Promotion, Relegation, and Gringos Part Dos

Sports News - January 15, 2009


Last week FFG explored relegation and promotion in England’s Premier League.  Today we check out the changes resulting from last week’s matches.

American players are in parentheses.

Premier League Changes

The top two stayed the same, with 1 point separating Chelsea and Manchester United after both won.  United’s win came at the expense of 4th place Tottenham, whose loss leaves them even with 5th place Aston Villa (Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan), who beat Birmingham.  Tottenham, though, does have one more game left than Villa, so they are still the favorites for the final Champions League spot.  Manchester City and Liverpool, the other contenders, picked up 1 point and 3 points, respectively.  City, like Tottenham, have three games left.

Three of those teams (the ones that end up in 5th-7th) will likely represent England in the Europa League.  Everton (Tim Howard) still have a slim chance to catch Liverpool but will need the latter to either lose both of their final games or lose one and tie the other.

At the bottom of the standings, Burnley, Liverpool’s victims over the weekend, have joined Portsmouth in the ranks of the relegated.  A loss by Hull City (Jozy Altidore) and a victory for West Ham (Jonathan Spector) means the Hammers are all but guaranteed to stay in the Premier League.  In order to stay in the 1st division Hull will need to win their final two games, hope West Ham lose both of theirs, and make up a 23 goal difference.

Coca-Cola Championship  Changes

Jay DeMerit’s Watford will be in the Championship next year.  Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle will not.  Watford’s win and Argyle’s loss secured their fortunes, for better and worse.  Unlike Cooper, Frank Simek still has hope of avoiding the drop.  If his club, Sheffield Wednesday, wins their final match and Crystal Palace lose theirs, Simek and his teammates will stay in the Championship.  Oh, and those final matches? They’re the same game.  If you happen to have Foxsoccer.tv, you’ll be able to watch that cracker of a match live.

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