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A monumental battle for the top 4

Posted on December 31, 2009 by in English Premier League, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs

How will the fight for premiership title develop? The battle for the top four is hotting up.

With Chelsea not looking the dominant force they once where it is not a clear cut finish for the Premiership title.  Some have commented that Chelsea are not the dominant force they once where.  With the parture of Didier Drogba to play in the Africa Cup of Nations Carlo Ancellotti is having to put his hope in the young strikers Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge.  Neither have scored for the club before.  Ancellotti can’t rely on Anelka because he is injured.  On top of this fellow Ivory Coast player Salomon Kalou and Ghana’s Michael Essien are also leaving to play in the Africa cup of Nations.

Jose Mourinho has said that he thinks Man United are in Decline.  Furgesson has rebutted this comment by pointing out that they have done very well considering their defensive difficulties after the Injury of Ferdinand.  No doubt Mourinho is trying to destabilise things ahead of his possible return the premier league.  Who knows Rafa Benitez may be moving aside for the special one.

Man United will be weary of Arsenal biting at their heals.

Roberto Mancini’s Man City will be making an attempt to unsettle Totenham for the fourth spot.  In fact he has his sights set a lot higher.  Mancini has Bellamy and Tevez playing well and is shoring up the defence.  Tottenham should be worried.

Harry Rednapp is being modest about Tottenham’s chances.  With Luca Modric and Ledley King returning to the side and putting in strong performances Tottenham will be challenging the top three as well.  With all their players fit Tottenham are a match for anyone.

Fernando Torres’ stoppage time goal against Aston Villa has raised hopes that the Gerrard Torres partnership will help Liverpool regain a chance of finishing top four.

In the opinion of LetsCompareFootball there will be 5 teams really fighting it out for the tops 4 places in the premiership; Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City.  Make that 6 teams if Rafa Benitez can turn things around.   There is everything to play for, but, if you had to have a stab at what the top 4 will look like at the end of the season LetsCompareFootball would probably predict the following.  Chelsea top, Man United, with Arsenal / Tottenham / Man City all with a great chance of coming third.  Who knows who’ll get the fourth spot.

Tottenham are holding their own in the forth spot.

Tottenham 2 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, December 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) A fantastic start from Spurs in the London derby with the Hammers saw returning star Luka Modric score after 10 minutes, the Croatian started and finished a move that was crowned by Aaron Lennon showing off his unplayable pace down the right-hand side. Spurs went on to control the match almost in its entirety, but it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that a counter-attack allowed Jermain Defoe his chance to wallop in the Lilywhites’ second.

Stoke 0 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, December 28, 2009) In-form Birmingham extended their unbeaten run to 11 games equalling a club record which goes back to 1907. Cameron Jerome netted the crucial goal five minutes after the break as the striker swivelled in the box to fired home a loose corner.

Everton 2 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, December 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The Toffees shaded a goalless first half (highlights here) in which Yakubu hit the post and Bilyaletdinov forced a fine save from Jenson. Everton won the match with two goals in the final seven minutes after Jordan had seen red midway through the second 45 for the Clarets. Sub James Vaughan was on the pitch for less than a minute before he converted a Felliani cross. Steven Pienaar wrapped up the points with a second in injury time after being set up by Yakubu.

Blackburn 2 – Sunderland 2 (Premier League, December 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Darren Bent’s second half double looked likely to earn Steve Bruce’s men a rare win but Rovers clawed back first through Morten Gamst Pedersen then El-Hadji Diouf.

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