Friday, April 6, 2012

More misery for Man City

Mancini is right for this week-end; there's a big chance that Man Utd strike the decisive blow to his team's aspirations for the title. There is little doubt that the Red Devils will open up an 8-point gap before Man City lock horns with Arsenal a while later. I cannot see QPR going away from Old Trafford with a point, let alone with the win. It's pretty much 3 important points in the bag for the current leaders.

It's very hard, but not impossible, to see Man City grabbing 3 points from their visit to the Emirates. Their current form is certainly not good enough. Unless their talisman Tevez can conjure up something, or the team gets its act together, they are in with a chance, but you wouldn't bet the house on it. This match is important for the Gunners as well for their quest to secure the all-important 3rd or 4th spots for next year's Champions League football. The game can swing either way.

I like West Brom's chances at home to Blackburn. The hosts are always competitive under Roy Hodgson and although Blackburn have enjoyed some success lately, I think they are still one of the bottom teams of the EPL. I recommend WBA as a draw-no-bet.

Also, Stoke makes a lot of appeal against sorry Wolves. The latter are going down, no doubt about it. Stoke looks safe as a draw-no-bet as well.

In Europe, I see wins for powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Barcelona should win at bottom club Zaragoza to keep their slim title hopes alive. Real Madrid have a tougher assignment against third-place team Valencia but the latter played in midweek in the Europa League and are bound to have freshness problems against the rampant hosts. Also, the visitors are an erratic team this year and are simply not as good as in previous years. Real Madrid should have no trouble grabbing another 3 straight points.

Win: Man Utd, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich
Draw-no-bet: West Brom, Stoke

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