Big Night For Saints In The Premier League And They're Not Even Playing
Wednesday, 1st Jul 2020 09:58
This Thursday night see's four games in the Premier League but Saints fan's with nothing else to do with a week off, will have their eyes on three of the fixtures as they will affect our chances to finish in the top 10.
The fixture with most riding on it this evening will be at the Emirates where Arsenal host rock bottom Norwich City, the Canaries are fast approaching relegation but we could do with them doing us a favour and getting something against the Gunners.
Arsenal start the day in 10th 3 points ahead of us, a win would severely dent our hopes of a top 10 finish as their far superior goal difference would effectively make a six point gap seven.
AFC Bournemouth face Newcastle at the Vitality stadium and they too are fighting for their lives, it could be a bit of mixed emotions for some Saints supporters, a win for the Cherries would keep the Toon a place below us, a draw and they would jump above us on goal difference and a win although not disastrous would open up a two point gap.
So a dilemma for Saints fans, some would prefer the Cherries to lose and drop themselves further in the relegation mire whilst other would want Newcastle to lose to boost our hopes, perhaps a draw would see all Saints fans happy.
Everton take on Leicester, The Toffee's start the day a point ahead of us and with the Foxes way above us their is no mixed emotions in this one, Leicester to win and keep Everton firmly in our sights.
Last fixture of the day has no bearing on us at all, West Ham host Chelsea, but the Saints fans I speak to all see to want to see the Hammers relegated, if only because of our poor record against them in the past few years.
So although we are not playing tonight's results will have a bearing on where we finish this season, I think the top of our aim is going to be 10th place and that is attainable given that we have to play both Everton & Sheffield United, the latter of whom look a totally different side to the one pre lockdown.
I think Arsenal will be hard to catch if they win this evening and Burnley have had a surge that makes it tough to get back level with them, but I do think that 10th place will be a battle between 5 clubs, Sheff Utd, Everton, Palace, Newcastle and ourselves, but we need results to go our way.
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