Tuesday April 24, 2018
Throughout each Premier League season, most of the talk concerns two topics. Which team will win, and which teams will be relegated? As we near the end of the 2017/18 season, the answers are becoming clearer. Manchester City is still in pole position to win the League, having played 34 matches and won 29 of them. That is quite an impressive record, especially when you consider the second-placed team (Manchester United) has played the same number and won 23 matches. Man City is now 16 points ahead of Man United, and with no movement in the first 13 teams placed in the League this week, it seems as if our winning team may have been known for some time.
Perhaps more interesting is the situation at the bottom of the League. There is no movement in those bottom three positions either this week. Southampton, Stoke City, and West Bromwich Albion take up the 18th, 19th, and 20th positions respectively. There is little chance of much movement being made to alter those positions this close to the completion of the 2017/18 season, although more surprising things have occurred in the past.
Swansea City is currently sitting just outside the relegation zone in 17th position. They’ve played 34 matches and won eight, whereas Southampton is ranked just below them, having played the same number of matches but won only five. Swansea City is only four points ahead of Southampton though, so nothing is certain at the bottom of the league just yet. Swansea City has a tall order to face against Chelsea on Saturday 28th April though. Meanwhile, Southampton will face Bournemouth (currently ranked in 11th place) that afternoon. This is perhaps the more realistic proposition of the two. We shall be watching closely to see which team comes out on top in each match, what the scores are, and whether they affect the standings in the relegation zone.
Which teams will you be betting on this week, and would you bet against those three teams to make it out of the relegation zone before the season is over? You never know what will happen in the next match. It’s not quite over yet.