YESTERDAY I predicted a Chelsea Premier League win come the end of the season, and to be honest picking the winner was harder than an a tungsten carbide statue of Roy Keane.
At the other end of the table, it’s far more clear cut in my eyes.
The promoted teams from the Championship are, for me, in a different league. A lower one.
Or at least they should be – when you line them up alongside the likes of last season’s strugglers Sunderland, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Southampton and Stoke.
Of the three I’d back Cardiff City to put up the biggest fight, especially with their summer signings such as Caulker and Cornelius, but Hull City Tigers and Crystal Palace will need a miracle to turn over enough points to stay within distance of 17th and safety.
I can only see it going one way – meaning it will be the first time all the promoted sides have been sent straight back to Championship since 1998.
SWANSEA City fans are being urged to dress a Elvis for one night as a good luck charm.
Although they were tipped to surrender to relegation pre-season, when the Swans host their last Premier League game of 2011/2012 against Liverpool next weekend safety is assured.
Needless to say, the bookies are all shook up – and to celebrate, boss Brendan Rogers is calling for fancy dress: “Next week is going to be brilliant. I will be asking all the fans if they can wear as many Elvis Presley costumes as we can because when we got promoted the bookies said there was a greater chance of seeing Elvis Presley than us staying at this level.
“As a show of our achievement and a bit of fun we’ll ask for our supporters for that and we’ll see what their reaction is.”
It’s now or never, Swansea supporters!
FRUSTRATED Cesena president Igor Campedelli has told the club’s players to get out of town.
The squad has been ordered to train away from the city in a bid to improve their flagging fortunes, after slumping to 14 points adrift of safety with 10 Serie A games remaining.
Cesena’s last victory dates back to January 15 and they have collected just two points since.
He said: “I am bitter and disappointed. I reiterate that we can be relegated but not in this manner.
“From today the team will train away from Cesena until further notice.
“Only those that show motivation and play for the team instead of focusing on their personal stats will play.
“I hope that from here on until the end of the campaign someone makes me eat my words.”
SOME of Goaltastic’s readers may be aware that today is a special day – the 120th birthday of the Loughborough Echo!
To mark the occasion, I thought I’d take a look back at football way back in the days when the paper went on sale for the first few times, to see what Goaltastic’s predecessors may have covered…
- Champions of the Football League were Sunderland, while the short lived Football Alliance was won by Nottingham Forest. West Brom won the FA Cup.
- Leading goalscorer in the 1891-92 season was Sunderland’s John Campbell , who notched 32 goals.
- Accrington, Stoke and Darwen were relegated from the league. Darwen became the first squad to concede a century of goals in a season – shipping 112 in total.
- Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Newton Heath were elected to the league, while Accrington and Stoke were readmitted – this was the last season before promotion existed. In those days, you were either in or out. The following season however a new Second Division was created, while the rival Football Alliance ceased to exist.
- England beat both Wales and Ireland 2-0, after playing both in the same day, before beating Scotland 4-1 to be crowned Home Nations Champions.
- Everton moved out of Anfield and into Goodison Park, allowing Liverpool to be formed. They never walked alone ever again…
AFTER proclaiming Chelsea to be champions in waiting yesterday, I’m turning my gaze to the bottom of the pile – a task which left you readers divided.
Because Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa all received equal votes in my Facebook poll.
And if you lot can’t make up your mind, what chance have I got?
Nevertheless, neck on the line, firstly I’m plumping for recently promoted sides Swansea and Norwich for the drop – I can’t see how either side has strengthened enough to compete in the Premier League.
Although QPR haven’t exactly pulled their chequebook out either, I really feel their talismanic Moroccan Adel Taraabt will pick them enough points up to scrape through.
That means one established Premiership team is going to be relegated…
And from the teams that teetered on the brink of the Championship last season, there’s only one that looks constantly on the verge of a crisis – not Wigan, not Wolves, but Blackburn.
I can’t see Blackburn’s owners bringing in the big names they’ve promised, and I can’t see Steve Kean keeping his job for the duration.
Rovers and out, that’s my prediction – leave me a comment below if you disagree.
WHO’S going to be relegated from the Premier League this season?
Very soon Goaltastic will be putting its head above the parapet with a few predictions on the teams I expect to see at the top and also those dropping from bottom of the table next May.
And in the run up you can have your say on whose going to be losing out this season over on the Goaltastic Facebook page – you can pick from last season’s lowest placed teams Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, plus new boys Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City, or you can vote for ‘other’.
Click here to have your say…
AFTER winning more than a few admirers at the centre of the recently-relegated Blackpool team, Charlie Adam is set for a swift return to the big time.
Boss Ian Holloway is keen to retain the services of the midfielder – and this week Adam extended his contract with the Seasiders for 12 more months.
But clubs like Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United have been linked to the player previously – and he has today stated his desire to play in the Premiership: “My future is that I want to play in the Premier League. I want to play at the top and hopefully the opportunity comes.
“Whatever happens, I will always remember my time at Blackpool.”
Surely now it’s a case of ‘where’ rather than ‘if’…