Chalkboard For City | The ‘One-Man Team’ Edition

1342186405_7_FT1578_futurama_machinegunbendBy the time the single-term Champions arrive at The Lane tomorrow it’ll have been a whole ten days since our semi-tragic parp-parp-whoops exit from the Europa League. In that period, Arsenal and Everton will have played thrice and Chelsea and City on two occasions. These things rarely boil down to the machinations of a diary, of course, but with just five points betwixt 6th and 3rd even the smallest scheduling advantage could be crucial for the teams involved. It’s all about the little things, as I’m often told by the good lady- with no regard for my self-esteem whatsoever.

As well as giving a rest to the world-weary lambs who were put through the extra-time ringer in Switzerland last week, the enforced sabbatical has allowed a sizable hunk of downtime for the recuperating trio of Defoe, Lennon and multi-award nominee, Gareth Bale. While risking all three from the start would be a dick move in the extreme, the noise from the camps is that all are in contention. Here’s some of that noise now, in the form of words:

“All of them are in with a chance of making selection.”

“Gazza has been training for the last two days with the team and on his own since the beginning of the week.”

“He has made good progress from the beginning of the week to training with the team, so definitely will be up for selection.”

“We recognise the impact he has had for us. With the run that he is on it can have that factor.

“It is good having key players around and players who have been decisive, especially in this last part of the season is always inspirational for everyone. It’s good to have him back”

Phew! Well this team picks itself:


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12 Responses to Chalkboard For City | The ‘One-Man Team’ Edition

  1. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    “Boy, that escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast.”–Ron Burgundy

  2. avatar Aran says:

    I was completely blown away by the turn-around against City and I think we have to give a huge wodge of credit to our manager; the handsome, young, fuzzy faced, sparkly eyed trickster that is AVB. He saw what needed to be done, rearranged the team and made effective substitutions at the right time. Now, with City out of the way, our run-in looks a lot kinder.

    Wigan away
    Southampton home
    Chelsea away
    Stoke away
    Sunderland home

    Both Arsenal and Chelsea have Man U in their run-in and we only need to beat one of them to a top four spot. It’s in our hands again. This could be a bloody great end to the season.

  3. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    Am I right in saying that if Spurs win all five we guarantee third?

  4. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    Arse with 63 points and 4 games to go so 75 points is tops

    Chavs with 62 points and 5 games to go so 77 points is tops

    Spurs with 61 points and 5 games to go so 76 points is tops

    Of course we play Chelsea, so if we win out we are above them and the Arse. Assuming also that City don’t crater. Maybe 2nd is reachable?

    • avatar Aran says:

      I think there’s a decent chance that United will take 2 or 3 points off of both Chelsea and United. If we beat Chelsea and grab 3 more wins we should be on for fourth or even third.

      Remember that Giroud is suspended for 3 of the 4 remaining Arsenals games (they’re appealing against his red though so that could change – let’s assume, for now, he’s out), so Arsenal’s main goal scorer will miss the majority of their run-in. That will seriously handicap them.

      The key will be winning the four games we have against teams in the lower half of the league. If we manage that, even a draw against Chelsea should be enough because we only need one of the two teams currently above us to have a wobble.

      • avatar seattlespursguy says:

        Giroud’s ban was upheld, so that does weaken their attack–not by much, as I think he isn’t that good, but every bit helps. They can still throw Walnut, the German and Worf up front–again, not really frightening, but they do have options

  5. avatar JimmyG2 says:

    Don’t hatch your chickens before they count.
    or some such.
    Loving the site upgraded graphics wise Fox.
    Glossier than Dulux.
    Don’t think I’m not still keeping an eye on you.

    • avatar Aran says:

      Agreed, premature poultry planning precedes painful post plotting perturbitude (it’s a word because I say so).

      That said, it’s nice to dream. At least it is now in our hands – we don’t need others to slip up if we take the points we should from the games remaining. If Manchester United can do us a favour too – Fergie says he wants the points record so why not? – then we could have a great end to the season.

  6. avatar tony says:

    At present 2 points up on the catastrophic disaster of last season:
    last season 33 games 59 points
    this season 33 games 61 points

    Got 10 points from final 5 games last season:
    Final total last season 69 points
    Final total this season ?? points

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