Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 29

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 29

Long live St. Totteringham’s day. For Arsenal supporters that is.

The long-celebrated tradition has been brought out of retirement for the upcoming weeks as two consecutive Spurs losses have Arsenal drooling over the potential of beating their rivals for third place behind Liverpool and Manchester City. If Arsenal leaves Wembley with three points, they will only be a point behind Spurs, an incredible turnaround after just a week.

Following a shock loss at Turf Moor last weekend, Tottenham’s woes continued with an uninspired performance against Chelsea. For the first time ever under Pochettino’s management, Spurs failed to execute even a single shot on target. Kieran Trippier, however, showed his teammates what good finishing looked like, slotting a pass beyond Hugo Lloris and into his own net.

Tottenham should be nervous at the possibility of Manchester United, Arsenal, or even Chelsea knocking them out of the Champions League positions in the final ten matches of the Premier League season.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 28

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 28

Two teams enter this competition that are suffering shocking defeats after periods of optimism. Spurs, who many considered actual title contenders before the weekend, slipped against Burnley, suffering a 2-1 loss. Even with Harry Kane back in the lineup, Spurs were unable to secure even a point at Turf Moor. Pochettino will be demanding a response at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who many expected to be severed in half by Pep’s men, put up a valiant fight against Manchester City for an entire 118 minutes in Sunday’s Cup Final. However, a sideline row between Kepa and Sarri, the likes of which football has never seen, along with a heartbreaking loss in the penalties that followed, left Chelsea with few positives to take away from the match.

Playing at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will hope to repeat their 2-1 victory against Spurs from the League Cup semi-final. Also, after losing their first match of the season by three goals against Tottenham in December, Chelsea will hope to regain their dropped points in a revenge match against their London rivals.

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The Greatest Teams in Football History Week Seven: Barcelona (2008-2012)

The Greatest Teams in Football History Week Seven: Barcelona (2008-2012)

After announcing his decision to leave the club in April of 2012, Pep Guardiola said, “Four years at Barcelona is like an eternity.” 

In those four years, Pep Guardiola and his Barcelona side accomplished what many coaches and players could not achieve in three lifetimes. This Barcelona side are the greatest team of the 21st century. They played the most beautiful football. They had the best players. In future decades, fans of the game will look back at this side with sadness, wishing they could see them play just one more time.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 27

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 27

Though Manchester United will feel the need to deliver at home against their massive rivals, Liverpool bears the pressure in this match. That is why, if Liverpool comes away with a point this weekend, they will see that as a decent result. Not necessarily because Manchester United pose a massive challenge, but because – now that the pendulum has swung and Liverpool are finding goals slightly harder to come by – Liverpool know how valuable this match will be.

Ultimately, this match will be decided by the more clinical side. If Liverpool finishes the way they did against Bayern Munich, missing golden opportunities to go ahead, Manchester United will make them pay. Due to each side’s respective form and the benefit of Manchester United playing at Old Trafford, the reds of Manchester will take this won – slightly.

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Atletico Madrid’s Crotch Thrusting Tour of Vengeance Might Just Win Them the Champions League

Atletico Madrid’s Crotch Thrusting Tour of Vengeance Might Just Win Them the Champions League

From top to bottom, Atletico Madrid are a squad hell-bent on proving the critics wrong. Whether it is the old regime of Godin and Luis revealing they’ve still got Champions League quality at 33 or it is Morata ferociously attacking the net, desperate to prove his caliber, Madrid are angry. Much of this team suffered the catastrophic last-minute collapse against rivals Real in the 2016 Champions League final. They remember the anguish of defeat that left their successful season that included winning La Liga in tatters. This Atletico Madrid side, therefore, are out for revenge. Yes, Manchester City look unbeatable, Juventus aren’t dead yet, and Barcelona still have the greatest player of all time, but if Atletico continues to perform as solid defensively and as lethal offensively as they proved capable of playing last night, they might just go all the way.

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