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The Round Up
We look at the Christmas weekend's action...
Posted Dec 28, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Well, it’s been an intriguing few days of festive Christmas football. Manchester City have finally managed to go top (well, for a few hours anyway), Arsenal took Chelsea apart to stake their claim to the title, and United continued to win despite not really playing that well. So, here’s our thoughts from the long weekend’s action:
Whilst Manchester City have found their way to the top of the table after demolishing a Villa team that look in a lot of trouble, everyone should probably bear in mind that United actually have three games in hand, and on current form will expect to win them. It’s likely that City’s unfortunate fans will get carried away, but there is a long way to go yet.
I am beginning to think it more and more likely that Ray Wilkin’s departure really does have something to do with Chelsea’s current appalling form, and that Ambramovich’s meddling with Ancelloti’s staff has very likely cost his side an easy coast to the title. Maybe their form will suddenly improve once Ancelloti is inevitably removed from his position, but somehow it seems unlikely.
Seriously, is there anything Ian Holloway can’t do? Not content with keeping Blackpool in the Premier League, they’re now eighth and have between one and three games in hand on their nearest competitors. If the seasiders end up eight or above and Ian Holloway doesn’t win manager of the year, then it is an absolute travesty. The fact that they play the best football in the Premier League apart from Spurs and Arsenal makes his feats even more astonishing.
Villa really are in deep trouble at the moment. I don’t think they’ll actually be relegated, but apart from perhaps Wolves and West Ham, I really can’t think of a team playing much worse football in the division. Whilst Houllier is no fool, it just doesn’t look like he’s the right man for this particular job. I’d put a fair bet that Randy Lerner is feeling pretty foolish for driving Martin O Neill away by now.