United vs Southampton

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Iwan (@IwanLehnert):

Anyone else noted that we also have to go to Loftus Road inbetween our Champions League date in a few weeks? On the basis of the last few weeks, that’ll be a challenging visit. City haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders lately but they’ve certainly been good enough that you could’ve reasonably expected them to win last night. Then again, Julio Cesar was a bit awesome. Regardless, if there wasn’t already a big enough incentive to beat Southampton tonight, the chance to grab those two points dropped against Spurs and restore our lead at the top to seven should do it.

No Van Persie and Welbeck at the weekend means Van Persie and Welbeck in midweek, surely. By the time we hit the hour mark, there wasn’t much point bringing the former on, and the latter must have already featured in the boss’ plans for this match. There’s no use being cautious at this point; Southampton ripped us apart on occasion at St Mary’s earlier in the season, and they came from 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge for a highly credible draw last week. Our defence is still leaky, and if we don’t start confidently, then we could slip up.

Or we could race out to a 2/3 goal lead, depending on who plays. Nani’s delivery in the first half v Fulham was atrocious. I mean proper terrible. The only thing that made it better was the fact that he’s not allowed to take corners anymore after failing to get about 200 of ‘em past the first man. REJOICE! But considering how poor (at least by his standards) Valencia has been this term, we can’t afford to get too picky, because we all know that the Portuguese is very talented. Start him tonight, and someone light a fire under his backside, please. If not, hook him off for Valencia. It’ll be just like a less disruptive, harrowing Howard and Carroll Carousel. A….Carrollsel.

On Sunday afternoon, City play Liverpool at home. By that point, we could be ten points clear.

Ooh. I’m all tingly.

Prediction: 3-1. Welbeck breaks his goalless streak (although we’ve been predicting that for months), RVP points appealingly towards a random seat as he peels away having scored the second making the person sat in said seat feel very special. Everyone wins.

 

Brett:

As Beautifully Red Shaun reminded us today, the last time we met Southampton, was the first time we properly fell in love with (O)RVP. I’d like to point out that I already liked him quite a lot, it was you lot who took your time. If ever something that will never ever have any chance of happening in any context happened, and he wanted to ask any of us out on a date, it’s only fair it should be me who gets to take him. Glad we’ve cleared that up.

I seem to remember last time telling you I quite liked Southampton, due to some residual affection (pre-Sky Sports Lad years) for Matt Le-Tissier and cus of having enjoyed watching Ricky Lambert when he played for Bristol Rovers. Did I tell you one of the main reasons I like Ricky Lambert? … it’s cus he has the ability to hit the ball so hard it “stays hit”. Just something I like, which doesn’t make me weird, so stop judging me. Oi, you at the back there, yes, you! wipe that grin off your face. ANYWAY! My point, which I’m getting to in my own good time is this: I don’t like Southampton right now because of their bizarre decision to sack Nigel Adkins. Granted his insistence on dressing up as Fergie was a little off putting, but, as I said on Twitter, I’ll go t’foot of our stairs, if by the end of the season any good has come of it. I hope Southampton like the taste of binary code, cus they’re getting zero from this game.

For us, I expect RVP to return, in place of Chicha *fingers crossed Rooney* to the starting line up. Rio to come back in (and possibly Vidic, though both coming back in creates the issue of TOO MUCH rotation) – who steps aside out of Smalling and Jones I’m not sure. Although Giggsy’s form is as good as anyone’s right now, I’m sure he’ll be rested. Maybe Carrick and Scholes in mid, with Cleverley out wide? I’ve fallen into the trap of trying to second guess the un-second-guessable. I’m done.

Prediction: 1-0 Sticking with the binary theme. Though, I do fancy us getting a hatful. S’pose it could be a small hat, in which only one goal fits?!

Goals: Carrick (why not? OR Danny, of course).

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