Controversial Premier League Predicted Finish – as of 20/4/15


It has been an intriguing, exciting Premier League season since it kicked off last August, ad now it has reached it’s climax. The title race is nearly over, but the race for the top four is still not decided and surely the most exciting thing to come is the relegation ‘dogfight’. Here is my predicted final table and I’d love your views as this may be controversial…

By the way, the 'selected results' are from the games after 20/4/15, not from the whole season...

20150414-215448.jpg

1. Chelsea – 91 pts

1

Chelsea’s prolific campaign was always going to lead them to glory. A few stutters along the way, but there were no other strong teams to take advantage. I’m backing them to win 5 out of their last 6 games, but I reckon the Gunners will overcome them at the Emirates.

Selected Results:

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool

2. Arsenal – 82 pts

2

Arsene Wenger’s boys have been on fire in 2015 and are one of the in-form teams. At one point they seemed to be challenging for the title at Chelsea’s expense, but that was very unlikely to ever fall into place. I reckon they’ll finish 9 points behind the leaders, going unbeaten in their 6 game run in dropping only 2 points.

Selected Results:

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

Man United 2-2 Arsenal

3. Man United – 78 pts

3

Van Gaal’s team started slowly this season and the former Netherlands manager was compared to David Moyes, but their season has picked up and they have finally found a settled first team and tactics. 13 points from their last 5 games will secure them automatic qualification into the Champions League groups – again, unbeaten in their run in dropping only the 2 points against Arsenal.

Selected Results:

Everton 0-3 Man United

Man United 2-2 Arsenal

4. Man City – 74 pts

4

Last season’s champions finish two points ahead of last season’s runners up again. Pellegrini’s job looks to be hanging by a thread as out-of-form City have fallen from title contenders to top four challengers. Just 10 points from their last 5 games – 3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss – means that I think they will have one of the worst run ins of the big teams this season.

Selected Results:

Tottenham 2-2 Man City

Man City 1-2 Southampton

5. Liverpool – 72 pts

5#

The Reds will have to settle for the Europa League next season after just missing out behind Man City. A brilliant run of 13 unbeaten games from the back end of 2014 to March had them looking like strong contenders for Champions League football, but defeats at the hands of Man United and Arsenal seriously dented their hopes. However, I think they have a relatively easy run in bar a trip to Stamford Bridge and will win 5 of their last 6 games.

Selected Results:

Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool

Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

6. Southampton – 65 pts

6

Ronald Koeman has done a brilliant job after they had been labelled as relegation contenders as they lost key players who went to Anfield. They seemed close to the top four at a time but have since fallen away because of their lack of quality in big games. They have been fantastic in defense, and Fraser Forster has had a big role to play in that. They have a tricky run in so I’m backing them to get 9 points from their last 5 games – unbeaten with 2 wins and 3 draws.

Selected Results:

Southampton 2-1 Tottenham

Man City 1-2 Southampton

7. Tottenham – 63 pts

7

Harry Kane has been cooking up a storm (haha) this season and Spurs haven’t been bad at all, but they have a very tricky run in. 6 points from 3 games, despite only 1 defeat, isn’t great and they are going to fall short of the top 6. It seems like Spurs fans are going to have to face another rather uneventful Premier League campaign, but may be secretly pleased because they won’t qualify for the DREADED Europa League.

Selected Results:

Southampton 2-1 Tottenham

Tottenham 2-2 Man City

8. Stoke – 52 pts

8

Things are on the up for Stoke and a solid top half finish seems to be the order of the day for The Potters. Asmir Begovic has had a great season and it is incredible that he is still at Stoke City! The Britannia Stadium has been a fortress again this football year and surely Stoke will establish themselves as a top flight team not in too much danger of relegation in seasons to come. They have 5 games to go, and I reckon the draw experts will get another 3, plus a win and a loss to Liverpool.

Selected Results:

Stoke 1-1 Tottenham

Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

9. West Ham – 49 pts

9

The Hammers stuck with Big Sam and have been rewarded this season with a solid top half finish. They never looked in danger of relegation and started very brightly, but fell away unlike Southampton. They have a 5 game run in which I expect them them to get 6 points from, through 2 wins over Burnley and Newcastle.

Selected Results:

West Ham 1-3 Everton

Newcastle 0-2 West Ham

10. Swansea – 49 pts

10

Garry Monk has led his team to safety once again, though they will have been disappointed with the sale of Wilfried Bony to Man City. They have avoided relegation like they were expected to but the Swans need to think of a way to improve and start challenging higher up the table. Their run in is very tricky and I only think they’ll collect two points with a couple of draws and 3 defeats.

Selected Results:

Arsenal 4-2 Swansea

Swansea 1-2 Man City

11. Crystal Palace – 48 pts

11

Alan Pardew was an inspiring appointment as boss and he has been so successful so far in his reign. Palace have come into the Prem and have been incredible, and despite claims that they would suffer from second-season-itis, they have defied their critics and I think they will end just short of a top 10 finish. Their final five games will deliver wins against Hull and Swansea and three losses to earn them 6 points.

