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Sunday, May 03, 2015

A Special Day for "The Special One?"

Chelski have the chance to wrap up the Premiership title today with a win at Stamford Bridge against Crystal Palace. It will be a special day for "The Special One," but is the Premiership title alone good enough for their ambitious owner, Roman Abramovic? Join me to see....

273 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel at the Bridge now:

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Cech, Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Remy, Cuadrado, Loftus-Cheek.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Delaney, Dann, Ward; McArthur, Ledley, Mutch; Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha. Subs: Hangeland, Sanogo, Hennessey, Jedinak, Murray, Lee, Kelly.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

8:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob . I think it will be.

8:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There has been a lot of chatter about how boring the presumptive champions have been this season. Will those comments sting these players into proving their worth today?

8:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's in the second half of the League One matches as promotion and relegation issues will be settled.

8:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from SB.

8:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bristol Rovers are one up vs Forest Green Rovers and two up on agg in a Conference playoff semi

8:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fab crosses for Drogba and Speroni grabs the ball off his head.

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - I'm back with a piping hot cuppa to enjoy this one. Beautiful day at the Bridge by the look of it.

8:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fab is fouled just outside the box.

8:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Same here. Chelsea look in the mood.

8:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bristol City have already been promoted. Sadly MK Dons are streaking away to the second spot, with a 4-1 lead against Yeovil Town.

8:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand in League One, The Fake Dons would pip Evil Preston for second place and Preston would be forced into the playoffs. The Fake Dons are 4-1 up vs Already relegated Yeovil while Preston are being held 0-0 at Colchester, fighting to avoid relegation to League 2.

8:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

At the bottom, Yeovil have already been consigned to L2. It's looking like they'll be joined by Colchester and Leyton Orient. Coventry are currently hanging on to their L1 lives, but if Crewe can turn around their 0-1 scoreline with Bradford, it could be curtains for the Sky Blues.

8:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The tricky Zaha wins a corner

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brilliant minds think alike.

8:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner by Puncheon is cleared by Willian

8:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely , mate.

8:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I read that there is a rumor that JFH may be the next Leeds manager.I'm sure you would approve of that

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What did you think about Eden Hazard as the PFA Player of the Year?

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A seven-goal thriller at Bristol City today - 5-2 there.

8:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice spell for Palace . Jose will not be pleased.

8:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I had heard that, too. I'd love to have Jimmy back at the Elland. However, former Leeds legends have a poor record as managers for us (e.g., Allan Clarke, Eddie Gray, Billy Bremner).

8:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW!!! It was Desmond there just ten minutes ago. Why would he want to leave that match?

8:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think JFH has a better track record as manager than those legends. I think it would be a different situation.

8:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

6-2 Bristol City - it must be carnival time down in the West Country today.

8:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Make it 6-2 in the match at Ashton Gate. Bristol City are ending the season as champions in style.

8:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes - you're absolutely right. JFH has all of his badges. I'd love to see a completely new regime. Hopefully JFH has some European connections that can bring in some new affordable talent as well.

8:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Chelsea counter resulted in a corner that came to nothing

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hazard, the most fouled player in the Premiership, gets chopped once again. Free kick Chelski.

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A training pitch routine with Matic and Fabregas comes to nothing.

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Chelsea have a free kick and a training ground routine doesn't quite come off.

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jamie Vardy may be close to those two after being targeted by some Evil Toon players yesterday

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coventry have leveled it! Crawley Town are now down into the bottom four and the Sky Blues are well out of trouble.

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coventry tie it up at Crawley. The Sky Blues will be safe if they hold on and I think that would relegate Crawley.

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arlo mentioned Raheem Sterling as the second most fouled. That makes sense that quick, tricky front men would draw a lot of fouls.

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Colchester are doing well to hold PNE 0-0 , but I think the Essex club need a win and some other results to go their way to stay up.

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How about my cheeky comment about Jamie Vardy. It disgusts me that Toon players would intentionally injure a fellow pro just to get sent off. What cowards!

