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It is that time of year again, for what is turning into annual tradition on this blog: my Premier League prediction table. Last season’s attempt to predict who would finish where saw me correctly name five places, with another six guesses being one position away, as well as being accurate in picking City as FA Cup winners, QPR to be first in the Championship. That’s almost matching The Guardian’s own guesses (spot on five times, close seven times). As Kryten would say: “ah; smug mode.”

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As Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United prepare for an end of season party to celebrate their 19th league championship, the odds on them retaining the trophy next year have been slashed down to 7/4 (bet365).

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So, I was asked recently to pen an article entitled “Why Arsenal Will Win the League Next Season”. As a sports writer, I very rarely turn down pieces I disagree with, so i wrote something. Here it is.

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Out-of-favour Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is set to have close-season talks with manager Arsene Wenger regarding the Danish striker’s despondency over his playing position this season.

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Former Arsenal centre back Martin Keown has stressed just how important a reliable period of team fitness can be to Arsenal’s campaign next season.

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Sunday 27 February 2011

Carling Cup Final
Arsenal vs Birmingham

The team news beforehand revolved around those that were missing for Arsenal rather than who was starting; skipper Cesc Fabregas and winger Theo Walcott will join Thomas Vermaelen in the stands. Tomas Rosicky, Andrey Arshavin come in.

Former Arsenal player Alex Hleb misses out for Birmingham with a knee knock. Liam Ridgewell and Roger Johnson haven’t trained all week but start in defence, which is already missing Scott Dann. Zigic plays as the lone striker.

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As ruthless as football can be sometimes, it’s never considered pleasant to kick a team when they’re down. With fans, and be honest with yourselves here, there’s only so much misery you’d like heaped upon your rivals, right?

 

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