The 2019/20 English Premier League season is shaping up for a humdinger of a climax, with six clubs fighting for honours in the division. No, we’re not talking about Premier League title winners or Champions League places, but rather the annual fight for survival, to avoid relegation to The Championship, the place the pundits refer to, well, hardly ever.
Football fans love the game; not just for the excitement of watching live sport, but to relish those moments when the unexpected happen, like Watford’s three nil thrashing of champions elect Liverpool. To know how crushed and down hearted the Liverpool fans must have been at the end of the game is worth your season ticket price alone.
However, it is one of those regular footballing anomalies which are thrown up from time to time and given Watford have been in or around the bottom three relegation places for most of the season; it is unlikely they will manage to stay up. I’d wager a bet now that many Watford fans will have something to say about that and probably a fair few number have placed bets with long odds that Watford will avoid the drop. Watch this space
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton have been in freefall for some time now; not even sacking Chris Hughton and replacing him with Graham Potter has helped rejuvenate the team’s fortunes. It is just another example of a club’s hierarchy making the wrong decision. Just like Watford’s fans, there is probably a fair few who have placed bets on long odd of Brighton avoiding the ‘dreaded drop’ which is why comparison sites like bettingonline.co.uk are doing their best to help gamblers along the way in getting the best odds and returns.
Brighton and Hove Albion’s team needed an overhaul and is overdue; Brighton fans may disagree but the squad is aging and the talent available just isn’t good enough to cut it in the Premier League. Relegation, regroup and then mount an assault on promotion back from no-man’s land, also known as The Championship is the task ahead for Potter, if he remains in charge.
Eddie Howe’s star is fast burning out, like a shooting star burning up as it falls to Earth. One of the best young English managers around today, even his tactical nous and loyalty cannot stop the inevitable. For Bournemouth read the above about Brighton.
Norwich City FC
Patronised by MOTD pundits as ‘the best team to be relegated from the Premier League’, ask any Canaries’ fan which pundit they would like to cast adrift in an open boat, they’ll probably say all of them.
Norwich has not done themselves any favours and so deserves to be in bottom spot. However, the expansive style of play and the principles Daniel Farke and his coaching staff might just see the pundits ending up with egg on their faces – we can all live in hope.
Remember back in 2015 when Leicester made the great escape against all the odds and then went on to win the Premier League title the following season. No one is saying Norwich will go on and win the Prem title next season, but the team may just end up surprising an awful lot of people outside of Norfolk.
Excitement, nerves and squeaky bum time
One way or another, this is an awful lot to play for; all the clubs mentioned here are battling for their Premier League survival. For the fans of these clubs, it is going to be a gut wrenching, nail biting, on the edge of the seat run in to the end of the season.
Forget the top of the table – it is the same old same old every season. The action is all at the bottom of the table and for fans and punters alike, there is a twist, a turn and the unexpected lying in wait for us every weekend.