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03-24-2012, 04:07 AM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Tallahassee, FL
The biggest game day in March is finally here. It looked big when the month started but has gotten huge since the last couple weeks.
Bolton's first game (and at home) since the scary incident - should be a lot of spirit in the stands and on the pitch for the Wanderers, who face off against Blackburn in a relegation battle
Tottenham vs Chelsea - 4v5 matchup, Chelsea needs the 3 points to close the gap but would be fine I think as long as they can get 1, Chelsea seem more likely to be picking up points down the stretch so they need to not give Tottenham any confidence (as injuries are starting to take their toll on the Spurs). Stamford Bridge has the feature matchup for sure this Saturday, with Arsenal vs Tottenham already being played out, this match and the Arsenal vs Chelsea match later this season being the biggest 2 matches in the battle for 3rd and 4th.
Arsenal host Villa - Villa are a proven club in the league and can knock any of the contenders off home or away if they catch them right. They haven't had their best season but they did get to rest this week as their mid-week game against Bolton was postponed, so they might be able to catch a tired Arsenal or take advantage of any of the subs rotated in, depending on the lineup the Gunners yield. Villa is certainly much further down the standings than they are used to and I believe they will see this as a game they have a chance to take the 3 points in, especially with their rest. With the 2 teams behind them guaranteed to see some sort of slip in the standings, its absolutely crucial for Arsenal to take advantage and give themselves some sort of gap, whether the gap is between 3rd and 4th or 3rd and 5th - 3 points for Arsenal would mean that it widens.
Swansea vs Everton - yeah I said it. The first Welsh side in their first Prem season are the story people SHOULD be talking about, the Swans find themselves 3 points back of Liverpool in 8th place with just 9 games to go. A lot of the pundits had them as the sure fire bottom of the table team coming into this season and they are making them all fools. Everton finds themselves 2 points back of the Swans on their way to Liberty Stadium, though there are 6 teams within 3 points of the Swans so its a long fall from 8th, it would be a big 3 points for either side to try and work their way into a top 10 finish, which both teams at this point would be expecting to make.
Stoke host City, Stoke are one of the teams you expect the top teams to beat but they are never easy especially in their fortress. Britannia Fortress has been tough on the top teams this year as Liverpool and Tottenham both lost to Stoke, and Chelsea and United could both only managed a point. City look to be the first of the big 6 to win away at Stoke, if they don't manage it Arsenal make their way in a few weeks (note: Newcastle won 1-3 vs Stoke and are currently in 6th so could be argued that one top team has won there).
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