Monday, April 30, 2012
Soccer interlude: good weekend for the English blue teams
Now that there's a brief lull in the serious ie Test and (perhaps) ODI TV coverage (the IPL isn't being shown here and I'm not missing it a bit) I've watched a bit of EPL soccer to help me readjust from Caribbean to local time...
Over the weekend it was great to see Wigan, the eternal battlers (who I saw lose 2-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage in 2010), score 4 goals in the first half to give Newcastle a reality check (that was the final result). Then Chelsea, that much maligned but mercurial team, put the bunch of whingers (and those who follow the game closely will read between my lines) QPR to the sword in similar fashion with 4 goals in the wet first half before easing off to a 6-1 floor wipe.
Both Wigan and Chelsea home colours are light/ royal blue, as are Sheffield Wednesday's who weren't on TV (but who I did see beat Colchester 2-0 at home last October) . The Owls have somehow managed to steal a march on their crosstown rival Sheffield United and look likely (if they can hold their nerve and beat cellar dwellers Wycombe Wanderers at home this weekend) to gain automatic promotion from League 1.
But before all this,overnight (or at sparrowfart) there's what many eg are puffing as the best EPL match ever: the two Manchesters, top of the table.
One team's home colours are red and white, t'other blue and white (a lighter - duck egg - blue than the aforementioned teams but still blue)
A 0500 kickoff here but tempting fo get up (if only for the second half), eh?