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The Race to Europe #2

The Race to Europe #2

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.

Recap

My predictions from "The Race to Europe #1," where very mixed. I thought Everton would draw at West Ham but they lost. I was convinced Bolton would beat Reading but they lost. I predicted correctly that Portsmouth and Tottenham would draw(even got the 2-2 score line correct!)

Latest Standings

5th Everton 54 (15)
6th Bolton 54 (-3)
7th Reading 51 (6)
8th Portsmouth 50 (5)
9th Tottenham 50 (-1) One Game In Hand

Remaining Fixtures

Everton

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

57

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

Bolton

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

58

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

Portsmouth

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

54

54 points would mean drawing with Liverpool and BEATING Arsenal. Although neither have much to play for! With two home games remaining and an away game with Everton- it`s in our own hands!

Tottenham

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

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

54/b>

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 (58)
6th Everton (57)
7th Tottenham (55)
………………………
8th Portsmouth (54)
9th Reading (54)

Although I still think we will just miss out, you can see from this weekends results how tight it`s going to be.

Writer:
Date:Sunday April 22 2007
Time: 7:54PM

Comments

0
I know this sounds wrong, but Im still not sure I even want us to make europe. I want to see the squad grow with good players in the off season & to fully cement pompey as a top 10 team with no destractions. As much as I always want us to be striving for somthing, & europe is a great competition that again would be a first for us, building a real top team in the prem is for me, the priority. I am certain that if things work out the way they should do, we will qualify for europe next season & hopfully it will be with a decent sized squad with even more quality enabling us to cope with the demanding fixtures! I challenge anyone to knock how well the boys have done this season, & even though their is always room for improvment, I cant help but think were we were just 5 years ago! O, & well done DJ, stick that in your pipe & smoke it Mclaren!
CharlieChimes
22/04/2007 20:26:00
0
A nice unbiased perspective is refreshing, none of our lot would be so humble. Wish you luck for the remainder of the season. (By the way i think spurs have 50 points not 48)
Phartman87
22/04/2007 20:49:00
0
nice to see us making it into europe from your preds, but i think we will balls it up
EvertonMike
22/04/2007 21:01:00
0
Reading Everton Bolton
gunnerb
22/04/2007 21:04:00
0
If we draw to Man City at home then something's definitely wrong at Spurs
sameoldspurs
22/04/2007 21:19:00
0
If Spurs had 48 points I'd really fancy us to make it but as they have 50 and a game in hand it's looking touch and go now... Whatever will be will be now but I still think we can and will beat Liverpool and Arsenal at FP...
pompeyrug
22/04/2007 21:33:00
0
Double edged sword Europe, very much tougher in the league games the futher you progress. Then again, we can attract players on the back of it. Play a frew games, go out gracefully in R3 & continue to establish ourselves in the league. I still think it is a big ask with a tougher run in than Spuds or Reding.
storagematt
22/04/2007 22:02:00
0
I shared similar thoughts to what you have storagematt the other week. We certainly could attract players through offering them european football then bow out gracefully and continue to move forward in the league, but it doesn't always work like that does it... Whatever will be will be now and whatever happens it's still been a great season...
pompeyrug
22/04/2007 22:11:00
0
sorry spurs points total now corrected
VitalPompeyAdmin
22/04/2007 23:10:00
0
I totally echo what you're saying CharlieChimes, I'd far prefer to wait longer for Europe and build on our squad instead. In fact, I don't care if it takes another five years, my primary concern is that we always remain in the Prem, we can build on from that.

And yes, it has been a magnificent season and as far as I am concerned, whatever we pick up from this point is a bonus.
TruePompeyBlue
23/04/2007 08:50:00
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