebrated its league victory in front of their home fans. Eden Hazard scored in the first half, but it was none other than Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who scored the tying goal off of a set piece in the second half.

This Week: 

Queens Park Rangers vs Newcastle United

Queens Park Rangers vs Newcastle United

Saturday, May 19th, 9am CDT Loftus Road

Why This Game is Intriguing: Because if you are a QPR fan, this is your last home game of the season, and your last home game in the Premier League, that is, until you are likely promoted once again next season. QPR has been officially and mathematically relegated (along with Burnley), though QPR has a long history of promotion and relegation into and out of the Premier League. QPR’s hopes were slim last weekend: they desperately needed a David vs Goliath result against defending champions Manchester City on the road to have any chance of remaining in the Premier League. They were crushed in convincing fashion, 0-6 at the Etihad. QPR’s best player, Charlie Austin, had an incredible season carrying this club with 17 goals- and you can be assured that he will be swapping his horizontal blue and white stripes for another kit in England’s top flight: he is simply too good to be playing the Championship next season.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Newcastle cannot afford a loss, or really even a draw here against an inferior opponent in QPR, if they wish to remain in Premier League. Newcastle finds itself just 1 place above the relegation zone, and just 2 points ahead of Hull City for that final relegation spot. A Newcastle loss to QPR combined with a Hull City win over Tottenham would force Newcastle to be in a must win situation in the season’s final week against a challenging West Ham United. The Magpies have not won a match since February 28th against Aston Villa, losing their following 8 straight matches in a row before drawing West Brom this past weekend. Newcastle is a big club with an enormous fan base, huge stadium, and mega brand. They have a whole lot to lose in this game against QPR if the club isn’t focused on earning all 3 points.

Soccahaus Prediction: For all of Newcastle’s problems and bad run of form, they are simply better than QPR. Newcastle win 3-1.

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English Premier League, Week 28 Game of the Week

13 Mar

Recap of Last Week: In a matchup between two of the hottest teams in England, featuring arguably the two best players in England in Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale, the home side (Liverpool) came away with the close 3-2 victory thanks to goals by Suarez 21′, Downing 66′, and Gerrard 82′ PEN. Liverpool continues to climb up the table as they are now in 6th place, while Tottenham maintains their 3rd place position.

Aston Villa vs Queens Park Rangers

Aston Villa vs Queens Park Rangers

Saturday, March 16th, 10AM (CST) Villa Park

Why This Game is Intriguing: Believe it or not, QPR is on a winning streak! The London based club has won their last two games, their first such winning streak in the Premier League this season. They beat Sunderland 3-1 at home last week, and beat Southampton 2-1 the week before at St. Mary’s Stadium. QPR is, and has been at the very bottom of the Premier League table for pretty much the entirety of this season, but this last string of wins, combined with the collapses of clubs like Reading (losers of their last 4 games in a row, including a loss to Aston Villa) and Southampton (only won two Premier League games this calendar year), is forcing people around the league to believe that QPR will be remain in the top flight of English soccer next season.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Aston Villa is currently just one spot ahead of relegation zone, and based on their recent string of results, are in real danger of being relegated to the 2nd division of English soccer for the 1st time since the late 1980’s. The club from Birmingham is just 3 points ahead of Wigan Athletic, and a win here against QPR would go a long way towards providing some much needed cushion between themselves and the relegation zone. Aston Villa will have the best player on the pitch, regardless of team, in Christian Benteke. The Belgian international leads his team in goals with 12, and is tied for tops on his team in assists with 4. Benteke provides a spark and intimidating flashiness to go along with his natural abilities as an attacking footballer- and is without a doubt the most beloved player on Aston Villa. Look for Benteke to cause some serious problems for QPR’s weak back line.

Soccahaus Prediction: 2-2 draw

Other Games This Week Worth Watching: Everton vs Manchester City, Swansea vs Arsenal, Southampton vs Liverpool, Manchester United vs Reading, Tottenham vs Fulham, Chelsea vs West Ham

English Premier League, Week 23 Game of the Week

31 Jan

Recap of last Week: It was a tale of two halves, as Liverpool started off with a quick goal in the 5′. After controlling much of the 1st half, Arsenal stormed back in 2nd, mainly because of Santi Cazorla’s outstanding ball control at the CAM position. Olivier Giroud ’64 and Theo Walcott ’67 scored back to back goals for Arsenal, tying the game for good. In what was an exciting game, many are left asking: Is Arsenal a club capable of returning to the Champions League?

This Week: 

Manchester City FC vs Liverpool FC

Manchester City FC vs Liverpool FC

Sunday, February 3rd, 10am (CST) Etihad Stadium

Why This Game is Intriguing: Both Manchester City and Liverpool are each coming off dreadful draws earlier in the week- draws that could come back to haunt both of these clubs in their ultimate quest to get back to playing Champions League soccer. Liverpool’s draw at Arsenal last Wednesday was disappointing for the Reds. Liverpool came out of the gate in North London with a purpose, and they seemed to playing a few steps quicker than Arsenal. After leading 2-0, they let Arsenal back in the game. Manchester City was held goalless in an away draw at Queens Park Rangers. Manchester City remains in 2nd place in the EPL, but dropping points against the worst club in top flight football is really no excuse. Manchester United holds a firm 7 point lead over City, and Chelsea (who also had a horrendous draw this week to Reading FC) is only 6 points behind City as well.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Manchester City has sold troubled star Mario Balotelli, which should relieve some tension within Roberto Mancini’s dressing room. Players like Sergio Aguero, Eden Dzeko, and Carlos Tevez no longer have to look over their shoulder- while everyone would agree Balotelli is hardly the consummate team player, the fact of the matter is that the Italian, when not getting himself into trouble, is a fantastic and intimidating goal scoring threat. Selling him to AC Milan is a move that will benefit both clubs in the long run, and knowing Manchester City- expect them to put that money they earned from the sale into adding another important piece to their roster by the start of next season. All of that said, Roberto Mancini’s hot seat is burning hotter than ever. With Balotelli gone (a player Mancini had a history of issues with), it is up to Mancini to unite this club, free of distractions. Manchester City has got to play incredibly well the rest of the season, and be in close contention for defending their league title in order for Mancini to have any chance of being this club’s manager next season.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester City 2, Liverpool 1

Other Games This Week Worth Watching: Arsenal vs Stoke, Newcastle vs Chelsea, West Ham vs Swansea, Everton vs Aston Villa, Fulham vs Manchester United, West Brom vs Tottenham