Top six - current status & final placings

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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby Dimples » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:04 pm

Over the next 6 games, Dippers and us will play 3 of the top 6.
Us: Dippers, Spuds, Rags
Dippers: Chelsea, Us, Arsenal
So far it is one apiece. We beat Arsenal. Dippers beat Spuds.
We have tough PL fixtures after each of the three CL games. Dippers do not (one tough fixture only).

There is potential for a big swing there - either way.
If the Dippers get the jump on us, they will be very hard to claw back. They will not be allowed to fail - if you know what I mean.
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby Plain Speaking » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:54 pm

IMO our home game against Liverpool will be crucial for deciding the PL title. Unfortunately we play them at a crap time in the fixture list.

We have away games at Leicester on the 26th Dec and Southampton on the 29th Dec then Liverpool on New Years Day.

They have 2 home games before the big match, Newcastle 26th and Arsenal 29th.

Our energy levels wont be helped with the extra travelling.
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby dazby » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:07 pm

Mate, we could lose to them twice and still win the league. It's all about being consistent.
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby Plain Speaking » Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:07 am

dazby wrote:Mate, we could lose to them twice and still win the league. It's all about being consistent.

I accept that, but I think they have improved their team, and squad, significantly, since last season. I think they will be much more consistent and hopefully we will be too. That's why I think the head to head games will be so important.

We have had a series of relatively easy games in the PL so far, and have not hit our top form yet. It's good Mahrez is improving, I hope we are lucky with injuries, certain positions we have lack of cover.
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby Dimples » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:21 pm

As a busy XMAS schedule kicks of thought it was time to reassess.

Football is a funny old game.
Liverpool are our only serious rival, we are better than them but they are only 2 points behind.
After yesterday they may start believing it really is their year - written in the stars.
If we slip up and they get their noses in front anything could happen.
XMAS period and our NY match against them are key.
Either team could open a gap during this period that would be very hard to close......
I still think it is very close, I rate it about 60/40 in our favor (maybe even less)

Revised final placings prediction:

Potential PL winners:

1. Man City:
positives: we are playing well, team spirit looks good, Kevin back soon
negatives: no Fern1 replacement, injuries to key players (Kevin, Kun, Mendy...), coping with CL matches

2. Liverpool
positives: they are grinding out wins while not playing well
negatives: front three potency form last season looks like a one off, squad depth, no midfield, CL or Europa league

Top four battle:

3. Chelsea
positives: Hazzard is a match winner
negative: Hazzard over reliance, David Luiz
4. Arsenal:
positive: they have their mojo back, can play beautiful football, can score goals
negative: defence is to weak, Ozil
5. Spurs:
positives: a fit first eleven are very good
negatives: players must know Levy is ripping them off, ground situation, squad depth, lack of investment.
This Summer I expect it all to start falling apart for Spurs - assuming their players actually want to win something and earn top $
6. Man Utd:
positives: Rashford
negatives: Jose, Woodworth, Glazers, Pogba, Lulu, defence, 'style' of play is outdated
They are accelerating backwards.
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby sheblue » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:41 pm

On yesterday's showing Everton could well finish above the rags.
They could and probably should end up 7th.
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby salford city » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:17 pm

Arsenal need to show up at the swamp on Wednesday. Something that they have rarely done since their title winning year. If they can put another 3 points between them and the scum it will be a big physiological blow. Top 5 is as is for me with arsenal and spurs swapping throughout the season. We need to retain the title, that is another tick off the list
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby salford city » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:17 pm

Arsenal need to show up at the swamp on Wednesday. Something that they have rarely done since their title winning year. If they can put another 3 points between them and the scum it will be a big physiological blow. Top 5 is as is for me with arsenal and spurs swapping throughout the season. We need to retain the title, that is another tick off the list
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby salford city » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:17 pm

Arsenal need to show up at the swamp on Wednesday. Something that they have rarely done since their title winning year. If they can put another 3 points between them and the scum it will be a big physiological blow. Top 5 is as is for me with arsenal and spurs swapping throughout the season. We need to retain the title, that is another tick off the list
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby salford city » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:01 pm

Bloody phone......
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Re: Top six - current status & final placings

Postby budfox » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:30 pm

If you look at Betfair, where people really do put their money where their mouth is, then it's pretty much a two horse race. We are 1/4, with the bin dipping scum at 5/1. Best of the rest is Chelsea at 64/1 and just for a laugh the rags are 660/1

Will we achieve at least as many points as the bin dippers do over the rest of the season? For me it's a resounding "yes". I have seen nothing in the way they play to make me think they're close to where we are, and I honestly believe the table lies on this occasion.

But for a missed penalty and a million to one freak goal yesterday the current two point gap would be seven points, and a far more accurate reflection of the season so far.
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