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A cracking weekend of Easter Football

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I’ll try and avoid egg related jokes but I’m in a jovial mood. The football season may be rapidly running towards its climax, but we still have some tasty fixtures ahead of us on this bank holiday weekend.

A few decisions will be made this weekend regarding the stayers and goers in the top flight. With Portsmouth taking a 9 point deduction due to administration, it looks impossible for them to stay up anyway. Failure to beat Blackburn this weekend, or a win for Hull and West Ham will condemn them to the Championship and put their fans out of their misery. Birmingham can still mathematically go down purely on goal difference. A result at the weekend seals Premier survival, as well as either a Hull or West Ham loss. At the top of the table, Manchester United take on Chelsea which is going to be an egg-citing match. A draw isn’t good enough for either side at a time when every point is crucial, so it should be a full bloodied affair. Now I’ve said that, it’ll be a damp squib.

Those within touching distance of the Premier League can seal the deal ready for the bank holiday booze up. Newcastle’s promotion back to the top league at the first attempt will be achieved if they manage to beat bottom strugglers Peterborough and Nottingham Forest lose at Bristol City. Bottom placed Peterborough will be saying goodbye to the league if they lose to leaders Newcastle.

League One is slightly more open at the top. The most that can be guaranteed by the end of the weekend, is a definate Norwich play-off place depending on a win at Tranmere and Huddersfield not winning at Wycombe. Leeds United and Millwall will continue to battle for the points, both looking at the second automatic promotion place. Any points dropped at this crucial point of the season will surely leave their promotion hopes scrambled (terrible I know).

Enjoy the weekend. Lets hope for goals, goals and a few talking points!


Written by Nicole Carroll

April 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

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