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Man United win the Premiership and QPR get kicked out

Posted on April 29, 2013 by in Man United

Manchester United secured their 20th Premier League title Monday night after defeating Aston Villa 3-0 on the strength of a first-half hat trick by Robin van Persie. The victory gave the Red Devils a 16 point lead over Manchester City with four games remaining and thus clinching the title.

Manchester United signed a EPL club sponsorship deal with bwin last year and used some of that money over the summer to secure Van Persie, a deal that has proved to be the difference maker this season for the club.

Van Persie wasted little time reminding fans of his importance to the club this season as he first home a goal just 81 seconds into the contest. He then fired home goals at the 13th and 33rd minute to secure the hat trick. The first goal proved to be enough as the club ran a clean sheet against Aston Villa, a team struggling to remain in the premier league.

This game was a contrast in teams with differing goals. The Red Devils were looking to add another title to their long and storied history while Aston Villa is looking just to retain their spot in the Premier League. The club is just three points above Wigan with four games remaining.

Wigan, Queens Park Rangers, and Reading where slated for relegation after the season based on their position. Aston Villa is three point ahead of Wigan with four games left but is not the only club flirting with relegation. Sunderland, Stoke City, and Newcastle United are only 6 points above Wigan and must keep losses to a minimal to stave off relegation. QPR will be relegated this season but, Harry Rednapp has will stay with the club and help them retrieve their rightful position in the English Premier League.

Liverpool’s hopes of getting European football are smashed for another season.

Posted on April 26, 2013 by in Champions League

With five titles of the European cup (now Champions league), Liverpool are the most successful English club in history, but Liverpool have not succeeded in the Champions league for quite some time. Instead of that, for the past couple of seasons Liverpool are regular in the Europa league. Europa league is a competition that has improved rapidly over the last seasons and has started to become a priority for many big clubs. Bigger teams tend to put Europa league aside and concentrate on the national championship. After Liverpool was eliminated from both domestic cups, their only hope of saving a season came in form of the Europa league.

That hope was extinguished in the early stages in the 2012 season, as Liverpool got eliminated from the Europa league too. After going 0-2 down in the first leg in St. Petersburg, a 3-1 victory at Anfield was not enough for the Reds to qualify to the last 16. Liverpool did not make Europa league a priority this season, but after a highly unsuccessful Premiership season, where a title race is out of the question and even a place in the European competitions next season is highly doubtful, fans where bitterly disappointed after the Europa league elimination. Liverpool clearly put 110% into the second leg victory but it was not enough.

After a disappointing season fans are focusing on the commitment of Luis Suarez. There was some clear disappointment after an early exit from the Europa league, especially after his contribution in the game was particularly marvelous.

Elimination from a tournament after being proved, in the view of fans, to be the better side this must be a trying time for players. Liverpool now face a tough battle with Arsenal and Everton for the Europa league place next season. Arsenal and Everton have their own problems, in our opinion there is everything to play for.

Elimination might increase their determination for the European spots nest season. There is no doubt that Liverpool posses the quality for that achievement. Fans hope they have the spirit to get there.

We will get a brighter look at current Liverpool situation at their upcoming Premiership game against Wigan. Liverpool usually have problems with this small club and it is a best possible game to show us Liverpool’s ambition for the remaining of the season. Liverpool state of mind will decide their form in the last rounds of the league. Liverpool never gave up on a season and as long as there is a possibility of reaching European competitions, we are sure that Liverpool will keep fighting for that place.

With Liverpool already eliminated from all competitions, it is expected to invest all they have in the Premier league. But that fact can also backfire as players might have low self-esteem and perform under expectations. First few games in March will probably be crucial for the rest of Liverpool’s season.