Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Posting Away

Some of you may have read elsewhere that a handful of my more considered posts will now be made over at Betting Expert and the first, on the subject of this weekend's UEFA Champions League Final and a look back at the fate of teams from the capital in that competition. I've also looked at the history of teams playing 'home' matches in the final, either on their own pitch, or on another ground within the same country. It would be immodest of me to say it makes a fascinating read, but it does.

My more mundane ramblings will continue to be posted on here, and rather like Zach over at A Beautiful Numbers Game, I will link to any away posts I make.

And so for any readers remaining, here's a quick review of the EPL ratings highlights at the conclusion of hostilities. Manchester City topped my ratings, followed by Manchester United in second place. No surprises there, nor the bottom two with Wolverhampton Wanderers rated last, and Blackburn Rovers just above them, but there are several over and under-achievers. Liverpool started the season ranked third and ended it in third. Then come Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, but no sign of Newcastle United until we get to 9th place. Ahead of them are Everton and, perhaps surprisingly, Wigan Athletic. In mid-table come Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers. The remaining teams, and those to watch for relegation next season, are Sunderland, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Stoke City. As I wrote a few days ago, the four lowest rated survivors last season were Bolton, Wolves and Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers, a strategy that would have caught all three relegated teams, although at least one promoted team usually drops straight back down. 

1 comment:

Betfree247 said...

Surprised to see Stoke down there to be honest. If Villa get their next managerial appointment wrong they could be a casualty next season, squad looks very poor on paper and they need someone who will be able to work on a tight budget, no point them hiring a cheque book manager.