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A few handbag swings between Ivanovic and Mutch there. Kevin Friend is preaching friendship.

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not Mutch Ado as Ivanovic and Jordan Mutch get a Friendly lecture.

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM!

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I know what you mean. There is still a lot of chatter after John Carver's comments about the Williamson red card yesterday. No comment about Janmaat apparently.

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

MK Dons now 5-1 up against lowly Yeovil.

8:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sixth placed Chesterfield tie it up at the fifth placed Blades in a local Derby.

8:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Which will mean nothing if PNE manage a win in Essex.

8:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Any concerns about Spurs pipping United to that last CL spot? Or is your mind fixed on the threat from Liverpool?

8:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Scott Dann deservedly booked for an unfriendly foul on Cuadrado.

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Speroni missed his punch there and allowed Matic to swing around the back and try to beat him at the near post.

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Speroni punches the free kick backwards then recovers to push out a near post from Matic then catches a header from a corner under pressure.

8:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The relegation battle is really complicated, so I will check, but I think Colchester and Crawley are looking to join Yeovil. Never mind Colchester take a surprise lead vs PNE . Fake Don fans must be going bonkers.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Speroni drops a swerving free kick from Drogba then it's cleared away

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Palace are giving Chelski a decent match here. No pushovers.

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big claim from Palace for a handball against JT. Not intentional.

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Really tight at the bottom. I have Colchester and the Orient Express going down even though both are winning against playoff bound teams. Crawley definitely down. Sorry Crewe is heading down instead of Colchester because the Essex team has a far superior goal difference. Crewe losing 0-1 to the Bantams.

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pardew handed Jose his first defeat of the season. would he have an unusual double with two different teams?

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bristol City now leading 7-2. It will be party time in Bristol with City heading up as Champions in style and Rovers heading to the Conference Playoff Final at Wembley

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

So, I have the Orient Express , Crawley ,and Crewe going down with Yeovil unless results change late on

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

7-2 Bristol City! It's party time at Ashton Gate!

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's Leyton Orient rather than Crewe in that last spot now. Crewe doing nothing to help themselves though. Still losing 0-1 to Bradford at home.

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Fake Dons would go up with Bristol City. The playoffs are : PNE vs Chesterfield and the Evil Blades vs Swindon.

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And with Bristol Rovers too if they hold on vs Forest Green.
THEY'RE GOING TO WEMBUHLAY!

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goal at Crawley - to Coventry! That will just about doom the home side and allow safety for Coventry.

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coventry go 1-2 up at Crawley. If there was any doubt, the Sky Blues are now safe and Crawley are definitely down

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Notts County have conceded a second goal at Gillingham and things are looking fairly grim. Colchester now well out of trouble.

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Swindon make it Desmond vs the Orient Express, who are basically down

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fabregas curls in a free kick but the Palace defenders have been very good at clearing those out today. And now JT is in a bit of trouble. Yellow.

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ten goals at Aston Gate - 8-2!

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Notts County trail 3-1 and they are down with Crawley and the Orient Express. Crewe will be very relieved as they will stay up.

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gillingham have scored a third goal and Notts County are just about dead and buried.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over at Ashton Gate. it finished 8-2 and eight was more than enough

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I reckon that the Nottingham clubs should be prime real estate for any investor who wants to come in and spread some cash around. It's a big city with a good footballing tradition. No reason why they should have two sides that are better.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct . Notts County will be devastated as they were leading late and fell apart , conceding those three late goals

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom, boom, MUR. Definitely enough.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Colchester have defeated EVil pNE 1-0 , resigning them to the playoffs and the Essex club have survived.

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. It sure was for Barca yesterday, but far too much for relegated Cordoba.

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coventry won 1-2 at Crawley and stay up, but Crawley go down, joining Notts County and what appears to be the Orient Express.

