Monday, February 6, 2012

Final Champions League Spot

Four teams are fighting for that all important UCL spot - Chelsea , NewCastle , Liverpool and Arsenal Lets see who has the highest Chance for finishing in that spot .


Positives - Alan Padrew , Demba Ba , Ryan Taylor , Tim Krul 
                                                 They play stylish Football . They have one of the best striker in the league . A super goal keeper and a creative defender in the form of Ryan Taylor . Their chances of finishing in that top four position depends on the form of Demba Ba.

  Negative- absence of Steven Taylor , strength of squad
                                  Steven Taylor will certainly be missed . They dont have a very big squad to cope up with the Big Guns . One or two injuries their hope are done

Verdict - Newcastle has the least chance of finishing in that top 4 position . Their squad strength  will be an Issue .


Positives - Steven Gerrard , Luiz Suarez , Bellamy & performance against Big Teams
                                                       The return of Steven Gerrard and Luiz suarez could be vital for Liverpool chances for finishing in top four. Only Man City (among top 4) had defeated Liverpool this year . they won 2 against Chelsea , 1 against Arsenal , 1 against Man Utd , 1 against City . This is the form that a team need to be in top four get vital points against rivals . 

Negatives - Andy Carroll , Performance against weak team , Poor assist from wingers .
                                                   Liverpool's performance against lower teams is a real concern , even last placed Bolton were able to walk away with all three points against them . Andy Carroll poor finishing could cost them badly . Downing and Henderson are not upto their mark still..

Verdict - 6th place + League cup


Postives - RVP , Gervinho , Oxlade Chamberlien
                                                      RVP is on his career best form in Arsenal , The return of Gervinho from ANC is going to have a great effect on this team . and finally Oxlade Chamberlien . Like Arsene wenger has predicted before 2012 is going to Ox year , early signs shows that this prediction is going to be strong .

Negative - Inconsistent form and lack of luck

                                      Their inconsistent form, will win 7-1 today and lose 8-2 tomorrow , their season is like that . and spring isn't the good time for Arsenal , League leaders at this time last year and finished 4th at the end of the season .

Verdict - 5th or 4th (Depends upon the form of RVP and Ox )

Positives - Return of Essien , Juan Mata ,  return of Drogba , Spring  season
              Drogba's return from ANC could be a vital factor in Chelsea's UCL spot . This 33yr old striker's performance in ANC proves that there is still some fire left in him . Chelsea really had missed a player like Michael Essien through out the season . This box to box Midfielder could be vital . The inspiring form of Juan Mata  probably the signing of the season , Spring always favours Chelsea  were in a similar position last year still manage to bounce back and finish second .

Negative -  Dead weight , AVB 
,Torres & Poor Conversion rate 
                                            Lack of efficient striker is affecting Chelsea badly . Chelsea and Manchester city have highest number of chances created and has the highest ball possession . 
when it come to percentage of chances converted they are sitting in 13th . Torres form has to  improve drastically . and Sturridge should know when to pass the ball . Likes of Malouda are doing good than bad . They could have played better with 10 men than having him as 11th one .

Verdict - 4th or 5th (Depends on Drogba's form and AVB's courage to bench important players)

# Interesting fact - Not even a single goal is scored by Chelsea strikers in 2012  still they are unbeaten this year .

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