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Manchester United Wins the League As Predicted

premier league table Manchester United Wins the League As PredictedFor all the backlash the Premier League faced this season, the 2007/2008 season will go down as one of the best in my memory. Sure, we didn’t have as many classic matches as we’ve had in seasons past but taken as a whole, it was one of the closest races at the top and bottom.Looking back to last summer when I made my predictions of who would win the Premier League (see my predicted table at right), I was confident that Man United would win it for the second consecutive year. I also felt Chelsea would finish strong. In fact, I was able to correctly predict how the top four teams would rank, which is not that difficult anymore, sadly.Where I did go wrong with my predictions was near the bottom of the table where I used my heart instead of my head. At the time, I was impressed by how Derby beat West Bromwich Albion in the Coca-Cola Championship Playoff Final. What impressed me most about the Rams at that time was their defensive prowess. Little did I know how Derby County would fail so miserably in that department during their return to the top flight.I predicted that both Wigan and Bolton would get relegated, but – of course – they survived the drop. The reason I predicted both of them to go down was due to their managers, but what I didn’t know at that time was how quickly both clubs would resolve those issues by bringing in Steve Bruce and Gary Megson, respectively.How did you do with your predictions? Click the comments link below and let us know.

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8 Responses to Manchester United Wins the League As Predicted

  1. Mike says:

    I had Liverpool-United 1-2, but I should have known better given the fact that Rafa cannot coach domestically. His short attention span suits the CL much better apparently.
    United are fitting champions, and you have to love the symmetry of yesterday’s win with Ronaldo and Giggs book-ending the victory.
    http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2008/05/starting-eleven-football-blog-roundup_12.html

  2. Dave says:

    I say Man U is gonna take the champions League title too.

  3. Dan says:

    Hey Gaffer,

    What do you make of the EPL’s policy of rewarding the higher placed teams with more money than the lower placed teams? It’s like the exact opposite of American football, where the lowest teams get the first drafts picks to keep the game competitive. Doesn’t guarantee success in the NFL, but it gives bad teams a fighting chance the next season. Not sure how they could do this in the EPL given its structural differences, that 3 teams get relegated each year etc, but surely there is something that could be done to even the odds.

    What this all comes down to, and I guess what I’m saying is, your predictive skills were great, taking into account that you had a 1 in 4 chance of getting it right to begin with last August.

    “I root for two teams, Tottenham Hotspur and anyone playing the top four.” -anonymous Tottenham supporter

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Dan,

    Here’s an interesting article from The Telegraph this afternoon that talks about how the gap between the rich and the less rich clubs in the Premier League is narrowing:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/05/12/ufnearnings112.xml

    My personal opinion is that you get what you pay for. If clubs finish near the top, they should make more money than those at the bottom. Why reward the bottom teams if they’re not that good?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. CFTV says:

    This is how I picked the table to look this year compared to how they finished. The 1st number was my pick for how the teams would finish and the 2nd number is where the team actually finished. I was so wrong on Spurs it isn’t even funny!

    1/1 Manchester United
    2/2 Chelsea
    3/4 Liverpool
    4/11 Tottenham
    ______________________
    5/3 Arsenal
    6/12 Newcastle
    7/5 Everton
    ______________________
    8/8 Portsmouth
    9/10 West Ham
    10/6 Aston Villa
    11/7 Blackburn
    12/9 Manchester City
    13/13 Middlesbrough
    14/16 Bolton
    15/15 Sunderland
    16/17 Fulham
    17/18 Reading
    _______________________
    18/19 Birmingham
    19/14 Wigan
    20/20 Derby County

  6. Sanjay says:

    Sadly, I knew that my beloved Arsenal wouldn’t be able to do it.
    This is what I had:
    1)Manchester United
    2)Arsenal
    3)Liverpool
    4)Chelsea
    5)Everton
    6)Blackburn
    7)Portsmouth
    8)Newcastle
    9)Manchester City
    10)Aston Villa
    11)Spurs
    12)West Ham
    13)Boro
    14)Fulham
    15)Wigan
    16)Sunderland
    17)Reading
    18)Bolton
    19)Birmingham
    20)Derby C

  7. Shakira Graham says:

    I didn’t think Derby would survive but I don’t think anyone saw how dire Derby would be. Never in my wildest imagination thought Derby would end the sason as the worst team ever.

  8. Kartik says:

    I’ve about had all I can have of United and then to wake up this morning here in Chennai and see Ryan Giggs on the front page of the Times of India made me vomit. Certainly bigger news must be going on in world affairs than Manchester United.

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