Sky Sports is currently in the midst of one of those periods they crave the most. The undiluted spunk-fest of football that Sky is hyping up right now could make you actually contemplate not leaving the flat on a weekend for the next two weeks. After a week that gave Sky the razzmatazz of the playoff semi finals, this weekend gives way to the final weekend of the most exciting, fantabulous league in the entire world.
The FA Premier League almost always has something to decide on its final day and this year is no different. The title may be decided but it’s down the bottom where we find ourselves. For those keeping up with Sky’s advertising, they might have thought that the teams at the bottom of the division were actually going to be put to death should they lose – thankfully “Survival Sunday” is probably only taken literally by Jamie Redknapp.
If you were to compare the day to the Champions League in two weeks in terms of battle imagery, this would be Bunfights to the Wembley showpiece being the World Heavyweight title fight. Who’s going to drop out of the division though?
One game that many haven’t looked upon to produce one of the relegated sides is the game between Wolves and Blackburn at Molineux. Indian poultry firm Venky’s took over Blackburn last year and their first act was to replace incumbent boss Sam Allardyce with inexperienced figurehead Steve Kean. They wanted Champions League football, they may well get Championship football as Wolves’ good home form will likely continue here.In order for Blackburn to fall through the trap door, two of the teams below them must win and that is no easy task. Sir Alex Ferguson will field a “second-string” Man Utd side at home to Blackpool. This is a reserve line-up that will feature the Premier League’s joint top goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov. Good night Mr Holloway.
Wigan faces an easier task as they visit Stoke off the back of a morale-boosting victory at home to West Ham last week and with arguably the best manager amongst the five that can go down. They should be safe.
Birmingham has what looks, on the face of it, a tough trip to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham. This is Spurs though. Spurs who have failed to win any of their games against the current bottom three and against the six lowest placed teams, they’ve picked up a measly 14 points from a possible 33.
It might not be enough for Birmingham. If one was to extend their neck slightly ahead of Sunday, it would be Blackpool and Blackburn to join West Ham in the Championship. Anything can happen on “Survival Sunday” though. Snipers at the ready.