Weekend Preview

Chelsea and Man U played to a predictably boring 0-0 tie last night.  Chelsea did form an “honor guard” and clap Man U onto the pitch, but as it was Man U’s 2nd team it looked strange.  Don’t think Chris Eagles and Kieran Lee contributed greatly to Man U’s Premiership success this season.  Fortunately, these teams will tee it up 1 more time on May 19th at the new Wembley in the FA Cup “Dream” Final .

Moving forward, this is the final weekend of games in the Premiership.  Actually, all 10 games kick-off at 4:00pm CET (10am EDT) on Sunday.   First order of business is to say goodbye to Charlton, who was relegated on Monday after losing 2-0 to Tottenham.  Charlton has been in disarray all year, having 3 managers this season as compared to 1 for the past 15 years.  The club is lacking talent overall and will most likely lose both its strikers, the Bent boys, to Premiership teams.  Going to be a struggle for Charlton to return next season. 

The table shows most places are secure with some jockeying over places 5-7 which guarantees entry into the UEFA Cup (and much more money!) next season.  Everton has pretty much clinched a spot due to their goal differential.  TTL thinks a fatigued Tottenham, playing their 3rd game this week, should still muster up the point needed to qualify at home against Man City.  Reading, Bolton and Portsmouth are dueling for the final place and TTL thinks Bolton can eke out a home win versus Aston Villa to do it. 

At the bottom, Wigan needs to win against Sheffield United to escape relegation in what promises to be a take no prisoners affair as Sheffield sits on the brink as well.  West Ham travels to Old Trafford to try and crash Man U’s title party.  The Hammers need a point (tie) to complete their somewhat miraculous escape.  But a full-strength Man United await and TTL doesn’t think West Ham will do it.  However, think Sheffield will beat Wigan, thus sending Wigan down to the Championship. 

Bundesliga

Still very tight at the top with 2 games to play.  Leaders Schalke 04 travel to bitter rival Borussia Dortmund in a tantalizing derby.  These neighbors don’t like each other and Dortmund would love to damage Schalke’s title chances.  Fellow title contenders Stuggart (v Bochum) and Bremen (v Frankfurt) have much easier games.  At the very least the top 3 clubs have already qualified for the Champions League next season as 4th place Bayern Munich cannot catch-up and will miss out on the CL for 1st time in 10 years.  Drown your sorrows in an enormous beer mug. 

And hearty congrats to Getafe who overcame a 5-2 1st leg defeat to beat Barca 4-0 (6-5 on aggregate) last night to clinch a spot in the Copa del Rey Final against Sevilla.  The comeback of the season and always great when the minnows knock down the giant clubs a few pegs. 

Will run a Best of Sports with every post next week.  Have a good weekend and enjoy the games. 

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