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The Premiership Enters Winter

The premiership is well under way and it has been as competitive and entertaining as ever. Chelsea got off to a flying start that sees them sit top of the table after nine games. Champion’s City had somewhat of a stuttering start but plenty of late goals has seen them move up to third place. Manchester United rest between them a point behind leaders Chelsea and ahead of city rivals on goal difference. Last seasons overachiever’s Newcastle see themselves in 10th at this early stage and notorious slow starters Everton find themselves in 5th early on. Newly promoted Reading and Southampton are finding the step up tough as both are in the relegation zone. Big spenders QPR are currently last as Mark Hughes’ tries to bed in his new high earners.

 

Chelsea got off to a marvelous start and new signings Eden Hazard and Oscar have been shining lights. With the emphasis being on attack rather than the defensive style that won the Champions League, Di Matteo will be pleased with how his team are adapting to this new style. Juan Mata has also been a shining light the tricky Spaniard has caused problems for every defensive he’s faced this season. Chelsea may be found out as the season goes on though With Fernando Torres still struggling, not having a goal scoring striker may become costly. David Luiz is also a liability. Every game that John Terry has missed through suspension Luiz looks more and more of a threat to his own goal than to the oppositions.

Manchester City have been reliant on the late goals of Edin Dzeko although the striker hasn’t made much of an impact when giving the opportunity from the first whistle. This may result in the striker leaving in January. This would mean that City would only have 3 world-class strikers instead of four -poor them- but with Balotellli prone to do anything and with no one sure where Tevez’s heart really lies City would be best of trying to keep the Bosnian happy. However, City’s season will be decided with how they deal with Yaya Toure’s departure during the African Cup of Nations. They struggled last season and let an 8 point lead slip in his absence. City have signed players to cope with this situation but Jack Rodwell is nowhere near the class of Yaya.

Manchester United have been involved in some of the most exciting and controversial games of the season and having played some tough fixtures compared to their nearest rivals will be very pleased at only being a point off the top. However, United will be wary of the fact that they have had to dig deep to get wins going behind in no less than six games – of those six games then went on to win four – but United are United and you can never write them off, in matches or in championship races.

Everton have finally had a good start to a season. Often on kicking into top gear after Christmas, Phil Neville joked that they were going to have their Christmas party in august. Well whatever they did, it worked. Felliani has proven to be a handful this season and despite not being the most stylish player he certainly is effective. Baines and Pienaar have also worked a good partnership down the left hand side which, as a partnership, is only getting stronger.

QPR have being worrying disappointing. They spent big money this summer and were aiming for a top half finish. But the problem with signing so many players and throwing around stupid money has proven costly as the players signed clearly aren’t familiar with each other and some seem more keen on picking up their pay check on a Friday rather than preforming on a Saturday. Mark Hughes’ job is under threat and if performances don’t improve soon he’ll be out of a job before Christmas.

The Premiership: Last Day Scenarios

Another Premiership season has come and gone but there is still a lot to sort out in the final round of fixtures this Sunday. Here are all the possible scenarios for the key battles.

The Title Race;

The Title race will go down to the last day, with both Manchester clubs still in with a chance to lift the title. Manchester City are firmly in the driving seat and a win against QPR at the Etihad would crown them champions for the first time in 44 years, but any slip up from City will give United the chance to retain their Premier League crown who still have a tough job to do themselves against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Another and more unlikely scenario is if both sides win but Man United match Man City’s score and win by a further 8 goals. A scenario that not even United fan’s could dream up.

Prediction;

Both sides to win.

Winners: Manchester City, Runners Up: Manchester United

 

The Champions League Spots;

The last guaranteed Champions League spot is still up for grabs, with three teams still in the hunt. Arsenal, Tottenham, and Newcastle are still looking for that last guaranteed spot. There is still a chance that fourth place could get one of the teams a place, in the best placed play-off round, but that place would be taken away if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the final of the competition itself. Arsenal’s destiny is in their own hands and a win away at West Brom would assure them an automatic spot in the group stages in next season’s Champions League. If Arsenal fail to win, Tottenham would have to beat Fulham at White Hart Lane in order to leap frog Arsenal. Another way and less likely scenario is if Arsenal lose by two goals or more and Tottenham at least draw against Fulham. Newcastle have to rely on both Arsenal and Tottenham to lose (or Tottenham to draw) for them to take the last guaranteed spot. Newcastle also have arguable the trickiest task as they face Everton at Goodison,a must win for Newcastle.

Prediction;

Arsenal to win, Tottenham to draw, and Newcastle to win.

3rd: Arsenal, 4th: Newcastle, 5th: Tottenham

 

Relegation;

Wolves and Blackburn may already be relegated but who will join them?

Bolton Wanderers currently occupy the final spot and must beat Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. If they do manage to win against Stoke it would mean QPR would have to get at least a point against Manchester City. This scenario would mean that both sides would be level on points but QPR boast a better goal difference and Bolton would have to win their match by at least 7 goals. Aston Villa are mathematically still in the relegation battle but for them to be relegated they must lose and there to be a 17 goal swing in Bolton’s favour. QPR would also need to win against Manchester City for Aston Villa to go down.

Predictions;

Bolton to draw, QPR to lose, and Aston Villa to draw.

18th: Bolton Wanderers, 17th: QPR, 16th: Aston Villa

 

Other unsolved battles;

Only a point separates Everton and Liverpool, in the favour of Everton, and bragging are on the line as Liverpool will be keen not to finish behind their Blue neighbours. Swansea and Norwich will be battling it out to be crowned the best of the promoted sides. Both have preformed above expectations this season and are locked on 44 points with Swansea having the better goal difference.

 

Fixture List:

Chelsea v Blackburn

Everton v Newcastle

Man City v QPR

Norwich v Aston Villa

Stoke v Bolton

Sunderland v Man United

Swansea v Liverpool

Tottenham v Fulham

West Brom v Arsenal

Wigan v Wolves