Month: April 2011

Powerpacked Weekend 1

After having seen a few IPL matches, I have decided to stick to my original team Deccan Charges for IPL-IV. Though the first two matches were disappointing losses, the third game against RCB was a resounding victory. Along comes the preview for the first ever Powerpacked weekend:

EPL

My two favorite premier league teams are going to clash on Sunday. A victory for Arsenal will  see them close in on Manchester United and a victory for Liverpool will have them 1 point short of Tottenham.  Both teams are looking strong, specially Liverpool after Carrol got a brace against Manchester City. Liverpool have a bad record at Emirates and I am hoping that record will continue. Whatever the result, it promises to be a cracker of a match.

Formula1

Two wins in two races and Vettel manages a pole in the third. Redbull currently have the fastest car on circuit and the results are showing. Ferrari have slow cars and they will remain so for some time to come.  Alonso and Massa are lined up 4th and 5th in the race and a podium finish from either will be too muth to expect. The race will nevertheless be exiting.

IPL

The home victory against RCB would give DC some confidence to get going. Tonight they will be up against Punjab who beat CSK in their last match. With Cameron White coming into the team, their batting should get stronger. Chipli has been playing consistently and should score today. Shikhar Dhawan has been a flop up the order and he needs to play. It should be a good match today.

Tennis

Semi-final against Andy Murray for Nadal should be a piece of cake. It might not be that easy, but I am expecting it to be. The other finalist would be David Ferrer. Nadal should be able to win the final tommorow. I’m not sure if I will be able to catch the semi-final or the final.

Three games and a race, lets see how the success rate stacks up.

Arsenaled!

7 games to go. 7 wins will quench the thirst for a title. Any less than that will leave me disappointed. For a new Arsenal fan, this season has been a mixed bag for me. We have faltered from very promising positions in various title races. The Carling cup loss was painful. The F.A cup loss was sad. The loss to Barcelona was expected, but they did put up a good fight. And now the premier league is slipping away. The victory over Blackpool was good, but the gap of 7 points will be hard to bridge. Got a big match coming up this sunday against Liverpool. We’ll have to win that match to have any hope for the title. Let’s see what happens.

Since I have given an intro to all the sports I am currently following, from next week onwards I will give regular posts about my teams performances for that weekend.

Ride on Alonso!

A few years back, a fast car was sufficient to win a race in formula1. This is not the case anymore. Nowadays, you need a fast car, balanced KERS system, good tyre strategy and a level headed driver to win the race. And all these seem to be coming along quite nicely for Redbull this season. With two good wins in two races, Sebastian Vettel is uncatchable. Nobody looked to bother giving him a fight in the second race. Most of the battle was between Alonso and Hamilton for the third place. Mark Webber did seem quicker for a few laps but his tyre strategy failed to give him a podium finish.

I am hoping for a turn around as the season progresses. Ferrari need not win the races but it atleast needs podium finishes if it intends to compete this season. Filipe Massa was disappointing.  Rooting for Alonso.