Huge game, huge challenge.
-Suarez' return, and an opportunity to see him and Gerrard (and Bellamy?) in full flight
-Revenge for the 4-0 mauling?
-An opportunity to make up PL ground on Chelsea
-How will the reds handle Spurs flair with Bale, Modric, VDV et al?
-A few spurs injuries, esp. up top
-Possible debut for Ryan Nelsen (Kiwi... )
can't wait to see it, despite a little trepidation
If Reds hold on the Shield, next up is:
-Man U (a) (As my boy Jake says, "Easy")
Should Spurs wrestle it away god forbid, then:
-Newcastle[Shield kings] (h)
Still no sign of challenge-less Stoke on the horizon
Who's held onto the shield the longest so far this season?
Nice one Christ...
Hopefully it gives the odd person a diversion evry now and then. I don't think the FA are quite bought into it yet...
Liverpool retain the Shield, they will be disappointed not to bag 3 PL points and make some ground on Chelsea in what was a hard fought encounter.
Alkthough Liverpool dominated territorially there was not a great lot of chances produced, and Anfield held its breath when Reina saved off Bale with his legs with just a few minutes left.
Next up is the old enemy at OT, Suarez v Evra mark 2 etc. If the Reds can get past that tough test they stand a good chance of establishing a good shield tenure
United get a chance to gain revenge over Liverpool who lifted the shield off them at Anfield in January.
A feisty encounter in store, with all the various subplots being touted in the press in advance of the game.
A hard place to escape from with anything, lets hope the reds can do it
Next up if Liverpool retain is:
subject to the Everton reschedule
If United regain the Shield they will face:
United regained the Shield from Liverpool who had previously relieved them of it.
Not the fullest-blooded defence from Liverpool, still nobody can seem to hold onto the Shield for any length of time.
Liverpool and United are the only team to have held it twice, United's fixture list is not the toughest, so they do have an opportunity to establish a bit of a reign, but first need to see off Norwich at Carrow Rd
Norwich will be tricky opposition for manure but I think they will get at least a draw
I've loved the idea of this as i've followed it throughout the season, but the thing for me has been the original holders. It could have took a completely different path if it had gone to someone else originally. I think we should give it to someone like the play-off winners or something rather than a random draw. Then at the end of the season the team who has it, wins it for that season and it starts again the next season.
It will not be drawn each season KK, so whoever has the shield at the end of the year gets to enjoy it over summer and have the chance to defend it on the opening day...
Just driven past a Ranfurly Park. It's in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, if anyone's interested.
United look to defend the shield against Norwich at Carrow Rd after a bit of a break in the action.
Tough opening defence, followed by another one at White Hart Lane if they get up today.
Norwich have only lost one of their last 5 at home, but United have only lost one of their last 5 away. Signs point to a United retention, but there have been a lot of upsets this year, and another one here is not beyond the realm of possibilities.
I still love the story of the Canaries getting thrashed (6-1 I think at home) on opening day of league 1 by Colchester 2 years ago, sacking their manager soon after, and hiring the same Colchester Manager Paul Lambert, who has overseen succesive promotions and a brilliant first season in the premiership.
If Utd retain the Shield they will face:
-West Brom (h)
If Norwich can win, they face:
Stoke are the only team yet to get a challenge, so they will have their yellow scarves on today...
United retain, but WE WON THE CARLING CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not enjoying this Utd tenure, anyway...
Big challenge for United if they are to keep hold of the Shield.
Spurs will miss Parker, and may have a couple of others out too, so look a little undermanned, but they win many at home, so will fancy their chances. United are getting stronger, and will want to retain the Shield as well as keep City in their sights.
Should Utd win they will next face:
If Spurs get the Shield, they will come up against:
Next up Baggies at OT
United at home to the Baggies, who are in great form after beating Chelsea and thrashing Sunderland, but have never held the Shield. That may not change this time round.
Ajax and Bilbao haven't been troubled at Old Traford but lower-placed Premiership sides seem to struggle with the mental challenge.
There's a few glimmers of hope with players like Odemwingie, Long and Jerome Thomas in the mix, so pls wish Roy all the best...
Next up for United would be:
If the Baggies win the Shield they'd face:
If WBA win it, I will run 5miles naked
Shame, was looking forward to that Snyper...
Predictable I guess, Rooney twice
Quite sl#tted with Utd having the Shield as I'm sure you'll appreciate.
I doubt that will change tomorrow with the Old Golds, but you never know...
If the scum hold on, next up is:
If Wolves shd upset them, they will face:
Chicharito a couple
******* Manure ruin everything
Not this (eventually) - we all get to experience the joy when they get it taken from them...
In the unlikely event that the Cottagers can roll Man U they will be one of only 3 (along with Liverpool and Man U) to have held the Shield twice.
Their recent form has been poor, but if they manage they will then face:
If United repel them they will face:
United already have 4 successful defences this tenure, they may be shaping up to catch or overtake the Geordies great run from the start of the season..
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