End of season madness

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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As the end of the season approaches, teams begin to reach a state of desperation. Whether to avoid relegation or to claim that all important final place in Europe, it seems that every game left is a must win game. On top of this, we still have the final of some cup competitions to go. All in all, it makes for an exciting end to the years football.

At the top of the table, the race for the Premiership title is still going strong, with Liverpool putting as much pressure on Manchester United as possible. With only a handful on games remaining, United have the chance to put the title race beyond reach by gaining 4 points from their next 2 remaining games. This feat seems to entirely possible with only Arsenal providing to only potential hurdle.

The battle for the last Uefa Cup spot also proves to be a interesting development. With only 3 points separating Fulham, Totteham, West Ham and Man City, any of these teams could possible get 1 over the others and clinch that last place. There has been talk that teams may not a place in Europe as it may interfere with their Premiership campaign. However, I believe that it is important to have the strongest teams represent England in Europe. We already own the Champions League so why not claim the Uefa Cup too.

Every year, the relegation battle provides some of the most intense and emotional games in the league. It basically boils down to every team fighting tooth and nail to try and gain vital points which would help them crawl out of the bottom 3 and into safety. This year is no different and, with 6 teams all in danger of the drop, it may prove to be the closest battle yet. West Brom are proving that they still can be the escape artists they were last years with some important points in recent weeks. Newcastle finally win under Alan Shearer dragging a desperate Hull into the bottom 3 in the process. Boro looked doomed although a home game with Aston Villa who’s form can only be matched by Hull City could give them 3 points needing a win at West Ham to stay up.

With so many subplots, the Premiership finale promises to be an exciting one. Many teams are still capable of achieving what they want and it may be that nothing is certain until the last game of the season has ended. Every game is a do-or-die match and each goal scored start to count for double.

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