The Steifmaster D-DAY BPL Predictions
The Steifmaster D-DAY BPL Predictions
What a Barclays English Premier League season this has been! Competitive, full of drama, upsets, thunderbolt strikes, nightmarish own goals, legendary tackles, pointblank saves, controversial refereeing, gob smacking skills, goalkeeping howlers, managerial merry-go-round, name it! And to think it’s not over yet, well at least until the final whistle goes in any of the 10 Premier League pitches that will play host to the final weekend of the 2013-14 Premier League season on Sunday. So heartbreaking!
It has been a season to remember. One where clubs like Crystal Palace played a part in the destination of the league title (or so it looks like), where records were easily broken at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground, where Arsenal fans dared to dream again, where Jose Mourinho made his return to the place he made his name, where young managers flourished and introduced entertaining football in England and where Liverpool rejoined the crème of European football, and should I add became champions? Or came within a hairs’ breadth?
Well, that, and many more questions, will be answered this Sunday by 645pm. All the matches will kick off at 5pm but focus will be at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City will host West Ham United, and at Anfield where Liverpool will entertain Newcastle United. Both clubs could still win the league. Will there be one last turn of events? You dare not bet against that happening. Here’s my very last prediction on the 2013-14 English Premier League season. Thank you for keeping me company.
Manchester City 1 2 West Ham (Sunday, 5pm)
Ok, let me start by admitting that my prediction is more of a wish than anything else. But you must also reckon that Manchester City losing on the final day of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season is very much a possibility. On paper, it is really such an easy math for City, a three-way thing; draw or beat West Ham at the Etihad or hope that Liverpool fail to beat Newcastle, and you are champions. Simple, right? May be not.
West Ham are one of the toughest teams to beat on their day. Sam Alladyce’s teams play that brand of physical game, they batter you almost to submission, and that is what I expect them to do this Sunday. Liverpool will be looking at three players in the Hammers team that could do them a favor. There’s Andy Caroll, who played for the Merseysiders last season and who in the aftermath of West Ham’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool early last month tweeted “We were unlucky not to get something today against this seasons champions”. Then there’s Stewart Downing who has also adorned the famous Liverpool red kit, and finally, Kevin Nolan, a sworn, thoroughbred Liverpool fan.
The three have been West Ham’s SAS this season with Downing providing the crosses and Caroll nodding them down for Nolan to sweep them home. It will be a tough ask for West Ham to beat City in the latter’s own turf. The Hammers’ last visit to the Eitihad ended in a 6-0 humiliation and the corresponding fixture this season ended in a 3-0 win for the Citizens. In fact you have to go back to April 27 2003 (over 10 years ago) when the visitors last beat City, Frederic Kanoute netting the only goal of the match.
A repeat of that result and a win for Liverpool at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers’ men will be lifting their maiden Premier League trophy. But that will be a boring script. How about this, Edin Dzeko puts City ahead in the 4th minute, but Kevin Nolan equalizes for the visitors just before the break. City resume the game with real purpose, a sense of urgency threatening to run West Ham ragged but the Londoner’s defence holds still. Then in the 92nd minute, Downing whips in a cross and Caroll steals some space behind Vincent Kompany and heads West Ham’s winning goal. On the screen, Liverpool are winning 4-1 against Newcastle and that is how it ends! Liverpool are the champions!!
Liverpool 4 1 Newcastle (Sunday, 5pm)
If Liverpool fail to win the Premier League title as it looks, then many people will look back into their season and try to point out exactly where they must have taken the big fumble. Was it when Simon Mignolet failed to deal with Alvaro Negredo’s speculative chipped effort that went in and gave Manchester City a 2-1 win? Was it Gerrard’s slip that put Chelsea on course for a 2-0 win just a fortnight ago? Or was it the inexplicable 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday night when the Reds let slip a 3-0 score-line within 11 minutes.
For me, and I believe many others, it has to be that porous defence that just couldn’t keep a goal away. Whatever the case, Liverpool players and the fans will be left dejected, almost a beaten lot should they fail to win the league after giving it their best fight in 24 years. The Reds had destiny in their hands but the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea handed the baton back to Manchester City, albeit not fully. Then came the 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace and the Merseyside club look set to wait just a while longer for that elusive Premier League title. But there’s still hope. Brendan Rodgers and co could still win the league but they will be banking on West Ham beating Manchester City at the Eitihad. That that would be a hard task has been aforementioned but so has the point that it isn’t an entirely impossible mission. I bet on Liverpool to do their job against the Magpies at Anfield.
So it will be up to West Ham to do a job for Liverpool at the Eitihad. Should that not happen, the Reds family should still be proud of what they have achieved this season. A team that started the season with the aim of finishing among the top four ending the season in second place. Not so bad. But hang on, again, here’s how I think things will pan out. Edin Dzeko puts City ahead in the 4th minute, but Kevin Nolan equalizes for the visitors just before the break. City resume the game with real purpose, a sense of urgency threatening to run West Ham ragged but the Londoner’s defence holds still. Then in the 92nd minute, Downing whips in a cross and Caroll steals some space behind Vincent Kompany and heads West Ham’s winning goal. On the screen, Liverpool are winning 4-0 against Newcastle and that is how it ends! Liverpool are the champions!!
You Will Never Walk Alone!!
Cardiff City 1 3 Chelsea
Fulham 1 2 Crystal Palace
Hull City 0 3 Everton
Norwich City 1 1 Arsenal
Southampton 2 1 Manchester United
Sunderland 2 1 Swansea City
Tottenham 3 1 Aston Villa
West Brom 0 1 Stoke City
And That’s thesteifmastertake!!