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The Race For Europe #1

The Race For Europe #1

Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspurs, Reading and Portsmouth are all fighting over three spots. Over the remaining few weeks of the season I will be running a series of articles called; "The Race to Europe." This will be updated any time any of the five sides play.

The seventh spot is now available, as Manchester United will be playing Chelsea in the F.A cup final (both already qualified for Europe).

Current Standing

5th Everton 54 (16)
6th Bolton 54 (-1)
7th Portsmouth 49 (5)
8th Tottenham 49 (-1) One Game In Hand
9th Reading 48 (4)

Remaining Fixtures

Everton

West Ham- Away (1-1)
Man United- Home (0-2)
Portsmouth- Home (2-1)
Chelsea- Away (1-3)

58

Everton have some really hard fixtures left: West Ham are fighting for their lives; Man U and Chelsea are different class and I can`t see Everton getting much against them. Portsmouth could become a huge match!

Bolton

Reading- Home (2-0)
Chelsea- Away (2-0)
West Ham- Away (1-1)
Aston Villa- Home (1-0)

61

Bolton face one European challenger and one title challenger, along with a relegation threatened team. There is no guarantee Bolton will pick up the required points over the next few weeks!

Portsmouth

Aston Villa- Away (1-1)
Liverpool- Home (0-0)
Everton- Away (2-1)
Arsenal- Home (1-0)

54

Portsmouth are lucky not to be in a relegation battle this year because our remaining fixtures are really tough. 54 points would mean drawing with Liverpool and BEATING Arsenal. Although neither have much to play for! Our two away games won`t be easy, a point maybe the best we can wish for.

Tottenham

Arsenal- Home (2-2)
Middlesborough- Away (1-1)
Charlton- Away (1-2)
Blackburn- Home (1-0)
Man City- Home (1-1)

55

Tottenham have three home games left of which I expect them to win at least two. Charlton away won`t be easy but I think they will get something at Middlesborough. They have good squad depth and are well equipped for Europe.

Reading

Bolton- Away (2-0)
Newcastle- Home (0-2)
Watford- Home (1-0)
Blackburn- Away (0-2)

51

What a superb season for Reading but I can`t see the remaining four games turning out well for them. I think they face two tuff away games, along with a couple of 50/50 home games. Although I think Europe is beyond Reading, it has been a great year for them.

Final Prediction

5th Bolton (61)
6th Everton (58)
7th Tottenham (55)
………………………
8th Portsmouth (54)
9th Reading (51)

I know I`m supposed to back Portsmouth but I think we`ll just miss out. I hope you enjoyed the article and I will keep you updated.



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Date:Thursday April 19 2007
Time: 7:47PM

Comments

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Final standings as I think aswell. Remember 8th is an Intertoto place which is quite easy to get through these days. I expect Pompey to get in through that route.
benmcyid
19/04/2007 20:04:00
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Tottenham's game in hand is of course the North London derby, which always throws up an interesting encounter. Arsenal seem to get better results away from home, so this is not an easy game for Spurs. As a result, we need the Gooners to do us a favour and beat Spurs. I disagree about the Boro fixture for Tottenham as well, Boro are inconsistent but I think they will take all the points in that match.

Our immediate problem is getting a win at Villa Park on Sunday, no win and it's simply no UEFA cup place. seventh is a real possibility, though 8th is more likely and as benmcyid has suggested, we may well qualify through the Intertoto cup.
TruePompeyBlue
19/04/2007 20:14:00
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I tend to agree that we will miss out. There again if we get seven points I think we've got a great chance. to get those seven i think we need to win at both Villa and everton and draw one of the hoem matches! we'll see. i'd settle for some bizarre clash with a Romanian village side in mid June in the first extra preliminary round of the intertoto Cup though.
The Rabbi
19/04/2007 20:20:00
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Nice to see a non biased opinion. Personally I don't can't see us getting nothing at Charlton, but we will beat city at home, we always do. It will be tight and either us or you lot will more than likely get 7th and 8th, meaning 1 getting UEFA and the other getting intertoto as both went in for that, and that's a ***** easy route to it.
ScottDaYid
19/04/2007 20:38:00
0
city win charlton win blackburn win boro draw arse draw 60 points 6th spot.
splash16
19/04/2007 21:03:00
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nope i \gree with the rabbi, for us it will be the Intertwobobcup, too many lazy games against inferior opposition have come home to roost, and i still feel annoyed about the time it took to get the message throught about these losses but with the return of Pedro, Sol, lauren, and with matty motivated and on form and the addition of a scoring striker the intertoto should be an easy qualification....DOH !!!!
russellm
19/04/2007 21:08:00
0
the turn of the year we looked out of the league placings and in all of the cups. now we out of all the cups and firmly in the hunt for a uefa placing. what a crazy 'ol game it is!!!!!!
powerspur
19/04/2007 22:00:00
0
Good to see Tottenham fans in confident mood! I hope that Europe doesn't act as a major distraction for us next season. The one good thing is that if Pompey get into the Intertoto Cup and manage to progress into the UEFA Cup, the final of that competition is at the City of Manchester stadium. Plus we would get to play in the Super Cup final against someone like Real Madrid, or AC Milan in Monaco in Nov 08 which would be nice. did I say confident?
The Rabbi
19/04/2007 22:00:00
0
Not only will we miss out but we should miss out! For Euro footie you need a big squad you can rotate - we don't have that! Nor are we likely to. Settle for anything above 10th in the table, buy in some big players, consolidate and push for Europe next year! A couple of results go our way and suddenly we think we're Real Madrid! Get a grip.
WalshWasGod
19/04/2007 22:04:00
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WalshwasGod - please note when I wrote the above message, I had my tongue in my cheek and was dreaming while i wrote it. I like the ironic nature of writing about Pompey in Europe. My grip on reality has been so tight whilst following pompey I think I'm entitled to a little relaxtion?
The Rabbi
19/04/2007 22:18:00
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