selling two strikers... loaning out three younger players and buying... erm... well... let's just say... it's as baffling as hiring Moyes as our manager...
so with all that to contend with... let's take a look at the hypotheticals (till 5pm saturday anyway) in how the rest of the games could affect us...
Burnley vs Man City
somehow in the weird old world we live in... Burnley are actually above us. They're actually 8 points above us so even a WHUFC win can't get us anywhere... so this game really means nothing to us unless they lose a bunch of games and we win a bunch...either is as likely or unlikely as the other...
Bournemouth vs Stoke
erm... Bournemouth are actually above us as well... life is weird these days... only by 1 point... so they should lose, we should win and we'll leapfrog them with a nice 2 point cushion... But then for them to lose, Stoke has to win.. which would put Stoke level with us on our current points level... so if Stoke win and we lose... it'll all be down to goal difference.
Brighton vs West Ham
well this is the game we care about... Brighton are three points below us... so a loss to them is kinda unthinkable as it would level us up - although our slightly better goal difference might keep us ahead of them.
Leicester vs Swansea
Swansea were the dead cert for relegation most of the winter... but if they do the unthinkable and win again - as they have due against some decent opposition recently... they'll only be a point below where we currently are. so we need Swansea to lose.. which would put Leicester at least 7 points ahead of us and meaning we're unlikely to finish as high as 8th unless a lot of things change substantially.
Man Utd vs Huddersfield
Huddersfield are the current team in free fall... which makes it all the weirder that they are only 3 points below us. Gotta get the right results tomoz... i.e. Huddersfield losing and us winning.
West Brom vs Southampton
finally, two teams that actually can't go ahead of us even if they win and we lose... that scenario would put Soton only a point behind us and mean we'd only be 4 points off the bottom of the table if the Brummies managed what they rarely do.
Arsenal vs Everton
this is a tough game to call... could go either way with the way Arsenal are playing... but we do kinda need a victory for the Gunners because Everton are realistically the lowest team we're likely to catch by the end of the season... yes, I'm calling it now... 9th is likely to be the highest we can expect to get this time out...
Anyway... them is my thoughts...
gotta start thinking about hitting the hay... up at 6:45am on a saturday... COYI
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