Monday, January 24, 2011

Man City lose ground, so will Chelsea?

Barcelona, Man Utd, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid all won, and the only blot in the predictions was Blackpool losing at home to Sunderland. I have to say I messed up on that one and wrongly under-estimated Sunderland. It's true that their keeper was unbelievable into making those saves that kept Blackpool off the score sheet, but Steve Bruce's men must be given credit for scoring 2 goals without arguably their 2 best strikers.

The biggest loser this week-end was Man City which lost even more ground to its Utd neighbours. Bringing in superstars during the January window does not necessarily reap immediate dividends since there is always an adjustment to be made in the system, and it will be interesting to see whether the Dzeko-Tevez partnership will click. 

Today, Chelsea are visiting Bolton and this is going to be a real test for the Blues. Under the guidance of Owen Coyle, Bolton seem to have gained some identity and they never make it easy for anyone. It could mean more blues for Drogba and his team mates particularly that Lampard is certain to miss the game. No recommendations here as any of the 2 teams could snatch this, but in my opinion, Chelsea will need to be at is near-best or some assistance from Lady Luck for it not to lose points here.

There are a couple of matches in England in mid-week; particularly a savoury Blackpool v/s Man Utd, which could have some decisive impact on the final standings. In Spain there are the Copa del Rey matches with Real and Barcelona still involved. I'll definitely be taking a look; thanks for tuning in.

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