The fight for fourth continues this weekend. Aston Villa may however be dead and buried in their challenge.
We expected they would lose to Chelsea. It was never supposed to be that easy though.
Their underwhelming draw beforehand against Sunderland now leaves them with a mountain to climb. To stand any chance now they must defeat close rivals Everton and Manchester City as well as gain victories in their other remaining games.
Realistically speaking you do not expect this to happen.
Liverpool’s challenge still hangs by a thread. Yet with Manchester City dropping points at home to Everton and with Tottenham facing the toughest run of games possible, Liverpool are not without hope.
I made predictions for the remainder of the season which would leave Liverpool claiming fourth if they can win all but one of their matches. Their tie against Chelsea was the afforded exception. It would be hugely naive to expect any sort of result against the London outfit.
At the climax of the season I boldly confirmed that Liverpool would end the season one point clear of City, two ahead of Tottenham and three ahead of Villa.
I failed to foresee the stumbles made by Villa or City this week. Therefore the finale if my further predictions come into fruition would gift Liverpool a slightly more advantageous ending to their lacklustre season.
Aston Villa’s inability to secure a defeat over Sunderland, coupled with Manchester City losing a point by not being able to claim a draw against a resurgent Everton now leaves my expectation for the final table to look like this:
4th Liverpool – Games 38 Points 70
5th Man City – Games 38 Points 68
6th Tottenham – Games 38 Points 68
7th Aston Villa – Games 38 Points 65
These are my predictions for the remainder of the season. These remain unchanged from the fixture schedule in the aftermath of Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United.
3rd April – Bolton vs Aston Villa (Draw)
3rd April – Burnley vs Man City (Man City win)
3rd April – Sunderland vs Tottenham (Draw)
4th April – Birmingham vs Liverpool (Liverpool win)
10th April: Tottenham vs Arsenal (Draw)
11th April: Liverpool vs Fulham (Liverpool win)
11th April: Man City vs Birmingham (Man City win)
14th April: Aston Villa vs Everton (Draw)
17th April: Man City vs Man Utd (Draw)
17th April: Tottenham vs Chelsea (Draw)
18th April: Portsmouth vs Aston Villa (Villa win)
19th April: Liverpool vs West Ham (Liverpool win)
21st April: Hull vs Aston Villa (Villa win)
24th April: Arsenal vs Man City (Arsenal win)
24th April: Burnley vs Liverpool (Liverpool win)
25th April: Aston Villa vs Birmingham (Villa win)
25th April: Man Utd vs Tottenham (Man Utd win)
1st May: Liverpool vs Chelsea (Draw)
1st May: Man City vs Aston Villa (Man City win)
1st May: Tottenham vs Bolton (Tottenham win)
5th May: Man City vs Tottenham (Draw)
9th May: Aston Villa vs Blackburn (Villa win)
9th May: Burnley vs Tottenham (Tottenham win)
9th May: Hull vs Liverpool (Liverpool win)
9th May: West Ham vs Man City (Draw)
Much will depend on Tottenham’s capability of gaining points from their fixtures against the current top three. The fifth of May could also be the defining feature of theirs and Manchester City’s seasons. The clash between the two could spell the end of one of the teams aspirations for Champions League action.
What is a requirement for Liverpool, is that they must pounce upon the opportunity to overtake both of their rivals if they do indeed slip up to top three opposition and additionally cancel each other out with a draw.
Sunday’s trip to Birmingham is not the match that Liverpool would want to be playing this weekend. Birmingham have had a solid season and will not go down lightly.
With Torres in the team though you have to believe that Liverpool are strengthened and will be able to attack with a larger amount of force.
A possible victory could enhance their slim prospects curently if either of their rivals again falters to deliver the results needed for their own campaigns.
This article is a follow up to: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/366502-liverpool-lose-again-but-there-may-be-a-silver-lining