Lots of points were picked up during the previous match day. From our pundits, Bernie and Mohaned picked up 11 points each, with Bernie scoring 1 perfect prediction and Mohaned registering 2. Rishay continued his surge with 1 perfect prediction and 9 points, while Alexander accumulated 7 points. The contributors also did well, with Rahim, Zee, and Daniyal rounding up the top 3 scores. Bernie is back on top in the overall standings, while Nahel, Zee, and Daniyal are close behind, and separate him from Mohaned.
From the previous weekend, the Liverpool 1-1 Everton may have been the pick of the lot. Phil Jagielka’s pile-driver at the end of the game was the source of a perfect prediction for pundits and contributors alike. Liverpool traveled to Basel in midweek and promptly lost 1-0. Their current slump is due to be rectified and it could very well happen this weekend. Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over a good West Ham side, however, Wayne Rooney’s straight red card will put him out of contention for their upcoming games against Everton and Chelsea. Arsenal drew 1-1 at home to Tottenham, with goal line technology putting to bed any “was it a goal or not” arguments that would have otherwise taken place throughout the week. Arsenal are coming off a 4-1 midweek crushing of Galatasaray, with Welbeck registering his first career hat-trick. Will their form continue this weekend at Stamford Bridge? Chelsea picked up three easy points against Aston Villa, with Diego Costa scoring yet again. A 1-0 victory away to Sporting Lisbon in midweek was very much a “job done” for Mourinho’s men and they will be ready for the weekend’s clash against Arsenal. Manchester City picked up a 4-2 road win over Hull City to round up the league results. City drew 1-1 at home to AS Roma in midweek, and also received staunch criticism for not being able to fill their stadium for a Champions League game.
It seems that there has been at least one big game featuring two teams in the top 7 every week so far, and this coming weekend won’t be any different. Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford, and Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. While these are definitely games to track, there are also other notable fixtures such as Tottenham v Southampton. The Saints have done remarkably well to start this season after their summer transfers and we could very well see them pick up a result at White Hart Lane. Liverpool host West Bromwich at Anfield and will be looking to return to winning ways after a disappointing sequence of results to start the season. Manchester City travel to Aston Villa, and will be favourites. Elsewhere, Juventus host AS Roma, in a table topper clash in Serie A between two teams with perfect records. Valencia host Atletico Madrid, in #2 v #3 in La Liga’s current standings. Toronto FC begin their final five games of the regular MLS season against LA Galaxy, and need to pick up results to ensure playoff qualification. Lots to look forward to this weekend once again, and the predictions for these matches should be interesting.
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Games of the Week:
Bernie: Chelsea v Arsenal: Let’s put this bluntly, Arsenal have been rubbish against Chelsea in recent years. Do I see this changing? Not at all! Now that Drogba is back, expect the customary Didier Drogba howitzer to break Gooner hearts. In all seriousness, Arsenal have way too many injuries and even a fully fit Arsenal squad is way too soft to compete with the physically capable soldiers of Stamford Bridge. If Chelsea take the lead they will sit on it and probably bring on Jon Obi Mikel so 1-0 to Chelsea.
Rishay: LA Galaxy v Toronto FC: TFC may be considered a team in transition, but they have picked up the pieces after a miserable run that resulted in the end of Ryan Nelson’s management and rumours of an imminent Jermaine Defoe transfer. The once ‘bloody big deal’ may have question marks over his future but will see out the season with Toronto, who have picked up back to back wins to put themselves in contention for the playoffs, including an astounding comeback from 0-2 down to win 3-2 against a good Portland Timbers side last weekend. TFC have a hard run of games to end the regular season and a fixture against the LA Galaxy will be a real test for them. The Galaxy are first in the Western Conference and coming off a 4-0 hammering of the NY Red Bulls. Landon Donovan is now the all-time leading assist-maker in MLS and combined with Robbie Keane’s lethal finishing (still an odd thing to say), the Galaxy are the favourites. The question is how hard TFC will battle to get the result that they so desperately need. 2-1 Galaxy.
Mohaned: Juventus vs AS Roma: This is a huge game in Serie A this weekend. Could be a big factor in deciding who tops the table come May. Juventus, as usual, hear the Champions league anthem and just go to sleep. Their performances in Europe are not a standard to hold them to. In Italy, they are a totally different beast. Roma on the other hand, had a great European night with Totti still running the show. What a legend. Juve playing at home might give them a slight advantage but Garcia’s men will be making the trek from Rome to Turin with every intention of bagging three points. I cant wait for this one. I predict a 1-1 draw.
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