The £90m day

Over the course of this season, a lot of competition arose from title challenge to competition for European places and the relegation dog fight. This season’s relegation battle has gone down to the wire albeit West Ham United whose faith was sealed last weekend at the DW stadium.
There are two relegation spots left with five clubs hanging on to their Premier league status and the financial implication pegged at £90m for staying in the top flight. Some of these clubs would look back and wish they could have done things better (regrets), the same way David Sullivan and David Gold (West Ham) lamented last weekend.

Takeover - blessing or curse? Big Sam's Sack - wrong decision?

Blackburn Rovers. (15th, 40 points)

The takeover by Venky’s London Limited which was suppose to be blessing might probably turn out to be a curse for the Lancashire outfit. Wild goose chase of securing Ronaldinho’s service was a distraction. Their biggest error was sacking Big Sam. Allardyce would have steered Rovers to safety with a decent position.
Steve Kean has struggled to achieve that till date. Blackburn have struggled to get positive results since the turn of the year. The team lacks the killer instinct needed in many vital games this season.

Final day fixture: Wolves v Blackburn

Giant killers... would that be their only achievement this season?

Wolverhampton Wanderers.  (16th, 40 points)

Wolves have huffed and puffed all year long. They have been one of the most unpredictable side in the premier league. Their physical approach have been criticized with reckless tackles and their ability to concede late goals.
The Molineux was set alive when league leaders Manchester United visited and were handed their first league defeat of the season. The giant killers beat Chelsea and Liverpool during the course of this season too and one would have been tempted to assume that Wolves will navigate well against lesser sides.
One of the shining lights in the Wolves set up, Matt Jarvis, was called up to the Three Lions for his outstanding performances. This was the first call for a Wolves player in more than decade . He has since lost his form and place in Mick McCarthy team since Fabio Capello’s call. More of a curse than a gift to the team.

Final day fixture: Wolves v Blackburn

Would they play in Europe next season from the Championship?

Birmingham City.  (17th, 39 points)

Birmingham fans will be asking their Tottenham counterparts how they got over the Carling Cup hang over. In 2008, after Spurs success in the cup, the Londoners struggled to replicate such performance in the league and finished in a disappointing mid table position.
Birmingham have struggled to get wins under their belt since their heroics over Arsenal last February. The loss of inspirational centre half Scott Dann to hamstring injury has exposed their defensive frails.
The acquisition of square pegs Jean Beausejour, Alexander Hleb and the likes into round holes have not helped the Saint Andrews club who finished an amazing ninth last season in the Premier league.
The Blues who occupy the last safety position will be hoping to get a favorable result at White Hart Lane with other results going their favor to secure their status.

Final day fixture: Tottenham Hotspur v Birmingham

Would they regret their brand of football?

Blackpool.   (18th, 39 points)

Ian Holloway will look back to their first game on this illustrious journey when they crushed Wigan 4-0 at the DW. 36 games after the opening round they occupy a spot in the dreaded relegation zone.
The Seasiders will need to do the impossible when Blackpool visit Old Trafford to play champions, Manchester United in the final game of the season. The Red Devils have not lost a league game at home this season.
Blackpool’s expansive brand of football has been hailed in many quarters but they have shipped in goals from left, right and centre.
Injuries and a few bad decisions have cost them vital points which could have helped at this crucial stage.
A better defensive approach would have gone a long way.

Final day fixture: Manchester United v Blackpool

Did the board err in keeping faith with the manager?

Wigan Athletic.   (19th, 39 points)

I am surprised Wigan chairman Dave Whelan refused to wield the hammer on Roberto Martinez. The Lactics have struggled for form all season with the manager always coming up with an excuse or two.
Replacing Chris Kirkland with Al-Habsi Ali at the very start of the season was a laughable decision. Ali hasn’t performed any better with the howler of the season when he let Manchester City’s David Silva’s shot slip through his legs.
Poor finishing from their goal shy strikers (Connor Sammon, Franco Di Santo) has put them in this precarious situation.
The Lactics fans will be hoping for another dramatic end to the season in the same manner their 2006/07 season ended with their Premier league status secured on the final day of the season.

Final day fixture: Stoke City v Wigan

It’s really a close call on who will go down on Sunday. Let’s hear your view on which two teams wil be playing in the championship next season.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jones on May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Well the league will be over by nx week will
    Know the “olodo’s” it was a very interesting season…


  2. Posted by harphyz on May 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Too bad Ian holloway’s team would go under under the blazing sword of Manchester United after their impressive attacking style of play. Too bad a good team would go down.


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