Its time to cross our fingers and once again watch for another teams results. This time we'll be, strangely enough, cheering on the foreigners of Chelski as they attempt to ensure that Man. City stay within the reach of the Addicks and remain on their pitiful 30 points.
With only 1 win this year in the Premiership and that back on New Years Day, Pearce's Man. City side will surely take a hammering tonight against second-placed Chelski, eager to close the gap at the other end of the table. With discontent in the City camp and the arrest yesterday of Joey Barton on suspicion of assault and criminal damage and captain Richard Dunne having his own go at the teams foreign strikers its all looking like a slow drift to relegation for Manchesters second-best. How can they hold out against the Ruskies?
And, of course, Chelski will be keen to reduce the current 9 point gap to a more manageable size in time for the visit of fergie in a months time. But wait a bit, perhaps its not such an away banker at it looks. Is there a bit of a dip in the form of west londons greatest? A lucky win over Porto in the Champions last week after going behind and then letting in 3 goals at home to Spurs in the cup on Sunday, and finally managing a draw with 4 minutes remaining. Their performance in the Carling final was not exactly electric and with only 3 goals in their last 3 league games away from Stamford Bridge - only 1 at the Valley, remember - is there something amiss?
Manager Jose seems to be willing to stoke the fire and flew over to Spain at the weekend supposedly to watch their next Champions League opponents Valencia play in Pamplona. However, a neat little television interview was arranged for Sunday evening TV where he admitted he wouldn't mind returning to Spain and coaching Real Madrid...one day.