Monday, 22 February 2010

Chelsea 4pts Clear

Manchester United slipped up at Goodison Park with a shocking performance and lost 3- to an Everton side bang in form. This opened the door for Chelsea to extend their lead at the top of the league. They did, Chelsea crushed Wolves with ease and Drogba netted twice as Chelsea moved 4 points clear of United. Arsenal also capitalised by beating Sunderland and closed the gap to only 2 points behind the champions. I still believe this season title race will go all the way to the last day of the season. My money is still on Manchester United. Spurs sit in the last Champions League spot after their 3-0 victory at Win. It wasn’t quite as good as the 9-1 win earlier in the season but Tottenham took full advantage of a dull 0-0 between Man City and Liverpool earlier in the day. Liverpool look poor and will be very lucky if they get a top 6 finish.

Aston Villa leaped past the reds after their 5-2 win over Burnley, they did go 1-0 down in the game. All five of the Villa goals did come from English players, (Downing, Heskey and Agbonlahor) which will help their own personal aims to get on the plane to the World Cup. The bottom 7 teams in the Premier League all lost this weekend so the bottom 3 stays the same, Bolton, Burnley and Portsmouth.

In the Championship Newcastle look good for automatic promotion. They now sit 5 points clear of Forest in second. However the play off is anyone’s guess. Cardiff seem to have gone off the boil, West Brom lost at Bristol, Leicester drew at Plymouth. This is a league where anybody can beat anybody on their day. If you go on a good run you will fly up the table, if you have a bad run you will be in the relegation mix up.

League One Norwich’s excellent home form came to a halt as Southampton took all 3pts back south. Leeds seem to be trying their very best to mess up their successful start to the season. A 1-1 draw at home over Brighton leaves them 3 points behind the leaders, but they do have a game in hand. I would watch out for Colchester United and Swindon to push along with Charlton to get into that top two. Rochdale look set for automatic promotion from League 2. Bury and Bournemouth sit in the top three for now but League 2 is very tight and its way to early to call.

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