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Manchester United spoils City Party || Stalemate at Mersyside || EPL Saturday Review

Well Well Well ! Just when you thought EPL was sealed tonight Pogba had different plans. That was some game at Etihad. Anti Climatic it was ! Manchester United Spoils City’s Party.

I would have written about it tomorrow but it is better time to express just when the game ended.

Liverpool and Manchester United scored 3 each against City within a week and it will hurt Man City fans a lot. As they have been dominant force throughout this campaign.

Raises a question why EPL teams did not do it against City ?

But it raises a question. why no one really pressed city since season began ? May be if someone had attacked them the way Liverpool and Man United did this week, then other teams would have played against them that way. Every team was so bothered about their possession and attacking flair. No team ever got going against City.

Having said all that it does not take credit away from City’s stellar season, but it poses a question that every team who were beaten by City was mentally on the back foot given the reputation that they earned over the course of this season.

I hope this two results that City got against top sides shows that in next season City will be challenged by teams such as Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea (if they change their manager). Guardiola has to change his system and tactics accordingly to deal with it because Man City are not Gaurdiola’s Barca as this City team gives away ball high up the pitch if  they get pressed heavily.

Still there is no denying that they are a week away from the title.

Mersyside Derby that didn’t really matter ? || Stoke fought but falter

Earlier this game week we saw Mersyside Derby and though I am a Liverpool fan still was not impressed with the game and I understood that we rested our top players for second leg against city.

Everton could have snicked one right in the end and could have earned bragging rights but as expected it ended 0-0 draw.

Other matches included great win by Newcastle as Rafa is keeping them in safe zone.Stoke fought hard but they were undone by Eriksen and Harry Kane’s shoulder as proclaimed by him.

 

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Manchester City Vs Manchester United || Everton vs Liverpool || Starting XI Dilemma ?

What was that ? Boom ! Yes. Exactly that was my reaction when Liverpool thrashed City by 3 goals and more importantly with clean sheet. Weekend just getting better as we are awaiting to witness Manchester Derby at Etihad.

A night I won’t forget as I watched the best atmosphere that Liverpool played in recent times. Some one might argue that Dortmund game was quite amazing but given the daunting opposition this made more special.

Because of this first leg result this weekend’s derby clashes are unpredictable as ManCity and Liverpool might rest their players to go through in semis of champions league.

Let’s Analyse then

1. Manchester Derby

What an occasion for Manchester City to win the game and Premier league at this stage. Their fans would never have ever thought of this even in their wildest of dreams. Other side of the coin is that City have already won premier league to say and if they falter against Liverpool then in long-term that would hurt them more.

Had they got an away goal then things would have been different at Etihad in second leg.From Manchester United’s point of view there’s one thing they want and it is to avoid City winning at Etihad and there are no second thoughts about it.

As we have seen throughout the season what Mourinho can do stop City’s lethal attack. Even when he knows pressing high up the pitch might break city down as Liverpool showed every one twice this season. But Mourinho won’t be changing his style then it would be a shock to me than beating City.

Pep faces starting XI dilemma for this Manchester derby more than any one. He always likes to go full throttle when it matters. But I won’t be surprised if he rests players Kevin De Bryune , David Silva or Sane. He might put enough quality players to get the result. This one is very tough to call but I guess it will be a narrow win for City in the end as they need impetus going forward in the second leg. 

2. Mersy side Derby-

This is  the first time Liverpool fans would not be worried about losing to Everton in the history of premier league. As every one is so focused on getting right result in second leg against City. But truth is that Everton these days are not a great team as they have very limited quality players at their disposal.

Yes on their day they can hurt any one as they thrashed City last season at Home 4-0. But Jurgen Klopp will put a team to beat them as at the end of the day it is Mersyside Derby and every fan wants their bragging rights in town.

We know Mo Salah got injury and Klopp did not provide much information on his injury before the game as he said in press conference on 6th April 2018. He wants to wait till final moment before team sheet gets to the officials. 

Even Liverpool might rest players such as Mo Salah, Van Dijk and Robertson still they can beat Everton. If they make 4-5 changes to them previous starting XI then it might be  cagey affair.

So both Pep and Klopp have dilemma but we are sure of exciting attacking football from both sides and will certainly enjoy this weekend’s EPL games.

Let’s see which derby produces exciting clash. is it Manchester Derby or Mersyside Derby ?

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Fantasy Premier League Tips || Wildcard Time ?

We are back again with Fantasy Premier League Tips for this weekend and guess what it’s Wildcard time for many of us. Let’s get started then.

International Break –

It’s been a long weekend for all football fans around the world. Tough I enjoyed couple of games such as matches involving Spain and Germany. But everyone missed EPL games as we are almost prepared for final run in.

This is the period where everything boils down to. I know many people play Fantasy Premier League around the globe and must have saved their FPL wildcard as they were eagerly waiting for players to come back in training at the club level.

Plan Wisely

This is Game week 32 and only 6 Game weeks to go with 2 double Game weeks on the horizon so we should build our squad from now on as in double game weeks we will be using chips such Bench Boost and Triple Captain. We all know that we can not use two chips in single game week. So Ideally we have only 2 game weeks to play around. If we are planning to use wildcard in game week 33 then there is chance that players value may go up and it will be difficult to slot them in our squad then.

Then let’s make draft of players who are most likely to get the maximum out of this period.

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I worked out this sheet for players who will have the chance to play two games during game week 34. Color indicates the difficulty level they are against. Seems like Chelsea,Leicester and Man United have decent fixtures in Game week 34.

