Monday, March 21, 2011

Five Things We Learned From This Week's EPL Action

1. Lehmann's return can't come soon enough- With the season rolling into that crucial stage where titles are truly won and lost, it is amazing to think that probably the most talented team in the division are likely to miss out on an honor this year, due to a lack of quality in a position that used to be dominated by the legendary David Seamen. In another horrendous display at West Brom, Manuel Almunia reminded us why he had dropped to third choice Arsenal keeper. And with the man he stole the number one jersey from coming out of retirement, Almunia's return to the Arsenal first team could be very short lived indeed.

2. Never Write Off United- Lets face it, the "never write off United" cliche has been one used so often that now a days it almost does not mean anything. Year after year United have fought back from adversity displaying the never say die attitude that epitomizes Sir Alex Ferguson. However, with the wily Scotsman in the stands for Bolton's trip to OT it looked as though even that fight wouldn't be enough to ward off an exciting Bolton side. Arise, Dimitar Berbatov, and the man who has been top scorer all season proved that he is just as good as some Mexican upstart with a funny nickname.

3. Birmingham are in real trouble- From cup winners, to likely relegation candidates, Birmingham's fall in grace since that triumph at Wembley has been dramatic. Losses at home to West Brom and away to Wigan have seen Alex Mcleish's men drop into the bottom three, and with every passing week it seems, they are falling deeper and deeper into the relegation mire. Who knows, maybe next year the Npower Championship will have a European representative.

4. There's more to Sideshow Bob than failed murder attempts- From hero to villain, Matt Groening's Sideshow Bob has found a new hobby: football. Having failed to kill off Bart Simpson, Bob has changed his name to David Luiz and started a career in the world's most popular sport, one that has earned him a cult following at Stamford Bridge. Having already found the net against United, the former Benfica man was at it again with a precious late goal to salvage a win for Chelsea in their home match against European rivals Manchester City. Not available in the Champions League this season, Blues supporters should feel confident in the knowledge that their new Brazilian recruit can ensure that next season, he is.

5. Jonny Evans is useless- A microcosm of everything that has been wrong with Manchester United this season, Jonny Evans has added thuggish tackling to his arsenal of tricks. Given a rare start due to United's defensive injury crisis, Evans did his best to take Stuart Holden's leg home as a souvenir, and with the American now out for six months, one imagines that an apology has to be in order.

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