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The 10 Most Boring Sides In The Premiership

Who for you are the top 10 most boring sides in the Premiership this season?

The competition for the top 10 spots is tougher now than in quite some time. Here are my top 10 most boring sides:

1. Manchester City
2. Watford
3. Charlton Athletic
4. Fulham
5. Middlesbrough
6. Blackburn Rovers
7. West Ham United
8. Sheffield United
9. Bolton Wanderers
10. Chelsea

Stuart Pearce’s side is as boring at home as they are away scoring very few goals. Trabelski’s cracker against United this past Saturday was one of the very few highlights of City’s season. The only two other moments involving City that brought a smile to my face were their demolition of Fulham at the Blue Camp and the last minute equalizer against Everton at Goodison Park earlier this season.

In previous years, you could always depend on Manchester City to be entertaining. Sometimes they were entertaining for all of the wrong reasons (blowing a comfortable lead with comical defensive errors). The spark has left the City of Manchester, and it’s been replaced with a less imaginative display on the pitch. Thanks to Soccer Shout’s handy-dandy email newsletter, it tells us that City are minus three points against where they were last season after playing the same number of matches.

Bolton, while yet boring, have been known to get the pulse racing this season with some emphatic wins (most recently the 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United).

Chelsea, despite their millions, seem to be content this season to win matches with a 1-0 scoreline rather than pull teams apart. They seem to be saving their energy a little bit more for those Champions League matches. So while the system is working, it doesn’t raise the boredom factor (the Arsenal 1-1 tie and 1-3 loss to Spurs being noteable exceptions).

Let us know who your top ten most boring Premiership sides are this season by clicking the ‘comments’ link below.

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8 Responses to The 10 Most Boring Sides In The Premiership

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would have definitely had Chelsea at the top, with all the money they have to spend they have no excuses for the bland football they play.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would hav Charlton at the top, there can’t be many people who enjoy watching them, followed by the 2 promoted teams watford and sheffield united closely followed by middlesborough who are surprisingly boring this year, i disagree with west ham being in the top 10 even though they are toilet, they try and play attacking football. >> Jimmy Ellis, Stockport <<

  3. Anonymous says:

    That looks about right.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don’t mind watching Chelsea, because it’s fun for me to watch a side maintain possession with ease…but I don’t blame the others for thinking they’re boring.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Arsenal are boring to me. Too much fannying about in front of the defence and then give it away. Liverpool are bit dull to watch as well.

  6. Kartik says:

    City has had maybe 3 highlights all season. The great goal by Micah Richards in waning moments at Goodison park is one, and perhaps the outlandish celebration by Joey Barton after the whistle moments after Richards’ goal which the Liverpool Police had to deal with is another. The third would be Barton’s PK make against Arsenal. Plus having Barton and Ben Thatcher on the same side makes us all the less likible for lay fans.

    City knows they need to change things. Chairman John Wardle spoke on this week’s official MCFC podcast (which I’ll make a reference to when I do my next Man City call in for Phil and Tony on Soccer Shout) of getting some investment in the club because otherwise we will be fighting relegation every season. I hope that means they are serious about getting some investor considering City finished 15th last season, and are behind that pace this season, relegation looms as a real possibility unless things change.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Your first nine seem OK, but surely Chelsea can’t be included in the listing of boring sides. With Didier Drogba topping the EPL goal scoring list, he alone saves Chelsea from being called boring. Why doesn’t Drogba move to Melbourne Victory?

    Vern

  8. timmy says:

    although this post is dated, have you been watching any fulham matches recently? they’ve gotten and given up the equalisers late in each of their past four mathces. and dont tell me the chelsea match was boring.

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