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Six Wins Required (with or without Thierry)

117 comments December 13th, 2006

Fitting neatly around two cup ties at Anfield, our next six Premiership games are:

  • Wigan (Away)
  • Portsmouth (Home)
  • Blackburn (Home)
  • Watford (Away)
  • Sheff Utd (Away)
  • Charlton (Home)

These are games we could and arguably should win. 6 x 3 = 18. 18 points would do our position in the table no harm whatsoever. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be confident as we approach the Christmas period, with or without Thierry Henry.

It’s vital that we start this run well tonight at Wigan. Kolo Toure returns from suspension, but William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky are still out. Julio Baptista could come in for Mathieu Flamini, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Arsene goes for Djourou or Senderos alongside Toure: on form it should be the former, but Arsene is famously loyal to Swiss Tony.

Personally, I’d be glad to see us return to a 4-4-2: Wigan are an attacking side who will go forward, leaving gaps at the back for us to exploit (we hope).

Apparently, Arsene is terrified of a foreign invasion: no, not of Fiorentina coming to nab Arturo Lupoli, but of investment in an increasing number of Premiership clubs. I can understand his concern: were it not for Roman Abrahmovich’s billions, we might have a couple more Premiership trophies in the cabinet.

So, the six-game-win-sequence begins tonight. Should be fun.

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