evaluating the probable Top 6 battle 3 weeks in.
Man U and Citeh are going to be in a quality dogfight for the top two spots; I still believe United probably prevails. Here’s an honest assessment of where the others are:
- Chelsea: It’s a touch worrying to see them not thrashing teams they normally would. Norwich owned a lot of that game today. Chalk it up to Villas Boas figuring out where the pieces have to go. But Blues fans should be looking up because Juan Mata is quality and his second half sub was nothing but. That’s the kind of player that’s necessary for an automatic CL group stage slot fight.
- Arsenal: I’m not as gloom-and-doom as Gunner supporters are right now. Wenger will find a way out of this and at least make the fight for a CL spots respectable. He may not get it, but I think any predictions of 7th or below are premature.
- Spurs: Who’s gonna score goals for them? Modric may not be there past next week, who knows?
- Liverpool: I still think Carragher’s past it. That silly mistake in stoppage time cost a clean sheet. It’s good that Sebastian Coates is on the way; Carragher has gone from “crafty veteran” to “old” and Agger’s health can always be an issue. It looks like Dalglish will need every one of those midfielders, and I hope Martin Kelly’s hamstring injury isn’t serious. Defending will be the problem.
Still gonna say Liverpool & Chelsea for the two CL spots behind the Manchester squads, but I’m not confident in the order any more.