Eight rounds before the end of season the pressure has mounted for all clubs. Everyone is either involved in the title race or is fighting relegation. Those that can claim they are out of both, if anyone at all, play for a possible Europe participation in the new season. Win, or at least something, is a must for everyone.
Besides the pressure to win something, it will be interesting to see who used the break best to refill the tanks. While many players of almost all clubs played in the qualifier, it was a welcomed break from the “all-day-league-stress”. The league is on the last stretch.
Looking at the situation before the break, it seems Arsenal was most happy about the break. Battered from injuries of important players, the most are back in business and ready to rumble. The gunners have another issue the soccer world looks at with interest: Who is playing in goal: The international press and soccer fans are speculating over a possible appearance of Jens Lehmann. While 41, the German ex-international is still able to play. Let’s see what Arsene Wenger is coming up with.
Round 31 match-ups:
West Ham – Manchester United
Birmingham City – Bolton Wanderes
FC Everton – Aston Villa
Newcastle United – Wolves
Stoke City – FC Chelsea
West Brom – FC Liverpool
Wigan Athletic – Tottenham Hotspurs
Arsenal – Blackburn Rovers
FC Fulham – . FC Blackpool
Manchester City – Sunderland