Selected Results:

Crystal Palace 1-2 Man United

Crystal Palace 2-0 Swansea

12. Everton – 47 pts

12

The Toffees were impressive last season but things just haven’t gone their way this campaign. To be honest, I’m surprised that Roberto Martinez kept his job, the amount of knee-jerk decisions there are these days. However, their run in will earn them 6 more points and they will finish a forgettable season with 2 wins and 3 losses.

Selected Results:

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

West Ham 1-3 Everton

13. Aston Villa – 39 pts

13

Tim Sherwood and Fabian Delph have been the key to Villa guaranteeing survival this year and I am backing them to finish ahead of big rivals West Brom on goal difference. Delph has earnt 5 England caps this season and he has fully deserved all the praise he has got: Should he have been nominated for PFA Player of the Year? I think so. And Sherwood’s ambition is second-to-none. They will pick up 7 points in their last five games to finish in a respectable 13th place. And an FA Cup Final is to come.

Selected Results:

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Southampton 2-2 Aston Villa

14. West Brom – 39 pts

14

Tony Pulis is a fantastic manager and has proved his worth again this year as I suspect he will guide West Brom well clear of the relegation places. They’ve had a mixed season but another year in the Premier League, under a great manager, is to come and I reckon things can only get better for Albion. They won’t have the best run in with just 1 win and 4 defeats, but it doesn’t matter too much in the grand scheme of things.

Selected Results:

West Brom 1-3 Liverpool

Newcastle 0-1 West Brom

15. Newcastle – 37 pts

15

Newcastle are destined for another poor season, I’m afraid. The Toon Army are not happy and protests at Alan Pardew have led into protests at John Carver. The latter is clearly not quite up to scratch yet and hasn’t been able to deliver the success that the board wanted. The run-in is set to be unsuccessful if my predictions are correct, with a pair of draws the only eventuality I can see.

Selected Results:

Newcastle 1-1 Swansea

QPR 2-0 Newcastle

16. QPR – 35 pts

16

This is probably one of the reasons why I added the word ‘controversial’ in the post title. Charlie Austin has been the driving force behind the newly-promoted team’s bid for survival. And I reckon a fabulous run in will keep them in the Premier Division. 9 points from 5 games will be enough to finish 3 points clear of the drop zone.

Selected Results:

QPR 2-1 West Ham

Leicester 1-2 QPR

17. Leicester – 33 pts

17

This is another reason why it’s controversial, perhaps? Yes, Leicester were 1/20 for the drop just a few weeks ago,  but 3 wins have lifted them to 18th and I reckon they can go one place better and stay up, albeit by just 1 point. 5 points from 6 games will be enough, and despite losing to QPR on the final day (if I’m right), I think they’re going to be playing in the Premier League under Nigel Pearson next season.

Selected Results:

Burnley 0-1 Leicester

Leicester 0-4 Chelsea

Relegated: 18. Hull – 32 pts

18

Steve Bruce may be jobless come the end of May as I think defeat against Man United on the final day will condemn them to relegation to the Championship just a couple of years after getting here. They haven’t quite been good enough and fond memories like last season’s 3-1 win over Liverpool will stay as just that – memories. There will be no more Premier League incredible moments, for at least next season. 4 points from 6 games, one less than Leicester, will not be good enough.

Selected Results:

Hull 2-0 Burnley

Hull 1-3 Man United

Relegated: 19. Sunderland – 31 pts

19

Sorry Dick Advocaat and Jermain Defoe, but you two new boys won’t be enough to save Sunderland from the drop after a very tight relegation scrap. 31 points isn’t a total to be proud of but it is a pretty fair reflection of their helpless season. Gus Poyet’s heroics last season seem a long way off and I’m not predicting similar antics from his replacement. 2 points from 6 games is not a good run in at all and I think the Black Cats will find themselves in the Championship next season.

Selected Results:

Sunderland 1-1 Leicester

Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

Relegated: 20. Burnley – 29 pts

20

Everything seemed so brilliant for little old Burnley as they arrived in the Premier League ready to unleash Sean Dyche and Danny Ings on to the seasoned Premier League teams. Fast-forward to 9 months later and I think it’ll be Burnley rounding off the League table with a poor 29 points. They will pick up just 3 points from their last 5 matches with a win against Aston Villa on the last day – not enough to stay in the world’s best league.

Selected Results:

Burnley 0-1 Leicester

Aston Villa 1-2 Burnley

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 152 other followers

5 thoughts on “Controversial Premier League Predicted Finish – as of 20/4/15

  1. Apart from your explanation of Liverpool, i agree with most of it, not including the thing about the Europa League, It’s not dreaded! Anyway, we will beat Southampton with Eriksen’s wonder goals, Kane’s power and well, that’s about it. —Vertane— VertonghenKane = Inspiring crushes – i have to say that lol

    Like

Comment on This Epicness!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s