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September 19, 2018

As much as Spurs are banking on Harry Kane, I doubt if he’ll beat Terry, Ivanovic and Azpilicueta

Arsenal's head coach Arsene Wenger looks on ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match between Fenerbahce and Arsenal at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013.
Arsenal's head coach Arsene Wenger looks on ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match between Fenerbahce and Arsenal at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013.

 

Chelsea Vs Tottenham, Tomorrow 7pm,

My Prediction: Blues...3 Spurs.... 1

Capital One Cup Final

 

This is actually quite an impressive match up given that it is a London Derby. Frankly, I don’t want any of these teams to win the League Cup because as far as I’m concerned, there is only one team in England; and it’s red! But if I had to choose a better enemy then I would hope for a Blues win; simply because the noise in North London if Spurs win will be way too much for Arsenal fans to remain sane.

Chelsea have had a whole week to regroup following last weekend’s surprise 1-1 draw with Burnley but Spurs are still reeling from their exit from the Europa League, thanks to losing 2-0 to Fiorentina on Thursday. I’m not sure whether that’s fair but who cares? Life isn’t fair. Spurs will need their star player Harry Kane to be at his best; but will he be good enough to get past the Blues wall made up of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta. This is not the Gunners back line so Kane needs to do a lot more to penetrate it. This is a final so it will be competitive, but I see the Blues getting their first of two guaranteed pieces of silverware this term.

 

Man United Vs Sunderland, Today 6pm,

My Prediction: Reds Devils..2 Black Cats...2

 

I love to make fun of Manchester United but its tough when they can make fun of Arsenal right back. Still, the Red Devils conceded their valuable third position to Arsenal last weekend when they lost to Swansea. How beautiful that was! The thing with United is that they have some of the best players in the world but a “top” manager who doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing.

I figure that he’ll begin to get results when he finally realises where to play Wayne Rooney, but as long as he’s tinkering around with the squad, the results will not be forthcoming. The Black Cats though have won just two games in their last ten so it’s unlikely that they’ll create some magic today.

I would love to say LVG will be lucky here but The Red Devils have become so unpredictable it’s hard to say. Sunderland will come knowing that the Theatre of Dreams has over the past two years become the Theatre of Nightmares for United, so there’s a chance they’ll come away with at least a point. This will be a mental game as it’s obvious that United have the better players.

 

Liverpool Vs Man City, Tomorrow 3pm,

My prediction: Reds... 1 Citizens....3

 

Liverpool are in trouble!!! Did you see what Man City did to Newcastle last weekend and Stoke the week before? Nine goals in two games. The Reds could not even score against Besiktas in open play in Europa and were bundled out of the tournament. Liverpool, however, had up to eight key players missing against Besiktas but hopefully some of them will be back for the City game.

I think Brendan Rodgers was just saving them for City but it may have been a big mistake. They had more chance of getting silverware in Europa than finishing in a Champions League spot in the league. As much as I like Mario Balotelli’s attitude, I don’t think it brings unity to any side. He is a major failure at Liverpool and the sooner Rodgers lets him go, the better. City are firing on all cylinders and even though player behind the walls of Anfield is tough, I think City have long recovered from their defeat at the hands of Arsenal to be fearless in this tie. Sorry Kieni Githinji, save yourself some heartache though and don’t watch this game.

 

 

Arsenal Vs Everton, Tomorrow 5:05pm,

My Prediction: Gunners..3 Toffees...1

 

Arsenal needs to win game. Any game! The confidence in the side following that awful display against Monaco at home on Wednesday is in the pits! The team needs to wash away the disappointment in that game and win something to get back their pride because right now every Gunner is mad. As much as I have my issues with Arsene Wenger, the fact is that even our most talented players failed to rise to the occasion midweek; most of them were terrible to say the least. Wenger couldn’t have forced Mesut Ozil to stop giving away the ball; Wenger couldn’t have lined up the defense in the middle of the game; and Wenger couldn’t have scored goals.

So whereas I love to blame the Frenchman, this time the players failed us all. Last weekend was such a joy with the Gunners getting three points as most teams ahead of us dropped points, and it was a joy to enter the top three but if we aren’t going to win the league, I would rather we focus on Europe! Grrrr. We are near full strength now but it’s impossible to predict how we’ll play.

Everton have been so weird this season losing simple games on the way. Last weekend they were a goal up against Leicester and gave up that lead, only to rescue a point in the 2-2 draw when Leicester’s Mathew Upson scored an own in the 88th minute. I’m not sure what is going through Roberto Martinez’s head because I have always been one of his biggest admirers; but I’ll dismiss it as one bad season. Sadly for him, Arsenal are desperate for that win here and his bad season is bound to continue.

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