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2009-10 Premier League Table Predictions: How Did We Do?

When I sat down in August 2009 to predict what the final table for the 2009-10 Premier League would look like, little did I know what a disastrous season lay ahead for Liverpool. At the time, many pundits were predicting that Chelsea would finish in top place. And I was one of them especially after how rejuvenated they looked on their Summer 2009 tour.

For the most part, I did pretty well with my predictions (see right). If you take Liverpool out of the equation, the top seven spots were close to how they ended. I was surprised that Everton didn’t do as well as in previous seasons but they were hampered by injuries.

While I was hopeful that Manchester City would give the Premier League Big Four a run for their money, I had a strong suspicion that they wouldn’t be able to do as well as many City supporters had hoped.

Near the bottom of the table, I got 2 of the 3 predictions correct of who would get relegated. Even until a couple of months ago I was convinced Wolves would go down, but full credit to Mick McCarthy for keeping the Wanderers up for another season.

Other clubs that surprised me during the 2009-10 season were how well Birmingham City and Stoke City did as well as how poor Wigan and West Ham performed. As a Swansea City supporter, I probably gave Roberto Martinez more credit than he deserved for his first season in the Premier League.

In addition to my predictions, I also asked you — the readers of EPL Talk — to submit your educated guesses of who would end up in positions one through 20. As is often the case, some readers posted their entries as late as April, which is quite unfair. So looking at those who posted theirs in the comments section in August, the most apparent thing to me is how many people predicted Liverpool would win the title or finish in second place. Their seventh place finish must have come at quite a shock for many people, myself included.

In addition to the predictions of who would finish where in the table, EPL Talk held the Fantasy Premier League for the 2009-10 season. Here are the results:

First, the good news is that the Fantasy Premier League team finished in 10th place worldwide out of 193,262 private leagues.

Second, with almost 2,000 players, the league was quite competitive as you would imagine. But, drumroll please, here are the top 10 fantasy players in the private league:

Congratulations to Pat Pence who finished in first place as well as all of the other fantasy players who participated. Pat squeezed through on the last day of the season to beat Swagat Satpathy by two points.

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  1. bob

    August 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    1. Manchester United
    2. Chelsea
    3. Arsenal
    4. Liverpool
    5. Tottenham
    6. Manchester City
    7. Aston Villa
    8. Everton
    9. Birmingham City
    10. Sunderland
    11. Bolton Wanderers
    12. West Ham United
    13. Newcastle United
    14. Blackburn Rovers
    15. Fulham
    16. Stoke City
    17. Wigan Ath.
    18. Blackpool
    19. Wolverhampton
    20. West Bromwich

  2. Stijn de Graaf

    May 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    This partly shows that Joe Hart is better than Rob Green. The keepers make such a big difference for a team’s performance and Birmingham have done about 5 places higher than predicted and West Ham about 5 places lower. Although Rob Green has played for most of the qualifying matches, Hart has clearly shown that he is on better form and Capello must give him some caps at the WC this summer.

  3. scott alexander

    May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Got the top 4 right but afterwards struggled a bit. Saw that Liverpool had huge problems without Alonso but I figured Liverpool would do slightly better than Man City. Was a bit too pessimistic concerning Villa. Way off on Birmingham, Sunderland, and West Ham. Still think that Burnley and Bolton’s fortunes would be reversed if Coyle stayed put. Was right about Fulham, Portsmouth, and Everton. Was almost right about Stoke. 7 right. off by 2.4 a team. Still only got 12th in my league… always next year

    (these are final predictions with the close of the August transfer window)
    1 Chelsea 1
    2 Man Utd 2
    3 Arsenal 3
    4 Tottenham 4
    5 Liverpool 7
    6 Man City 5
    7 Sunderland 13
    8 Everton 8
    9 Aston Villa 6
    10 Stoke 11
    11 West Ham 17
    12 Fulham 12
    13 Wigan 16
    14 Burnley 18
    15 Blackburn 10
    16 Birmingham 9
    17 Hull 19
    18 Bolton 14
    19 Wolves 15
    20 Pompey 20

  4. Raatzie

    May 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Good news for Raatzie:

    1. Picked Chelsea as Champion.
    2. Picked West Brom second in the Championship.

    Neutral news for Raatzie:

    Picked Portsmouth and Hull to drop (who didn’t?).

    Bad news:

    1. Liverpool 2nd
    2. Everton 4th
    3. Arsenal 5th
    4. West Ham 9th
    5. Spurs 10th
    6. Birmingham 18th
    7. Sheffield United (champion) and QPR (playoff) to be promoted.

    In short, I am a prognosticating prodigy who knows his footie.

    /not so much
    //not at all
    ///still picking again next August
    ////not picking Liverpool second or Spurs tenth
    /////United to be relegated
    //////not that United. The other one.

  5. Eious

    May 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Good predictions. I suspect most had Liverpool higher in theres.

    I would stick with Chelsea at #1 especially if they add 2-3 young guns

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