Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell
1. Troubles at Chelsea aren`t going away. Despite their draw last night at Anfield, I should imagine that Avram Grant will be getting pelters in the press from most journalists but at the moment I fail to see why. His tactics, team selection and subs in the Carling Cup Final were poor, but he has been able to maintain decent pace with Manchester United, despite everything. Though Tal Ben Haim might not like him, he appears to have respect from the rest of the squad and maybe Chelsea fans should get behind him rather than slating him on 6-0-6 week in, week out.
Off field trouble at Liverpool isn`t going away and on this occasion, I am whole-heartedly behind those who wants the Yanks out. Ever since they`ve been at Anfield, things have been breaking down and thankfully for the Scousers, Benitez has remained calm amidst everything. And why shouldn`t he? Another Champions League Semi, Champions League Qualification sorted virtually - they`ve achieved what they set out to.
3. Of the two, Chelsea should be the happier with their haul after the first leg with away goals virtually winning ties these days. However, Liverpool have plenty of firepower in their armoury with the likes of Gerrard, Torres, Crouch and Kuyt, whereas Chelsea really rely on Lampard and Drogba, both have been out recently. Another factor is the crowd - with the amount of prawn sandwich brigade-rs in Stamford Bridge next week, Liverpool needn`t worry on that front.
4. The Hornet`s run-in looks by no means comfortable, but a darn sight more pleasurable then other teams. Scunthorpe are relegated obviously but won last will and will look to go out on a high whilst Blackpool have done well against the big teams, especially at home collecting 3pts of Charlton in a 5-3 Seasider`s victory. The Golden Boys 'supporters` will be out in force - including me, I did get a ticket in the end. Realistically, if we want that 2nd spot, only six points will suffice, and we are very much capable.
5. Long John gone with our Silver: So Collins John has gone. Other than what we lined his pockets with, will we miss him? Unlikely, he looked half-decent versus Norwich off the bench, but other than that didn`t really get involved, look fit or play anywhere near enough of a part for a player who showed he had so much talent at Fulham. I read yesterday he still harbours hopes of penning a permanent deal. Knowing Adrian, he might get his wish!.
6. Who will win promotion? I think it`s West Brom who are set to go up at long last, but it`s their opportunity to lose. They are five points clear, with two games to go, it`s nearly an uncatchable lead, they can score twice as many as they concede so on that basis alone, they should go up. They also have the finances, infrastructure, players, manager and style of football to maintain themselves when they are promoted. Look at us, we haven`t any of that, and we haven`t even the finances to build the initially planned stadium!
Here`s to six points,
Keep the faith,