Premier League Final Standings: Predicting All 20 Positions

JohnCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2012

Premier League Final Standings: Predicting All 20 Positions

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    Manchester United has overtaken Manchester City atop the Barclay’s Premier League table and are primed to win the championship for the second year in a row.   

    City is not out of the race yet, though, sitting only four points back, and surely will not allow their rivals to walk away with the trophy.

    Meanwhile, other clubs are jockeying for position on the table before the end of May.

    With less than two months to go in the EPL season, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United are fighting to finish in the top four, while Queens Park Rangers, Bolton, Blackburn, Wolverhampton and Wigan are fighting to stay in England’s top tier. 

1. Manchester United

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    Man U. is four points clear of City and will hold off their rivals for their record 20th league title. 

2. Mancheter City

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    City has been overtaken atop the league table by rivals Manchester United.  The Red Devils are four points ahead of City with the season winding down.

    City’s schedule is tough.  Remaining opponents for the club include Man U., Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal. 

3. Tottenham Hotspur

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    With all the speculation that Harry Redknapp will leave to take the managerial post with the English national team, Hotspur will rally to hold off Arsenal but will not have enough to catch the Manchester teams.

4. Arsenal

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    The Gunners are only a point behind Tottenham, but Redknapp will not allow Spurs to fall behind Arsenal before he most likely leaves the club. 

5. Chelsea

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    The Blues will not be able to catch Arsenal, who have a three-point advantage.  There is still some division among the team about the firing of Andre Villas-Boas and some of the players are uncertain if they will return to Stamford Bridge next season. 

6. Newcastle United

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    Newcastle has a chance to catch Chelsea, who are two points ahead of the Magpies with a game in hand. 

    They may not have enough to catch the Blues and they have some difficult games against teams fighting off relegation.  Newcastle will also have to fend off Liverpool, who is only five points back. 

7. Liverpool

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    The Reds have a game in hand to Newcastle, who they are trailing by only five points. 

    The April 1st match between the two teams is huge for both clubs.

8. Everton

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    The Toffees have consistently overachieved for being such a low-budget club.  David Moyes will have the team ready to play the rest of the season.

9. Fulham

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    The Cottagers have dropped two straight matches, but like Everton, have been one of the more successful smaller clubs.  They will need to finish the season strong to move up the table. 

10. Swansea City

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    The Swans have surpassed expectations this season.  Their schedule may get difficult, as they will play Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn, Bolton and Wolverhampton—four of the five teams that are fighting relegation. 

11. Sunderlan

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    Sunderland is even on the table with Everton.  Over the past two seasons, the club has won only three of their final seven games each year.  

12. Stoke City

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    Eight of Stoke’s final 10 games are against teams in either the top six or bottom four of the table.  That’s eight games against teams fighting for a Champions League birth or for their Premier League lives

13. Norwich City

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    Like Swansea, Norwich has performed very well this season after being promoted last year. 

    Winless in their last five matches, Norwich will have to turn their play around to hold their position on the table.

14. Aston Villa

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    Villa is only three points back of Stoke City, who is currently 14th on the table. 

    This season has been somewhat disappointing for the Villans, and the most they can do at this point is have a strong finish. 

15. West Bromwich Albion

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    Currently 12th, West Brom has played one more game than the four clubs behind them. 

    They easily could drop to 15th after each of those teams plays another game. 

16. Bolton Wanderers

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    Bolton has missed Stuart Holden this season and is fighting off relegation as a result of his injury. 

    The Wanderers will come together after their teammate Fabrice Muamba went into cardiac arrest in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Tottenham.  

17. Blackburn Rovers

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    Rovers finished 15th last season and are fighting to stay in the Premiership again this season.  They are only three points clear of the relegation zone. 

    Their games against Bolton and Wigan will be hotly contested. 

18. Queens Park Rangers

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    QPR’s first season back in the top flight will be a short stay.  They were willing to spend in January to move up the table, but the club has not won since Jan. 21. 

19. Wigan Athletic

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    Wigan finished in 16th place the past two seasons, just above the relegation zone.  This season is winding down and it looks as if they finally may be relegated. 

20. Wolverhampton Wanderers

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    Wolves have not finished higher than 15th since 2010.  They have barely fought off relegation since then but this is the year they will go down.