West Brom are on a cracking run of form at the moment and we can’t go into the game under estimating Roy Hodgson’s side like I think we might have done in mid-week against Athletic Bilbao. About that game, I thought they were absolutely fantastic. It shows there are more than two teams in Spain! They were relaxed on the ball, created chances for fun and scored a couple of great goals. It’s not very often teams come to Old Trafford and play without fear but it’s the best I have seen an away side play at The Theatre of Dreams in a very long time. OK, we could have performed better in defence but young players like Smalling and Jones are still learning the game, I think it’s all good experience for them and the tie isn’t over yet. They came into the first leg as under dogs, now in front of a passionate Spanish crowd they will be expected to go through and that is never easy.
We can make it, keep the faith!!!!
Back onto the Baggies and they are coming off three straight wins and getting AVB the sack. They are safe from relegation and sit tenth in the League. What a season it is turning out to be for Roy Hodgson, he proved he was a good manager at Fulham, got treated terribly by the Scousers and now seems to have found a home at the Hawthorns. They are a neat and tidy team that defends properly, doesn’t take to many risks and they have started to add a few more goals to their game with the likes of Odemwingie, Long and Fortune upfront. We drew against them at home last season but I can see us taking all three points this time round. We ended up beating Spurs pretty comfortably last Sunday, the Gaffer will pick a similar team and if we want to win the League we need to beat the Baggies!
City are away to Swansea which has proved a tricky place to go all season, this could be a pivotal weekend in the title race. Fingers crossed!
Danger man: Peter Odemwingie
I was very impressed with Odemwingie last season and I just wondered whether he would be able to score goals again this year now that defences knew all about him. Well the answer is yes, he recently scored a hat-trick against Wolves, two against Sunderland and won the Premier League player of the month in February. He’s got plenty of pace and is a proper goal poacher. One thing that would drive me crazy if I played with him would be that he is so selfish in front of goal but I think that’s not always a bad thing and I sometimes wish Wazza would add that to his game. But you can’t have everything!!!
Prediction : United are gonna win 3-2 against West Brom – Nani might get a couple!!!!