Which Premier League clubs deserve to be relegated this Sunday? The ones who finish in the bottom three based on the number of points they accumulated during the entire season. However, we all have our opinions regarding who should go down. Some clubs have had unfortunate luck. Some have had lucky breaks. But based on the five teams battling to avoid relegation, who do you think deserve to go down and why? Vote in the poll below and share your opinions in the comments section underneath.
Here’s who I think deserve to go down:
In my opinion, the club who deserves to go down with West Ham United is Birmingham City. They’re a club who, while featuring many skilled players, have played a far too negative brand of football over the course of the season. Coming up from the Championship are Queens Park Rangers and Norwich (and the winner of Swansea versus Reading). All of those teams play an attacking style of football. My hope is that the Premier League becomes more competitive and features more attacking football sides, so in that case, I have no issue with seeing Birmingham relegated. While Alex McLeish did so well to get his Birmingham side to win the Carling Cup, they’ve been a forgettable team ever since.
The challenge is trying to decide which other team should be relegated. Blackpool have been media darlings, rightfully so, with a delicious brand of football that is a joy to watch. Blackburn are punching below their weight and have played a more enjoyable product under Steve Kean than compared to Sam Allardyce. And despite the boardroom comedy from the Venky’s, Rovers are a traditional English club who should be playing in the Premier League next season.
Then we have Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan. I have a soft spot for these two clubs (as I do for Blackpool and Blackburn). Wigan is managed by former Swansea boss Roberto Martinez. And anyone who saw his analysis during the 2010 World Cup for ESPN knows that he’s articulate, an expert on the game and likes his teams to play an attractive brand of football, with passes usually strewn across the blades of grass rather than an up ‘n under through the air. They have been a frustrating side to watch this season, though. They’ve lacked the killer instinct to kill games off. Hugo Rodallega hasn’t had the same spark that he had last season. And if it wasn’t for Charles N’Zogbia, the side would have been relegated by now.
Wolves are a different breed. I have a lot of respect for this team who have been through a lot of ups and downs during the past two decades. Their supporters are passionate. The club is on steady ground (they plan on demolishing their Stan Cullis stand later this month and building a new stand, to be ready for the 2012-13 season, that will increase the capacity of Molineux to 31,700). But just like with Wigan, Wolves have lacked the killer instinct on the pitch this season. In far too many games, Mick McCarthy has been too defensive which has come back to hurt Wolves when they could have had a win but settled on a draw.
Overall, I can’t see Blackpool getting a result against Manchester United, which is key. There’ll be a party atmosphere at Old Trafford with fans there to celebrate United being presented with the title. But I just can’t see Blackpool overcoming their defensive weaknesses and grabbing the point or three necessary to stay up. They’re still too suspect in the back, and will leak goals. So, as said as it is for me to say, I believe Blackpool along with Birmingham City will go down. Does Blackpool deserve to go down? No, I believe Wolves and Birmingham do, but anything can happen on Sunday. One final game for all five clubs in peril will decide their fate.