Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon Action!

Have I mentioned that I'm on summer break? Yes, indeed. I've got my feet up at the Cottage and looking forward to enjoying the Premiership and Championship playoff action this afternoon. Two matches that are crucial to the Champions League race kick off shortly - Arsenal v. Sunderland and Man Citeh v. WBA. Add to that the Championship playoff between Reading and Fulham and it's a cracking afternoon. Join me, if you can.

56 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal go into this one with it all to do. They need a win against Sunderland, of course, but they also need help from Tony Pulis's Baggies. Arsenal are currently on 69 points and inferior GD to Citeh's 72 points.

2:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams lining up in the tunnel now at the Emirates:

Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs, Özil, Sánchez, Giroud.

Subs: Gabriel, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Coquelin, Elneny.

Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Koné, O’Shea, Manquillo, Larsson, Cattermole, Ndong, Borini, Defoe, Oviedo.
Subs: Mannone, Rodwell, Lescott, Love, Gibson, Januzaj, Gooch.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

2:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

NBC Sports Network are still trying to goose the excitement for "Championship Sunday" despite the fact that just about everything has already been sorted.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away at the Emirates this evening. Arsenal in their usual red and white number and Sunderland strangely in all white.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sunderland making the early running through Arsenal old boy Larsson.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alexis with his first chance - well over the bar.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some nice interplay between Alexis and Giroud. If nothing else, the last few matches have shown that two strikers can work for the Arsenal. I don't know why they don't always line up with those two.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apparently Jordan Pickford is on the the wish list for Arsene Wenger. Might be a good pick up.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ball's in the net but only after Olivier Giroud had directed that Alexis shot in via his arm.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Borini nearly played Defoe in there but Cech did well to cut it out.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ramsey played in Giroud but Pickford saved well from the Frenchman.

Great open feel to this match.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Giroud was nearly in again - just a touch offside. A goal is coming....

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bellerin jinked in from the right after a terrific ball from Ramsey. Hit it well with his left peg but it was always rising.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Alexis played in Ramsey there but Pickford again swept up.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A quarter of an hour gone and still no breakthrough. Citeh and WBA are about to kick off.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No goals in that Championship playoff match either.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - mad scramble ends with a raking drive by Xhaka Khan wide of the mark.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just a reminder that Fulham and Reading were at 1-1 from the first leg. I don't believe that away goals are an advantage today. A draw would go to extra time and pens.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bellerin picks up a yellow card for handball.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour gone now and the Emirates crowd is starting to grow restless. If they were to throw this one away with a draw or loss against Sunderland at home.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ozil found Alexis well but the Chilean wasn't anticipating it.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sharp shot by Defoe well saved by Cech. And straight up the pitch for Giroud who is edged off the ball in the area. He wants something but isn't getting anything.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Feeling goal starved right about now.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're bearing down on the end of the first half now. Arsene is looking concerned.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rob Holding has a open header. Straight at Pickford. And that's half-time.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two quick goals at the Etihad and Citeh are suddenly in the driver's seat. Jesus and Aguero with the goals.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back on for the second half at the Emirates now. Arsenal desperately need a goal. And they need a couple of goals for the Baggies at the Etihad.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of empty seats at the Emirates tonight.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - Monreal nearly scored an own goal with a wayward backpass.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Indirect free kick now as Cech had to turn that backpass around the post. Crikey!

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the end Larsson loops a ball up and it's nodded out by Xhaka.

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sunderland putting up much more of a fight tonight than they did against Swansea at the weekend.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 Reading v. Fulham.

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Monreal clips Larsson and gets a yellow card.

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Beaker goes into the book for some back chat.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Larsson whipped in a lovely free kick and Vinny Jones nearly got on the end of it.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The cards keep coming - John O'Shea is in the book now.

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gibbs nearly played Alexis in but it's cleared out for a corner. And Cattermole another from that one.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Alexis has a nice free kick chance. Comes off the wall and goes out for another corner.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ozil beat the offside trap but didn't have the ability to bring the ball down.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Inside the last half hour now. Time for a change or two. Ramsey is down, which may give Arsene a chance to replace him.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Danny Welbeck has come on for Ramsey.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 2-0 at the Etihad - not good news for the Gunners.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - another wasted chance there. Alexis was free in the box. but couldn't finish it.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Pickford saves again, this time from Welly.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Arsenal finally find the way through from Alexis!

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice combination of Xhaka, Ozil and Alexis. Training pitch goal.

1-0!

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now the Arsenal need a couple of goals from the Baggies.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Uh oh - make that three.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Alexis strikes again!

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Long looping cross over from Mustafi met by Ozil at the back post. Alexis finished it off. That's 23 goals now for the Chilean. Only one goal behind Lukaku.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Meanwhile Yann Kermorgant has scored from the penalty spot to put Reading within reach of Wembley.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Mustafi nearly adds a third goal but Pickford claws it out. He's been brilliant.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well - that is that. Arsenal have done what they needed to do today - a fifth win on the trot. For some reason it almost feels like a defeat. That's because Citeh also won 3-0.

All that means that Arsenal need a win against Everton on Sunday but also need Boro to get something against Liverpool. A tough ask, really.

4:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Reading are through to a Wembley playoff final against either Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday thanks to that penalty.

4:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for me today. Cheerio!

4:54 PM  

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