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Why Man Utd Sit Near Bottom of Alternative Premier League Table

premier league trophy Why Man Utd Sit Near Bottom of Alternative Premier League Table

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If you were to take the Premier League table and re-arrange it based on the relative importance for each team, what would the table look like?

For example, now that West Ham United have been relegated, they have nothing to play for other than club pride, a paycheck and a thank you to their supporters. So in this imaginary league table for Sunday, they would be ranked last (where they are now).

Sunday will be one of those rare days where the focus of the world will be on specific sections of the Premier League table (near the bottom and in the race to qualify for the Europa League).

So, here is my Premier League table based on how important the final match of the season is for each club:

  1. Wigan
  2. Blackpool
  3. Birmingham City
  4. Wolves
  5. Blackburn
  6. Spurs
  7. Liverpool
  8. Fulham
  9. Arsenal
  10. Man City
  11. Everton
  12. Stoke
  13. Bolton
  14. West Brom
  15. Newcastle United
  16. Aston Villa
  17. Sunderland
  18. Chelsea
  19. Man United
  20. West Ham

As a disclaimer, I ranked the table based on (1) staying up in the Premier League, (2) qualifying for Europa League, (3) winning the Fair Play slot to qualify for Europa League, and (4) a combination of bragging rights (based on where each club finishes the season) and TV revenue (the higher up the table the team is, the more TV revenue they’ll receive). With teams who are assured their current position no matter what happens Sunday, those are listed near the bottom of the table (Chelsea and Man United, for example).

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16 Responses to Why Man Utd Sit Near Bottom of Alternative Premier League Table

  1. sucka99 says:

    Shouldn’t Man City be ranked higher as they might be unseeded in the CL qualifiers where Arsenal would not?

  2. King Eric says:

    Thanks, another viable tool to wrap up the fantasy football season :)

  3. Chris says:

    Don’t forget Man City are playing for third position which would see them automatically qualify straight into the group stages of the Champions League over Arsenal.

  4. andyinsdca says:

    Arsenal should be near the bottom, too. Their last match is meaningless, they have no shot at hardware this season and their past 2 matches demonstrate that their minds have already left the pitch and are on the beaches at Tenerife.

    • Mekias says:

      3rd place and an automatic qualification to the Champions League seems like a good thing to play for. Besides, if they drop the 4th, they’ll have even more of a dark cloud hanging over them during the off-season. They really need to finish strong.

  5. Earl Reed says:

    Ok, for me, 1) Blackpool; 2) Brum; 3)Wigan; 4) Wolves; 5) Blackburn

    Blackpool needs the win most, because a win absolutely 100% assures them of safety. A draw can only help them should both Brum and Wigan lose (or should Wolves lose by 2, and either Birmingham or Wigan lose or should Wigan draw).

    Brum are also assured of safety should they win, but they also have an extra degree of safety should they tie because they are ahead of the other two 39 point outfits.

    A Wigan victory cannot ensure their survival, needing either Wolves and Blackburn to draw, or Birmingham or Blackpool to draw or lose.

    Wolves need the victory in their match most, because a draw leaves them behind Blackburn in goal differential.

    Blackburn can survive a tie easiest, but one of the 39 point teams would need to falter in winning their match.

    I’ll also disclaim to say that I assume that matches aren’t going to be won or lost astronomically. Blackburn wins every tiebreaker unless some oddity occurs.

  6. James says:

    I think Arse & Man city should be above Fulham. Fulham just need to stay away from the bookings to qualify via fair play.

  7. Kal says:

    So, the Tv schedules for Sunday have come out for the most part.
    All games will be payed simultaneously 11est. Have they always done that or is that something that changed recently to avoid any advantage for teams fighting relegation or European spots.

    • Keith says:

      Last year Chelsea and Man Utd played at the same time. It didn’t really matter though when Chelsea went up 2-0 and Wigan went down to 10 men 32 minutes into the match.

      I don’t know about relegation battles however.

  8. brett says:

    Man City and Arsenal should be above Fulham as they will be playing to get straight into the Champions League proper by finishing third. Fulham just need to avoid cards against Arsenal.

    Also, I see that ESPN2 will be showing Man Utd v Blackpool (at least according my the DirecTV guide). Still TBA for FSC and FS+.

  9. Threesticks says:

    Is avoiding Champions League qualifying worth more than Europa League qualifying?

  10. Sean says:

    I might put West Ham above United, just because the players are playing for a potential transfer. It might be the Hammer’s best performance of the year!

  11. sami says:


  12. sami says:

    Thanks, another viable tool to wrap up the fantasy football season

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