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What If?

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Suspend your disbelief for a minute, and go along with the following scenario for the end to the Premiership season:

Chelsea, dented by their FA Cup Semi-Final loss against Liverpool, succumb to Manchester United this Saturday and lose their first home game in more than a year. United will be buoyed by this win and will have the bragging rights of being the only team to defeat Chelsea home and away this season.

Now, for a moment, imagine that Chelsea go into a tailspin from the loss to Manchester United and manage to lose their two remaining away matches of the season against Blackburn (a difficult team to beat, even for Chelsea) and Newcastle (a team reborn with Michael Owen possibly back in contention).

Man United, meanwhile, cruise to victories in their final two home matches against Middlesbrough and Charlton.

I realize the scenario is incredulous, but with the game of soccer, anything is possible. If the above did happen, Man United would be joint first with Chelsea and the title would come down to goal difference. Right now, Chelsea are +12 over Man United, so United would have to score several goals in the remaining games to close that gap.

As I mentioned, anything is possible. Chelsea could draw United on Saturday and the Premiership trophy would be theirs.

Watch the match live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30am and hang on to the edge of your seat!

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One Response to What If?

  1. chuck says:

    What do you mean “incredulous”? Man U WILL win and Chelsea will sink at the end of the season, and everything will be OK in the world.

    Actually, whatever happens at the end of the season, ManU has made an important turn-around from the bumbling and uncertain start of the season. Comparing both teams, even the most ardent ManU hater/Chelsea supporter must admit that ManU play, without a doubt, the most attractive soccer in England. Barcelona is the only other team in Europe that could be said to surpass them. Once again, Fergie has ignored the talking heads and insta-pundits to choose the best coarse for the team. Evre and Vidic were the right buys, and the attacking trio of Rooney, Ruud, and Saha have devestated defenses. Chelsea are, by comparison, an updated version of George Graham’s “1-0 to the Arsenal” team of the late 80s and 90s.

    I can’t wait to see who comes to ManU next season. Chelsea beware!!!!

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