Relegations are coming

By Shawn Dennis

The one aspect about soccer leagues that you either agree or disagree with are relegations. Unlike most other professional sports leagues, soccer is unique with the fixture that if you manage to end the season placed in one of the three bottom spots, you’re being sent to the league below the one you’re in. If you’re a Sunderland fan, I apologize for this article in advance. At least you got a Netflix series out of your misfortunes…

In any case, the Premier League hasn’t been too harsh with its results and current table as of right now (aside from Arsenal). There’s still plenty of time for just about every team to finish amongst the top three or bottom three ranks. However, there are a few that I believe are inevitably going to be relegated this season.  

Sheffield United, what happened? Last season, being the first in the Premier League since the 2006-2007 season, they came out with a bang. Finishing in ninth place with 54-points, and having victories over teams like Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the process. John Egan winning the Captain spot over Oliver Norwood hasn’t made much of a difference for the squad it seems. Manager Chris Wilder has to be both nervous about losing his job and extremely disappointed with his teams current standing at the very bottom of the league without a win to their name over 16 games now. It’s impossible to predict what the table will look like when the season ends on the 23rd of May next year, but in all fairness, it doesn’t seem promising that Sheffield will be above that red line. 

Next is manager Sam Allardyce’s Westbromwich Albion. If their fate comes down to goal differential then they can kiss the Premiership goodbye, as it’s currently -24 through 16 appearances. Defenders Semi Ajayi and Kieran Gibbs have held up to their expectations this season, but the offense has been lackluster. For instance, in their last match against Leeds United, they only managed to have one shot on target and although they put up a fight against Liverpool the match prior with Ajayi tying the game 1-1 after a beautiful header from a corner kick in the 82’ minute, defense won’t win you games if you can’t put a string of offense together. West Brom is 19th in the standings with 8 points and the competition that’s fighting to get out of the relegation zone, I believe, are just too good for West Brom to keep up. 

This last team pains me to say because I’m a big fan of the manager and believe they have a ton of bright players, pun intended. Yes, Brighton I believe has the higher chance of falling to the 18th spot then Fulham do maintaining it. After 16 matches, manager Graham Potter has the Seagulls at 2-7-7, with wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle earlier this season. What brings me to this conclusion most about Brighton’s position is their defense. Forward Danny Welbeck has finally been granted more playing time, but is restricted due to his long history of injuries. Midfielder Adam Lallana has been a complete stud on the pitch, although his stats don’t prove it otherwise, his many seasons at Liverpool have provided him a “know all do all” ability. Lastly, a super exciting player in Tariq Lamptey has also given speed and spark at the right wing position, so why will they be relegated? 

In Brighton’s case, I think Fulham have been able to play extremely well against the top teams as Scott Parker somehow knows what adjustments to make to give his team the best chance of winning. I just don’t feel the same way about Brighton when it comes to playing the top tier teams, aside from maybe Tottenham, who they’ve always played well against. That being said, if Fulham comes out with ties against those teams while Brighton can’t squeeze in the goal to make the difference, I don’t feel confident in the Seagulls chances. 

There’s still a great deal of time left for clubs to prove me wrong, which in Brighton’s case with the promise they have both through their manager and young players, I hope they do.

