May 17, 2013
So here we go. The most nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat climax to a Premier League season in living memory. Who will face the dreaded drop? Who will emerge triumphant with the gleaming trophy in their hands on Sunday evening? The permutations are endless and you will surely be gripped while the situation changes minute by minute as the final day gets under way.
May 10, 2013
Well that didn’t last long. At long last it seemed we had an element of excitement in this Premier League season after nine months of disappointment in what only English people call the best League in the world, as last weekend’s win for Wigan dragged up to eight clubs firmly back into the fight to avoid the last remaining relegation place. But just a few days later, their 3-2 defeat to Swansea has backed up what I have been saying for weeks, which is that they won’t survive this time around, and there would have been enormous relief at the homes of Messrs. Pardew, Hughton, Di Canio etc on Tuesday night. With Wigan not playing again until next midweek due to the FA Cup Final, the sides above them have an outstanding chance to nail the lid down on their coffin this weekend.
May 3, 2013
Not the greatest weekend for North East football! Sunderland and Newcastle conceded six goals apiece and seem set to be saved from relegation only by Wigan’s continuing inability to win a match. The gap is now five points with four games left, and despite the media already hyping up the Wigan v Aston Villa match on the last day of the season, I think matters will be decided long before then, and Sky will surely be scrambling around desperately trying to find an interesting angle for any of the final weekend fixtures. You can be certain that the drama at Griffin Park last weekend won’t be repeated in the Premier League, as Brentford hosted Doncaster with the winner sure of automatic promotion to the Championship. A nervy, scrappy affair looked set to be decided by a 94th minute penalty awarded to the hosts, but the spot kick hit the bar and Doncaster broke to the other end where a last gasp winner saw them promoted.