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League at Xmas

Started on 23 December 2008 by monkeyme / First Post
Latest Reply on 15 January 2009 by Gooner / Last Post
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So we are almost at the halfway point in the season and its really anyones guess as to what the final table will look like.

All of the "big four" have been very inconsistent and are drawing too many games which they probably should be winning and are not breaking away from the pack as some predicted they might. This inconsistency has now allowed Aston Villa to move up into third place in the league and they have a great chance of breaking the top and eliminating one of the top 4 down into the new europa league.

Below the top five clubs here is Hull City sitting pretty in sixth place after an outstanding start to the season. Everyone keeps waiting for their bubble to burst and for them to fall down the league but they have shown tremendous character to keep up their form and despite a dissapointing defeat at home to sunderland i fully expect them to keep going and challenge for a european place.

But from 7th position downwards in the league it seems to change just about every week. Currently, any team outside the top 5 clubs seems capable of beating anyone else and the clubs are so bunched together that Fulham in 8th find themselves just 6pts above the relegation zone. Just one win can sometimes elevate a club a full six positions in the table. A winning run may see a club dreaming of europe but a few defeats and you might be fearing the drop.

The fact that the league is so close this season makes the sacking of some managers quite surprising. Bolton Fans were calling for the head of Gary Megson earlier this season when the club were languishing in the bottom 3. The board however, did not have a knee jerk reaction and sack him, he was allowed time and turned things around and bolton are now in the top half of the table and are also playing better football than they have been over the last few years.

We have seen Roy Keane leave sunderland while they were 18th in the league and all of their fans fearing the drop but under their caretaker manager, 2 wins on he bounce has shot them up to 13th. Blackburn also dropped into a difficult situation but a change of manager has also seen a change in their fortunes after the team put on a real performance under big sam. Neither of these teams however, were in any serious trouble and all their managers would have needed was one good result and all would be fine again. Mark Hughes at Manchester City is also under considerable pressure and there has also been talk of pressure on Adams at Portsmouth and Zola at West Ham. I am hoping the Chairmen of these clubs do not lose patience and sack their managers as it will do nothing but destablize the clubs when they have so much time to turn things around.

This season certainly looks to be one of the most exciting for a long time, no one knows who will win the league, who will get the last CL place or europa league places and its anyones guess as to who will go down with even west brom now in with a fighting chance.
So fellow Fm scouters, it is hard to say now, and when everything is so close, but What do you think will happen:


Who are the most likely candidates for relegation?

Which manages will get the sack?

Which clubs can make a push for the european places?

Can Aston Villa break the top 4?

and finally, who will win the title?
Nice post there, summed it all up!

my predictions:

Who are the most likely candidates for relegation?

although they play great football some times, my first guess would have to be West Brom. Then after them it's a pretty hard guess, the likes of Blackburn, West Ham, Stoke, Bolton are all in the running as well as many others because every team nearly is so inconsistent this year. (make's the league great viewing)!

Which manages will get the sack?

I think next to go will maybe be Mark Hughes. Don't get me wrong, i rate him highly as a manager and he did really well with Blackburn, I can just see it coming.

Which clubs can make a push for the European places?

I believe (i have to) Arsenal will take 4th, maybe third, but with Cesc out for 4 months now, I'm not overly optimistic of a league win! Also Villa defo for Uefa at least and although Hull are doing great i just can't see them there yet, top 10 would be awesome for them!

Can Aston Villa break the top 4?

Not this year.

and finally, who will win the title?

Looking at Chelsea and Liverpool throwing away chance after chance to top the table and pull away, only gives United the opportunity to come in and take it from them, I'll say Man United for the title.(I would love to say Arsenal)!!!
I hope Liverpool can regain they're Winning side, and Hopefully when Torres comes back we`ll have that Firepower we need upfront, no Offence to Robbie because he`s amazing. Just I feel Torres has an Edge over Keane In most Areas (Pace,Finishing) but, If They can Co-operate together They will be unstopable (I hope..). As for Aston Villa, I think, They`ll end Up Finshing 4th due to all the Injuries Arsenal Have. (Haha Fabregas.. Haha).

