The destination of this year’s EPL trophy, in my opinion, has been decided. It will either be London or Manchester. The top five teams in the league for a while now have been the two Manchester teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. We’ve already moved in the second half of league games and they are steadily breaking away from the chasing pack. It is indeed hard to see all five teams have a meltdown at the same time.
This Sunday, Arsenal host Manchester United, while their neighbours, Tottenham Hotspur are away in Manchester to City. By the time these matches are concluded, there might be an exchange of positions on the log.
The first time the Gunners played United, there are ten goals at Old Trafford. United scored eight of them. But Arsene Wenger’s men did well to hit good form and they currently sit in fifth position. The North London will be banking on their impressive home form and the excellent form of Robin van Persie to get them a win.
Spurs have surprise a few pundits. Harry Redknapp’s men have played some really fantastic football this season and Gareth Bale’s form has been sensational. City have their main man, David Silva back but they will be missing the spine of the team – the Toure brothers and suspended captain, Vincent Kompany. It promises to be a very combustible encounter, as both managers have been making the headlines all week.
If Chelsea had managed to get all three points against Norwich yesterday, the build up to these games would have been more interesting. The Blues’ form have been patchy lately and their defence a bit suspect. And Andre Villas-Boas’ men were out of sorts yesterday as Torres’ bad form continued. A win for the West Londoners would have seen them move closer to the top three, ready to capitalise on any errors.
In my opinion, it still doesn’t count for anything. All four teams will march onto the pitch fully aware that there is virtually no room for margin. It might be just January, but this is crunch time.
I expect my timeline to be on far this afternoon. Last Sunday, after Arsenal were shocked by Swansea, I could hardly deal with my mentions. Fans of Chelsea and United descended and tore into me and other Arsenal supporters. I can remember some people virtually pulling off their hair and almost smashing their phones/PCs because of all the banter. And I also remember tweeting that if you think you saw anything, make sure you don’t log onto Twitter today at all. It will be bloody!