Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday March 19 2010
The race for 4th fixture list is threatening to burn white hot following the announcement that City will now welcome 'Arry's swaggering Laandaarnars to Eastlands on 5th May!
In fact, City will be playing both Villa and Spurs at The City of Manchester Stadium inside five potentially explosive days!
Spurs and Blues fans will be knowing only too well the history of humdinging clashes that their sides have served up between them down the years and Wednesday 5th May promises to be no exception.
Lord have mercy, it's going to be the mother of all nailbiting run in's as the holy grail of Champions League qualification remains in touching distance for the Villains, The Lilywhites and The Citizens.
Of course, Liverpool have been there, seen it, done it but of the four contenders are in fractionally the weaker position at this stage of a rollercoaster campaign, easily the most intriguing Premier League season in years.
4th Spurs P 29, Pts 52, GD 25, GS 53
5th Liverpool P 30, Pts 51, GD 19, GS 49
6th Man City P 28, Pts 50, GD 17, GS 53
7th Aston Villa P 28 Pts 49, GD 17, GS 39
It's almost certain to go to the wire and City fans will be drawing parallels with the 15th May 2005 when Fatty Fowler's pathetic penalty miss at home to Middlesbrough saw City miss out on outright UEFA Cup qualification by a whisker.
Here are the remaining fixtures for the four rivals at the time of going to web:
RACE FOUR THE PRIZE 2010
20 Mar Away Stoke City
24 Mar Home FA Cup Quarter Final R Fulham
27 Mar Home Portsmouth
03 Apr Away Sunderland
10 Apr Home Arsenal
17 Apr Home Chelsea
25 Apr Away Man Utd
01 May Home Bolton
05 May Away Man City
09 May Away Burnley
(Europa League fixtures to be confirmed)
21 Mar Away Man United
28 Mar Home Sunderland
03 Apr Away Birmingham
11 Apr Home Fulham
19 Apr Home West Ham
24 Apr Away Burnley
01 May Home Chelsea
09 May Away Hull
21 Mar Away Fulham
24 Mar Home Everton
29 Mar Home Wigan Athletic
03 Apr Away Burnley
11 Apr Home Birmingham City
17 Apr Home Man United
24 Apr Away Arsenal
01 May Home Aston Villa
05 May Home Tottenham Hotspur
09 May Away West Ham United
20 Mar Home Wolverhampton
24 Mar Home Sunderland
27 Mar Away Chelsea
03 Apr Away Bolton
10 Apr FA Cup Semi Final Chelsea
14 Apr Home Everton
18 Apr Away Portsmouth
21 Apr Away Hull
25 Apr Home Birmingham
01 May Away Man City
09 May Home Blackburn
Surely it's too close to call with so many tough encounters against relegation threatened sides and teams who have been pulling off unexpected wins all season, let alone the massive clashes between three of the four contending clubs.
So who will be taking on Europe's elite next season? Will European commitments, domestic cup fixtures, injuries or suspensions from erratic refereeing tell in the later stages? Who has on paper the easier or the more difficult run in?
Spurs, City, Liverpool and Villa fans give us a shout with your hopes, fears and expectations!
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Date:Friday March 19 2010
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