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'arry is still of the opinion that a top four slot is a possibility.
It must be me, but (IMHO) our performances belie our position.
He may be right, if we keep riding our luck and getting results against the run of play, but on a couple of the recent performances, I wouldn't put us in the top 6, let alone 4.
OK, you can quote missing players, but as said on many occassions - the modern game is a squad game - so we must have a squad capable of the top 4 to achieve it. I don't think we're that far off, we just seem to lack ideas (after the hoof it Crouch approach) - and playing Keane as a Modric replacement just don't work.
I though Hudd would step up to the plate and show what he can do - but even after a few consecutive games, he's still not grabbing hold of games like he should.
Realistically, where do you lot think we'll end up? Do you go along with this top four bit?
PS as for Daffy, did anyone else think that he appeared to intentionally leave his foot in with Craig Gordon? I know he's not my favourite, but at times he shows a really nasty streak as well.
Morning John...I tend to agree with you regarding this top 4 business and on form we certainly dont look like a side who should be challenging for a CL spot. Lucky for us neither do Citeh, Pool or even Villa. Thats not our fault though and if we can sit there on the form we have been showing and with the injuries we have had.....then it could bode well for the coming months when our injured players return and our form hopefully improves. We have struggled against the established top sides this season but we have a run against the rest now and what we get out of those games may be a better 'benchmark' for our CL chances than the losses against the others.
As for Defoe......he looks edgy to me.....trying a bit too hard. For me he certainly left his boot in on Gordon and was lucky to get away with that (sadly for Gordon he didnt). Maybe the negative reaction he got to the recent sending off plus our obvious dip in form without him has wound him up a bit. He needs to calm down a bit and get back to enjoying his football.
I think breaking the top four will be difficult, and unlikely, but not impossible - for the simple fact that other teams around us are playing about as well as we are.
If I were to listen to my head, I would say we'll finish outside of the top 4 - 5th or 6th, but there is a always hope and I think Harry is doing the right thing pushing for 4th spot. The club and players have to be aiming for that. And on the plus side, we still seem to be picking up some points despite not playing well.
What I will say though, is I am not a fan of what H.R. is doing playing Keane out wide, or that diamond formation they tried against Sunderland. It just doesn't work, in my opinion. Had he went a front two, and played Krancjar on the left with a more traditional four across midfield I think our performance would have been a lot different. Keane on the left or at the point of a diamond (with 3 behind him) just does not work.
As for the Defoe instance with Gordon, I think his leg hung a bit, but I don't think it was done with any malice or intent. I guess only Defoe will know that for certain though.
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Maybe it's going to be one of 'those' seasons - we're not playing well and are still sitting 4th, so maybe we'll continue winning when playing poorly (I suppose it's better than playing well and losing! - although I'm not so sure of that, as when you're playing well at least you know it's only a matter of time before the results start going your way).....
not sure about any of those predictions, for me really depends on who plays at center half, if we can have a settled back four for many/all of those games then we have a decent chance to pick up a good tally of points,if and I say if we are perceived to be pushing for the top four , these are games we shouldn't fear really ..saying that ...this season has seen some strange results go for teams outside the big four ...so very difficult to predict ..I'd take 9 points from those games...if we stay unbeaten during this run of games that'd be great for team morale...considering the lads to come back into the fold .....COYS
I just tried to look at each of the next 6 games and decide win/lose/draw - can't do it! As Rambro said - we could win 'em all or lose any one of them. It all depends on which team shows up. There is no doubt that we are capable of not losing every game, and 12 points or even more are a possibility - and we could end up with 6 - the joys of supporting the Lillywhites!
And it's nice to be able to agree with SB on something - quit playing Keane on the left! Play Kranjar, he is way better, knows what he is doing, and makes us more of a complete team. If Keane isn't good enough to play up front (and I do not think he is), sit him on the bench - the only reason he is starting is because 'arry made the mistake of making him captain when he came back from Liverpool.
So -optimistically I'll go for either 8, 10, 11, 13, or 14 points (how's that for being pretty wishy washy!) - I just have trouble calling for a Spurs loss. I've gotta believe we win our home games, we've drawn a lot of games at Everton lately, same as at Blackburn.
If I gotta call a number - I'll go with 11!
Wigan (H)..............3 points
Villa (A).................0 points or 3 points - tough to call
Everton (A)............1 points
Wolves (H)............3 points
Man C (H).............3 points or 0 points - tough to call
Blackburn (A)........1 point
Perhaps and Why not?
Personally i believe unless one of the "traditional" top four capitulate then it will stay the same this season.
Seems Lpool are doing just that but its EARLY days yet.
Arsenal were f*cked this time last year and then went on a huge unbeaten run and achieved their usual place in the TOP four.
IF one of the "BIG boys" fall and a position is available for a new contender then Man City look the most likely to fill it, if only because they have spent so much dosh, but for now Spurs have scored MORE than the CITY pretenders (let more in though) and are above them.
Adebayor is back for City and a LOT of what City achieve (or not) will depend on him.
Dont write off Villa and same goes for Everton.
I prefer the "steel" in those teams to that of BOTH Spurs and City even after there arguably poor starts.
Injuries will be telling and you are already suffering.
4th IS achievable, but i still would back the "traditional BIG boys" to maintain the equilibrium.
I'm NOT knocking you lot before it starts.
I would LOVE to see 3 London clubs in the Top Four and therefore the CL.
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im pretty sure top 2 will be between utd & chelsea.then bit of a gap to arsenal at 3rd. then another gap to 4th.
if liverpool get torres & gerrard fit & play more like they can then i think it will be liverpool 4th.
spurs,everton,villa & city in any order nxt 4 with maybe sunderland breaking into the 2nd group of 4.
hopefully liverpool will continue as they are & then we got as much chance of any of the others to get 4th.
unless city buy some better players in jan then i dont think they can finish top 4.
old fan i like your predicitons, hope u are right.
im going to say 2 wins, 2 defeats & 2 draws.
wigan (h) 3-1 win
villa (a) 2-1 lose
everton (a) 0-0 draw
wolves (h) 2-0 win
man c (h) 2-2 draw
blkburn (a) 2-1 lose
Old Fan and Wise Old Head.
On the money as usual, especially about Keane. When he first came to WHL he was pretty clueless and he seems to have gone backwards without Berba. Misses too many to be a top striker. Used properly, I think Pav would be more effective but it looks like we'll never know.
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