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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 11 Game of the Week

17 Nov

Recap from 2 weeks ago: Although not the most dominating of efforts, Chelsea handled Liverpool at Anfield thanks to goal by Gary Cahill and Diego Costa. Chelsea remains in first place, 4 points clear of the surprising Southampton Saints.

This Week: 

Arsenal FC vs Manchester United

Arsenal FC vs Manchester United

Saturday, November 22nd, 11:30am (CST) Emirates Stadium

Why This Game is Intriguing: Teams 6 (Arsenal) and 7 (Man United) in the Premier League face off in North London. Just a point apart, this is a crucial game as we head into the middle of November. The Gunners are coming off an ugly loss to Swansea City, a game which they controlled for about the first 60 or so minutes, before things got wildly out of hand. Man United won their last game at home against Crystal Palace thanks to a 67′ goal by Juan Mata. While not as significant of a rivalry as say the Manchester Derby, the North London Derby, or Liverpool vs Manchester United, this game, because of the history of the two clubs, has meaning beyond just two good teams playing.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: What does the future hold for both Arsenal and Manchester United, and where they end up finishing could all come back to this game. Both clubs are struggling mightily stringing together wins in a row, and both are dealing with bad injuries. The laundry list of injuries for Manchester United undoubtedly is hurting their chances: Falcao, van Persie, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera- each have missed or are slated to miss several games. For Arsenal: Olivier Giroud, Debuchy, Arteta, Ozil, Koscielny. Both of these clubs have Champions League aspirations, but have a ways to go. Even the Europa League, particularly for Manchester United, would be a positive step in the right direction for the club- however, as it stands and the way these clubs have looked, missing out on the top 6 entirely is a possibility that both would like to avoid.

Soccahaus Prediction: 1-1

English Premier League, Week 9 Game of the Week

27 Oct

Recap: Manchester United, in dramatic fashion at the Theater of Dreams, drew league leaders Chelsea thanks to a goal by Robin van Persie in the waning seconds of extra time. While Chelsea was clearly the favorite, and looked like the better team for much of the game- it is moments like the one RVP had that make playing at Old Trafford one of the more unique experiences in all of world soccer.

This Week:

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Sunday, November 2nd, 7:30am (CST) Etihad Stadium

Why This Game is Intriguing: Because of the results for each of these teams last week, and the emotional aftermath of those results and how they effect the mindset of the players heading into this match. As mentioned in the recap, Manchester United is coming off of an elating draw vs Chelsea; while some could argue that Manchester United is better than that, to celebrate a tie at home, irregardless of the opponent- considering how the last 2 seasons have gone for the Red Devil’s, this was arguably the most impressive, positive game they’ve played in a season and a half. Manchester City lost at West Ham United 1-2, despite outshooting and outpossessing the Hammers. West Ham, currently in 4th place, is a very good English club and should push for a Europa league spot- but no doubt this was a let down for the Citizens.

Other Reasons to Watch this Game: Manchester City has dominated this rivalry as of late- winning the 5 of the last 6, and both league matches last season by a combined score of 7-1. The last match these 2 played at Old Trafford resulted in a 3-0 win for the Citizens, and you can bet the Red Devils still have a bitter taste in their mouths from such an embarrassing result. Compared to last season, Manchester United seems much improved- with the additions of Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, and Daley Blind. Sergio Aguero has 9 goals in 8 games, while United’s top goal scorer is RVP with just 3 so far. Expect City to reassert itself and prove once again, despite the recent shortcomings against CSKA Moscow and West Ham, that the club is capable of being the best in England.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester City 4, Manchester United 2

English Premier League Week 8 Game of the Week

21 Oct

Recap: Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad 4-1, with all 4 goals coming from none other than Argentinian forward Sergio “Kun” Aguero. Aguero’s performance was one of the best of his career, as City continues to chase Chelsea in standings.

This Week:

Manchester United vs Chelsea FC

Manchester United vs Chelsea FC

Sunday, Oct 26th, 11am CST Old Trafford

Why This Game is Intriguing: Because the Blues are in 1st place in the Premier League and are undefeated as they make their way to the hallowed ground that is Manchester United’s Old Trafford. The 6th place Red Devils have won each of their first 3 home matches this season by a combined score of 8-2. While this club gets a lot of criticism for the way they have performed, particularly under managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal- Manchester United is a whole different beast when they play at home. Coming off a short week in an ugly draw to lowly West Bromwich Albion, look for United perform well, and upset Chelsea in front of a sold out Theater of Dreams crowd.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Expectations for the Red Devils ought to be very high for this game, despite their recent draw to West Brom? Why? Since Manchester United does not participate in European competition, and Chelsea does- the Red Devils have a huge advantage here. They have more preparation time, they have more time to rest players that might be slightly injured, and they can take advantage of some of Chelsea’s fatigue and player rotation. Even though Chelsea’s Champions League game is against Slovenian champions Moribor, because Chelsea drew to Schalke, every point in the group matters. Manchester United, because aren’t playing in European Competition, lives for these games- these massive league games against England’s best. This game, right here, is their Champions League final- while next week against arch rival Manchester City, is of equal importance.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester United 3, Chelsea 2

English Premier League, Week 30 Game of the Week

1 Apr

Recap of last week: Tottenham scored two goals within the first 25 minutes of play as they held off Swansea City, in Wales to beat the Swans by a score of 2-1. Goals by Jan Vertonghen 7′ and Gareth Bale 21′ were enough to overcome Swansea, even though Spanish stud Michu notched a goal himself in the 71′. With that win and with Chelsea’s surprising loss to the Saints of Southampton, Tottenham remains in 3rd place in the table, ahead of Chelsea by just 2 points heading into next weekend.

This Week: 

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Monday, April 8th 2pm (CST) Old Trafford

Why This Game is Intriguing: With only eight games left including this one for each of these two teams, 1st place Manchester United’s 15 point lead over 2nd place Manchester City will most certainly not be overcome. That’s not to say this game isn’t going to be important: any derby between these two clubs is incredibly important not only for soccer fans in Manchester, but for Premier League fans across the globe. Manchester City is coming off one of their most dominant wins of the season, clobbering Newcastle 4-0 easily at the Etihad. While City has maintained a healthy rotation amongst strikers Aguero, Tevez, and Dzeko- the two most consistent and most talented players on the roster are David Silva and Yaya Toure. Both of those players will need to lead the way if City wants win their 2nd game in a row at Old Trafford. Manchester United meanwhile has not looked as dominant in their wins since losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League. United last two games were both 1-0 results over two teams in the relegation conversation in Sunderland and Reading.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Despite United’s huge lead over City, the Red Devils will have a mental edge in this game as memories of the last match between these two clubs at Old Trafford didn’t exactly go to plan for the home side. The last time City came to Old Trafford, the home side was demolished 1-6 en route to the Citizens’ first Premier League title. Manchester United will be looking for a statement win to not only embellish what will be the club’s record 20th league title, but to officially stamp out City as potential contenders. Also, the last match between these two clubs occurred December 9th- a match which was was won by United’s Van Persie in extra time by a score of 3-2. That match provided for plenty of drama on the pitch, as City fans pelted debris onto the field- some of which hit Man United defender Rio Ferdinand in the nose, and in another incident during that match, a City fan ran onto the field. Manchester United and its fans will be looking to restore some honor to the rivalry, hopefully without incident.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester City 2, Manchester United 1

Other Game This Week Worth Watching: West Brom vs Arsenal, Liverpool vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Everton, Chelsea vs Sunderland, QPR vs Wigan

 

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