Its pretty much safe to say that the race for 4th is over. Unfortunately, the loss of form after the crushing Euro defeat and a run of injuries have ruined any chance we had of beating Liverpool and their massive squad to 4th. The question now is can Everton limp to the finish line and stay in the only remaining UEFA Cup place 5th?
We don't really have to worry about Portsmouth. They may well pip us to 5th but they should also qualify for the Uefa Cup via the FA Cup. Baring a freak result, Pompey will qualify for the Uefa Cup via their FA Cup win so their league placing doesn't really matter to us. The real danger is Aston Villa.
With only 4 games remaining Aston Villa trail us by 6 points. So let's look at the final fixtures for both teams:
EVERTON:- Chelsea (h) Aston Villa (h) Arsenal (a) Newcastle (h)
ASTON VILLA:- Birmingham (h) Everton (a) Wigan (h) West Ham (a)
Villa need to win all their games and hope Everton lose at least twice. Considering Everton have to face both Chelsea and Arsenal those two losses are not hard to imagine.
One thing is for sure. The home game against Villa is now a must win game for Everton. Its arguably our most important game this season.
This season has had some wonderful moments and generally has been a step forward but to lose out on Europe entirely would be a crushing blow sending the club back a couple of years.
John Cottee, Posted 12/04/2008 at 17:14:17
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1 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:37:01
Intertoto Cup: England can gain an additional Uefa Cup place by entering a team into and winning the Intertoto Cup.
Uefa Fair Play League: In order to be eligible for one of the three places available via the Fair Play League, an association must score an average of over eight. The top association gets a Uefa Cup place, while all other associations with an average of over eight (there are currently eight) are placed into a ballot.
England are currently top of the Fair Play League. If they win the Uefa Cup place, it is given to the team placed highest in the Premier League Fair Play League that has not qualified by other means.
LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE FAIR PLAY LEAGUE STANDINGS
2 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:52:41
3 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:53:42
4 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:58:26
5 Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:57:21
Sad I know...
I?ve been saying for weeks how we are going to struggle to finish 5th...
6 Posted 12/04/2008 at 20:07:00
7 Posted 12/04/2008 at 20:12:01
I can see at best us needing to win against Newcastle to get into Europe!
8 Posted 13/04/2008 at 05:39:22
And IF POMPEY WIN THE CUP THEN THEY GET THE FA CUP EURO PLACE EVEN IF THEY COME 5TH IN THE LEAGUE. 6TH IN THE LEAGUE THEN GETS EUROPE. Pls research what you say before you say it, this is 100% the case.
"If Portsmouth win the FA Cup and finish fifth in the Premier League, the sixth-placed team in the league would enter the Uefa Cup, not the FA Cup runners-up."
9 Posted 13/04/2008 at 10:10:48
It's 2002-03 all over again, perhaps!
Happy holidays folks!
10 Posted 13/04/2008 at 09:20:52
11 Posted 13/04/2008 at 14:09:32
I stayed up until 1 a.m. in the morning to watch that dreadful performance against Birmingham (shown tape delayed in the US)......... Overall it will have been a great season but changes need to be made.