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4th Place Beckons.

It’s hotting up!

posted 10 hours, 23 minutes ago

great for geat.

posted 5 hours, 9 minutes ago

comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
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We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
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That’s a big game then!

posted 2 hours, 4 minutes ago

comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
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Damned well sure is....make or break this season!

posted 1 hour, 57 minutes ago

comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Damned well sure is....make or break this season!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well, what they used to call a 6 pointer!

posted 1 hour, 53 minutes ago

comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 1 minute ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Damned well sure is....make or break this season!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well, what they used to call a 6 pointer!
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Villa are away to Ajax on Thursday before playing us on the Sunday - it’s a huge opportunity for us to close the gap.

If Villa beat us then we’re playing for 5th tops. Win it and we’ve got a real chance of catching them.

Naturally I think it will be a draw, 1-1 being my guess. I think they will finish ahead of us by a point or 2 come seasons end, but we will qualify for the CL as England will get the extra spot, so 5th will be enough.

posted 1 hour, 47 minutes ago

comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 12 hours, 50 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
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I agree with this. Arsenal had a shocking run at Xmas, no wins in 6 or something yet are still comfortably going to finish 3rd. City have had De Bruyne and Haaland together for 2 Prem games this season but will win the title. Liverpool will finish a point or 2 behind despite having to play kids in key positions for months.

I absolutely agree with Ange that our biggest problem has been the start stop nature of the season for us. We’re playing a 41 game season - utterly pathetic for us. We needed far more game time to gel this side together, add in injuries and it’s been a disaster in terms of continuity. A real shame as well because we have been a great watch generally.

The lesson that has to be learned is to not rotate ourselves out of cup comps like we did the League cup this year. I’m convinced we will get some sort of Europe even if we really falter from here - faaaacking go for it and try to win.

posted 1 hour, 45 minutes ago

comment by Striketeam7 - There used to be a football club over there (U18109)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 1 minute ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Damned well sure is....make or break this season!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well, what they used to call a 6 pointer!
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Villa are away to Ajax on Thursday before playing us on the Sunday - it’s a huge opportunity for us to close the gap.

If Villa beat us then we’re playing for 5th tops. Win it and we’ve got a real chance of catching them.

Naturally I think it will be a draw, 1-1 being my guess. I think they will finish ahead of us by a point or 2 come seasons end, but we will qualify for the CL as England will get the extra spot, so 5th will be enough.
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Strike.


Hopefully we go for the win though.

posted 1 hour, 21 minutes ago

comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 15 minutes ago
comment by Striketeam7 - There used to be a football club over there (U18109)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 1 minute ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Damned well sure is....make or break this season!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well, what they used to call a 6 pointer!
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Villa are away to Ajax on Thursday before playing us on the Sunday - it’s a huge opportunity for us to close the gap.

If Villa beat us then we’re playing for 5th tops. Win it and we’ve got a real chance of catching them.

Naturally I think it will be a draw, 1-1 being my guess. I think they will finish ahead of us by a point or 2 come seasons end, but we will qualify for the CL as England will get the extra spot, so 5th will be enough.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Strike.


Hopefully we go for the win though.
----------------------------------------------------------------------

I’m sure we will. I think all the pressure is on them and Emery, they got the hardest draw they could have got in their Euro comp, win that game though and they should win the whole thing as the only other barely mediocre sides are Olypiacos, Fiorentina and Lille.

Ange will go with more or less the same side as yesterday, Porro might come back in, otherwise I suspect we will be unchanged and we will go full throttle.

Emery on the other hand has a run of Ajax (A) Spurs (H) Ajax (H) West Ham (A) - it’s a tough run for them to negotiate and dropped points in these games could really hurt as they also play Arsenal, City and Liverpool before the season ends - the first 2 being away as well. ECL winner gets a Europa spot, they want CL, let’s see what Emery does, all eyes on Thursday

comment by Spurtle (U1608)

posted 49 minutes ago

comment by Striketeam7 - There used to be a football club over there (U18109)
posted 13 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 15 minutes ago
comment by Striketeam7 - There used to be a football club over there (U18109)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 1 minute ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Damned well sure is....make or break this season!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well, what they used to call a 6 pointer!
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Villa are away to Ajax on Thursday before playing us on the Sunday - it’s a huge opportunity for us to close the gap.

