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Premier League Week 33 & FA Cup Semi Final

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The Premier League relegation battle takes centre stage this weekend with tension rising ahead of the final six fixtures.With Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton involved in FA Cup semi-final action and Liverpool left kicking their heels, all the attention will be on the scrap at the foot of the table.Eight clubs remain threatened by the drop prior to what promises to be a pressurised and unpredictable period for each of the protagonists.Sunderland's home meeting with Hull City stands out among Saturday's games with both clubs sliding dangerously down the table towards the bottom three.The Black Cats have garnered just two points from their past seven fixtures, although they should take heart from a determined, if ultimately fruitless, display against leaders Manchester United last time out.Ricky Sbragia, who enjoyed a 4-1 success against the Tigers while in caretaker charge, has been forced to fend off increasing speculation over his future with his position coming under greater scrutiny with every passing defeat.Opposing boss Phil Brown has admitted he had 'harsh and hard words' with his squad after their limp 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough last time out and a run of just one victory in 16 Premier League outings has them in serious peril.Middlesbrough were being written off in many quarters before their success against the Tigers and they could climb out of the bottom three with a three-point haul against Fulham at the Riverside.The Cottagers have not been the best of travellers this season, with just two wins to their name, but they have a mean defence and enjoyed a 3-1 success against Manchester City at Eastlands last Sunday.Finding the net has been the root cause of many of Boro's problems this term, and with leading scorer Tuncay Sanli having scored just six league goals, they need to continue the more clinical nature demonstrated against Hull.Toon testNewcastle complete the North East trio who are under the threat of the drop with Alan Shearer taking his Magpies to Tottenham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.Shearer picked up the first point of his tenure in the 1-1 draw at Stoke last weekend and feels his charges are now showing the spirit required to clamber away from the bottom three.The two-point gap currently between the Toon Army and safety could have increased by the time Newcastle take to the field against a Spurs side who are now thinking of Europe rather than the Championship.Harry Redknapp has dragged the White Hart Lane side away from danger and they are now just three points behind West Ham, with seventh place expected to be enough to secure a place in the new-look Europa League next term.Blackburn are yet another Premier League side who made a change in the managerial hotseat due to relegation concerns, but Sam Allardyce knows there is much work to be done to secure their top-flight status, starting with a trip to Stoke City.Rovers were humbled 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, with Allardyce's employment of centre-back Chris Samba as a lone striker backfiring badly as out-of-favour Benni McCarthy was left looking on from the bench.But with Roque Santa Cruz expected to miss the remainder of the season after knee surgery and Jason Roberts still recovering from a stress fracture to his foot, Samba could continue in his unorthodox role.The Potters have opened up a six-point cushion on the bottom three, mainly on the back of their impressive home form, but Tony Pulis will not allow his charges to let up despite that gap, particularly against one of their relegation rivals.Six-pointerFratton Park hosts another encounter which could comfortably be billed as a 'six-pointer' as Portsmouth, who still have a game in hand on all their relegation rivals, welcome Bolton to the South Coast.Pompey boss Paul Hart came under fire from the home fans for his cautious approach in the draw against West Brom, while opposite number Gary Megson has spent much of his time at the helm of the Trotters taking criticism from sceptical sections of their support.Megson has guided Bolton to the brink of safety, but success for Boro and Newcastle last weekend coupled with their defeat in a seven-goal thriller at Chelsea means the Reebok Stadium club can not yet begin planning for next term in the top flight.West Brom's position is without doubt the most parlous as they sit seven points adrift of safety and with the worst goal difference in the division ahead of Sunday's trip to inconsistent Manchester City.Time is rapidly running out for Tony Mowbray's Baggies and talk around the Hawthorns has already started to turn towards planning for next season's expected Championship campaign.City's previously impressive home record was tarnished by their hapless display against Fulham last weekend, where manager Mark Hughes bore the brunt of the fans' anger and out-of-form record signing Robinho started the match on the bench.Aston Villa, who have taken just two points from a possible 21, have a final chance to give their fading UEFA Champions League hopes a much-needed lift as they welcome fellow high-flyers West Ham to Villa Park.Martin O'Neill's men have an eight-point gap to make up on Arsenal over the final six games of the season, but with the Gunners still to face title challengers United, Liverpool and Chelsea, some slender hope remains.A place in the Europa League is a much more likely destination for the Midlands club, which is where Gianfranco Zola's sights are set after an impressive season as a novice Premier League manager.
Barclays Premier League15:00 Aston Villa vs West Ham15:00 Middlesbrough vs Fulham15:00 Portsmouth vs Bolton15:00 Stoke vs Blackburn15:00 Sunderland vs HullSunday13:30 Spurs Vs Newcastle - SS1FA Cup Semi FinalSaturday: 17.15 Arsenal v Chelsea - SetantaSunday: 16.00 Man United v Everton - ITVGazza looked well on Soccer AM.

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Buzzing today! Going to end up at home watching it which is fine, really hope we turn Chelsea over and go off to Wembley for the cup final.Not a fan of the Wembley semi-finals but what can you do?Arshavin to shine!

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orient 1-0 up against northamptonOrient with 7 wins in there last 10 games. Guaranteed league one next season. They changed dere season around and im proud.

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Yeah f*ck the semis at wembley, prefer them when we had to go villa park.But no worries, Arteta is injured and Jo is cuptied, still expecting a tough game though.
But the only thing is they've apparently got this guy called Louis Saha i think he's french

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on a serious note i reckon if he can avoid breaking a nail he's gotta decent chance of doing us in, he always had good games against us for Fulham

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Guest M12 Part 2

the united squad tommorrow will have a lot of youth in it.expect both twins to play, gibson, welbeck & macheda all from the start

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really, i don't know about that i think Fergie will go for it big time and he respects Everton alot,i expect a very strong line up 2moro

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