Saturday, 21 May 2011

Survival Sunday 2011

  In the Premier League this season teams beginning with W and B have not faired too well.  West Ham United are relegated already after a disastrous season with a good team (most of which will leave) and it is left to Wigan Athletic, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers to fight it out to stay above the relegation line.

  For build up to the day have a look at the BBC's take on the relegation battle but as for me, here is what I can see happening.  By far, Blackpool have the toughest challenge to go to Manchester United and get a result but I think it will be even harder for the Carling Cup winners to get a result at Spurs who are fighting for fifth place.  For Birmingham and Blackpool and Wigan, a win could still see them go down or they could lose and stay up depending on other results.  I'm going to go out on a whim and predict:

Manchester United 2-1 Blackpool
Stoke City 3-2 Wigan Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Birmingham City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

My predictions would leave Blackpool leadfrogging Birmingham by goals scored.  it's going to be tight and I think it will fall on the damage limitation between the two.

  Personally, I would quite enjoy Ian Holloway's management failings shining through past his charismatic appearance (I'm still a bitter Leicester City fan) but whether Blackpool goes down or not, no one can deny they have done very well this season to fair as well as they have done.  The question is how Birmingham would handle their European rewards whilst in the Championship...