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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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Premier League, Week 35 Game of the Week

27 Apr

Recap: I had predicted the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal to be tight, and low scoring. My 1-1 prediction wasn’t far off, as the final score ended in a 0-0 draw. The result pretty much sealed Chelsea’s fate as this season’s Premier League champions.

This Week:

Sunderland AFC vs Southampton FC

Sunderland AFC vs Southampton FC

Saturday, May 2nd, 9am CDT, Stadium of Light

Why This Game is Intriguing: With just 6 games to go including this one, both the Black Cats of Sunderland and the Saints of Southampton desperately need this win- albeit for very different reasons. Sunderland currently finds itself in 18th place and in the relegation zone, and could jump as high as to 15th place depending on other results. Sunderland was last in the 2nd division in 2007, and they will do everything they can to avoid dropping back down. Southampton on the other hand is one of the more remarkable stories of the season. Having lost its 3 top players last season in Adam Lallana, Rickey Lambert, and DeJan Lovren (all to Liverpool), many including myself expected the Saints to be one of the worst teams in the Premier League. Southampton is currently in 7th place, and will be fighting to finish 5th or 6th so they can participate in the Europa League next season. Southampton has 57 points, while Liverpool and Tottenham, 5th and 6th respectively, each have 58 points. Those 3 clubs will be in a heated battle that will likely go down to the last day of the season to see who gets to participate in the European competition.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Both of these teams have good players worth keeping an eye on. Southampton striker Graziano Pelle’ is the Saints’ leading goal scorer with 11. Despite experiencing a dip of form in February and March, Pelle managed to score 2 goals against Tottenham last weekend. Other contributing players include defensemen Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte, 2 of the better players at their respective positions in the Premier League this season. Sunderland is a squad lacking in talent, but forwards Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham, along with holding midfielder Lee Cattermole are opportunistic difference makers who will play important roles in this game.

Prediction: Southampton 2, Sunderland 0.

English Premier League, Week 6 Game of the Week

29 Sep

Recap: Chelsea rocked 3rd place Aston Villa 3-0 thanks to goals from Oscar, Diego Costa, and Willian. Chelsea continues to look the part, as they are the class of the English Premier League. Their depth and goal-keeping continue to be points of consistency.

This Week:

Chelsea FC vs Arsenal FC

Chelsea FC vs Arsenal FC

Sunday, October 5th, 8:05am (CST) Stamford Bridge

Why This Game is Intriguing: A London derby featuring 2 of England’s best clubs. Chelsea comes off a 3-0 drubbing at Villa Park- while not unexpected, the result seems to have catapulted Chelsea into what we already knew they were- the best Premier League team at present time. Arsenal on the other hand comes into this game after a less than stellar result, a 1-1 draw to North London arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal scored the game tying goal late, as young English star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found the back of the net in the ’74. The Gunners were playing without injured captain Mikel Arteta, and Welsh star Aaron Ramsey had to be substituted at half due to a hamstring issue. It is also important to note that both of these clubs have Champions League matches earlier in the week: Chelsea travels to Portugal to face Sporting Club Lisbon on Tuesday, while the Gunners host Turkish Champions Galatasaray at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Other Reason to Watch this Game: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea. The Catalan midfielder will play his old club, the club he played at for 9 years, for the first time as a Chelsea player. Cesc was the captain at Arsenal for many years, and was without a doubt, along with Robin van Persie, their best player. Now, Cesc is the focus of the Chelsea attack, leading the league in assists with 6. Cesc was an important player for Barcelona too in between his spells at the two London-based clubs, but opted to return to England to receive more playing and in the hopes of winning his first Premier League title- something he was unable to achieve at Arsenal.

Soccahaus Prediction: Chelsea 2, Arsenal 1

English Premier League, Week 35 Game of the Week

7 Apr

Recap: It seems like a long, long time ago when Arsenal once led the Premier League table. Everton thrashed the Gunners at Goodison Park 3-0, with goals by Nasmith, Lukaku, and an own goal by Mikel Arteta. Arsenal now has not won a single match since the March 16th 1-0 win over North London rival Tottenham.

This Week: 

Liverpool FC vs Manchester City FC

Liverpool FC vs Manchester City FC

Sunday, April 13th, 7:30am (CDT), Anfield

Why This Game is Intriguing: The hype leading up to this match cannot be overstated- this is THE match of the entire Premier League season. The outcome of this match most likely directly affects who ends up winning the league. Liverpool is in first place with 74 points in hand, Chelsea is in 2nd place with 72 points, and Manchester City is in 3rd place with 70 points- BUT, the Citizens have 2 more games to play than Liverpool or Chelsea because of postponed games earlier in the season. Essentially, and yes there are more games to play- particularly another major one between Liverpool and Chelsea also at Anfield- But I think if Manchester City wins this game, there is a very small chance Liverpool or Chelsea can catch up and beat City for the league title.

Other Reasons to Watch this Game: Form. Manchester City has 5 wins and 2 draws in its last 7 matches, including dominating efforts against Southampton, Manchester United, and Fulham. Liverpool has won its last 9 games in a row, including blow-out wins over Tottenham, Cardiff, Manchester United, Southampton, and Arsenal. This might be considered a stretch, but I believe we’ll be watching the 2 best players in the Premier League in this match: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure. Toure leads his club with 18 league goals to go along with 5 assists. Luis Suarez has 29 goals (leads the league) to go along with 11 assists. Despite the accolades of these 2 players, both are team first guys who leave it all on the pitch in order for their teams to win.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester City 3, Liverpool 2

Other Games this week worth Watching: Fulham vs Norwich, Manchester United vs Hull City, Southampton vs Cardiff, Stoke City vs Newcastle, Sunderland vs Everton, Swansea vs Chelsea

English Premier League, Week 30 of 2014, Game of the Week

11 Mar

Recap: After a 10 month hiatus, we are back, previewing the final 9  best games down the stretch of this season.

This Week: 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal FC

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal FC

Sunday, March 16th, 11am (CDT) White Hart Lane

Why This Game is Intriguing: The North London derby is one of the best and most intense football events in England, and you can rest be assured that Tottenham will be looking to avenge their 0-1 loss back on September 1st at the Emirates. Currently Arsenal sits in 3rd place in the league table with 59 points, while Tottenham is in 5th with 53 points. A Spurs win here would greatly affect the standings and might give the Spurs a chance of potentially finishing in the top 4- though at this point in time, that appears to be a long shot. A turnaround for the Spurs must start with a positive result in this match.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: A reasonable question to ask of Arsenal is- How much left is in the tank? This match at White Hart Line will be their 3rd match in 8 days- and it doesn’t help that Arsenal lost one of it’s most consistent and intelligent midfielders in Jack Wilshire during England’s friendly just last week. After playing in Munich on Tuesday night- Arsenal must travel back to London and recuperate before this huge derby game. As for Tottenham, they will be coming off their first leg against Benfica in the Europa League- a quality opponent that has a legitimate chance to win the Europa League trophy.

Soccahaus Prediction: Tottenham 2, Arsenal 1

Other Games this week worth watching: Manchester United vs Liverpool, Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Everton vs Cardiff, Hull vs Manchester City