Good Luck Villa -
C'MON LIVERPOOL!
Who are the most likely candidates for relegation?

I would say West brom, West Ham, Stoke, Bolton.

Which manages will get the sack?

Mowbray, Zola, Hughes

Which clubs can make a push for the european places?

Hull, Villa, Everton, Maybe Wigan

Can Aston Villa break the top 4?

Yes, but not this year

and finally, who will win the title?

ManUre. :-(
Who are the most likely candidates for relegation?
West Brom, Stoke...
to be honest its so fucking tight that any team can team around the relegation point can be relegated. hopefully its Man City.

Which manages will get the sack?
Depends on how City pick up but if they dont then Hughes is a goner.
Mowbray jsut got a win so he still has control. But they will have to keep it going, another poor run of form and he is gone.
Zola could be going if they dont start picking up points. But the players seem to be happy under Zola and i think they might be able to do better later on. And i dont think and hope that he doesnt get sacked. But as mowbray, another bad run of form and he is out.

Which clubs can make a push for the european places?
Villa, everton, pompey, fulham, wigan, bolton, newcastle, tottenham.

Can Aston Villa break the top 4?
YAH, hopefully.

and finally, who will win the title?
Wigan.




Chelsea if not them then Man united, slightly to early to say.
I don`t think Hughes will get the sack, Because when Robinho is PLaying Man City are a different team. But When the Transfer Window opens, He needs to Bring in some Firepower or he`s a gonner.

It`s simple really.. Either bring in some Attackers and get the results you NEED or Get Sacked.
i hope he doesnt, and am glad the man city board havent rid of him yet, but i think he will. Anyway, MERRY XMAS!!!
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COME CITY OWNERS PULL YOUR FINGER OUT AND SPEND SOME MONEY DONT TRUST HUGHES HE'LL BY RUBBISH LIKE SANTA CRUZ AND WAYNE BRIDGE .

AS WE ALL NO HUGHES DIDN'T BUY RROBINHO ITS WAS KHALDOON AND SHIEK MANSOUR!!
PLZ'PLZ, DON'T TRUST HIM WITH YOUR MONEY YOU SPEND IT

HAHA I DON'T NO WHO IM PLEADING TO AHAH
As much as I Want city to do Well, I dont want them buying Kaká or anyone like that :D



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saulb07 : COME CITY OWNERS PULL YOUR FINGER OUT AND SPEND SOME MONEY DONT TRUST HUGHES HE'LL BY RUBBISH LIKE SANTA CRUZ AND WAYNE BRIDGE .

AS WE ALL NO HUGHES DIDN'T BUY RROBINHO ITS WAS KHALDOON AND SHIEK MANSOUR!!
PLZ'PLZ, DON'T TRUST HIM WITH YOUR MONEY YOU SPEND IT

HAHA I DON'T NO WHO IM PLEADING TO AHAH
santa? anyway, city shouldnt bother buying anymore big names-they probs wont come.
Man City gave Hughes a 100M budget for the transfer window. Looks like Man City is going for money save my team tactic just like Madrid.
Seriously I checked SkySports.. and If manchester City are paying Around the 12M for Bridge.. they're just laughing at us with how much money they Have..
I was pretty shocked when I heard that Man City were making a move for Bridge. I don't think that Bridge will add any kind of quality to Man City. I also heard that they were interested in David Villa.
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I dont think David Villa would join City, But if he does or if City even attempt to make a move on him.. Robinho and David Villa.. Proberly the best Striking partnership in the World If they can work together Which I think as two world class players I think they will.

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Just checked Skysports and saw that Liverpool are also linked with Villa and David Silva.. :D
they are only linked, dont think they have the money.

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