Monday, May 18, 2009

One more weekend, two relegation places and four teams. That's the math as we move into the final round of matches at the bottom end of the Premiership.

An interesting weekend of games saw twists and turns galore and not a little controversy to add in to the mix.

Middlesborough might look pretty doomed sitting there second bottom, with the worst goal difference and the inability to hold on to any lead they may get, but with the teams above them facing some tough final matches against teams at the top, a 1-0 win might just yet be enough for them, especially if Hull were to ship a few at home to Champions Man United.

The big question of course is what kind of side will Man U put out at the KC Stadium on Sunday. I think we all know the answer!

There is no way that Sir Alex will risk his star players with the Champions League final just three days later. Ronaldo may have Golden Boot aspirations but they will count for nothing for his manager. Rooney, Tevez, Van Der Saar and a few others will be rested. Ferdinand may play a little to get his fitness levels up. Nobody knows for certain.

What we do know of course is that even a second rate Man U team has the flair, skill and abilities to take Hull apart, something Phil Brown will be in no doubt about.

What Brown needs to do in the build up to the game is to make sure that little snippets get out there that his players will be battling for 90 minutes, with tackles flying in and apologise in advance if any Man U players miss the final in Rome as a result.

He's already starting to get some of that message across in saying what the game means to the Club and they'll be going for it 100%.

You all know AFTN's stand on this. We want Hull to stay up and I still feel they will.

Sunderland are probably the Club shitting it the most down there.

Their position looked pretty safe all but a few weeks ago but a horrendous run of form and a capitulation against Pompey tonight means they will be going into the home game against Chelsea with little confidence. With a passionate crowd guaranteed to be roaring them on at the start, if results start to go the wrong way for them, the fans will be on their backs and adding to the pressure ten fold.

That leaves Newcastle and hopefully we'll see the Toon Army and their deluded fans taking a drop down into the Championship.

They still think that they're such a big Club, but, fans apart, they have nothing. The Setanta pundit on Saturday (I forget who it was now) who basically said that they like to wallow in misery and self pity hit the nail right on the head.

If the results do go the way I expect, then they better close the bridges in Geordieland come Sunday night.


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