Posts Tagged ‘Relegation’

Manchester City; Premiership Champions

Manchester City were crowned champions yesterday after a dramatic last day of the season.

Vincent Kompany Lifts the Premiership High After a Dramatic Last Day

After the most exciting end to a Premiership season. With it all to play for in the tittle, for European places and a relegation spot to sort out.

The unfortunate teams where Bolton who were relegated after drawing 2-2 against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Other misfortunate teams were Manchester United, Newcastle, and Tottenham who have an agonising wait in their hands to see if 4th spot will be enough to secure a Champions League spot. Tottenham are reliant on Bayern Munich to beat Chelsea next Saturday in the Champions League final.

Manchester United finished their game against Sunderland as Champions elect. But only for it to be snatched away two minutes after the full-time whistle, as Manchester City scored two late goals, through Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, to secure the tittle. City who were 2-1 down to QPR going into injury time. But they did the impossible and lifted the Premiership for the first time and are champions of England for the first time since 1968.

Arsenal also had cause to celebrate after beating West Brom to claim the 3rd and final guaranteed Champions League place.

Newcastle failed to get a Champions League spot after results didn’t go their way and they couldn’t overcome Everton themselves. Despite the last day failure, this has been a remarkable season for Newcastle who were tipped to finish only a modest mid-table spot at the start of the season.

See also: Champions League Final

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