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City, Villa and Spurs On May Collision Course!



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

Spurs:

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

Liverpool:
(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

City:

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

Villa:

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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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 19 2010

Time: 10:05AM

Your Comments

Did you not know Johnny that Spuds are going to come to Eastlands and do what each of the "Sky4" have failed to do all season, come away with three points. Well at least that's what most Spuds fans have been telling me all year.
Bluedub
Talking of the Sky 4, the current top 3 could all have a say in who joins them at the European top table. Tellingly, in a 3 game burst Spurs must play all three of them. What an end of season this could be!
Johnny Baguette
First of all apologises for any spurs fans who come on here thinking the 4th spot is our, we have as good a chance as anyone in the running. I wouldn't rule out the pool but they are playing terrible at the moment. I feel we will be really hard pushed and it may come down to the matches at eastlands for us and villa but it could all change this weekend so lets wait and see.
phil4spurs
i've supported spurs since i was 6 so 26 yrs. i've never known such an intense ending to a season. even lasagne gate didn't get me in this state. if its not us pls not the bin dippers. good luck villa and city. at least if city get 4th at least we can expect some huge names joining the prem which is always good too see
black-messi
Nice one b-m! Certainly all transfer thoughts at the four clubs will be on hold, certainly for the next month at least!
Johnny Baguette
Spurs fan here, good write up by the way. It is all too close to call and will be many twists, will be a better picture after this weekend (Liverpool away to Utd, Man City away to Fulham and Spurs away to Stoke) surely points could be dropped by all - even Villa playing Wolves isnt going to be easy. Spurs are currently fourth, dropped points at home against Stoke, Wolves done the double over us, Birmingham got a last minute equalizer, but we are still fourth. To close to call, its like a ride at Alton Towers, you want it to end quickly but at the same time its good fun
Legend23
i've gone through everyone's games and done some preddos and all i can say is it will end up frightfully close and that final week might be very important
arthur7171
Hang on a minute. There's going to be a British General Election first week in May as well. That's it then, and with the fight for the title elsewhere, we are talking a potentially apocalyptic end to this campaign! Of course, you've got to factor in the World Cup, too. There are certainly some top flight pro's who will be pulling out of the odd 50-50 tackle the nearer June comes, I can tell you.
Johnny Baguette
thankfully croatia and russia didnt qualify so this is corluka, modric, krancjar and pavlyuchenko's world cup right now. defoe has pulled his hamstring and will be missing for a month.lol typical. lennon has started light training again so he should be back soon pls god
black-messi
Ah feck,I think you guys could be one of the few to do well at Fulham this season,you'll be playing a very hungover and distracted team,dammit,i would have put that down as at best a draw for you before they stuffed Juve!Also you have only the league to concentrate on,so i make you favourites at the moment.The Pool have everyone back so conceivably could go unbeaten until the end of the year,they are by far the most experienced when it comes down to the business end of things,so I would put them second favourite.We just lost Defoe for a few weeks,so our main goal threat is gone and we have arguably the toughest run in,and like ourselves Villa have the Cup to think about and are a relatively inexperienced squad when it comes down to the business end of things,as are yourselves,so how will we three handle the pressure.Its going to be an amazing end to the season and i am nervous as hell!
CoxintheBox
Like the review JB. I hope Pool don't do it, it'd be great to have a new member of the top 4. It seems to be an unhappy and fractious camp at the moment & if we all keep pressure up that will only get worse. Spurs run in looks really hard & losing Defoe is a big blow. I wonder then if it'll narrow down to a battle between Villa and City, two teams that can both lose points unexpectedly. V. exciting but I'm feeling more positive for Villa than I was 6 weeks ago.
panchovilla
I've done my predictions and see us finishing 6th... I think i'm being a bit pescimistic and being a bit fair to the others... but I see us on 65 with City (ahead on goal difference) I see Liverpool on 67 points and Villa on 70... Villa have got a pretty easy run in!!
Dan Mac
We have injurys galore to our best players! GUTTED
HuddersfieldYiddo
The best squad has to be City's the best team in form is Spurs, but if they do start to sustain injuries and suspensions then can their squad cope.
buzz lightyear
Should be a great run in and one could perm one from four. The Defoe injury has to be a blow for Spurs but they have reasonable cover. Home advanatage against them and Villa could be vital provided we can get some points from some away matches as well.
Wswilly3
With games in hand on Liverpool and Spurs, and with an easier schedule than City, this is Villa's to lose. Still, one stumble from any of you breaks it wide open. Looking forward to it.
Teddy_KGB
Message for Eddie Bell. I PM'd you yesterday mate. Not sure if you will have got the messages before the fourm decorators moved in. The matter was addressed with all speed.
Johnny Baguette
looks like Villa may have slipped up today, but Spurs have the edge at Stoke.
buzz lightyear
too close to call for any of the 4 contenders but what a great season for all of us .....and may the best team win (obviously that doesn't include the bin dippers) oh! and watch out for Everton making a late run up the outside to push the bin dippers into 8th
keefdayid
 

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