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Normal Order is Restored

By | 24th March 2009

gerrard-penaltyWith almost all teams having played thirty games this season, ┬áthe table is finally starting to shape up into something that we can all recognize. Martin O’Neill’s men have dropped out of the top four, Arsenal have replaced them, and West Bromwich Albion are in the relegation zone as expected.

While it may look familiar at the moment, there are still twists and turns hiding behind each and every fixture in the Barclays Premier League. Manchester United, who lead the league at the moment, are on a two game beaten streak. Liverpool and Fulham have reminded Sir Alex Ferguson’s side what it’s like to lose, while Liverpool themselves have been heating up as of late.

The question that remains is whether or not there will be any major surprises in the table from now until May. While the top four appear to have locked up their usual positions, Liverpool is still breathing down United’s neck and Chelsea aren’t too far behind. The fight for 5th is turning into a battle between Aston Villa and Everton, and with the inconsistency shown by Villa it’s anyone’s guess who can win it.

Down at the bottom of the table is where a few surprises may happen. Gone are the days of Newcastle finishing in the top half and Blackburn running rampant (funny how both of these clubs had Alan Shearer at one point, and look where they are now). Anyone from 13th place down is eligible for the drop this season, with West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough prime suspects looking for a third partner. Who would want to be in that menage-a-trois?

So with only eight games remaining in the English Premier League 2008/09 season, it’s anyone’s guess how the table will end up. The usual suspects are in their expected places, but there is still time yet for some change. As United chase a third straight title Liverpool fans are praying for a first, Chelsea are out for revenge, and Gareth Southgate just wants to keep his job. Exciting times ahead…

Who will finish league leaders and who will face the drop? Have your say in the comments section or in the forums!

Reader Comments

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  1. Dani says:

    I think it's important to note that Newcastle is on the market. Who knows what will happen with that given the world economy. But lets assume they find a buyer relatively soon. If he/they know how to run a team then Newcastle could once again become a player in England. They certainly have the fan base to be one of the top teams in England and make it the big 5 instead of the big 4. Until they find someone to buy them though (and who is a competent owner), they'll struggle to even stay in the league let alone compete for a top spot.

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