How easy or difficult is to make predictions relating to the English Premier League. With just 20 teams in the fray, including two promoted from the Championship, you would imagine that it isn’t such a tough job. Especially as the relative strengths of the major teams are known and given that just a handful of teams have won the Premiership since it began, less than 20 years ago.
But when we get down to making predictions for particular matches, we realise how hard the task really is. For instance, Chelsea were the dominant team at the start of the 2010-11 season, and they stayed at the top of the table till nearly half-way through the season. And then they fell apart.
To read our predictions relating to the Premier League games scheduled to be played in the next match week, take a look at the following table.
Date Home Away Predicted winner/ result
17/11/2012 Arsenal Tottenham Arsenal
17/11/2012 Liverpool Wigan Liverpool
17/11/2012 Man City Aston Villa Man City
17/11/2012 Newcastle Swansea Newcastle
17/11/2012 QPR Southampton QPR
17/11/2012 Reading Everton Everton
17/11/2012 West Brom Chelsea Chelsea
17/11/2012 Norwich Man United Man United
1811/2012 Fulham Sunderland Fulham
19/11/2012 West Ham Stoke West Ham
Manchester City went on a shopping spree during the season and their new oil-rich Arab owner put together a team of marquee names. While no team could take City for granted during the season, they fell well short of championship class and finished in third place behind Chelsea.
In the latter half of the season, Arsenal made much headway and towards the end, they had a realistic chance of getting level with Manchester United at the top of the table. Almost inexplicably, Gunners lost games they should have won and eventually ended up in fourth place.
Tottenham were brilliant in patches and Gareth Bale emerged as the wonder kid of the Premier League. While nobody expected Spurs to actually win the Premiership — a favourite subject of speculation for manager Harry Redknapp at a certain period during the season — their fifth-placed finish, ahead of Liverpool, could be considered a successful run.
Liverpool began the season in utter disarray and about eight weeks into the campaign were being talked about as relegation material. Sadly, the mess was owing to off-field ownership wrangles at the club, and at one stage, it appeared that the anfield club would go into administration and get docked by nine points, in keeping with the rules of the Premiership. Thankfully, a new ownership took charge before such dire events could come to pass, and the Merseysiders got their campaign back on the rails. They made some headway under Roy Hodgson but much of their acceleration up the points table came after Hodgson’s sacking followed by the induction of King Kenny Dalglish at the helm.
Several mid-table teams such as Everton, Bolton and Fulham gave a good account of themselves while some, such as West Ham, languished and were relegated. There were upsets aplenty, thereby giving the lie to the assumption that predicting a Premiership result is anything but a hard job.
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