April
09

The Suspension Tightrope – Gameweek 33

Filed under: Suspensions - Posted by: Paul

There’s just one more round of matches to go before those players sitting on the Suspension Tightrope can breathe a little easier. The deadline is the second Sunday of April (this coming weekend) and, if the quintet currently holding nine yellow cards apiece can avoid another caution by that date, the limit is extended to 15 bookings until the end of the season.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini was the latest player to topple off the Tightrope, after earning his tenth caution of the campaign in the 3-0 defeat at Goodison. Flamini misses this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final showdown with Wigan and Tuesday evening’s Gameweek 34 home fixture against West Ham and will be available for selection for the Gameweek 35 trip to Hull.

The Frenchman is the only player currently serving a suspension in the Premier League, after Ramires completed a three-match ban last Saturday. Chelsea’s midfield battler still has cause for concern, though, as he is one of the five players under threat of an automatic two-match suspension should be earn a yellow against Swansea this weekend. Steven Gerrard has to avoid a booking in Liverpool’s crunch encounter with City at Anfield to steer clear of trouble, whilst Cheick Tiote (a new entry, thanks to his caution in Saturday’s home humiliation at the hands of United), Phil Bardsley and Gareth Barry also need to be on their best behaviour.

This is particularly critical to those eyeing up the latter two for their respective pair of fixtures next week. If either Bardsley or Barry is cautioned during Sunderland’s home game with Everton on Saturday, they would miss the second match of their double Gameweek 34, where the Black Cats make their way to the Etihad and the Toffees host Crystal Palace at Goodison.

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  1. Now that's over, time to watch Barca

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Might make the switch myself

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Come round to my house & watch it lads

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
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    2. Barca being totally outplayed by Athletico, they hit the bar/post 4 or 5 times, Howard Webb is the Barca 12th Man though. Travesty if Barca go on to win this.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  2. Why was Robben (the key player) totally unmarked on the half way line?

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  3. Bring on Solskjaer

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Or an alligator.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. Brighton fan?

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. Sorry for asking but you guys are in the Championship? Problem with Cardiff is that they have money. Luckily, they have Solskjaer 😀

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
  4. Suarez would fit in perfectly at Atletico.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. and Liverpool.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. Fits in perfectly at Liverpool

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  5. So Moyes still can't qualify for CL. Fact 😉

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Thought it was fairly clear. He's never qualified.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. He can qualify though.

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
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            1. Through the league or by winning the Europa League.

              • 1 year, 3 months ago
              1. Can I have my 2 seconds back?

                • 1 year, 3 months ago
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                  1. How so?

                    • 1 year, 3 months ago
              2. Ok. I was expressing a view on his ability rather than mathematical possibility. In terms of probabilities, I would say more chance through league and qualifiers next season. But suspect he'll be out by the end of the year.

                • 1 year, 3 months ago
                1. I thought I knew what you were saying until you explained it.

                  • 1 year, 3 months ago
                  1. Those seconds are gone!!! Never coming back 😀

                    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  6. If Chelsea get Athletico( if they win) would Courtouis be ineligible?

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Nope he is eligible in European Competition

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. Nope

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  7. That runt Robben had to score didn't he.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Think there's a typo in that sentence.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Unfortunately the site won't let me use the c word.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
  8. Rooney is overated.... he wasted two good chances

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  9. Evra is one of the worst left backs I've ever seen.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. That honour goes to Paul Koncheskey

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Hey!! I used to play left back occasionally.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. It would still go to him

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
          1. I rate both better than me. Even in my prime.

            • 1 year, 3 months ago
        2. I played left back in the last match ever played (at least I think it was) at Highfield Road.

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
            • 1 year, 3 months ago
      2. Scored in a cup final 😉

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. A cross :p

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
      3. Yes hopefully he'll be one that we replace for next season.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. You said that 2 minutes ago, it was ignored.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Oh god. You're the most annoying poster on here.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. Like ten thousands spoons

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
    3. Santos

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    4. Have you not seen Joe Bennett at the Villa??

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  10. Here I was thinking knocking this United out wouldn't be half as satisfying as it was against Ferguson in 2010. But no, still feels good.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. yeah all it took was a nonsense sending off to do it that time..

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. It only added to the pleasure.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. yeah I get pleasure when the ref effectively hands me a win on away goals too 😉

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
  11. Moyes you idiot, sub Rooney off..

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  12. Berca is not the same anymore....

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  13. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty certain Atletico will be without Courtois if they draw Chelsea

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. You are wrong

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Did he not get cup tied?

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. He is not playing for Chelsea in that match. So he is not cup tied. And loan agreement between Chelsea and Athletico doesn't make him ineligible.

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. Unsure. I don't think you can specify those terms on a loan agreement for European games.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Someone posted a link earlier. They can specify it, but Chelsea didn't. Fools.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
    3. We had this discussion earlier. He can play.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    4. You're wrong

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  14. United's season over.

    No good games left, just Everton maybe.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  15. Wtf... howard clearly is a berca supporter... i can see him giving a pen to berca for no reason soon....

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  16. Hilarious how some posters turn into world class managers when a team starts losing 😆

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Or the fact most are better than Moyes here

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. I am better than Moyes.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. Debatable

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
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        2. Heres a small club and -£20m transfer budget. Turn them into a team capable of challenging for Europe.

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
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          1. What small club?

            • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. You know what... i won champions league 5 consecutive years at fifa manager professional rating 😉

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    3. if this is partially directed at me, it's clear that Rooney isn't 100%, why put him through 90 minutes and then shift him to center mid when we can make a sub to fix the situation..

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    4. A valiant effort from United and it looked like it was on course, but they took their eyes off the prize after their goal went in, and were punished for it.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Post fail 😳

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
  17. I might sound like a troll here and get shot down but this is why I don't class Rooney as truly world class for either United or England. He can certainly score well against the likes of Norwich, Villa or Poland but against the very big boys he rarely produces.

    Just my opinion, some stats out there might prove me wrong but every big time match I watch he is anonymous.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. He is playing with injury... taking injection... 😉

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. tonight maybe, what about his whole career?

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
        1. I hear ya. Underperforms far too often...

          • 1 year, 3 months ago
  18. Rooney scared to put his foot through it again

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  19. So it is real, chelsea, bayern and athletico

    I can see chelsea winning champions league... 😮

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Could do. But they're easily the worst team from that lot.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  20. Back to the key question that everyone wants to know. Amalfitano or Ki?

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. I'll go with neither.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Fair enough. I'll pass based on lack of interest. As it happens, Hazard transfer means I don't need the cash.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
  21. This site will be rocking on a thursday next season, Utd and Arsenal fans will be out in force. 😀

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Faith Declan pse

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
    2. Are United qualifying for Europa League?

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
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    3. Nonsense, we'll get our 4th place trophy! 😉

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  22. Well and considering MU's trials and ........... etc . Gotta give them credit for getting this far.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. a little 2nd half defensive resolve similar to that of the first half and the first leg and we would be through to the semis...

      to likely do it all over again :roll:

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
      1. Dunno . But at least you guys getting a bit of a lift of late.

        • 1 year, 3 months ago
  23. Athletico deserves it... well messi will not win ballon d or this year then... except argintina wins world cup

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Hope so, money going on soon.

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  24. New Article Posted
  25. Robben(c) and Koke finally a decent day

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  26. silva rising.

    Hazard > silva tonight?

    • 1 year, 3 months ago

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