BORING? To those lining up behind Kevin Keegan's dismissal of the Premier League as tediously predictable, we say only this: the 2007- 08 Premier League will be won, regardless of whatever Sunday brings, by Wigan. So put that in your predictability pipe and smoke it.
Before anyone accuses your columnist of having smoked something that recently earned automatic promotion to the Championship (the old second division, or category B, as was), it must be admitted that the name of Wigan won't be engraved on the trophy this year, next year or any year between now and Doomsday.
Nor, as Keegan implied, will that of any club from outside the Big Four (assuming Liverpool's domestic form qualifies them to remain in that plutocracy).
And yet, showing just the sort of altruism that owner Dave Whelan doubtless bought to his business career, Wigan are guaranteed to win it for another, the only question being whether that other is Chelsea or Manchester United.
The obvious deduction from examining the two fixtures is that it will be United. You'd have to be very near the Lembit Opik end of the oddity spectrum to imagine for a moment that Sir Alex Ferguson's chaps will fail to secure the title with a win at the JJB Stadium on Sunday.
Were Wigan managed by a committee featuring Fabio Capello, Rinus Michels, Tele Santana, Guus Hiddink, Phil Scholari and the late Walter Winterbottom, you might give them a one in four chance of holding United to the draw that would gift Chelsea the title, assuming as we must that they overwhelm Bolton at Stamford Bridge.
However, given that the boss is in fact Steve Bruce a long-term Sir Alex stalwart, of course, believed to fancy himself, however self-delusionally, as a potential successor reduces it to about one in 20.
As Bruce would be the first to tell you, if you pumped him full of whatever truth serum the CIA is experimenting with these days, the very last thing he desires is to deprive the club he served for so long, and would love to serve again, of the title. …