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And so like a sketch in Harry Enfield and chums, the Scousers travel to London for a big day out. Kenny Dalglish will want to arrest the recent form of his side that was slightly halted by Andy Carroll’s late goal on Tuesday, and with the players rested you have to place the red half of the city as favourites.
For Everton, meanwhile, their impressive run continues under David Moyes. They are perennially better in the second half of the season and have dropped two points in their last five games, keeping four clean sheets in that run.
More importantly for Everton, if they defeat their greatest rivals on Saturday then they will have qualified for Europe. An all-Merseyside Europa League final in 2013?
Is Harry heading towards his lowest ebb as Spurs manager at the most important time? Spurs have now won just one of their eight games, and after last week’s home defeat to Norwich, fans were starting to question their manager on Twitter.
The FA Cup has been kind to Spurs this season, and the only Premier League side they have faced is Bolton at home in the last round. Chelsea will certainly be a sterner test at Wembley.
It is inevitable and undeniable that the England rumours are either affecting Harry or his players. Lose on Sunday and suddenly a season that promised so much may deliver very little.
On Wednesday I tweeted (@danielstorey85 for you Kool Katz) that if Wolves could beat Arsenal that evening they would only be three points from safety. As it is, they felt a stronger weight on them than Michelle McManus’ couch, and therefore are all but doomed.
For their players, therefore, this is the chance to play for a place in the Premier League next season. Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher, Stephen Hunt, Roger Johnson, Jamie O’Hara, Sebastian Bassong and Matt Jarvis. Who will stake their claim?
It has been a bad ten days for the Sky Blues. After a run of six games unbeaten, they have gained just one point in their last two games, but after Nottingham Forest gained three and Bristol City six, Coventry find themselves four points in the Championship relegation zone with just four games to play.
With Bristol City travelling to St Andrews to face Birmingham this weekend, Coventry simply have to take something from their game away at Burnley. If not, a fantastic response to adversity may be in vein.
Chris Powell had a strange start to his managerial career. After winning his first four games many thought that Charlton would gain promotion last season. He then gained three points (all draws) in his next eleven games, and many thought that he wouldn’t survive.
Since then, however, Powell has established Charlton as a successful club. Despite a recent wobble, Charlton can be promoted this weekend if results go their way, and no-one can say that they don’t deserve it. They have conceded just 31 goals in 42 games and have won 27 times.
They may not be back to glory of the Curbishley years just yet, but Charlton have taken the first step.
Paolo di Canio
When di Canio took over at Swindon, thoughts were split as to whether he would leave in a blaze of anger after three months or gain promotion in a blaze of glory.
Of course there have been expletives along the way, alongside touchline bans, dreadful flat caps and mental celebrations, but Swindon Town can be promoted this weekend. After being a club on a downward spiral, no one can deny that di Canio has done a remarkable job.
The Italian has stated that he will get a Swindon tattoo if his club are promoted, but if his old club West Ham don’t get straight back into the Premier League, di Canio may want to rethink such an action.