The recently concluded London derby or our trips away to Manchester always tend to gather the attention of fans and media but here our five other fixtures which indeed will be stern tests, as we finally return to form and look to make a miraculous comeback to make something out of the season.
So here goes the analysis:
(25/09/15) Surprise? Is it? We have suffered defeats at the hands of the Baggies on each of our last two trips to the ST. James’s park. But they haven’t clicked as far this season, plus there won’t be any Alan Pardew welcoming us this time! So these two major factors turn out in our favour, but this ground has time and again come to haunt us. So when we meet Newcastle, next weekend I really hope its bluefeast in the northeast.
2. Tottenham Hotspurs(A):
(28/11/15) Many might argue it is a London derby, but it certainly ain’t the most coveted one. The Spurs, too, haven’t had a great start to their season, but remembering what happened at White Hart Lane last time around, I don’t think Jose would make a mistake of taking Spurs lightly. They have a good young side managed by an efficient manager in Mauricio Pocchetino, so we’ll need to entertain and address every detail before the London derby class II at the White Hart Lane.
3.Leicester City (A):
(12/12/15) Leicester City have been a team who have spoken volumes about themselves on the pitch courtesy of some mouth-watering performances. It was a miracle last season how Nigel Pearson kept the foxes alive in the English top flight and this season, ex. Chelsea boss, Claudio Ranieri, has duly picked up from where they left off last season. As on Matchday 6, they remain the only unbeaten team in the league and that is no coincidence. So when the Blues travel to Kings Power Arena, it’ll be an affair worth watching.
4. Crystal Palace (A):
(02/01/16) London derby of sorts, this fixture always guarantees fascinating football. Selhurst Park is never a happy hunting ground for any visiting team. Plus we will be up against Alan Pardew in his own paradise. Watching them play, the way they did at the Bridge, it will be a nerve-wrecking 90 minutes of football and I wish our new year party continues for long.
5. West Ham United(H): Yes! You read it right. Third London derby in the list, well London derbies aren’t every easy, are they?
West Ham used to be the team who would have big tall lads and would be over dependent on set pieces to do most of their scoring under Big Sam Allardyce.
But the tides have changed! Slaven Bilic has turned this Hammers side into a unit of fast, hungry and fierce youngsters who have shown a great desire to grind out results. Giant killers that they are; they outclassed Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates on the opening day of the season, next they rubbed past a miserable 10 men Liverpool team 3-0 at the Anfield and yesterday they ended the 5 game unbeaten streak of invincible looking Manchester City side at the Etihad. The last time this happened was 10
After you’ve read all of this, I want to make my stand clear to all our readers. I am in no way critical of my team and entitle equal amount of trust in our manager and the team as you people do. It’s just that these fixtures need more attention than these are given actually.
*The date of the fixtures are a subject to change as per FA Guidelines.
*All the above observations and arguments are made on current form and fitness.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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