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A penalty to Chelski right at the end of the half. Hazard of course is the victim, who became a sandwich in between McArthur.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY CHELSEA AS MACARTHUR TRIPS HAZARD IN THE BOX. IT LOOKED OBVIOUS AT FIRST , BUT THE REPLAY SHOWED MINIMAL CONTACT

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hazard to take....saved by Speroni right down the middle, but he nods home the rebound!

1-0 Chelski.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! CHELSEA TAKE THE LEAD A MINUTE BEFORE HALFTIME. A POOR PENALTY WAS SAVED BY SPERONI , BUT CAME BACK TO HAZARD , WHO HEAED IN HIS OWN REBOUND.

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lucky boy but the eventual finish was great.

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two minutes of stoppage time to come now.

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finished Desmond between Swindon and the Orient Express. The East London team goes down with Yeovil, Notts County, and Crawley

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's all over in L1.

Bristol City and MK Dons are going up automatically. PNE, Swindon, The Evil Blades and Chesterfield are in the playoffs for promotion and Notts County, Crawley, Orient and Yeovil are down.

Coventry, Colchester and Crewe have survived a big escape.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mariappa is booked for a foul on who? It was Hazard.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea are one up at the half and 45 minutes away from clinching a Prem title.

9:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The playoffs will be Evil Preston vs Chesterfield and Swindon vs the Evil Blades.

9:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bristol Rovers are one up on vs Forest green Rovers and two up on agg with about fifteen minutes remaining.

9:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bristol Rovers are now two up and three up on agg in stoppage time.

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway and Jose is shutting up shop really early as Obi wan is on for Cuadrado.

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A really early change as well as May the 4th is not until tomorrow, but Jose says why wait.

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back for the second half with a yummy everything bagel and a second cuppa.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Bristol Rovers have dfeated Forest Green Rovers 2-0 and 3-0 on agg. They're off to Wembley as they aim to make an immediate return to the Football League. They will face either Grimsby or Eastleigh , who play later this morning.

9:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back, mate. Jose is shutting up shop already as Obi wan came on for Cuadrado. A day too early as May the 4th Day is not until tomorrow.

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That change of Obi Wan for Cuadrado says everything about what is unloved about this Mourinho Chelski side. I understand the need for knowing your best side, but I don't know why Jose has to play the same side in every match, regardless of the opposition. How is that being a strategic manager.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's strategic, but in a one dimensional, tunnel vision way.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The EA Derby will be on really early the next two Saturdays . So much for sleeping in late. That won't happen until Memorial Day weekend.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea throwing caution to the wind as Obi Wan bravely attacks, but his tame effort is straight to Speroni.

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, I don't think it's too much to ask for "The Special One" to plan different strategies for different matches. For the lesser opponents at the bottom end of the table, Chelski could probably play a back three (perhaps Cahill, JT and Ivanovic) and wing halves rather than fullbacks bombing up the wings the way that Zabaleta does for Citeh and then forgo the need for a defensive middle and go forward in numbers through the mid-field.

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A double switcheroo for Palace as Martin Kelly is on for Adrian Mariappa. That's like for like.Glen Murray is on for Jordan Mutch, who wasn't much of an attacking threat, but worked for the team. The hope is that Murray will be.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's set in his ways and doesn't see any light outside the tunnel.

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And unfortunately he gets rewarded for his efforts with trophies wherever he goes.

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

a pass from Fab goes through the box then a cross from Obi wan is headed out for a corner.

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Speroni catches the corner.

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is he a Star Wars fan celebrating May the 4th Day?

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This is Jose's favorite score and his team is doing what he says is the easiest thing to do in football.

9:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Perhaps he is.

9:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Palace don't seem to have the ambition to pull this one back.

9:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Perhaps he and George Graham are long lost siblings?

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They have nothing to play for , so I guess I understand that

9:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice break through Willian and Drogba but it was eventually broken up by the resolute Palace defense.

9:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It could be . Perhaps in a previous life.

9:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!Nearly 1-1 as Jason nearly Puncheoned in an equalizer as his shot came off the outside of the post after a long ball was headed down

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Are you up for some early footie the next two Saturdays.

9:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Puncheon lashes one just wide of the post and then trudges off to be replaced.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sir No Goal is on for Puncheon. Does Pardew expect an equalizer? Jose must be pleased.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Despite the defensive change, Chelsea have not been sitting back. It's been a decent second half.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice football from Palace, but the slide rule pace from Zaha was just too long for Sir No Goal.

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Willian wins a free kick off of MacArthur, who conceded the penalty late in the first half.

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor free kick from willian deflects off of Sir No Goal's head, but Chelsea continue and Joe ward blocks a shot from Cahill then Ivanovic shoots high and wide.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice run and pass from Willian , but Drogba shot wide. It was the cleanest strike.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Courtois blocks from Zaha for a corner after Sir No Goal headed on a cross from Bolassie.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is cleared and Chelsea counter. Willan shoots just wide from the D

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

To their credit, the Blues are going for that second goal that would add luster to their title match.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bolassie shoots high and wide off a solo run.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. I credit Palace for being professional despite their season being settled.

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jose shuts up shop as he wants to zooma to the title . Kurt Zouma is on for Willian the Brazillian.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Willian coming off to an ovation - not sure why - he hasn't done much today. Zouma coming on - yet another defensive middle. Blimey - I think they have four on now!

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arlo mentions Palace and the Europa League. That's the last thing Pardew wants.

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Isn't Zouma a cenbtral defender? I think it's five at the back and two defensive middies. I think Willain was applauded for his work rate he can't be faulted for that. He did his job.

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Matic heads out a long free kick from Joe Ward for a corner.

10:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A late chance for Palace to equalize and spoil the party.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another corner.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cahill heads out the corner from Bolassie.. Zaha wins a corner off of Zouma.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The next corner is cleared.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another corner - Chelski really under the cosh now. I'd love to see a late goal go in.

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Courtois claims the ball and will waste some time now.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JT heads out for another Palace corner, The corner from Bolassie is headed on and gathered by Courtois. Only two minutes of stoppage time. Why so little?

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two minutes of stoppage time now for Chelski to survive and claim their fourth title under Mourinho.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That would be nice. It may be three minutes due to the stoppage.

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oscar and Costa celebrating on the bench. They've both been a big part of this title.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

More time wasting as Felipe Luis is on for Hazard .

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And more time wasting shenanigans from Jose, replacing Hazard with Felipe Luis. Five defensive midfielders on now!

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pardew congratulates Jose. Great sportsmanship.

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't think Palace are bothered by the time wasting

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Chelski are champions but will anyone outside West London celebrate this title?

10:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Chelsea are Premier League Champions as they defeat Palace 1-0.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Roman's loving it. He wanted more attacking football. Well, he hasn't gotten that, but he has got another title in the trophy cabinet at SB.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And cue the Freddie Mercury.....

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea players are celebrating and Queen's "We Are the Champions" is being played.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess it's fitting that Hazard , who was their best player this season, won the penalty and scored the decisive goal.

10:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just posted a thread about Chelski as champions on FB, if you care to post a comment.

10:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the teams for the late one today:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane.

Subs: Chiriches, Paulinho, Soldado, Adebayor, Yedlin, Vorm, Stambouli.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernando, Fernandinho; Milner, Lampard, Silva; Ag├╝ero.

Subs: Sagna, Nasri, Dzeko, Caballero, Bony, Clichy, Boyata.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

10:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's the match-up of the two rivals for Golden Boot this season - Sergio Aguero (21 goals) and Harry Kane (20 goals).

11:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

These two sides are entertainers and I certainly hope we get some after that bore-fest from Chelski.

11:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Chadli was away and should have been able to find Lamella in the middle Cut out well by Kolarov.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Dier had a free header there, but put it wide. What a let off for Citeh!

