English Premier League: Predicting the final league table

Published: March 5, 2013

If anything we learned from last season, it is going to be a battle of nerves and it only keeps getting more interesting from here onwards! PHOTO: AFP

Like every year, we are in for a great end to the English Premier League saga.

With clubs competing at several avenues this year, it will be a rather stressful, nail-biting finish to see which of these secure elite positions at the league table.

The big spender Manchester City is trying to shift in top gear after securing a win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. This is being done in an attempt to bridge the gap between them and their namesake, leading Manchester United.

The table leaders, Manchester United, have only lost one league home game (against Tottenham Hotspur) this season and are in a pole position to claim the premier league title back from their ‘noisy neighbours’, Manchester City.

Having said that, I’m sure you all remember the great debacle that cost Manchester United the title last season- with 11 matches still to go, anything can happen!

Moreover, the most interesting yet competitive race is amongst the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool to claim a Champions League spot.

Currently, Manchester City is leading while Tottenham remains at the third position after beating West Ham United this week. Chelsea is at number four while Arsenal is at the fifth spot.

Liverpool might turn out to be a dark horse in the race for the fourth spot in the table; however, it is too early to judge. But, what is interesting to note here is the similarity between Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. All three clubs let go of their stars in the transfer window last year, when these players could have still made a huge difference.

Liverpool let Dirk Kuyt join the Turkish giants Fenerbahce in summer 2012. Although not as prolific as he was in Netherland, the Dutchman scored some crucial goals in this last season under Kenny Dalglish, in charge of Liverpool; like with Manchester United wringing a cup tie and a goal in the Carling Cup final.

After the departure of Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll on load to West Ham, Liverpool is left with only two senior strikers, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Surely, the Dutchman could have made a major difference for the struggling reds this season to secure top flight football in the European elite.

Similarly, Manchester City sold Mario Ballotelli to AC Milan earlier this year. Although, the reasons for this have not yet been disclosed, media reports suggest that the fall out with City manager, Roberto Mancini proved to be the last nail in the coffin for Super Mario and he was readily sold to the Italian giants in San Siro.

Chelsea played the same confusing trick by offloading Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool in the January transfer window after the departure of Didier Drogba earlier in the summer. Daniel would have proved to be really helpful with his premier league experience while Fernando Torres has been continually under fire.

All in all, we are in for a spectacular finish to the season in a couple of months. There is plenty to look forward to and the race is not over yet. If there is anything we learnt from last season we know that it is going to be a battle of nerves and it only keeps getting more interesting from here onwards!

sunie.hassan

Sunie Hassan

An Aerospace Engineer by profession and a sportsman by passion. He is currently working as a consultant for an aerospace company in Germany.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • The zero Gravity

    Brilliant read mate ! I bet it would be a fantastic contest in the end !Recommend

  • Muhammad Rameez Javed

    Have your writers even kicked a ball ET?? Stupid lazy journalism.
    Fabio Borini is another striker at liverpool in case you didnt notice. And if you havent heard, mancini actually was very sad to let Balotelli go. He said ” Mario was like a son to me, i would ve never given upon him but sometimes things are not in your hands”.Recommend

  • Spigot

    This is an interesting read, specially the comparison between the struggling clubs.
    I bet spurs would claim the third spot and Chelsea might just qualify for the 4th spot on the table but like you mentioned, it would be an interesting race.
    Cheers man !Recommend

  • Argumentative

    United are looking as clinical as ever. I suspect the the title should be sealed when they play Villa at Old Trafford later in April, provided that they also triumph in the Manchester Derby. And so, with the Champions League out of reach – United won’t win it even if they get past Real tonight – they should make a genuine attempt for the domestic double to make up for their woes last season.Recommend

  • Spigot

    @Muhammad Rameez Javed:
    I thought about Borini as well while reading this article but the reason the writer might not have mentioned him could be because he was mostly played as a wide player by Brendan Rogers and he has rarely kicked a ball since September. He started twide on premier league as far as i remember. He got an ankle injury during an international friendly and was out for few months, returned to action against swansea two weeks back and dislocated his shoulder again. So, I do not think someone playing wide upfront can be regarded as a SENIOR striker.Recommend

  • Corrupt

    My prediction

    1. Sir Alex
    2. AvB
    3. Noisy-Mancini
    4. WengerRecommend

  • Muhammad Rameez Javed

    @spigot
    He actually started in the middle and suarez was played off the striker.He didnt perform and was dropped to bench. Then was played out wide because downing was in the worst form of his career. Those were the days when downing was told to find his form or play as a left back to save his career. Recommend

  • http://renegadex.wordpress.com Sammy Wiseguy

    My prediction:

    United
    City
    Spurs
    Chelsea
    Arsenal

    And as sad as that makes me given I am a gunner that’s how it seems it will play outRecommend

  • Sophie

    What?! How can you talk about top 4 contenders selling big players last season and make no reference at all to Arsenal selling Robin van Percie???? It was one of the biggest examples of such sales last year. Recommend