ARGENTINEAN superstar Leo Messi isn’t wanted at Barcelona by a proportion of the Spanish club’s fans.
Two per cent of them to be exact.
Despite scoring a 220 league goals in 248 matches and helping Barcelona win more trophies than I’ve had hot dinners, a recent poll has shown that two per cent of Bracelona fans don’t want their star striker at the club.
Barca’s president Sandro Rosell: “In the club we do internal polling and there is two per cent who do not like Messi.
“I would like to know these two per cent.”
ARSENAL and Chelsea should pip Spurs to the Champions League places for next season, say surfers of this site.
A few days ago, Goaltastic posted a poll to ask which of the three sides currently contesting the two Champions League berths alongside Manchester United and Manchester City should miss out.
And after a huge number of votes in just a couple of days, an overwhelming majority (61.98 per cent) feel that Tottenham should finish fifth, rather than Arsenal (18.23 per cent) and Chelsea (19.79 per cent).
Of course, the reality of the situation may not match the results of the poll – but whatever happens it should be an exciting run in this season.
CHELSEA, Arsenal and Spurs are currently locked in one of the closest races in Premier League history.
Sadly for the trio, it’s not the title at stake, but to secure Champions League football.
Anyone who says that Germany has now eclipsed England and Spain as the top league on the continent should cast an eye at the strength of the squads vying for third and fourth places – with World Class talents like Juan Mata, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla, Jermain Defoe and more facing off for the right to represent England over the next few weeks.
And sadly, one of these squads – all of which could arguably challenge for the European crown next season – will miss out.
It’s a hard one to call – but you can vote for who you think should miss out with out vote below…
DEFENDING champions Manchester City will surely be looking to make it two in a row with their stellar line-up.
Manchester United will feel they have closed the thin gap with their injury returns and new recruits – which could soon include Robin van Persie.
Chelsea conquered Europe last term, and have spent millions more to challenge for the title.
Arsenal have enlisted some exciting signings to bring them up to parity with the top tier once more.
Spurs will be spurred on by the attacking vision of Andre Villas-Boas, while sleeping giant Liverpool will be looking onward and upwards under Brendan Rogers.
But who do you think will be top of the pile next May?
I’ll be having my say next week, but for now, place your vote via a comment below, tweet us at @goaltastic, or vote on our poll at http://www.facebook.com/goaltastic
AFTER proclaiming Chelsea to be champions in waiting yesterday, I’m turning my gaze to the bottom of the pile – a task which left you readers divided.
Because Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa all received equal votes in my Facebook poll.
And if you lot can’t make up your mind, what chance have I got?
Nevertheless, neck on the line, firstly I’m plumping for recently promoted sides Swansea and Norwich for the drop – I can’t see how either side has strengthened enough to compete in the Premier League.
Although QPR haven’t exactly pulled their chequebook out either, I really feel their talismanic Moroccan Adel Taraabt will pick them enough points up to scrape through.
That means one established Premiership team is going to be relegated…
And from the teams that teetered on the brink of the Championship last season, there’s only one that looks constantly on the verge of a crisis – not Wigan, not Wolves, but Blackburn.
I can’t see Blackburn’s owners bringing in the big names they’ve promised, and I can’t see Steve Kean keeping his job for the duration.
Rovers and out, that’s my prediction – leave me a comment below if you disagree.
GOALTASTIC’S Facebook poll to find who is set to be Premier League champion 2011/2012 saw last year’s title winning team Manchester United voted as clear favourites to lift the trophy again – but I beg to differ.
Although the Red Devils are the readers’ favourites, I’m putting it out there that Chelsea will be the team on top come next May.
Holders Manchester United almost won by default this season gone.
However this season Chelsea will not – they simply cannot – have a blip like they did last winter under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, I reckon they’ll have what it takes this time around.
Manchester United, despite building for the future, will have to be content with runners-up spot.
This season also sees a resurgent Liverpool without any European distractions competing solely for league glory, and I reckon they’ll be pushing the frontrunners all the way – pencil in a third place for the Pool.
Underneath them there will be an epic battle between big four stalwarts Arsenal – never write them off, people – and growing force Manchester City.
But despite all the money spent and the first trophy in the cabinet, I can see Arsenal pipping the Citizens to fourth, although it will be a bitter battle all the way.
And sorry, but Spurs have had their moment – the teams at the top are just too strong this season for them, sixth is the best they can hope for.
What do you think? Leave a comment below, and come back tomorrow for more wild speculation on the relegation race.
WHO’S going to be relegated from the Premier League this season?
Very soon Goaltastic will be putting its head above the parapet with a few predictions on the teams I expect to see at the top and also those dropping from bottom of the table next May.
And in the run up you can have your say on whose going to be losing out this season over on the Goaltastic Facebook page – you can pick from last season’s lowest placed teams Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, plus new boys Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City, or you can vote for ‘other’.
Click here to have your say…