Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Bootroom: FA Cup Final Edition



One last chance for Spartak London to take home some hardware on the season before Guus Hiddink sods off back to Russia. Our very own Autoglass is at the all-Blues final at Wembley with Autoglass Jr., cheering on his beloved Chelsea. Somebody call Child Protective Services!

After the jump, the brief details for the FA Cup Final, as well as what else is going on in the world of footy this weekend.



Chelsea finished 3rd in the EPL (suck it, Barclay's!) with 83 points, while Everton finished 5th with 63 points. So, a bit of a gap between them, then. Aside from Autoglass, most of us here are rooting from Everton because: (1) Spartak London are the anti-Christ; and (2) Everton sport American Tim Howard in goal. As for our true Liverpudlian, Lingering Bursitis? I'm sure his head will explode trying to decide on the lesser of two evils.

Probable line-ups for the dance:

Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, A Cole; Essien, Ballack, Lampard; Malouda, Drogba, Anelka.

Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Yobo, Lescott, Baines; Osman, Neville, Cahill, Pienaar; Fellaini; Saha.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Notes: Everton gaffer David Moyes was the EPL Manager of the Year. Each club has a massive twat on the pitch - Ashley Cole for Chelsea and Tim Cahill for Everton. Marouane Fellaini's hair is outrageous. If there is only 1 goal in this match, it is guaranteed to come from Malouda in order to further piss off Lingering.


In other footy, titles and relegation will be decided in the following matches:

Ligue 1: (all matches at 3:00PM EST on Saturday)

SM Caen v. FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Olympique de Marseille v. Stade Rennais FC
Paris Saint-Germain v. AS Monaco FC
Toulouse FC v. Olympique Lyonnais
AS Saint-Etienne v. Valenciennes FC
FC Lorient v. Le Mans UC 72
Grenoble 38 v. FC Sochaux-Montbeliard


Serie A: (all matches at 9:00AM EST on Sunday)

Fiorentina v. AC Milan
Juventus v. Lazio
Genoa v. Lecce
Bologna v. Catania


La Liga:
Saturday matches:

Atletico Madrid v. Almeria
Mallorca v. Villareal

Sunday matches:

Numancia v. Sevilla FC
Real Betis v. Valladolid
Racing Santander v. Getafe
Osasuna v. Real Madrid
Sporting Gijon v. Recreativo Huelva


24 comments:

ü75 said...

Also, the Scottish Cup Final. Rangers-Falkirk at 10 AM EDT.

The NY Kid said...

As a Catholic, I am contractually prevented from mentioning any chance Rangers have of hardware

The NY Kid said...

Mikel over Ballack, but the rest of the line-ups are spot-on

Steve said...

oh great, it's Mr. Webb.

Steve said...

YESS!!!!

ü75 said...

Whoops. Sorry Autoglass and Autoglass Jr.

sven said...

hahaha

J said...

Who scored? I was trying to find a bar to watch the game and failed.

Steve said...

Saha in the 28th second. great volley.

fcobbina said...

Blast! Drogba scores.

J said...

Chelsea looks to have the momentum now.

EbullientFatalist said...

Does Everton hold onto Fellaini after next season?

I'm not sure what's more surprising: Louis Saha making a (quick) contribution on the pitch or Ribery being valued "at least 100m euros."

EbullientFatalist said...

Malouda has been excellent for Chelsea since Guus arrived. I expect him to be merely adequate next season.

EbullientFatalist said...

Everton "have their tails up" but Chelsea look more dangerous.

Aaaaaannnnnndddddd there's Fat Frank.

Steve said...

that was a goal by Malouda. quite a goal, at that. well done, howard, well done.

EbullientFatalist said...

Jimmy Vaughn on for The Saha Kid. Malouda could've just ended the math with but muffed the shot terribly. He's already making good on my previous observation.

Malouda just was robbed of a goal. Beautiful 35-yd strike goes in off the bar, and bounces out. The ball was clearly over the line, but the linesman was caught with his pants down. Should be three-one.

EbullientFatalist said...

Moyes brings on a Gosling. He needs a more effective bird of prey. A-YO!!

I just made myself vomit.

EbullientFatalist said...

Were in injury time, and Everton have shown nothing except that their fans have the most wondrous singing voices.

phil said...

The FA Winner is guaranteed a spot in European play, but Spartak is already with a top-4 finish, so what happens to the European spot from the FA victory?

EbullientFatalist said...

Moyes has done well this year, but he needs one or two new pieces to challenge for a CL spot or silverware. Everton are the Oakland A's of the EPL.

EbullientFatalist said...

It's a Europe League spot, and Everton already have it locked up with their 5th-place finish. Also, every team in the semis of the FA Cup have a place in Europe (Utd, Chelsea, L'Arse, and Everton). Does UEFA thus give the final spot to a team that didn't make it past the quarters?

Steve said...

doesn't it go to the seventh spot in the league?

phil said...

Fulham finished 7th, and so they got ManU's Europa League bid from the Carling Cup win.

Steve said...

ahh right. gracias.