Number 25 April 10 2017
Performances of the last week
In the Premier League, Burnley with a 1-0 home victory over Stoke City and a goalless draw at Middlesbrough look to have booked their place in the top tier again for next season, their first consecutive stint at this level since 1976. Stoke were also recipients of another defeat, this time at home to Liverpool by a 2-1 margin. The Brazilian duo of Coutinho and Firmino secured the points for Jürgen Klopp’s side whose noses stay ever so slightly in front in the chase for a Champions’ League place. Everton in the meantime took 4 points from an away trip to Manchester United (1-1) and a home 4-2 win over a weakened Leicester City side, Lukaku netting a brace as the Toffees moved 10 points clear in the final Europa League slot.
Preston North End thrashed Bristol City 5-0 in the Championship with Callum Robinson contributing a couple, but yet another disappointing away display, losing 3-0 at Leeds United, makes it even harder for them to clinch a Play-Off place. Wigan Athletic look down but not quite out, finding a late flourish from Nick Powell to defeat the already doomed Rotherham United 3-2.
Games to look forward to this week
The stand-out fixture in the Premier League is on Sunday, Manchester United taking on Chelsea in the late match. They will have seen action against Anderlecht on Thursday, travelling to Belgium for their Europa League game, so they may struggle against the league leaders. Jose Mourinho may have to put all his eggs in one basket to guarantee a Champions’ League place via the “Europa” route because if they fail to beat Chelsea, they could be giving up ground to Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for a Top 4 finish. In the Championship, it could be anything but a “Good Friday” for Blackburn Rovers on their visit to Notts Forest. The Lancashire side were a shambles last Saturday, smitten with injuries and simply lacking the quality to hurt sides at this level. It is almost game over for them but it will certainly be so if they cannot return from the City Ground with 3 points.
Quiz of the Week (Answers at the foot of the Blog)
Each question has a Red Rose County connection
1 Which current Manchester United player was bought from Chelsea for £37.1 million in 2014?
Post Weekend Musings
Is Pep Guardiola going crazy or is he copying Jose Mourinho’s deflection tactics?
Quote:- Claudio Bravo is one of the best 3 goalkeepers in the world when it comes to build up play.
Statistic:- Bravo has now conceded 7 goals from the past 7 shots on target he has faced.
Suggestion:- Why not play David Silva in goal. He is an even better passer of the ball than Bravo and might have stopped at least one of the 7 goals the Chilean has conceded.
It is no dafter a comment than the City manager’s.
Claudio Bravo; much maligned but surely the season's worst buy
Red Rose County Player of the Week
Matthew Lowton; Burnley
Tier 10 Club of the Week