Monday, March 10, 2014

EPL Update

Arsenal and Manchester City's respective weekend EPL matches were postponed due to their FA Cup quarter-final matches. So, that left only a handful of yawners to catch on the tube.

Cardiff City faced a dreadful Fulham FC and pushed it deeper into the relegation zone with an easy 3-1 win. Both these teams are terrible, but I'd rather watch hapless EPL clubs than any MLS team, or any CONCACAF match.

The toughest match of the weekend was Chelsea vs. Tottenham. It was tough because I couldn't figure out whom to support. Both are Arsenal's rivals. A win by Chelsea would put more distance between Spurs and Arsenal, but allow the Blues to move further ahead of the pack at the top of the table. A win by Tottenham would keep Chelsea still, but move Spurs closer to the Gunners. A true dilemma because neither outcome would be favourable. In the end, I hoped for either a Spurs victory or a draw, but Chelsea dashed it all. Eden Hazard and the boys made Spurs look like a Football League Championship side. So, Chelsea is now 7 points ahead of both Liverpool (2nd) and Arsenal (3rd), and 9 points ahead of City (4th).

Both Man City and Chelsea have some easy matches this weekend, so they could both move up. But Liverpool and Arsenal have difficult fixtures that could change the top four just a little. The Reds face Man United at Old Trafford --- always a difficult place to grab an away-win --- and Arsenal take on Spurs at Whitehart Lane. Facing their Northern London rivals away from home will certainly test the Gunners as they continue to chase Chelsea and a spot in the UEFA Champions League

For the 2nd consecutive year, Wigan Athletic pulled off a shocking defeat of Manchester City to advance to an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium in April. Not even the return of Sergio Aguero could help City solve a tight Wigan defense (although, the Citizens did rattle the woodwork a few times) and keep alive the dream of an English football treble (Capital One Cup, FA Cup, Premier League title). So sad, so sad.

An Olivier Giroud brace helped lift Arsenal to a 4-1 victory over Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final. The Gunners will face Wigan Athletic --- the current Cup holders --- at Wembley Stadium in April as it continues to capture it's first piece of silverware since 2005. Go Gunners!

English Premier League table

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