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Bournemouth and Watford; Norwich and Leicester. What about Aston Villa? And what about us?

There’s a week to go, more or less, to the big kick-off so it’s time to revisit our dodgy numbers relegation stakes. 6,373 votes were cast in our poll, with Bournemouth and Watford being consistently clear favourites for the drop since the early days:

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Relegation watch: still looking at Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich, with Leicester hanging on

What a website! On 15th June, in response to my “who went down, who’s going down?”  Dave left a comment which included: “… I think Pearson will, at some point, have a big row with a player or a fan, and the team’s spirit that kept them up will dissipate…” Two weeks later Leicester City’s [...]

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Relegation: it’s still Bournemouth and Watford. Can Leicester and Norwich relax?

Average points per game from game 11

Strange, isn’t it? I spend Monday evening idly browsing the MLS (aka Major League Soccer) website trying to work out how it (the league, not the website) operates and then along comes David Millward with a piece about a football convention in the USA. I wonder if the fans he mixed with can get their [...]

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Relegation 2016: Bournemouth and Watford, Norwich or Leicester. Not Villa or Newcastle (or SAFC)

Casual visitors to this site might might not be aware that at the start of last season I made a prediction about who would suffer relegation from the Premiership and then tracked those clubs (and SAFC, of course) over the season. At the end of my final post of the series I set up a [...]

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Why do we always play Chelsea at the end of the season?

John McCormick writes: So you’ve been onto the SAFC home page, clicked the appropriate icon and found the fixtures. No need for me to do much then, is there? Only, M Salut, who is travelling today, would be delighted to find the site that carries his name has not ignored this (pretty much) inauspicious occasion.

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Who went down, who’s going down? Do dodgy numbers have the answer?

At the start of last season I chose three relegation candidates  (QPR, Hull and Aston Villa) and two reserves (Southampton and West Brom) on the basis of PL history and some iffy statistics. As you might expect, I got some stick from fans who didn’t like my forecast: Mr QPR said “What a rubbish article, how [...]

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SAFC: back in the Deloitte list, with plenty after our place

John McCormick:

John McCormick writes: back in January various sources ran the news that all of 2013-14′s Premiership clubs were in the world’s top 40 in terms of revenue. While Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff won’t stay there for 2016 I expect Burnley, QPR and Leicester to replace them. Looking ahead to 2017, Burnley, Hull and QPR should [...]

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Ups and downs with Hull, QPR & Villa (and Leicester and Burnley instead of Saints and WBA)

You might remember the theme of this series of posts was to track the progress of selected teams towards  38 points, which  required them to average 1 point per game throughout the season. The teams I chose as relegation candidates at the start of the season, on the basis of some history and rather flimsy [...]

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Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty as a citizen of the European Capital of Culture (2008) to bring enlightenment to the denizens of the runners up, Newcastle-Gateshead. You’re one of them, by the way. The Angel of the North is part [...]

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Leicester, Burnley, QPR, Villa, Hull, WBA, Palace and SAFC: all flatlining

John McCormick:

At 24 games in it was time for my review of the relegation prospects I set out at the beginning of the season but with game 25 only two days later  it made sense to wait. You’ll remember my chosen three were QPR – chosen because a promoted team is almost certain to go down [...]

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Sixer Says: can’t play like Chelsea, can talk total sport to The Guardian

John McCormick writes:some 7,687 votes have been cast in our relegation poll. I wonder if Guardian writer Louise Taylor is [...]

Leicester City Who are You?: ‘I like Catts but you’re doomed with Norwich and Bournemouth’

Sometimes, Who are You? interviewees bend over backwards to please, offering upbeat predictions for Sunderland’s season that even we wouldn’t [...]

Leicester City v SAFC: managerless, no adult as goalie but one point

Monsieur Salut asked Pete Sixsmith for a slice of nostalgia and it doesn’t come much better than this, a lovely [...]

Leicester City v Sunderland Guess the Score. Or maybe Guess the Team

The beautiful game, with all those blemishes the heaviest make-up cannot conceal, is back. There may still be a Test [...]

Life after Wickham, for better or worse

For Monsieur Salut’s latest piece for ESPN FC, the victory in Hannover took second place to the more immediate news [...]

Sunderland’s prospects Observed: Sixer says we’ll finish higher (but not much)

As usual. The Observer made a pre-season raid on the thoughts of Pete Sixsmith. Sixer obliged, but before the 1-0 [...]