Date:Thursday December 5 2013
I look at the league, and perhaps I am one of a few who do this, but I see Spurs in 6th having lost to Arsenal, City (bad day at the office), Newcastle and West Ham (pure fluke). Now, if you look above Tottenham, you have Liverpool (yet to play City, Chelsea, Cardiff and us), Arsenal (yet to play Everton, City, Chelsea) Chelsea have some difficult games coming over Christmas also. It just seems to me that people are jumping on the AVB out bandwagon, and quite frankly panicking before we need too, when in actual fact we have got our 'big games' out of the way.
You know the games, the ones that deep in your heart, you know that we probably won't win and despite the argument that you have with that Chelsea fan in work, you secretly would be happy with 3 points from the City, Chelsea and United games.. No? Just me then. I have predicted how I think Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton will do in December as I think the top 4 this season will be made up of City, Chelsea and any two of Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton or Spurs. United, I feel are too far away at the moment.
I firmly believe Liverpool will drop off, they will certainly not get any more than 5 points from City, Chelsea and Cardiff. I also think that we will beat them, West Ham could also prove a struggle but Liverpool will beat them (Liverpool next 5 games = a generous 8 points) I think Arsenal will struggle against Chelsea and City, possible a couple of draws and it depends what Everton team turn up as to the outcome of that match, West Ham should roll over as will Newcastle I imagine (Arsenal next 5 games = 9 points)
Everton, in my opinion are going to collect a few points in December, however as I said about the Arsenal game, it depends on what Everton team turns up, They should beat Fulham and Sunderland at home but Swansea will be too much away, and I think they will hold Arsenal to a draw and be held by Southampton, although they could just as easily lose or win all of these games.. (Everton next 5 games = 8 points). I am not going to look at the City / Chelsea fixtures because I believe that they will have the quality to stay within the Top 4 and the same for Southampton and Newcastle, as I do not believe they have the quality to sustain a challenge for the top 4.
We have enough about us to see off Liverpool, Stoke and West Brom at home. I would be happy with 4 points from Southampton and Sunderland. Although I do think we can win all five of these fixtures, it does ultimately come down to the matter of how we are going to score the goals. (Tottenham next 5 games = 13 points) By January the 1st I expect that we should have around 37 points I expect that Arsenal will have around 42 points Liverpool will hit the 35 point mark (at most) for the new year Everton will also be starting 2014 around the 35 point mark. I am happy with that, it leaves us around 4th (depending on the City/Chelsea fixtures) but it also means that we have all of these teams to face again.
Looking at the table and the fixtures we have played I honestly see us finishing 3rd at, let's be honest, barely a canter. We are not playing well. Should the team begin to gel by January / February then we could see a fantastic string of wins. The City and West Ham results aside we have only conceded 6 goals, the defence look solid and Lloris is the best goalkeeper in the league, no debate. I think we will win the Europa League, put up a good show in the Capital One cup. Anything can happen in the FA Cup and I would prefer a Europa league win over that anyway.
A lot more football is to be played, the teams around us have to play each other and have some very difficult fixtures to boot. 3rd is achievable and alot of the fans are getting on AVB's back for no reason. We do need more strength at left back, I would like to see Kolarov brought in. Vertonghen can then shift over to Centre back with Dawson/Chriches beside him. AVB also needs to decide his strongest midfield and stick at it. COYS.
Written by Paddavis5
Date:Thursday December 5 2013
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