As a Manchester United fan, I am grateful for what I have. 12 points clear of bitter rivals Manchester City, 21 ahead of 5th placed former title rivals Arsenal, cantering towards a record 20th Premier League title, having scored the most goals and won the most games in the league, you could say life is pretty sweet being a United fan at the moment.
Today sees a pivotal day in the racing calendar – the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National. However I am not here to talk about horse racing, there are far more interesting and pulse-raising races on this weekend other than the national betting (horse racing) day.
The race to finish in the top four of the Premier League is twisting and turning at every fence, and as the runners come into the final furlong, nobody can say confidently who will come out on top. Just four points separate Tottenham in 3rd from London rivals Arsenal in 5th, with a Chelsea club sandwich in between. Everton lie in 6th, quietly but effectively coming back to the pack, just four points off The Blues in 4th and waiting to make their move for the line.
Every once in a while in the qualifying for the World Cup and European Championships, there comes a time where there are key games in deciding each group. For the current qualifying games, pivotal matches from across Friday to Tuesday which can decide group winners and play-off chasers include Bosnia v Greece, France v Spain, Sweden v Ireland, Israel v Portugal (believe it or not, particularly after the 3-3 draw), Hungary v Romania, and finally Montenegro v England. Usually the winners of such matches, the really “big” games, progress through to major tournaments. The last time fans can remember such a feeling for a big qualifying game, Croatia came and rained all over the ‘Wally with the Brolly’ and his boys’ parade. A loss tomorrow could send the Three Lions into the snake pit of the play offs – a pit which is looking more poisonous at every glance.
Sunderland are fast becoming the team of 2013 which is embroiled in the relegation scrap despite on paper having ‘too many good players to go down’.
How The Top 20 Premier League Summer 2012 Transfers Have Fared So Far: Eden Hazard, Robin van Persie, Santi Cazorla And More
Looking back at the summer transfer window of 2012, a total of £490 million pounds was spent on transfer fees by Premier League clubs. Some signings have soaked, some have sunk, and some are still trying to improve their new team’s fortunes. The biggest transfer moves are reflected upon here, being named in order of club, followed by fee. To avoid this list being longer than Harry Redknapp’s list of January targets, ‘Top’ transfers are judged in terms of price and also the speculated impact of the signing on their new club. Not every club’s dealings are in this list; this is a subjective article on the larger transfers in the window only. Here are my top 20 summer transfers and how they have done so far:
From: Malaga To: Arsenal Fee: £16.5m