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I predict Liverpool may indeed drop some points to West Ham, but then Arsenal will cock it up by losing to Sunderland.

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The penultimate matchday of the Bundesliga was really entertaining.

Bayern managed to get the last laugh in that 5-4 football bonanza in Leipzig.

Bremen went back to the good old days without a defense, but managed to find the net a few times themselves after Hoffenheim stopped playing (Hoffenheim were leading 5-0 at that point), so that game ended 5-3.

Mainz ended their relegation worries by turning an 0-2 into 4-2 victory at home in their derby against Frankfurt.

Schalke were properly robbed against mordor.

Augsburg managed to draw against Dortmund.

And Gomez once again saved Wolfsburg.

And Ingolstadt's draw at Freiburg was not enough to keep them alive in their relegation battle (also in part because of that robbery taking place at Schalke).

Next week is still of some interest. Hoffenheim and Dortmund are tied for third (direct CL qualification) with only the goal difference giving Dortmund a tiny edge.

Mordor and Wolfsburg will play each other to see who finishes 16th (relegation play off), and who can go on holiday.

And it looks like Tuchel will be on the market after this season. To say his relationship with the board is in tatters looks like an overstatement, and his relationship with the team is rumoredly also not that great. There are even speculations about who will succeed him, Nice's Favre is atm the hottest rumour.

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Liverpool do indeed tend to drop points against West Ham, but then again, Arsenal tend to drop points against Stoke.

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I think Liverpool will get the win. West Ham have been poor at home this season (although they did beat Spurs last time out) while lately Liverpool have looked better away from home. It's a tough one to call but with West Ham having nothing to play for, their players might be half on holiday already.

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So that's it for this season then. Apart from 4th place, there is nothing left to be decided. The blame for Hull's relegation lies squarely on the shoulders of the owners. Marco Silva exceeded expectations with the team he had at his disposal. Even Phelan before him did about as well as could be expected given all the issues before the season even started.

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Well, that's the relegation thing settled.

At this point I'm counting City as a lock for one of the CL spots, and then for fourth Liverpool at a clear advantage over Arsenal.

If they can get a win in this West Ham game, one would think Boro will be pushovers and it's all done and dusted.

Even if they don't get a win v West Ham, it isn't guaranteed that Arsenal would get 3 points against Everton (though we could hope that Everton schadenfreude vs Liverpool would make them down tools if that were a possibility...).

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Well,that was unexpected.I was thinking a 1-1 or 0-1 but i'm delighted that we've scored 3.:D Now i'm wondering what would have happened in all those gave  if we'd started Sturridge instead of Origi!

Edited by AncalagonTheBlack

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Thank the gods Sturridge was healthy enough for todays game. Him and Coutinho both have been awesome. Always enjoyed Coutinho more further deep. Reminded me of the end of 12/13 and the whole of 13/14. . I want Sturridge to stay but idk how realistic that is :/

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Just now, AncalagonTheBlack said:

And Origi scores.:PI still prefer Sturridge though.;)

Yeah obviously :P Origi hasn't been particularly good despite his goal. Firmino up there with Sturridge instead would be much better imo.

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Great that Sturbridge was finally able to play a full game after looking sharp as a sub in recent games, but we all know it won't last for more than a game or two.  

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4 minutes ago, Iskaral Pust said:

Great that Sturbridge was finally able to play a full game after looking sharp as a sub in recent games, but we all know it won't last for more than a game or two.  

A game or too is what ultimately will cost us 3rd place and auto qualif. for CL.It's in these kind of games that you want your best striker playing (and delivering).

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Good game from Sturridge. In the absence of Mane he's the only forward we've got who makes intelligent runs behind the defence, something we need to fix over the summer.

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Bit of luck there with Ayew's double post and Gini's handball.

Huge game and huge win. Really hope we'll put next week's game to bed early on.

Coutinho is our best player by some distance.

Sturridge looks like he's discovered his acceleration/step. He finally looks like he's fully fit. Makes a big difference.

 

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He's passed the protocol, has he?

Edited by kairparavel

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But for ManC getting lucky with two penalties this past week -- Milner's first missed/saved penalty in 8 years cost us two points and Mahrez' double kick gained City two points -- we'd be five points ahead of them.  Even just one of those being successful would have us three points ahead of them. 

Hopfully we won't cock it up against Boro but I'm still sticking with 50:50 as our odds, as I have for weeks. 

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22 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

Well,that was unexpected.I was thinking a 1-1 or 0-1 but i'm delighted that we've scored 3.:D Now i'm wondering what would have happened in all those gave  if we'd started Sturridge instead of Origi!

Fully fit Sturridge would definitely be like a new signing. Even better, since he's already adapted to the club and the squad etc. I'm not even sure there will be a striker that's better than fully fit Sturridge in the market this summer.

We've all seen what depending on his fitness gives you, though.

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Terry getting involved again when he's had fuck all to do with the success. 

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Jordan Pickford has had a very good season. Will be interesting to see how he progresses with whichever team picks him up in the summer.

And Didier Ndong has the worst hair in the PL. I think his hair sort of sums up Sunderland's season.

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