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2011-2012 Football League Predictions

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Just a quick post with my predictions for the new football league season starting next week. This is how I see the Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2 finishing up. These could be amazingly correct or staggeringly wrong, we shall see how the season develops.

Premier League:

 

  1. Manchester United
  2. Chelsea
  3. Manchester City
  4. Arsenal
  5. Liverpool
  6. Tottenham Hotspur
  7. Everton
  8. Aston Villa
  9. Stoke
  10. QPR
  11. Bolton
  12. Fulham
  13. Newcastle
  14. Sunderland
  15. West Bromwich Albion
  16. Wolves
  17. Blackburn

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  1. Norwich
  2. Wigan
  3. Swansea City

Championship:

 

  1. West Ham United
  2. Leicester City

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  1. Leeds United
  2. Ipswich Town
  3. Southampton
  4. Middlesbrough

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  1. Cardiff City
  2. Birmingham City
  3. Brighton
  4. Nottingham Forest
  5. Bristol City
  6. Burnley
  7. Hull City
  8. Reading
  9. Blackpool
  10. Portsmouth
  11. Derby
  12. Watford
  13. Millwall
  14. Barnsley
  15. Doncaster

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  1. Crystal Palace
  2. Coventry
  3. Peterborough United

League 1:

 

  1. Huddersfield Town
  2. Charlton

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  1. Sheffield United
  2. MK Dons
  3. Scunthorpe United
  4. Brentford

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  1. Preston North End
  2. Colchester United
  3. Leyton Orient
  4. Chesterfield
  5. Bournemouth
  6. Carlisle United
  7. Sheffield Wednesday
  8. Exeter City
  9. Tranmere
  10. Oldham
  11. Walsall
  12. Bury
  13. Notts County
  14. Hartlepool United

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  1. Yeovil Town
  2. Rochdale
  3. Wycombe
  4. Stevenage

League 2:

 

  1. Shrewsbury Town
  2. Crawley Town
  3. Swindon Town

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  1. Rotherham United
  2. Bristol Rovers
  3. Crewe Alexandra
  4. Oxford United

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  1. Gillingham
  2. Torquay United
  3. Plymouth
  4. Dagenham & Redbridge
  5. Accrington Stanley
  6. Aldershot
  7. Northampton Town
  8. AFC Wimbledon
  9. Bradford
  10. Port Vale
  11. Southend United
  12. Morecambe
  13. Hereford United
  14. Macclesfield
  15. Burton Albion

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  1. Cheltenham Town
  2. Barnet

Rooney on his way out of Old Trafford?

October 19, 2010 3 comments

With Sir Alex Ferguson admitting today that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, there is the prospect of huge movements of money and players when the January transfer window opens. The speculation around where Rooney will be come January or the start of the next season has led to him being linked with moves to a number of major clubs that could pay him astronomical wages. Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all potential destinations for the England star, and the movement of Rooney could spark a number of other big names switching clubs.

One potential move United could make if Rooney leaves is for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. Torres has looked out of sorts this season and doesn’t seem to be playing with much spirit for Liverpool who have begun the season with all sorts of problems, currently sitting next to bottom in the Premier League. Would Torres be interested in a move to Old Trafford? Probably. Would Liverpool let him go to their arch rivals? Not so likely, although a suitably large offer might tempt the new owners of Liverpool to allow Torres to move on.

United may also be offered players and money in exchange for Rooney by Real Madrid or Barcelona. Karim Benzema has often been linked with a move to United and if Real Madrid offers Benzema along with a transfer fee, Rooney could swap places with Benzema and link back up with Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona also have players that could tempt United in a swap deal such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is currently on loan at AC Milan and apparently surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

I’m sure like me, most neutral English fans will want to see Rooney remain in the Premiership, whether he stays at United or moves to somewhere like City or Chelsea doesn’t bother me. I simply want to keep the best players in the Premiership, but whatever happens in the next few months, it is going to be very interesting how this saga develops and how a Rooney transfer might pave the way for a number of other major moves between the top clubs in Europe.