If Villa beat us then we’re playing for 5th tops. Win it and we’ve got a real chance of catching them.

Naturally I think it will be a draw, 1-1 being my guess. I think they will finish ahead of us by a point or 2 come seasons end, but we will qualify for the CL as England will get the extra spot, so 5th will be enough.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Strike.


Hopefully we go for the win though.
----------------------------------------------------------------------

I’m sure we will. I think all the pressure is on them and Emery, they got the hardest draw they could have got in their Euro comp, win that game though and they should win the whole thing as the only other barely mediocre sides are Olypiacos, Fiorentina and Lille.

Ange will go with more or less the same side as yesterday, Porro might come back in, otherwise I suspect we will be unchanged and we will go full throttle.

Emery on the other hand has a run of Ajax (A) Spurs (H) Ajax (H) West Ham (A) - it’s a tough run for them to negotiate and dropped points in these games could really hurt as they also play Arsenal, City and Liverpool before the season ends - the first 2 being away as well. ECL winner gets a Europa spot, they want CL, let’s see what Emery does, all eyes on Thursday
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Given that top 5 will probably be enough for CL it's more important for United to be kept at bay than what Villa are doing. Good thing is they play City away today. At least a draw to Villa and we're 7 points above United with superior goal difference. You'd think that's enough for top 5, with some decent fixtures after that for the next 3 or 4 games.

Still would like to see us finish as high as possible and with what Villa have on their plate I think this is quite doable.

posted 35 minutes ago

comment by Spurtle (U1608)
posted 5 minutes ago
comment by Striketeam7 - There used to be a football club over there (U18109)
posted 13 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 15 minutes ago
comment by Striketeam7 - There used to be a football club over there (U18109)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 1 minute ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Automatic For The People (U21889)
posted 3 hours, 3 minutes ago
comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by palmers_spur (U8896)
posted 4 hours, 4 minutes ago
Bloody Villa

Honestly they are so average. How are they 4th?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
We play them next....and we'll see who's "average" then, won't we?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s a big game then!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Damned well sure is....make or break this season!
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well, what they used to call a 6 pointer!
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Villa are away to Ajax on Thursday before playing us on the Sunday - it’s a huge opportunity for us to close the gap.

If Villa beat us then we’re playing for 5th tops. Win it and we’ve got a real chance of catching them.

Naturally I think it will be a draw, 1-1 being my guess. I think they will finish ahead of us by a point or 2 come seasons end, but we will qualify for the CL as England will get the extra spot, so 5th will be enough.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Strike.


Hopefully we go for the win though.
----------------------------------------------------------------------

I’m sure we will. I think all the pressure is on them and Emery, they got the hardest draw they could have got in their Euro comp, win that game though and they should win the whole thing as the only other barely mediocre sides are Olypiacos, Fiorentina and Lille.

Ange will go with more or less the same side as yesterday, Porro might come back in, otherwise I suspect we will be unchanged and we will go full throttle.

Emery on the other hand has a run of Ajax (A) Spurs (H) Ajax (H) West Ham (A) - it’s a tough run for them to negotiate and dropped points in these games could really hurt as they also play Arsenal, City and Liverpool before the season ends - the first 2 being away as well. ECL winner gets a Europa spot, they want CL, let’s see what Emery does, all eyes on Thursday
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Given that top 5 will probably be enough for CL it's more important for United to be kept at bay than what Villa are doing. Good thing is they play City away today. At least a draw to Villa and we're 7 points above United with superior goal difference. You'd think that's enough for top 5, with some decent fixtures after that for the next 3 or 4 games.

Still would like to see us finish as high as possible and with what Villa have on their plate I think this is quite doable.
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United have decent fixtures, I would not be surprised if they picked up about 23 points between now and the end of the season - we’d need 17 points to beat them out, if they got 23. The big games for us are the 3 home games against Burnley, Luton and Forest, as well as the 2 aways against Fulham and Sheff United. Win all of those and we will get the other couple of points needed to see off United.

I think we need 10 points to rubber stamp Euro footy next season, 12 for Europa. It does now feel like a case purely of what competition we will end up in, I just can see us finishing below 6th at this stage.

My guess is we beat Vill and we will finish 4th. Lose or draw and we finish 5th

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