So it would be great if we can pick up players from those teams. Having said that we can not ignore other teams given the teams are competing during business end of the competition and fighting for survival could mean we can see minnows causing upsets.

Besides that teams which do not have double game week has one hot property in the name of Mo Salah. Certainly we can’t ignore him. if anybody does that then there’s a reminder he just scored 29 points in last week.

My expected Team (Check out my team- Link – My FPL Team)

By looking at all of the factors,assumptions and gut feeling I am also planning to use wild card this week and here’s my team look like and it may change before deadline if some major news comes up.

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I know you would be surprised that this is not a great team at first glance but it’s within the budget. The reason I did not bring in Man United players as they have Man City game coming in next few weeks. As we progress further we can see players like Kane,Lukaku and Hazard coming in. Still lots to ponder over as Game week closing in.

Let me know what you guys think? I hope to see some different names with different reasoning. It might help me in getting good score. Currently I am on 1820 points will all chips to play.

For More Fantasy Premier League Tips watch out this space – FPL Blog Link – My FPL Blogs )

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EPL TOP4 Predictions 2017-18

This is false9analysis. Welcome to our blog ! Our Topic is EPL TOP4 Race.

As we can clearly see that Man City has already on the verge of Winning the Epl this year

So we can shift our focus on rest 3 places which are 2,3 and 4th. I like to analyse so we’ll take a look at their Epl & cup fixtures and other factors such as fatigue,form and motivation.

Manchester United – 

Games to Play – 10 in PL , FA cup quarterfinals , Champions League quarterfinals

If we can safely say that they will progress through FA cup quarterfinal and might go to FA cup final so 3 games we can add to their PL tally.

In champions second leg at Old Trafford they are likely to go past Sevilla with their Pragmatic approach or boring some might want to say it. With the experience of Jose Mourinho they might as well go further if they put in those performances. So we can say that they will be playing around 16-17 games till the end of season minimum.

Tougher PL opponents yet face are City,Liverpool and Arsenal (you may say that Arsenal is no more tougher :P)

Other than that they can easily see off other matches and pick up points as they have been doing (7*3 = 21 points) and against big guns around 5 points ( could be more/less ) that’s sums up to 26 being pragmatic as Manchester United lets say 24 points. It would make total of 59+24= 83

If they go further in competitions like FA cup and champions league then fatigue, injury,form and during last few matches relegation battle makes it more difficult to get the result out so that could play major factor.

Liverpool – 

Games to Play – 10 in PL , Champions League quarterfinals

As Liverpool has already thrashed Porto by 5 goals so Klopp can rotate the players if he wants to.  Looking at their current form and attacking threat they are more likely to beat big attacking teams like Real Madrid,Bayern and PSG than defensive minded teams. We can say that they will be playing around 13/15 matches minimum and maximum of 17 (PS – champions league tie consist of two leg so we have to add it by 2 :P)

Out of 10 PL games lets say ( 2 against Man United and Chelsea) are tougher on paper but with Liverpool they might win both and lose some against smaller teams. So (7W, 2D, 1L) assuming this they would collect around 23 points which makes it to 57+23 = 80

Still with the champions league progress and EPL top4 competition will make it more interesting to see how things will pan out.

Tottenham –

Games to Play – 10 in PL , FA Cup, Champions League Quarterfinals

Over the last 4 PL games Spurs have collected same points as City and Liverpool.They are in great form as their champions league comeback in Turin is a proof of that. As long as they have Harry Kane they have got all the chance to go further in champions league. Keeping all competitions in mind they will also play around 16-17 games.

With Pochetino wanting to add silverware to their cabinet it would be no surprise if they can go all out for FA cup as City are out.Having said that they will be facing 2 big guns in their remaining premier league fixtures and rest are easy but they have manage those games as they are playing FA cup and Champions League. If we say (7W,1D,2L) 22 points they can gather which makes it to 55+22= 77

Only thing that could change this dramatically is that if they do not go past Juve at home then it would make EPL  top4 even more exciting as they will be able to compete with best 11 most of the times.

Chelsea – 

Games to Play – 10 PL , FA cup quarterfinals, Champions League Quarterfinals

Tough they managed to draw against Barca at home we can not be pretty sure whether they will go through or not as their form has been erratic. We do not know which Chelsea side will turn up that day in Camp Nou.

Out of PL matches remaining they seem to have tougher matches than other teams competing for EPL top4. It would be very difficult to get positive result in all of those games but if they are out of champions league ( which is most likely scenario ) it would help them to focus on top 4.

Lets face it Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs are in good form compared to Chelsea. Recently Chelsea are having problems with striker and formation combination.Only positive is Willian’s form. They can snatch up to (7 W,1D,2L) 22 points 53+22 = 75

Summary

To Sum this up let’s take look at final estimated points

Man United – 83 Points

Liverpool – 80 Points

Spurs – 77 Points

Chelsea – 75 Points

But as season will progress we might see change in the final table. I guess relegation battle, Champions league tie and it’s distance, crazy weather in England and as always unpredictability of premier league can throw out any result.

My Gut feelings says

Liverpool and United will finish with same points 81,Tottenham 80 and Chelsea 5th.

It’s safe to say Arsenal will finish 6th as they have conceded 6 goals in 4 days against same side and they have been hopeless this season.

What do you think ? Who will make it to the EPL TOP4 ?

(Update – Check out my latest blog regarding EPL TOP4 – Chelsea Putting Pressure on again )


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