The world is watching. A huge weekend for…
The point gained at Carrow Road was valuable, but not necessarily sufficient. They have the fewest points and the fewest goals in the country, and are still to play Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. Before that run of games is West Brom at home this weekend, but Wigan have their work cut out: only Manchester City and Manchester United have won more games away from home this season than the Baggies.
Wigan are at the stage where they need to forget about what their rivals are doing and concentrate on their own performances, because a run of three wins in 25 games needs significant improvement.
After the initial positive of a decent comeback at St James’ Park it has been a tough initiation for Terry Connor at Wolves. Seven goals conceded at none scored, and the defeat at home last weekend was woeful. What is more surprising is that Wolves’ relegation is still nothing more than likely, and with the four teams directly above them not in action this weekend, Wolves have to take their chance.
Unfortunately they host the best away team in the Premier League and the new league leaders. And when Manchester United get to the top of the league, they rarely relinquish.
A fabulous win against their rivals on Tuesday night, but it does not hide the fact that after a spend of around £100millionsince taking over, Liverpool’s league position under Kenny Dalglish has been below par, and the club currently find themselves as many points off the top four as they do 15th place.
However, the cup competitions have provided the Merseyside club with a great deal of joy, and given Liverpool fans victories to savour over Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. It is a shame that this form couldn’t be replicated in the league, but the club have a superb chance to carry out a domestic double this season.
On Sunday they face a Stoke side which should be dispatched if Liverpool play to their Tuesday night best. Avoid Spurs in the semis, and Liverpool may well have three Wembley trips in their season diary.
Everton and Sunderland
Whilst every other team in the FA Cup either have a difficult tie (Leicester, Stoke) or other things to worry about (Spurs, Chelsea, Bolton, Liverpool), the tie at Goodison provides an ideal opportunity for both sides to really go for broke. Both sides are say 8th and 9th in the Premier League, twelve points behind the top four and fifteen points off the relegation zone, and with just ten league games left, the FA Cup is the last chance for glory.
With little to play for elsewhere, we could see a rip-roaring tie on Merseyside for the chance to appear at Wembley in April.
Whilst it is usual for a side to get dragged down into the relegation zone towards the end of the season, Bristol City’s fall from grace has been mightily impressive. They have lost nine of their last twelve games and whilst their rivals have picked up regular points, the Robins have been brought to within one place of the relegation zone.
This weekend they travel to crisis club Portsmouth, knowing that another defeat will see the club fall into deeper trouble.
The Football League’s perennial chokers are, erm, choking again this time round. They may got rid of Lee Clark and hired Simon Grayson, but the status quo remains the same: the terriers haven’t lost a game, but have drawn too many. Huddersfield are also developing a worrying taste for throwing away leads. In their last four games, Grayson’s side have relinquished leads of 3-0 to draw, 2-0 to draw and 1-0 and 2-1 to draw.
If you want to get out of League One, and by goodness Huddersfield do, such dropped points are crucial, and Huddersfield are now five points off the automatic places, amazing considering that they have lost only four of their last 63 league games. Colchester provide the test this weekend, and Grayson will be hoping for a solid last fifteen minutes.