Saturday, March 21, 2009

Whats left in EPL?

After the initial shootouts by Liverpool, sudden ups and down by Chelsea there is not much left now in the top race. In spite of the humaling defeat against liverpool, ManU looks all set for the top place. 4 points clear of both chelsea and liverpool with one match in hand, and it has also completed its 4 matches against these two teams. It needs to underplay to loose this battle.

However, there are a lot many interesting fights going around in the league. First and foremost the unimportant second spot between the champions league rivals, pool and chelsea at 61 points and 9 match in hand are both set to fight it out and try to toggle ManU at the top. My money on pool this time as chelsea looks a little more uncertain this season and for the gerrard-torres factor.

Secondly and more importantly, the fourth place fight is interesting. Arsenal, unfortunately for them, fights with Villa and Everton for the fourth place. Gunners and Villa are at 52 each and a third spot looks like mercury and Pluto to them. But a European slot is for grabs and while Arsenal try to avoid embarrassment, Villa and Everton would want to continue the impressive season and make a claim for the dream European place.My money has to be on gunners (otherwise the head of this blog will get me chucked out of this team).

The most intriguing battle for me is at the bottom, oh what a bliss to see them fighting for survival! A certain WBA exit at 23, but along with it it's all hidden. Boro with 27 points, Stoke, Portsmouth and Newcastle all at 29, Blackburn at 30, Sunderland at 32, Hull and Bolton at 33. To sum up 6 teams in the cluster of 8 points. It can be anyone, absolutely anyone of these. It's not as much a fight at the top as it is at the bottom.

There is a lot left in the last 9 matchdays, but my predictions are as follows:

1. Manchester United
2. Liverpool
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal
5. Villa
6. Everton
7. Wigan
8. Spurs
9. West Ham
10. Man City
11. Bolton
12. Fulham
13. Sunderland
14. Newcastle
15. Portsmouth
16. Hull
17. Blackburn
18. Middlesbrough
19. Stoke
20. WBA


nitesh said...

arsenal is moving up and in form now , villa is going down .
What if liverpool wins all of its remaining 9 matches and manu loose 1-2 we might see a final showdown in the last few matches

and at the bottom its a real fight to survive in EPL as it means minimum 70 million dollars loss if you are out

giri said...

good to see so many gunner fans.... in this era of glory hunters.....jise dekho Man U fan hota hai......

Still dont know if Bendtner is good...... He misses a lot.....but that also means he gets into good up play is also good..... Wenger we trust