Chelsea sign 11 year old!

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, Premiership leaders and defending champions Chelsea seem to have ambitions of winning everything available this season, including the under-13 league title, if there is such a thing. Today, the signing of 11 year old striker Michael Gyasi from Northampton Town was confirmed for an ‘undisclosed fee’.

 

Am I the only one who sees something strange in signing an 11 year old for an undisclosed fee? What sort of contract was this boy on that required a fee to be paid? I’m all for teams fighting off big clubs that sniff around their young talent and as a Crewe fan I understand how annoying it is when teams come looking at your talented youth players. However, it is normally players who are say 15-18 years old, i.e. those that have hit puberty. Never before have I heard of a team going out to sign an 11 year old.

 

Yes this is a great opportunity for Gyasi who now gets to develop as a footballer at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Although he is reportedly a striker, when I was 11, everybody played as a striker. You just got the ball and tried to score.

 

I’m sure these sorts of moves go on all the time with very young players moving academies, although I would’ve assumed the reasons would be simpler such as the family relocating or a kid falling out with one of the other kids. Maybe this is the modern football world we live in now, where any and every player can be bought and sold.

 

Rumor has it that Gyasi is challenging Daniel Sturridge for a place on the bench this weekend.

Why the Premiership is still the best league in the World.

August 16, 2009 2 comments

Many people may argue that, since the summer spending of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, that has seen some of the world’s top players in Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema arriving in Madrid and Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving from Inter Milan to Barcelona, that the Spanish La Liga has become the greatest league in the world. Assuming of course they didn’t already hold this belief before the big name imports. With Ronaldo leaving current English champions Manchester United for Madrid and Xabi Alonso leaving last seasons  second place finishers Liverpool, it will clearly have a detrimental affect on both teams and, arguably, the overall quality of the league. Combined with the loss of  some of its top players, there has been very little transfer activity where players have been brought into the Premiership from other international leagues. The majority of transfer activity has been players moving clubs within the league and cannot compete with the blockbuster moves from the two Spanish sides.

However, i believed that before these transfers in the summer, the Premiership was the best league and I still believe that to be the case. Although La Liga can now boast the names of Ronaldo, Kaka, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Ibrahimovic, Villa, Silva and Fabiano to name a few, the Premiership can still name  players such as Lampard, Gerrard, Fabregas (Although rumoured interest from Barcelona), Torres, Drogba, Rooney, Robhino and Tevez who are all at the top of the world game. There is no doubt in my mind that La Liga has the three best players on the planet, Messi, Ronaldo and Kaka, playing within it, but this doesn’t automatically crown it as the top league. In terms of the number of truly world class players, I think the Premiership easily has the beating of La Liga. And this is one of the main reasons that the Premiership is still ahead of La Liga.

Secondly, the competitiveness of the Premiership is much more intriguing and compelling to watch than La Liga which does ultimately come down to two teams. Of course people will say that this is not the case and teams like Sevilla, Valencia and Athletico Madrid can challenge as well and that the Premiership is always the same with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal streets ahead of the other teams. Although this statement about the top four is pretty much correct, it means there are twice as many teams challenging for the title than in La Liga and consequently a more interesting competition.

The performances of English teams in Europe have also shown a period of great strength for the Premiership. In the last five seasons, the European Champions League final has consisted of at least one English team and in the last three season, three of the four semi-finalists have been English teams. Only Barcelona have made the final from Spain in the last five seasons, although they did triumph on both occasions. However, the consistency of the top English teams to continue to succeed in this competition also confirm the current dominance of the Premiership.

This is of course only my opinion, and being that i can watch the Premiership every week and see La Liga only occasionally, may leave me uninformed to make a proper judgement, but with all that I have been exposed of both competitions, I still firmly believe in the Premiership’s status as the best league in the world.

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