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Seven Days: Monday, 4 May 2009

Posted by rajiv on 4 May 2009

Results from the Championship yesterday:

  • Crystal Palace 0 Sheffield United 0
  • Burnley 4 Bristol City 0
  • Preston North End 2 Queen’s Park Rangers 1
  • Reading 1 Birmingham City 2
  • Sheffield Wednesday 1 Cardiff City 0

Birmingham City take the second automatic promotion place.  Sheffield United and Reading have to settle for the play-offs, where they’ll be joined by Burnley and Preston North End.  Cardiff City finished level on points and goal difference with Preston North End, but missed out on goal average – they scored one goal less.

Last month the Bluebirds lost 6-0 at Preston – part of a run that saw Cardiff take just one point from the last 12 on offer – a result that has made the crucial difference in the final analysis.

With one round of matches left to play in the Dutch Eredivisie, FC Twente have guaranteed themselves second place behind AZ.  They are 4 points ahead of Ajax in third place.  It is the first time since 1959 that two clubs other than Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord have finished as the top two in the Netherlands.

In Germany, Wolfsburg maintained their 3-point lead in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 home win over 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday.  Bayern Munich, who sacked Jurgen Klinsmann as coach last Monday, return to second place after a 2-1 home win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, also on Saturday.  VfB Stuttgart failed to keep up with Bayern when they drew 2-2 away at third-from-bottom Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.  Hertha Berlin drew 1-1 in Hamburg yesterday, and are now third, one point behind Bayern Munich.  Hamburg are one point further back but in fifth, behind Stuttgart on goal difference.

There were no S. League fixtures after Monday last week Singapore Cup preliminary round matches are being played between 28 April 2009 and 6 May 2009.

Geylang United knocked out the holders, SAFFC, at Bedok Stadium on Friday night.

S. League fixtures for later this week:

  • Thursday night at Jurong West Stadium:  Gombak United v Geylang United
  • Thursay night at Jurong East Stadium:  Albirex Niigata v Balestier Khalsa
  • Friday night at Jalan Besar Stadium:  Young Lions v Woodlands Wellington
  • Saturday night at Choa Chu Kang Stadium:  SAFFC v Tampines Rovers

In the Indian Premier League being played in South Africa, the Deccan Chargers remain top of the table despite losing to last season’s champions, the Rajasthan Royals, on Saturday.  Rajasthan Royals remain second from bottom.  Deccan Chargers play Chennai Super Kings tonight.

12 Responses to “Seven Days: Monday, 4 May 2009”

  1. rajiv said

    Arsenal definitely won’t finish the season empty handed. Arsenal Ladies won the FA Women’s Cup, beating Sunderland 2-1 in the final yesterday, their fourth triumph in succession. They’ve also won the trophy a record 10 times since it was introduced in 1971. Southampton Saints, who won the Cup 8 times in the first 11 seasons, haven’t won it since.

    Everton Ladies drew level with Arsenal Ladies at the top of the Women’s Premier League with a 3-0 win away at Nottingham Forest Ladies. With two games to play and a game in hand over Arsenal Ladies, Everton Ladies could deprive Arsenal Ladies of their sixth successive title. Arsenal Ladies have won 10 of the 16 titles contested since the Women’s Premier League was formed in 1992 – the women’s equivalent of Manchester United in the men’s Premier League.

    Everton Ladies host Arsenal Ladies in the title decider on 10 May 2009. Before that, Everton Ladies are away at Doncaster Rovers Belles, tomorrow.

    • rajiv said

      Everton Ladies won 3-0 at Doncaster Rovers Belles to go 3 points clear at the top of the Women’s Premier League. Three goals from Natasha Dowie in the 86th, 88th and 89th minutes sealed the win.

      A draw would have left them needing a win against Arsenal Ladies in the final game of the season on Sunday.

      Arsenal Ladies now need to win to snatch the title from Everton Ladies. A win would put Arsenal Ladies level on points with Everton Ladies, but they have a vastly superior goal difference (+74 to +59).

      An almost identical scenario to when Liverpool hosted Arsenal in the final game of the season in the old Division One in 1988-89.

  2. Boris said

    The ladies team.. lol.. Some consolation at least hehe.. But Liverpool is gonna be empty handed. That’s for sure.

  3. rajiv said

    Referees don’t just decide Premier League matches, they decide European matches as well.

  4. rajiv said

    Despite leading Wolfsburg to the top of the Bundesliga, and with 4 games to go to the end of the season, Felix Magath has announced he will leave Wolfsburg at the end of the season to take over at Shalke 04. He has very honestly admitted that it is about money:

    The 55-year-old reached an agreement with Wolfsburg to terminate his contract a year early and has signed a four-year deal with Schalke from July 1.

    … Magath happily concedes his head was turned by the approach from Schalke, a club with more tradition, ambition and, crucially, financial clout.

    “We are in professional sport and it is all about money,” Magath admitted. “Everything else is a load of tosh.”

    ….

    “Wolfsburg is not the first club I have taken forwards,” he said. “But in the past, I have often been shoved out of the door after a successful start.

    “From this experience, I no longer believe in promises that you can work long-term in football.”

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