Premier League Predictions
With the Premier League taking a break for an International Weekend the Boots Bats ‘N Balls team pitted their wits against each other to forecast who this seasons winners and losers will be.
The season is 11 games in at the time of writing so we felt it time to pick our top four, bottom three and the surprise team of the season.
The three presenters on the show, Rob Bailey, Dave Johnson and Rob Ledgar selected their choices which are listed below, suprisingly their thoughts weren’t too different but there are a few disagreements.
Manchester City – all three agreed that Pep’s men will finish the season as Champions. Rob L even dared to suggest that they have the potential to go the season unbeaten, which could be an internal private team target set by Guardiola. They do however have still to play their local derby against Man. Utd. twice and have Champions League ambitions so an unbeaten Premier League season could be slightly ambitious.
Champions League Places
2/ Tottenham Hotspur
3/ Manchester United
Rob B chose
3/ Tottenham Hotspur
4/ Manchester United
Rob L chose
2/ Manchester United
3/ Tottenham Hotspur
No Arsenal in any of these choices!
Teams to be relegated
All three agreed that Crystal Palace and Swansea will be playing their football in the Championship for the 2018/19 season with Rob B thinking that West Ham United will join them. Rob L picked Bournemouth to go down while Dave went left field with Southampton suffering relegation.
Premier League Surprise for 2017/18
The league always throws out a shock and a team usually over achieves or under achieves during the season and the three pundits were asked to name their surprise team.
Rob Bailey chose newly promoted Newcastle United who would be seen as doing well if they retained their Premier League status this season. Rob felt that they could push for a European place given the experience of manager Rafa Benitez and that they may get a healthy January transfer budget if new owners are confirmed before the end of the transfer window.
Rob Ledgar chose West Bromwich Albion as his team. They were thought at the start of the season to be capable of pushing on and gaining a European place by many but Rob feels it could all go sour for the Baggies, especially if fan pressure sees Tony Pulis leave the club. Pulis stays, they stay up, if he goes then they become a yo-yo club and could go down.
Dave Johnson revealed his surprise team in his relegation selections, Southampton are unsteady and haven’t scored that many goals this season causing Dave to become concerned for their safety. The Saints were thought to also be potential European football contenders especially after their 8th finish and a League Cup final appearance last season.
Who would your selections be in these categories? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Premier League Predictions.
We will of course be monitoring these selections during the remainder of the Premier League season so tune in to Boots Bats N’ Balls every Saturday 10am ’til 12 and our sister sports show midweek kickabout for all the local chat regarding football on 6 Towns Radio.
We’ve added a number of predictions in our table below – let’s see who gets the most right
5 Points for a correct team in the correct place
2 points for a correct team in the top 4 or relegation spots.
All points combined to pick a winner.
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|Name||Champions||Runners Up||Third Place||Fourth Place||Eighteen Place||Nineteen Place||Twentieth Place||Notes|
|Rob Ledgar||Man. City||Man. Utd.||Spurs||Liverpool||Bournemouth||Swansea||Palace||West Brom could get dragged in to relegation if Pulis goes|
|Rob Bailey||Man. City||Liverpool||Spurs||Man. Utd.||West Ham||Swansea||Palace||Newcastle got get Euro Spot if new owners arrive and give Rafa cash in January|
|Dave Johnson||Man. City||Spurs||Man. Utd.||Chelsea||Southampton||Swansea||Palace|
|Nigel Howle||Man. City||Spurs||Man. Utd.||Arsenal||West Brom||Swansea||Palace|
|Antony Bradshaw||Man. City||Spurs||Man. Utd.||Chelsea||Swansea||Bournemouth||Palace|
|John Farrar||Man. City||Spurs||Chelsea||Man. Utd.||Huddersfield||Palace||Swansea||Stoke may be 18th|
|Dan Townley||Man. City||Man. Utd.||Spurs||Chelsea||West Brom||West Ham||Palace|
|Darren Fairhurst||Man. Utd.||Man. City||Spurs||Chelsea||Swansea||Bournemouth||Palace||Burnley could go down if Dyche goes|
|Ian Ledgar||Man. City||Chelsea||Spurs||Man. Utd.||West Ham||Newcastle||Palace|
|Mick Wood||Man. City||Man. Utd.||Spurs||Chelsea||Huddersfield||Swansea||Palace|
|Paul Taft||Man. City||Man. Utd.||Spurs||Liverpool||Huddersfield||Swansea||Palace|
|Mick Munday||Man. City||Spurs||Man. Utd.||Liverpool||West Brom||Newcastle||Palace|
|Tony Hazledine||Man. City||Man. Utd.||Spurs||Chelsea||Bournemouth||Swansea||Palace|
|Alan Barrett||Man. City||Spurs||Chelsea||Arsenal||Swansea||Bournemouth||Palace|
|Terry Pullin||Man. City||Spurs||Man. Utd.||Chelsea||West Ham||Swansea||Palace|
|Danny Bowers||Man. City||Man. Utd.||Chelsea||Spurs||Swansea||Brighton||Palace|