United’s remaining fixtures assessed

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With just nine games left in the season and one point separating United and City, we take a quick look at the remaining league games and identify where, if at all, United will slip up. It is indeed ‘squeaky bum time’ as United close in on a unprecedented twentieth league title win. We welcome you to put your title run in predictions in the comments section.

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Fulham (h) – 26/3/12

Fulham come to Old Trafford with the joint worst away record in the league. As the only side not to have hit double figures in terms of goals scored on their travels this season, this should be something of a formality for United. History’s on United’s side and as they chase another title, it would be a surprise if maximum points aren’t taken. Fulham aren’t mathematically safe yet but a mid-table finish seems likely – their current form though suggests they’re likely to slide down rather than climb up the table.

Prediction: United win

Blackburn (a) – 2/4/12

Ewood Park has never really been kind to United with only 6 wins in 17 Premier League games there. Steve Kean’s side are enjoying something of a mini-revival and are now out of the relegation zone. After their win at Old Trafford in December, Blackburn will no doubt fancy their chances. United’s away form this season has been excellent but this already feels like a tricky game. United’s ruthless away streak can’t last forever…

Prediction: Draw

QPR (h) – 8/4/12

QPR haven’t won at United for over 20 years and, as it stands, only Bolton have lost a greater percentage of their away games. Arguably, QPR’s run-in is the hardest of any side in the league and before they come to United they have tough games against Sunderland and Arsenal to contend with. They’ll need to win but at Old Trafford with a potential title just games away, United should be winning this one.

Prediction: United Win

Wigan (a) – 11/4/12

Wigan have always been a favourite team of mine – they’re ever so generous when it comes to giving United points. This fixture really should be no different – Wigan’s home form is the worst in the league with just one win and an average of less than one goal per game scored. United’s biggest ever win away to Wigan is 5-0, I have a feeling that may be bettered this year.

Prediction: United win

Aston Villa (h) – 15/4/12

It’s been a strange season for Villa. They look like they’ll be safe but are only a few places above the relegation zone. Both their home and away form has been consistently disappointing, not helped by a season-ending injury to Darren Bent. Villa’s defence has been relatively secure though with only Chelsea, City and United conceding less away from home. This feels like it could be a nervy one but, ultimately, United should come through it.

Prediction: United win

Everton (h) – 22/4/12

Fergie’s pal, Moyes, is hardly going to ruin any United title dream! Everton have found goals away from home really hard to come by this season and have been saved by a good defence. United’s home record against Everton is very good and it’s always a game that United seem to play well in. Agents Neville and Gibson will hopefully ensure that United take all three points!

Prediction: United win

Man City (a) – 30/4/12

It’s the game everyone thinks will settle the title one way or another but, given City’s tough run-in, I’m not sure it’ll actually matter all that much. My gut feeling is that United will be (at least) four points clear by the time this fixture comes around and will either win the title at the Etihad or win it a couple of weeks after. City’s home record has been flawless and despite United’s much improved away form I think City may have too much – it may well be a more important game for them than United. Nerves will play a part, particularly from the home fans and therefore I think this could be a scrappy game.

Prediction: City win or draw

Swansea (h) – 6/5/12

Swansea have been a revelation this season – they’ll be safe by the time this game comes around and will be able to enjoy their first trip to Old Trafford in nearly 30 years. The one criticism of Swansea this season has been their away form though – there’s been some naivety to their approach and they’re yet to discover the best way to play (although the recent thumping at Fulham suggests they’re learning). United’s last home game of the season will hopefully be coronation day!

Prediction: United win

Sunderland (a) 13/5/12

With the title hopefully already won, United may well change the team up a bit and give a few younger players a chance. Sunderland will be safe and won’t be challenging for a European spot so this game seems likely to be a dead-rubber.

Prediction: United win or draw

With City winning at home to Chelsea last night, the remaining Manchester United matches are all must wins. TicketBis.net have a special offer for the Fulham match next Monday, so why not check them out?

4 Comments on United’s remaining fixtures assessed

  1. Everton and Swansea at home are both the sorts of matches we’re liable to drop a couple of points IF we’re going to drop them. Ultimately, though, I can see it coming down to what happens in the derby.

  2. After the great results of the last two months, the table has turned and UTD have a very, very easy run-in. One seriously-difficult match – on April 30th – otherwise, TheLads should run the table against a long series of DeadMenWalking. I agree with the comment that by April 30th, UTD should have a bigger margin ahead of ManShitty. The so-called “title-decider” might just be another brick-in-the-wall.

  3. no douht by d grace of God we shall win all d remaining games if we play all d games with out dougt .

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