Sunday, March 22, 2009

Well that's another weekend of English Premiership action over and despite how it was looking at one stage, both ends of the table are now starting to look really exciting!

With most teams having 8 games left now, the run in is already a mouthwatering prospect.

Man U looked to have had the League sown up a few weeks back as we all know and although it's still very hard to see past them, at least Liverpool have made it interesting now.

With all that is made about skillful passing football, getting the ball down on the deck etc etc, is it just me or is there something really satisfying about seeing a route one goal these days like Riera's for Liverpool against Aston Villa?

I know it's "not how football was meant to be played" and yeah, it would be boring to watch that week in, week out (trust me, I know from experience!) but when you see such a direct goal as that, it brings a smile to my face. Who needs European flair when you have a goalkeeper that can kick the ball out 72 yards?!

There's so much at stake in the monetary sense between being in the Premiership and the Championship now that the pressure at the other end must be unbearable if you're associated with a team down there.

Looking at the Sheffield United - West Ham compensation saga, and the amounts involved, tells you all you need to know about that.

That pressure can certainly hit good football being played or any football at times, with teams just not wanting to make a mistake. The Stoke - Boro game yesterday was a great example of that.

A lot of the EPL games are just not interesting to watch and I've found that the Championship has produced the far better games for the last two seasons and that can only continue.

Hull and Stoke have been a breath of fresh air to the Premiership this season, with their no nonsense, attack minded style of play. I just hope that they can both survive and stay up. It would be great for the game and a huge boost for fans of similar unfashionable teams who hope to make it to the big time. When these teams go back down straight away it's saddening as the money men have won again.

Maybe not this year though. For me, I'd love to see three of the bigger teams take the plunge and if Blackburn, Newcastle and the perennially boring Boro can continue their struggles and fill those three places then I'll be a very happy bunny come May 24th.

It's going to be an exciting two months.


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