English Premier League's 10 Biggest Surprises of 2011

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English Premier League's 10 Biggest Surprises of 2011
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My biggest surprise is reading the news every morning that Sepp Blatter has not been fired

The game of soccer is more often than not a rather predictable affair, made all the more obvious by the growing disparity in wealth between "have" and "have nots." You could bet your house on one of Real Madrid or Barcelona winning La Liga this year, and you can be reasonably sure that Spain and Germany will reach the latter stages of the European Championships next summer.

The English Premier League has long had a caste of "elite" clubs that have dominated the title race since its inception. However, there still remains an element of entropy in the league, and the 2011 calendar year has thrown up no shortage of surprises.

Over the past 12 months we've seen some truly surprising things, ranging from one of the greatest comebacks in history, cracks emerging in the staunchest of armour, as well as Andy Carroll going on to justify his £35 million price tag by netting 41 goals in all competitions.

The following slides are what I consider the 10 biggest surprise packages of 2011.

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