QPR vs Manchester United: Complacency Would Lead To Disaster

Originally published online for Sabotage Times on February 23 2013.

The Premier League title may seem all but secured at this early stage, but dropped points today could let City right back in again…

We’ve all been there. You’re strolling down the street, taking the whole world in your stride as you strut about your daily business. The sun is shining and an attractive stranger smiles at you, distracting you from the laborious task of placing one foot in front of the other in steady succession. Mid-step, your toe catches the pavement and you’re sent flying into a world of scuffed knees, bruised egos and public humiliation, landing in a sprawled heap of physical pain and embarrassment.

QPR are that loose snag of ground; a trip hazard flagstone jutting out to sendManchester United stumbling on their rickety path to an unprecedented 20thleague title. A quick glance at the current standings suggests today’s encounter at Loftus Road should be little more than a formality – a landslide for the Premier League’s current summit versus a team sinking below sea level. However, United must stay mindful and watch their step. Over the past two seasons, Sir Alex’s side have slipped up to supposedly weaker opponents, losing 3-2 against Blackburn last year and 2-1 at Wolves in 2010/11.  Continue reading

The late late Clydesbank Premier League preview with Matt Davies

One horse trot: expect to see more of the above this year.

The pivotal issues:
Second place, relegation, will anyone stay afloat post-Rangers?

Who are favourites for the title?
Celtic. Easy one.

Who else will make the top 2 and who will get Europa League?
Dundee United should join Celtic in the Champions League, providing two of Gardyne, Daly and Russell are on form. Motherwell will struggle to hit the heights they hit last season, Stuart McCall’s squad looks thin and the protracted looks at James McFadden have come to naught.

Relegated?
Hard to look beyond the two promoted sides I’m afraid – Ross County look strong enough right now but any issues could see confidence drop and problems occur. Dundee however look like favourites for the drop, providing that Inverness’ signings gel. Terry Butcher has looked south to England to sign players and some may struggle. Continue reading