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PapaJohn Posted on 22/1 13:31
Next 3 Prem Games to shape our run in

We've got 3 tough games coming - Pompey(a) - Arsenal(h) - Chelsea(a).

2 or 3 points from these games and we should be able to push on with the attacking and attractive footie of late.

However no points could leave us dangling near the trap door of relegation and we'll need some battling performances.

We may have added in there the distration of the FACUP.

Come on Boro - lets go down to Pompey and play em off the park, get the 3 points and allow us to play champagne footie for the rest of the season.

captain5 Posted on 22/1 13:32
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There's no danger of relegation. Have a look at the bottom 3 or 4's next few games as well.

bandito Posted on 22/1 13:34
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change your name to papayourpants

MarlonD Posted on 22/1 13:36
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I agree to a certain degree but I think the dreaded R word can be discounted now, the way the bottom is shaping up I reckon 36 points will see any team to safety.

However it would be nice to pick up even 4 points from those 3 games and really push on and try for a top half finish.

bandito -

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TheSmogMonster Posted on 22/1 13:37
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A lot of teams would have to win their next games for us to get close to a relegation spot, but a few pts from these games and we're laughing... i think we could do it, bearing in mind our relative momentum to Pompy and Chelsea, and the home tie with Arsenal!

Come on Boro!

Boromart Posted on 22/1 13:40
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We are currently 4 points of 7th place, if after these 3 difficult games we are still within 6 or 7 points of 7th spot, then I think we can push on for a UEFA spot. If we drift further back than that then its mid-table mediocrity.

I actually think its a good time to face Pompey. There form hasn't been brill, and they have just lost at home to Charlton. They have more old players than us, and key players like Campbell, Lauren and Kanu, so playing a couple of days after an FA cup match at Old Trafford will be tough for them.

Arsenal - this is a tough game, especially the form they are starting to show. I would be very happy with a draw.

Chelsea away - I actually fancy our chances. They are in turmoil. Can you imagine Paulo Ferrera and Michael Essien trying to keep Yak and Viduka quiet? On current form we will frighten the life out of them. Add Downing against Geremi into the mix and I think we will never have such a good chance to win at Stamford Bridge.

bandito Posted on 22/1 13:41
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We've still got citeh, fulham, watford, spurs and villa at home!

Points galore

Stepper_T Posted on 22/1 13:42
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Bandito

sitheman Posted on 22/1 13:42
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i would like to see us continue the style of football we have been playing recently.
if we loose all 3 than fair enough. i dont think we will get hammered and i would happily see us loose all 3 if we progress with a good win the fa cup and keep a positive style of play going.

we are building for the future so dont put a stop to it by playing 5 at the back ect against the top teams.

PapaJohn Posted on 22/1 14:11
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I just wanna avoid getting dragged into 4th/5th bottom and the battles will really start. Points at Pompey is wots needed.

scoea Posted on 22/1 14:23
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There is no way we will be dragged down there. It would take unbelievable form of the bottom 3 to drag us into the relegation battle again. It would also take equally unlikely form for us to get near the top 6.

karembeu_ca Posted on 22/1 14:30
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why are we still looking at teams below us - we should be looking at teams above us!

say all you want about the Toon fans, but at least they keep looking at gaining on teams above, not dropping back to the teams below.

the_broken_fridge Posted on 22/1 14:34
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"Chelsea away - I actually fancy our chances. They are in turmoil. Can you imagine Paulo Ferrera and Michael Essien trying to keep Yak and Viduka quiet?"

Don't forget, we hardly have sparkling away form.

andybarca Posted on 22/1 14:36
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look at the table 5 points from 7th and only 7 from 6th and we play them next. we won't get dragged into relegation trouble as the teams at the bottom aren't going to go on a run. but we are on a good run and if we can keep it up there is definitely a chance for us to nick a uefa spot.

Link: table

karembeu_ca Posted on 22/1 14:38
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well, we could get carried away Toon style and say 10 from relegations and 'only' 12 from Champs League

Boromart Posted on 22/1 15:04
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fridge that is a complete over-simplification of our away form.

Recent away form -
- An excellant and convincing win at Charlton,
- a narrow defeat at o form Blackburn
- a good and deserved point at Everton
- an unfortunate and unfair defeat to Fulham. Decided ultimately by a dodgy penalty.
- a close defeat away to Spurs. After a good performance
- a draw away to Villa, maybe a touch fortunate.

We have been competitive in every away game this year, but haven't had the breaks. See Watford for an example of that, it had 0-0 written all over it until a deflected shot (which was going well wide) went into the bottom corner. We battered them for 15 mins and looked like turning it around, until Georges header).

PapaJohn Posted on 22/1 16:02
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Arsenal still think they can win the league 12 points adrift, I would say there is a chance we can get caught up in the dogfight 10points below us.
Such a gap can be closed quickly. If ManU draw 3 and Arsenal win 3 the gap is halved.

Alls I am saying is that we want to see the positive attacking footie continue and winning at Pompey i see as a key factor.