A second week in a row of what could have been for me. After David Silvas 20pt start I finished on 72pts for the week with Santi Cazorla and of course Luis Suarez to play. I'm in 24th place which is fantastic but had Lukaku/Bony and Boruc done the basics I had hoped for I would have been higher. Bar an old school Santi 30+pt haul I will drop a few later.
Today we have a guaranteed fun double header. Manchester United hosting Liverpool and the north london derby between Tottenham and Arsenal it seems like a game of the season/moment of the season in there somewhere. As a Utd fan I am pretty excited about the opening match. Starting underdogs with a point to prove normally creates an atmosphere at Old Trafford and I'm hoping the players respond. In fact this feels like a bigger deal than the Champions League round of 16 second leg but I guess thats what playing for pride can mean. Finally and it may be having an influence all three of the other Editors are Liverpool fans and they have been a pretty happy trio for a while now! Liverpool are the surprise title challengers but are there on merit. The best attack in the Premier League go to their arch rivals full of belief. With the leagues best player Luis suarez they start the game as favourites. So having explained how much I am looking forward to it, I'm pretty frustrated to find at the last minute a family do has been arranged and at best I will miss the first half at worst the whole game. Therefore I wont be about on the chat until I have caught up with the recording.
At White Hart Lane Spurs faint Champions league hopes require a home win over their biggest rivals. Arsenal are missing key players in Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott but have shown the ability to dig out results. Spurs meanwhile are is a mess. Having built up a record points total and with the best away record in the league the appointment of Tim Sherwood has given the results that on paper you feared. Tactically he sets his teams up seemingly with no plan.
Playing one up top with only one wide player and one tucked in the forward gets little support. Their best ball playing player Eriksen finds himself left tucking in rather than the obvious no10 role. Andros Townsend who impressed in flashes and could play one of the wide roles is permanently benched. After the heavy defeat at Chelsea Sherwood attempted to blame the players in public that rarely ever works in the modern world. Proof was to be the midweek Europa tie with Benfica where spurs were beaten with comfort again. So onto the derby. Either Sherwood and the team will gel together and put a big dent in Arsenal's title challenge or the form of the last two fixtures continues and Arsenal pick them off.
So two managers David Moyes and Tim Sherwood under huge pressure. Can either turn the form around?
Two title challengers at their arch rivals, who can keep the dream alive?