Here we goooooo (PUN-ting ahead 01)

Okay so this was supposed to have started a while back, but who knew that writers block was actually real?  Having spent most of my time formulating the “best” possible way to blog this it has become apparent that the “best” way is to just get startedand hope that the rest will take care of itself.  First up though, a few pointers.  I intend to preview and predict the “biggest” weekend sports draw-cards and then follow each PREVIEW (aka PUN-ting ahead) blog with the requisite REVIEW (aka SUP-ah! Slowmo [if most of my predictions are spot on] / or the SUP-aaaaargh??!! Slowmo [as i tryto explain why I got it sooo wrong]. Whichever way though I most certainly hope that youwill be gracious enough to …… “pardonthePUNdit”

FOOTY

EPL:-

CHELSEA v MANCHESTER CITY

Undoubtedly the match of the weekend will be played on Sunday, November 25th when the (Champions of Europe) Chelsea, will host Manchester City (the incumbent EPL Champions and current table toppers), though that may have changed should Manchester United beat QPR on Saturday.  With both teams still smarting from forgettable excursions in the midweek round of the Champions’ League, it would be fair to say that they would both much rather be Manchester United’s boots at the minute.  This would at the very least mean that they would have QPR to deal with rather than a top 3 title contender.

Chelsea have in the recent past shown a propensity press the “self implosion” button when things are on track.  Whether it be by inexplicably sacking Ray Wilkins or accusing a referee of using “inapproprite language” it is these instances that usually hand the intiative to their rivals.  Add to that, the FACT that Rafa Benitez is the latest to be handed the reigns to steer Chelsea’s charges after the Roberto de Matteo sacking, you can’t help but wonder whether those same reigns will soon serve as a noose to kill off any title ambitions.  The upcoming fictures for both clubs are not cake walks with Chelseafacing back to back London Derbies in Fulham and Westham before a “final” Champions League group must-win match against Nordsjaelland .  Manchester City face Wigan, Evertaon, Borussia Dortmund and then host Manchester United!

PUNdit Pointers

  • Manchester City are undefeated in their last 18 matches in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 home matches against Manchester City in all competitions.
  • Chelsea have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Manchester City in all competitions.

It is thus easy to see why this is a match that neither team can afford to lose so I will sit on the fence for this one and predict:- SCORE DRAW.

MANCHESTER UNITED v QUEENS PARK RANGERS

The EPL’s best ever manager was honoured yet again (after having an Old Trafford stand renamed in his honour last season) by being “re-imortalised” via a statue.  The irony of it all is that this recognition comes on the back of a season that was woeful in Europe, mediocre in domestic cup competitions and painfully close in the EPL, and ultiamtely United’s trophy cabinet today, looks the same as it did at the end of the 2010/11 season, when at least space was made to accomodate the inclusion of the 19th English title.

In QPR, Manchester United have the best possible chance to get back to winning ways after a rare sequences of back to back losses to Norwich City and Galatasaray (UCL).  Not because the Londoners come to Old Trafford without a gaffer after Mark “Sparky” Hughes’ sacking, BUT mainly because QPR’s away record (just one point from six matches away from home this season) is as woeful as Manchester United’s home record is formidable.

PUNdit Pointers

  • Manchester United have won 33 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League.
  • Queens Park Rangers have lost 12 of their last 13 away matches in the Premier League.

Harry (Houdini) Redknapp’s escape act will start after this match which I predict as a :-  COMFORTABLE WIN FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

SUNDERLAND v WEST BROMWICH ALBION

If Newcastle were last season’s surprise EPL package, then that tag is most definitely a toss-up between Everton and West Brom (who travel to the Stadium of Light positioned in the final Champion’s league slot).  While some critics have explained West Brom’s position as being attributable to having played the majority of their matches thus far against bottom-half ranked teams, that should NOT by any means be taken to mean that they now need to be taken seriuosly (just ask Chelsea how highly they consider them now after last weekends loss to WBA).

PUNTters Pointers

  • West Bromwich Albion are undefeated in their last 5 matches against Sunderland in all competitions
  • Sunderland have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against West Bromwich Albion in all competitions.

The EPL is a looooong tunnel BUT I suspect that Sunderland will provide some of Light that WBA need to negotiate their way through it, so this encounter should see :- A MARGINAL WIN FOR W.B.A.

QUICK PUNTS

  1. Dynamos F.C. v Monomutapa F.C. (MBADA – CUP FINAL) = Monoz to win on Penalties
  2. Brazilian GP = Alonso to finish ahead of Vettel (whose Red Bull will not finish the race) and Alonso to win the Driver’s Championship…in the rain.
  3. England v South Africa = Bokke to end tour on a high with a narrow win at Twickenham.
  4. Australia v SouthAfrica (2nd Test) = Match drawn.
  5. Swansea v Liverpool = Score DRAW / Villa v Arsenal = Arsenal WIN / Everton v Norwich = Everton WIN
  6. Juventus v Milan = Juventus WIN.

So there it is…. hopefully Monday’s Slow-mo review will SUP-ah! rather than SUP-aaaargh!!

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