Hi All and welcome to my first post on this blog.
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Friday night football this week saw joint-leaders in the Championship Middlesbrough travel to Birmingham, who’s playoff ambitions came to an end over the last few weeks. Middlesbrough, who were level on points at the top of the table alongside Sean Dyche’s Burnley and Chris Houghton’s Brighton, knew they had to at least get a point if they were to take the automatic promotion race to the last day of the season. Birmingham took the lead after 33 minutes, before hitman Jordan Rhodes and Gaston Ramirez put Middlesbrough in to the lead with just over 30 minutes to go. However, Birmingham got a goal back to make it 2-2 through David Davis and Middlesbrough had to settle for a point. Is this 2 points dropped for Karanka’s side? Time will tell as Brighton play Derby and Burnley play QPR on bank holiday Monday.
Elsewhere, PSG put 4 past Rennes in Ligue 1 without reply – Ibra scoring 2 of those goals, with Cavani and Maxwell scoring the other 2. Over in Spain, Sporting Gijon beat Eibar 2-0 to ease their relegation worries and in the Bundesliga Augsburg and Cologne thrashed out a 0-0. Thriller.
PSG just the 30 points clear currently in Ligue 1, by the way. Ridiculous.
Upcoming Fixtures this weekend.
It goes without saying that the first fixture and result everyone will look out for this weekend is how Leicester get on when they play Manchester United at Sunday lunchtime. A victory at Old Trafford will ensure that Leicester City, yes, LEICESTER CITY, win their first ever Premier League title. With odds of 5,000/1 at the beginning of the season with some bookmakers, the chances of Dean Gaffney winning an Oscar was more likely than Leicester doing what they’re about to do. Incredible.
Spurs go away to Stamford Bridge looking to win for the first time in 26 years there, playing a Chelsea team looking to impress incoming manager Antonio Conte, knowing they need a miracle if they are to win the League with 3 games remaining of the season. PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli’s absence will be a big miss to Spurs’ all energy starting Eleven.
At the bottom of the Premier League, struggling Norwich are away to 4th placed Arsenal, whilst Rafa’s Newcastle look to build on their recent good form with a winnable home game against Pardiola’s Palace. The other team involved in the relegation shake-up, Sunderland, are away to Mark Hughes’ Stoke team, who seem to have forgotten how to defend in the last month or so.
In Spain, Real Madrid have a tricky looking away game at Sociedad, Simeone’s work horses at Atletico face Rayo Vallecano at the Calderon, whilst MSN & co at Barcelona play Real Betis away from home. With only a point seperating the top 3 teams in Spain, a slip up for any of them now could be fatal.
In Germany, Pep’s Bayern are at home to Gladbach, which could give them a real game if they play the high intensity football Andre Schubert has instilled there, whilst Tuchel’s BVB, rocked from Mats Hummels’ statement regarding his desire to join Bayern this summer play Dieter Hecking’s struggling Wolfsburg team at the Signal Iduna Park. At the bottom of the Bundesliga, Hannover face Stuttgart whilst Hoffenheim face Ingolstadt and Frankfurt face Darmstadt.
Thank you for reading my blog and my next entry will be on Tuesday evening!