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kane looked like he was away after Mangella bobbled it but he was ruled offside.

11:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - another chance for Kane - wide of the mark!

Spurs could be a couple up already. Citeh all over the place!

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back for the late match at SFL and the Spuds appear to be dominating as Harry Kane shoots just wide. The announcer said that's their third chance.

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will comment on your FB post. In a way I'm glad it's done and dusted , so we don't have to keep asking the question.

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm sure you would be better off with Harry Kane as GBB than Aguero.

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 between Grimsby and Eastleigh in the other Conference playoff semi. Grimsby won the first leg 1-2 in Hampshire in midweek.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Grimsby have taken the lead vs Eastleigh and now lead 3-1 on agg. The final at wembley is looking like a match between two former Football League clubs/.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd much prefer that from an England perspective.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Have I jinxed this match? Not much doing since that last chance.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How does it affect the PPP race?

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All the early running has been done by Spurs.

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No touches for Aguero, according to Clive Allen. Bob will be pleased.

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two South American managers are pitting their wits against each other.

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The main thing is that it nicks six points off me. Unless Sevilla win the Europa, I don't think I have a hope of coming back. STRose (Matt Nocito) will claim the Shield.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh haven't done much running since that loss at Turf Moor.

11:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - full volley from Aguera. If that had fizzed in the top corner, it might have been a goal of the season contender.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sevilla have toughie vs Fiorentina. It's my only hope of finishing in a mid table position plus the Canaries winning the playoffs will help.

11:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ball through by Zaba to Milner who's cross was cut out.

And now Lamps tries his chances.

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well over by Lampard

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was definitely spectacular by Auguero.

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

well wide by Harry Kane.

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't think any result in this match really helps United , but I think a win by the Spuds is the lesser of the evils. They would be four points behind with a far inferior goal difference.

11:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's likely to be a tough road for Sevilla, as they have Fiorentina in the semis and then likely Napoli in the Final, if they get past them. I'm not counting the points yet. I think it's more likely that the Shield is going to be traveling out to the eastern side of upstate NY.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Grimsby now go two up and 4-1 ahead on agg. They look set to face Bristol Rovers at Wembuhlay.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great chance for Harry Kane , who shoots over with an outstretched leg, but looked offside.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think you picked Bayern, so they may get you points. I think it may not be decided until June 6th. either you or Kate will be pleased.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kane doesn't seem to have his shooting boots on today.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Grimsby are two up and 4-1 ahead on agg. They're 45 minutes from a date at Wembuhlay.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I picked Bayern for the Bundesliga but Real Madrid for the CL. Most of the PPPers did, though, so that's not going to be a benefit.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He left them in Hertfordshire?

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They knocked out my pick, Athletico, by a narrow margin.

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Aguero's gone over under Fazio's challenge! No penalty. No contact. Probably should have got a yellow for simulation.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Surely that was a penalty and a red card as there was an Argie tangle . Perhaps not, but Lloris will be relieved that the bizarre slip did not cost his team

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I disagree. That was not enough contact to merit a penalty. The booking for simulation is probably the right decision.

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

so far, we've only seen a penalty , which was from a player , who has been a hazard to opposing defenders

11:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I know - I'm officially goal starved today. We should have been watching the match from Ashton Gate!

11:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

you may not want to hear this , but your two euro picks faced each other and may be tired coming into their CL and EL fixtures as Real won a tough one 2-3 in Sevilla yesterday

11:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Either that or several others in L1.

11:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - Sergio Aguero has scored his 22nd goal of the season.

0-1 Citeh!

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER!!! AGUERO GIVES CITEH THE LEAD, BEATING LLORIS TOO EASILY AT THE NEAR POST.

11:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Killer finish by Aguero there inside Lloris' near post.

11:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's a free header for Fazio! Another big miss!

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds wanted a pen, but a great tackle by Di Michelis for a corner. The second consecutive great corner where a goal wasn't scored due to poor heading

11:30 AM  

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