2009/2010 Premier League: A Look Ahead

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In many sports, it is quite difficult to predict where teams will finish in the standings at season’s end. The contrary is typically true in the English Premier League. The top four teams in the Premier League have remained the same for the past four seasons in a row. Eight different Major League Baseball teams have been featured in the World Series over the past four seasons. In the National Football League, 14 different teams have finished in the top 4 over the past four seasons.

Still, the Premier League provides something that none of the four major North American sports can offer: relegation. How long has it been since people at a Kansas City Royals game were actually interested in the results? When was the last time a Los Angeles Clippers fan had something to route for in May? English football provides much more drama across the span of the league table. While teams atop might be fighting for similar glory around the globe, the teams at the bottom are still fighting a battle as well.

This year I expect more exciting battles to build across the table. Last years top two teams, Man Utd and Liverpool, have both lost a few key players, possibly opening the door to an improved Chelsea squad, as well as a dangerous Arsenal team (if healthy). Everton and Aston Villa will have their eyes on cracking the top four once again, but high spending Manchester City may join the surge. I expect Villa’s lack of depth to be a problem towards seasons end, but Everton’s solid lineup looks to be continually improving, and the Toffees should have a real shot at catching a big four team. Man City may be too offensively tilted, just a hunch, and will likely see continued changes in the January transfer window. Don’t expect immediate cohesiveness at Eastlands, they’ll be a 7th place club at best.

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Further down the table I expect Tottenham to make a jump. They finished the season in 8th place, and may have achieved even more had it not been for a dreadful start to the season. Other teams like Fulham and West Ham have not added much to bolster their squad, but both teams should play solid football and expect to finish around mid-table.

Teams like Bolton and Wigan, who stayed away from the relegation zone for the most part, may have a few concerns this season. The Trotters give up way too many goals, while the Latics have very few goal scoring options left on their roster. Other teams like Portsmouth, Hull City, and Sunderland have serious personnel concerns, and will likely all be involved in relegations battles throughout the year.

As for the newcomers, I expect Birmingham and Wolves to remain up, while Burnley’s lack of… well, everything… makes them a likely candidate to head right back down. Here’s my mock table, enjoy the season! If you are a Liverpool supporter, your wait may soon be over …

Further down the table I expect Tottenham to make a jump. They finished the season in 8th place, and may have achieved even more had it not been for a dreadful start to the season. Other teams like Fulham and West Ham have not added much to bolster their squad, but both teams should play solid football and expect to finish around mid-table.

Teams like Bolton and Wigan, who stayed away from the relegation zone for the most part, may have a few concerns this season. The Trotters give up way too many goals, while the Latics have very few goal scoring options left on their roster. Other teams like Portsmouth, Hull City, and Sunderland have serious concerns, and will likely all be involved in relegations battles throughout the year.

As for the newcomers, I expect Birmingham and Wolves to remain up, while Burnley’s lack of… well, everything… makes them a likely candidate to head right back down. Here’s my mock table, enjoy the season! If you are a Liverpool supporter, your wait may be over soon…

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1. Liverpool

2. Man United

3. Chelsea

4. Arsenal

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5. Everton

6. Tottenham

7. Man City

8. Aston Villa

9. Fulham

10. West Ham

11. Bolton

12. Blackburn

13. Birmingham

14. Stoke City

15. Wigan

16. Wolves

17. Sunderland

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18. Portsmouth

19. Hull City

20. Burnley

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1. Liverpool

2. Man United

3. Chelsea

4. Arsenal

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5. Everton

6. Tottenham

7. Man City

8. Aston Villa

9. Fulham

10. West Ham

11. Bolton

12. Blackburn

13. Birmingham

14. Stoke City
15. Wigan

16. Wolves

17. Sunderland

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18. Portsmouth

19. Hull City

20. Burnley

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3 Responses to 2009/2010 Premier League: A Look Ahead

  1. bobbygee says:

    I like how we do it in the US. We love our losers. Life without that the loveable New York Mets of the 1960’s would be a drag. The Mets would never have a cult following. The Philadelphia 76ers record for most loses in a season the 1971-72 squad would never be worn as a badge of honor.
    I like that. I love the EPL. It should be a great fun seaon to watch. http://bobbygee.wordpress.com/

  2. Arsenal would definitely be better than 4 on that list if Rosicky could finally get healthy and bring the heat in the mid-field position!

  3. footballicious says:

    I think your prediction for this year’s Barclays Premiership season is the most accurate one I’ve read yet apart from the small fact that you mention that Everton will contest the top 4. Everton are notoriously poor when they have the distraction of Europe to contend with – if they wish to challenge the top 4 then the sooner they get knock out of the Europa Cup then the better! Your table showing the Evertonians in 5th place might see them pipped by Tottenham to that spot. Chelsea will clinch the title over Liverpool and Manchester United and Arsenal will be battling it out for third place.

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