“Race to the Bottom”

1/23/2018

As Both Jared and Boyce highlighted in the Episode “Alexis Sanchez and the Swap-Shop Invitational”, there is a mere 6 points between the club in 10th place (Watford) and 20th (Swansea). Typically at this point in the season, we see a significant gap between those 5 clubs circling the relegation drain, with predictions on who’s facing the drop. But this year, it’s quite intriguing!

Watford’s shock sacking of Marco Silva leaves the door open for uncertainty. Can their new hire (Javi Garcia) shift Watford’s mentality back to winning ways? He certainly isn’t tested in the PL, so it could be a tall order.

Despite the Saints gaining a point from Spurs over the weekend, it’s hard to ignore their poor run of form. They are now without a win in ten, having drawn a majority of them. But what about Swansea? Their shock win over Liverpool is one thing, but they’re lacking that cutting edge that PL teams need to win games.

Stoke City, who seem to be the butt of most of our jokes, currently find themselves out of the current relegation zone. With the hiring of Paul Lambert and their subsequent victory over Huddersfield, one gets a feeling that they might just survive it, just on pure luck! (Plus the fact that their next few games are not with Top6 clubs!)

My prediction at this point: West Brom, Brighton and Huddersfield to drop. For the two latter clubs, it’s perhaps too soon for both to be locking in that consistent PL-club status. They need wins over the lesser clubs which they just aren’t getting. West Brom would be the surprise relegation no-one was expecting and- similar to Leciester City winning the PL – would somehow find a way to go down.

-JR

 

 

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