Sunday, 24 May 2009

relegation day for the Premier League

So the fire sale is about to start at Newcastle. What a bunch of over-priced, injury prone hacks they have up there. Owen, Barton, Smith, Duff, Viduka - all out the door, and then there are all the fringe players who added nothing to the squad. Mike Ashley, you've done the business world proud - you've taken a big club which should be capable of competing for a place in Europe and sent them down to the Championship. Boro go down, no surprise, they couldn't score to save themselves and not replacing Mark Schwarzer was a huge mistake. And West Brom kept it interesting until last week, but were effectively gone months ago.

What do we think the relegation market will look like for next season then?

Hull will have second-year blues. They started like a house on fire and then soon got worked out. As much as I love to see underdogs to stay up, they have a hell of a lot of work to do to stay up. Wolves and Brum qualified comfortably and should have some cash and experience of previous promotions and relegations to learn from. Pompey's financial worries put them next on my list, and tomorrow's playoff winner has all the work to do.

Here's a quick relegation market prediction from me, framed to 317%

Burnley/Sheffield Utd 1.33
Hull 1.5
Birmingham 2.6
Wolves 3.1
Portsmouth 4.2
Stoke 4.8
Sunderland 4.5
Bolton 5
Blackburn 6.5

What do you think?

2 comments:

  1. Doesn't look unreasonable. The big variation in odds may be with Sunderland and Portsmouth, depending upon the calibre of manager they have in place when August arrives.

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  2. I'd have Wolves and Brum the other way round.

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