Thursday, February 05, 2009

Liverpool to fall by wayside in title race, is it United's to lose?

I'm sure that I wasn't the only United fan who took a casual interest in what was going on at Goodison Park in that FA Cup replay last night. Everton deservedly knocked out their near neighbours with a well taken extra-time goal by Gosling. ITV made a complete Donald Duck up of the coverage - everything was ok for over 115 minutes, but then the lights went out, which led to many viewers missing the goal. How embarrassing for ITV.

The result means that the Merseyside Reds are now fighting to win two competitions. Realistically, that should be just the one - the Champions League - because following injuries to Gerrard and possibly Torres too - the latter eventually limped out of the action - Liverpool will not be the same force going forward.

Gerrard is Liverpool's biggest loss; unlike previous season's Benitez has resisted the temptation to rest his skipper, but a hamstring injury is consistent with tiredness and overplaying.

I actually predicted this scenario might come to fruition following the bizarre sale of Robbie Keane. Here's a few additional predictions for you; Manchester City will take at least a point off Liverpool; Aston Villa and Arsenal will edge Liverpool out of the top four places in the Premier League.

I am not predicting United will win the title, but their chances have been slightly enhanced by the hilarious buffoonery going on at Anfield.

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