It’s time to predict the final league positions of the English Premier League, now that the transfer window has shut.
Of course, it looks as though that Liverpool’s name will be engraved on the famous trophy, and maybe even with a record points tally, but there are still many battles going on throughout the league.
One of the most competitive races is for the much sought after Champions League places. There are still many teams in the running for a spot in next season’s premier European competition, and it may even go down to the final game of the season. Chelsea, Man Utd and Spurs are all fighting it out to muscle their way into the last spot. If I was a betting man, I would say the experience of the Chelsea team may give them the edge to push forward and seal qualification, although I know a lot of people think Man Utd will finish strongly. Only time will tell…
At the other end of the table, Norwich City look condemned to relegation and are currently in 20th spot. I think they have left it too late to fight their way back. I have always had a soft spot for Norwich, so I hope they do manage to recover.
It is entirely possible that other teams can be dragged into a relegation battle. There is just 4 points that separate those in 5th and 14th position, so a few bad results for either of those teams in the coming weeks could result in a nasty surprise at the end of the season.
I also worry for the plight of Bournemouth. They have had a very poor run of results after losing ten of their previous thirteen outings in the league and they’d didn’t make any signings to bolster theie squad for the run-in. Hopefully their 3-1 victory over Brighton hasn’t given them false hope that they have the squad to avoid relegation!
The final relegation spot I think will go to West Ham. Yes, I know they have brought in big David Moyes, but they are showing relegation form with a staggering twelve losses from their previous seventeen games. They will need to turn this form around immediately to stay clear of relegation, which would spell disaster for the club and their supporters. Normally, when new managers enter through the door, the team wins a few games in the famous “new manager bounce”, but we have not seen this with West Ham. I also question the signings of Soucek and Bowen – what will they bring to the team?