Who's Going Up and Who's Going Down This Season?

Daniel GoochAnalyst IApril 9, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 04: Daryl Murphy of Sunderland is challenged by Lucas Neill of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Sunderland at Upton Park on April 4, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

With only a few weeks left it's close at the top and bottom of each table. The question on every fan's lips is, "who's up and who's down?"—or at least they are thinking it.

Your team may be included so watch out and good luck.


Premier League


Manchester United and Liverpool. With a one point difference (+ a game), can Liverpool come back and overtake United to win the EPL?

No (but that's my opinion).

Manchester United have only won one of their last four games, and that was against Aston Villa (3-2).

Liverpool have had a better run, but lost their last game in the Champions League 3-1 to Chelsea.

My Prediction on the top four:

  1. Manchester United
  2. Liverpool
  3. Chelsea
  4. Arsenal

Unfortunately Aston Villa have had a bad second half to the season as they were ahead of Arsenal for a period this season.



Two of the three teams who came up last season are going to be safe from the drop this season. Hull City, the dark horse at the beginning of the season did enough to stay clear of the relegation zone. Stoke are in the same position.

West Brom however have not made the cut and will (almost) definitely be going back to the Championship for next season.

As well as the team from the West Midlands, Middlesbrough are looking like a fatality from the top flight.

Newcastle, with help from Alan Shearer, are in trouble. If they can get out of the bottom three I believe that Sunderland would be on the wrong end of it.

My Prediction of bottom 4:

17. Newcastle          18. Sunderland              19. Middlesborough            20. West Brom




It is quite obvious that Wolves are going to get promoted, and stay in the first spot, but who will be behind them?

Birmingham City are my favourites for getting the second automatic promotion place. My pick for the winners of the play offs would be Sheffield United. They haven't lost in their last six games.

I doubt Preston North End will be able to get back into the play off places, but you never know in football, they could come back and beat everyone to the top (which is actually impossible).



There is no hope for Charlton at this late stage. Going all the way from top flight football, down to League 1. What's gone wrong for them??

Southampton and Nottingham Forest are in the relegation zone at the moment but they are fighting it out with Norwich City who are just above them.


League One


Leicester City and Peterborough United are the runaway leaders leaving the other clubs miles behind (well five points, not miles).

Peterborough have won all of their last six games, and my pick of over taking City and going top at the end of the season.

As for the play offs i think it's between Millwall and Leeds United. They are both in good form and want to get promoted back to where they were in the "good old days".

Three for the top :

  1. Leicester
  2. Peterborough
  3. Millwall


Cheltenham and Hereford are very unlikely to get out of their situation and will be going down into League Two.

Seaside club Brighton are in a bad position as well. They are three points behind Northampton, who have a game in hand, and five behind Crewe who have played one more game.

Four for the drop:

21.Crewe        22. Brighton     23. Hereford      24. Cheltenham


League Two


Brentford seem to be taking the top spot but the other two spots can be taken by five teams. Who will take them?

Wycombe and Exeter are my picks, but what about the play offs?

Gillingham! Who else?



Luton are out of the League! The most obvious thing in the world. Chester and Grimsby are fighting to stay up. I think Chester will go down.


Hope your team isn't going down.