Premier League Predictions Round 17

Prediction Results:

  1. aaron: 14pts
  2. David: 5pts

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Wolves Under the Magnifying Glass

McCarthy team selectionMany people and clubs involved in the Premier League are up to arms about Wolverhampton Wanderers team selection when they faced Manchester United at old trafford last night.

The Wolves team that Mick McCarthy sent out to play against the champions was largely second choice players; in contrast to United’s team sheet which was almost all regular first team players.

Predictably Manchester won the game easily and went joint top of the league leaving many other clubs with a bitter taste; seeing points gifted to their competitors.

Personally I can not see what all the fuss is about.  McCarthy made a pretty understandable decision.  He has two games in one week, one against United in which they would be very unlikely to get any points no matter which team they put out, and another match against Burnley.  So he has rested his key players to increases his chances in an already winnable match against Burnley.

This seems to make sense from Wolves point of view, and it just seems so crazy that the Premier League would try to force managers to make strategic decision not based on how it will affect their own team, but how it could affect position battles between other teams in the league…

I do feel for the fans who had traveled to see essentially a reserves team line up, but any true fan it going to want to see their team avoid relegation gather than be “entertained” for the one game they’ve traveled to.

England Get Easy Draw

Fabio Capello England World cup drawI had been worried early, during the world cup 2010 draw last night, when England’s first group opponents were USA, however the last two teams added to the group made all England fans relax a bit.  Algeria and Slovenia surely should not poss any real problems.

Even the next round seems pretty amicable for England.  Assuming England win group C and Germany win group D, which is no stretch of the imagination.  England would face Australia, Serbia or Ghana.

This draw definitely gives us an odds on chance of getting to at least the quarter final.

The other groups seem pretty well distributed, but I think group G would have to be considered the “group of death”, with Brazil, Portugal and Côte d’Ivoire all capable teams.  Unfortunately Kim Jong-il will only be broadcasting games that North Korea win…so I’m guessing North Koreans will not get to see any of the World cup; being in this group.

Groups are:

Group A
South Africa
Mexico
Uruguay
France

Group B
Argentina
Nigeria
Korea Republic
Greece

Group C
England
USA
Algeria
Slovenia

Group D
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana

Group E
Netherlands
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Group F
Italy
Paraguay
New Zealand
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
Korea DPR
Côte d’Ivoire
Portugal

Group H
Spain
Switzerland
Honduras
Chile