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for 2003-2004 - Match 34

Here are the results and corresponding League table for 16th - 20th April, 2004:-


Arsenal   5-0   Leeds
Blackburn 1-0    L'cester
Bolton    2-0    Spurs
Charlton  1-1    B'mingham
Chelsea   0-0    Everton
Liverpool 0-0    Fulham
Man City  1-3    S'hampton
P'tsmouth 1-0    Man Utd
Wolves    2-0    M'brough
A. Villa  0-0    Newcastle
Man Utd   2-0    Charlton
      
      FA Barclaycard Premiership 
 
Pos Team        P  W  D  L   F   A   GD Pts
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 1  Arsenal    33 24  9  0  67  22   45  81
 2  Chelsea    34 22  6  6  60  27   33  72
 3  Man United 34 22  5  7  61  32   29  71
 4  Liverpool  34 13 11 10  48  36   12  50
 5  Newcastle  33 12 14  7  45  33   12  50
 6  A. Villa   34 13 10 11  44  40    4  49
 7  Charlton   34 13  9 12  44  43    1  48
 8  B'mingham  34 12 11 11  40  42   -2  47
 9  S'hampton  33 12  9 12  38  33    5  45
10  Fulham     34 12  9 13  47  44    3  45
11  M'brough   34 12  9 13  40  42   -2  45
12  Bolton     34 11 11 12  40  51  -11  44
13  Everton    34  9 12 13  42  47   -5  39
14  Spurs      34 11  5 18  42  54  -12  38
15  Blackburn  34 10  7 17  48  57   -9  37
16  P'tsmouth  33 10  7 16  37  47  -10  37
17  Man City   34  7 13 14  47  50   -3  34
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18  Leeds      34  8  8 18  35  69  -34  32
19  Leicester  34  5 13 16  41  59  -18  28
20  Wolves     34  6 10 18  33  71  -38  28

David Pleat this week finally admitted that Spurs are involved in the end of season relegation scrap. I feel that he and the rest of the powers that be at White Hart Lane have held a blinkered view about Spurs' Premiership status for too long. How else can we explain the fact that Spurs are bottom of the current 6 game form table, having managed just one point from those matches?

It does look like we are going to be grateful for that New Year run, and the arrival of Jermain Defoe with his four goals in his first three games for Spurs survival. As I said last week, I discount the chances of Wolves and Leicester, both of whom need 10 points from their last 4 games to get level with Spurs. Wolves effectively need 12 points, as their goal difference will remain far inferior to that of Spurs, although Leicester could feasibly improve their goal difference to match that of Spurs. However, their last game is at Highbury.

Next week, we must be Portsmouth fans, as they meet Leeds at Elland Road. IF Pompey can beat Leeds, then I reckon we could be safe without one more point, as that would leave Leeds needing 7 points from 3 games, including Chelsea away. If Leeds get a result, then we do have to sweat out the final weeks and pray for something from the Blackburn and/or Wolves games, because as sure as eggs is eggs, we ain't taking anything off the Gooners next week (I suggest blindfolds for home fans), and Villa will be too strong for us in two weeks time.

It does not look as if there will be any pride in our maintaining Premiership status, but I still think we will stay up. Blackburn, Portsmouth and Man City may all finish above us, but at the end of the day the Leeds part of the equation is all we need to monitor. Sadly, the club's finances are going to take a hell of a knock, as every place in the Premiership that is lost costs about half a million smackers. This is turning into a season worse even than '97-'98, when at least Spurs did finish the season in some style.

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