9 wins from our last 18 games will secure successive top six finishes for the Blues — 60 points (two more than the final tally last year) will do the trick and should see us safely into the UEFA Cup for another year (if not qualifying as Carling Cup Winners or UEFA Cup Winners of course this season).
Winnable games? Middlesbrough A, Man City H, Wigan A, Reading H, Portsmouth H, Sunderland A, West Ham H, Derby H, Newcastle H — and if we fail on any of the aforementioned then I am sure we will pick up the odd point here and there from one or two of the other games not mentioned, even with the ACN absentees.
Alternatively, we are two wins and a draw away (or even a defeat and two wins dependent on goal difference over the semi two legs) from European qualification once again via the Carling Cup. Not to mention we are pretty much nailed on to get into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup this time around at the very least.
All in all we are in great shape for the coming year and a couple of decent signings away from having the most exciting, consistent side we have had since the mid 80s (arguably we are there already without any new additions).
Well done to the Blues this year and particularly well done to David Moyes whom I have criticised many many times but has now proven to me he is the right man to take us forward and any alternative is not even worth contemplating with our limited purse strings.
Steve Callaghan, Posted 30/12/2007 at 19:37:39
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1 Posted 30/12/2007 at 23:13:44
2 Posted 31/12/2007 at 00:43:55
Keep the faith!
3 Posted 31/12/2007 at 04:34:28
If so, that give us 66 points, not 60. Not worth discussing points at this point but 66 is better than 60!
4 Posted 31/12/2007 at 07:32:38
Its not possible to predict the outcomes of the remaining matches, regardless of form or the previous 20 games.
We?ve always had a bad patch at xmas. How long will that bad patch last? Who knows. With losing a few key players in January, and the heavy hearts following a little bad spell of 3 games, we could easily fail to pick up many points next month, and where will that leave the 9 wins then?
What will be, will be. Personally, its clear to see form the table that finishing top 6 is going to be difficult this season - both Villa and Man City are playing very well, and Portsmouth have an awesome record.
Despite our own terrific run, we failed to break into the top 5 - because the top teams generally win too....
For me, Uefa Cup qualification via any route would be a good season and good progress - whether that's via finishing 6th, 7th, or a Carling Cup Final appearance, it matters not.
5 Posted 31/12/2007 at 12:05:19
But we are now entering the second half of the season with everything to play for. Let?s hope it is "onward & upward".
6 Posted 31/12/2007 at 16:23:22
This year everybody seems to be beating everybody, bar the top 2 maybe. Villa, Portsmouth, Man City have all had good runs too this season. Whilst we were winning at least two of those teams were too, which never really allowed us to open up a gap between a few of the teams behind us.
So I wouldn?t be suprised if we had to break the 70pt barrier to achive a top 6 finish.
3 games ago I was hopeful of breaking into the top 4 again but the best we can hope for is 5th or 6th.