THE TITLE RACE

Where Manchester United are most likely to drop six points

Our pals at chickendinner hand Liverpool some straws to clutch

Paddy Power think the title race is over and offer just 1/14 on Manchester United winning for the third straight season. To stop them, Liverpool must win all their remaining games and hope that the Red Devils drop six points. It’s all very unlikely but rather than accepting a premature end to an exciting campaign, we decided to look at where the holders are most likely to slip up:

Tottenham (h)
Spurs are unbeaten in six league meetings with the Big Four sides and have lost just one away game against a top-half side. Harry Redknapp’s side have lost one of their last nine and he has won there with West Ham and Portsmouth. Spurs haven’t won an away league match against a Big Four side since August 1993 – when they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield.
Verdict: United could drop two points here but three is unlikely.

Middlesbrough (a)
Boro have a deceptively good home record for a team in the bottom three and are unbeaten in nine games at the Riverside in all competitions. Gareth Southgate’s team have lost just two of their eight home games with top-ten teams, beating Liverpool and have lost on just one of the last four occasions that they have hosted United.
Verdict: Boro need a result and may get a surprise draw.

Manchester City (h)
City haven’t won in 14 Premier League away games although they drew with Liverpool at Anfield. The Citizens won at Old Trafford last February but haven’t beaten anyone other than Sunderland on the road domestically since.
Verdict: Manchester United should complete the derby double.

Wigan (a)
Manchester United have won all eight of their meetings with Wigan and Steve Bruce has never beaten his former club.
Verdict: The Red Devils will expect Wigan to roll over again.

Arsenal (h)
At the time of writing, Arsenal are unbeaten in nineteen league games. The Gunners beat Manchester United at the Emirates and won away to Chelsea and drew with Liverpool at Anfield.
Verdict: Arsenal are more than capable of picking up a point.

Hull (a)
The Tigers may need a win to stay up but Sir Alex Ferguson will be confident of winning at a ground where Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa have already taken three points. As of 23/4/09, Hull have the worst home record in the top-flight, having taken just 14 points from 16 games at the KC Stadium.
Verdict: Manchester United should secure all three points.

Conclusion
Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Arsenal are likely to be the teams who will cause Manchester United the most trouble but even then it is a lot to ask for all three to take at least a point from those games. Even if they do, there is of course the small matter of Liverpool winning all their remaining fixtures – and they have also still got to face Spurs at home.


3 responses so far
  • fourstar // April 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Can’t see them failing to beat Boro; realistically only Spurs and Arsenal could upset them. Which would be 6 points. It could yet be a very interesting few weeks!

  • anthonyOA // April 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    yep. spurs will upset man utd with their superior form and football. sorry mancs. Harry Houdini is going to make it squeaky bum time for you. pray you kill a team 6-0 and bump up your inferior goal difference. this title could go down to that.

  • kerry dixon // April 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    dont rule out chelsea. put a quid on them to win title. this will go to the final day of the season.

    Man U will lost to Arsenal, Man City and Middlesbro.

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