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2017/18 - Race for Top 4

Discussion in 'The Away End' started by Irwinwastheking, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    It's all we have to look forward to now so we may as well have a thread about it.

    Very tight from 2nd to 5th with Arsenal now looking slightly out of the running.

    2) United P.26 GD.33 Pts.56
    3) Liverpool P.26 GD.28 Pts.51
    4) Chelsea P.25 GD.26 Pts.50
    5) Spurs P.26 GD.27 Pts.49
    6) Arsenal P.26 GD.16 Pts.45

    7 points between ourselves and Spurs in 5th should really have us safe as houses. 10 wins from 12 and we're 100% there but realistically 80 points should be enough so 8 wins and 4 losses.
     
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  2. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Remaining fixtures

    United
    Feb

    Newcastle A
    Chelsea H
    Mar
    Palace A
    Liverpool H
    West Ham A
    Swansea H
    April
    City A
    West Brom H
    Bournmouth A
    Arsenal H
    May
    Brighton A
    Watford H

    Liverpool
    Feb

    Southampton A
    West Ham H
    Mar
    Newcastle H
    Man Utd A
    Watford H
    Palace A
    April
    Everton H
    Bournemouth A
    West Brom A
    Stoke H
    May
    Chelsea A
    Brighton H

    Chelsea
    Feb

    Watford A
    West Brom H
    United A
    March
    City A
    Palace H
    Burnley A
    April
    Spurs H
    West Ham H
    Southampton A
    Huddersfield H
    Swansea A
    May
    Liverpool H
    Newcastle A

    Chelsea have a run of games = Barca H, United A, City A, Palace H, Barca A, Burnley A, Spurs H. That's as tough a run of fixtures as I've ever seen together.

    Spurs
    Feb

    Arsenal H
    Palace A
    March
    Huddersfield H
    Bournemouth A
    Newcastle H
    April
    Chelsea A
    Stoke A
    City H
    Brighton A
    Watford H
    May
    West Brom A
    Leicester H
     
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  3. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Amazingly Chelsea managed to make a balls of Watford tonight. I had that down as a banker for them.

    2) United P.26 GD.33 Pts.56
    3) Liverpool P.26 GD.28 Pts.51
    4) Chelsea P.26 GD.23 Pts.50
    5) Spurs P.26 GD.27 Pts.49
    6) Arsenal P.26 GD.16 Pts.45
     
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  4. gasman

    gasman Mr Whippy

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    If you’re ruling out Arsenal I’ll be keeping a close eye on the fuckers.
     
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  5. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    I had ruled them out primarily because I was fully expecting Chelsea to win last night and go 8 points ahead of them. They won't catch us which in all honesty is all I worry about now. We're 11 ahead of them with 12 to play. For them to get to 81 points they have to win every single remaining game. For us to get to 81 points we need to win 8 and draw 1 of 12.

    Spurs are the only danger to united not getting top 4.
     
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  6. RajahRar

    RajahRar Pretty cool guy, for a Scouser.

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    Seems like Conte will be gone soon so who knows how this could end up. They don't play till Monday so could find themselves in 5th place before kicking a ball in anger.

    Spurs in great form so you'd expect them to climb into the top 4 very soon.
     
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  7. gasman

    gasman Mr Whippy

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    Do you predict that City will have an enormous wobble and give us a title race again.
     
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  8. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Given the first line of the op says that top 4 is all we have to look forward to obviously not.

    We're not going to catch City and Arsenal aren't going to catch us
     
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  9. gasman

    gasman Mr Whippy

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    Arsenal for the league then
     
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  10. Peaks

    Peaks ♫ Pretend Silver Medalist ♫

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    Who cares about "top 4", we gotta aim for the title otherwise Mou needs to fuck off.
     
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  11. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Aye and at the risk of sounding like a Scouser, next year we had better still be in a a title race come the beginning of February.

    That said we've improved in every department since last season. Still in the Champions League and the Cup, in second place with top 4 looking a certainty.
     
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  12. El Sheriffo Nevo

    El Sheriffo Nevo I'm kind of a big deal
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    To be fair, in most other years we'd be slap bang in the middle of a title race. The season City are having is an anomaly.

    As borne out by the fact that although we're a country mile behind them, all the rest are even further behind.
     
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    Peaks ♫ Pretend Silver Medalist ♫

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    You could also argue that all the others are a bit of a mess at the moment, especially Chelsea and Arsenal.
     
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  14. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Chelsea are in their normal cycle of winning the league, then a bad season, then a good season.

    Arsenal are trying to get 4th that's fairly normal for them.

    Liverpool are having an unusually good season compared to the last ten years.

    United could be and should be still in the race this year regardless of how well City are going. We should be within 6 points of them had we not thrown away ridiculous points. But we are where we are and the important thing for me is finishing the season closer to them than we are now to prepare for next season. I hope we can finish within 8 points but we need a very strong run in when really there's little motivation beyond what I said above.
     
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  15. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Shockingly ManCity have as many points this season after 26 games as we had after 38 last season.
     
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  16. RajahRar

    RajahRar Pretty cool guy, for a Scouser.

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    Are we sure we want to bandy around the word 'shocking' like that? ;)
     
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  17. Peaks

    Peaks ♫ Pretend Silver Medalist ♫

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    Dude this post is shocking. I mean, even by your standards!
     
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  18. RajahRar

    RajahRar Pretty cool guy, for a Scouser.

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    I aim to please.
     
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  19. Peaks

    Peaks ♫ Pretend Silver Medalist ♫

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    That's why your dogs love ya, eh?
     
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  20. RajahRar

    RajahRar Pretty cool guy, for a Scouser.

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    Yep... especially when I bring icecubes to the party.
     
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