Leave a Reply


Recent posts


2020 2020-21 Season Aaron Rodgers Adam Eaton AJ Preller AJ Styles Alabama Aleksander Barkov Alexis Lefreniere Alex Ovechkin Alex Pietrangelo Alex Smith Alex Verdugo Allen Robinson Andre Drummond Andrei Vasilevskiy Andrew Benentendi Andy Dalton Anthony DeAngelo Anthony Rizzo Anze Kopitar Artemi Panarin Art Ross Trophy Asuka Atlanta Braves Atlanta Hawks Austin Auston Matthews Awards Baltimore Baseball baseball betting Basketball Ben Simmons bestbets Betting Big E Bill Belichick Blake Griffin Blake Snell Blowout Boston Boston Bruins Boston Celtics Boston Red Sox Bowen Byram Bradley Beal Brad Marchand Brad Stevens Brandon Moreno Bray Wyatt Brian Hoyer Brighton Brooklyn Nets Bubble Buddy Hield Buffalo Bills Calder Trophy Cale Makar Cam Newton Carey Price Caris LeVert Carlos Rodon Carmelo Anthony Carolina Hurricanes Carson Wentz Carter Hart Charlie McAvoy Charlotte Hornets Chauncey Billups Chelsea Chicago Bulls Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Chris Godwin Chris Paul Christian Wood Christmas Cincinnati Clemson Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Indians College Football Playoff College Sports Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Combat Sports Conference Championships Connor Hellebuyck Connor McDavid Contenders Corey Kispert COVID-19 Cowboys Crystal Palace Dallas Mavericks Dana White Danny Ainge David Pastrnak Dax Prescott DeAndre Jordan Deiveson Figueiredo DeMar DeRozan Derrick Henry Derrick Rose DeShaun Watson Detroit Pistons Detroit Tigers Diana Taurasi Doc Rivers Dominick Reyes Donovan Mitchell Don Sweeney Dougie Hamilton Draft Draft kings Drew McIntyre Duncan Robinson Dwayne Johnson Dylan Cozens Eddie Rosario England Eric Bledsoe Expansion FanDuel Fan duel Fernando Tatis Jr. Fighting Fines Florida Football Francisco Lindor Frank Lampard Frank Selke Free Agency Free Agents Fulham Futbol gambling gamblingguinea Game 1 General Manager George Springer Gerrit Cole Giannis Antokounmpo Goals Goldberg Golden State Warriors Gregg Popovich Hall of Fame Hart Memorial Head Coach Hockey Houston Rockets Houston Texans Hunter Renfroe Hurt Business Ice Shaker Igor Shesterkin Ilya Sorokin Indiana Pacers Isaiah Thomas J.T. Realmuto Jackie Bradley Jr. Jacob DeGrom Jacoby Brissett Jakub Zboril Jameis Winston James Harden James Norris Japan Jarrett Allen Jarrett Stidham Jason Kidd Jason Robertson Javier Baez Jaylen Brown Jaylon Brown Jayson Tatum jdf sport JDFSports JDF Sports Jed Hoyer Jimmy Garoppolo Joanna Jedrzejczyk Joe Flacco Joel Embiid John Gibson JohnnyVTV Jonathan Huberdeau Jon Jones Jordan Clarkson Jose Aldo Josh Norris Jrue Holiday Julius Randle Jurickson Profar Justin Gaehtje Kansas City Kansas City Chiefs Kawhi Leonard Kemba Walker Kenny Golladay Kevin Durant Kevin Owens Kirill Kaprizov Kris Bryant Kyle Lowry Kyrie Irving LaMarcus Aldridge LaMelo Ball Lana Lance Lynn Larry Nance Jr. Las Vegas Lavar Ball Lawsuit Leadership Legal Leon Draisaitl Lions Liverpool Lonzo Ball Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers LSU Luka Doncic Mackenzie Blackwood Malcolm Brogdon Marcell Ozuna Marcus Mariota Mark Stone Matt Murray Matt Ryan Matt Stafford Max Scherzer Memories Memphis Grizzlies Miami Dolphins Miami Heat Michael Jordan Mika Zibanejad Milwaukee Bucks Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Wild Miro Heiskanen Mitch Trubisky MLB MMA Moments Money Montreal Canadiens MVP Myles Turner Nashville Predators Nathan McKinnon Naughty NBA NBA Draft NCAA New Day New England Patriots New Orleans Pelicans New York Jets New York Mets New York Rangers New York Yankees NFC East NFL NHL Nia Jax Nice Nikola Jokic Nikola Vucevic Notre Dame Oakland Athletics Offseason Ohio St. Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma City Thunder Olympics Orlando Magic Outfield Patrice Bergeron Patrick Mahomes Paul George Payton Pritchard Petr Yan PGA Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Phillies Phillip Danault Phoenix Suns PickingWinners Pittsburgh Penguins Playoffs playsoftheday Portland Trail Blazers Predictions Premier League Presidents Trophy Rafael Stone Randy Orton Ravens Relegations Revenge Robbie Ray Robin Lehner Rocket Richard Roman Josi Roman Reigns Rookies Russell Westbrook Russell Wilson Ryan Fitzpatrick Ryan Kesler Ryan O'Reilly Sacramento Kings Safety Sam Cassell Sam Darnold Sammy Watkins San Antonio Spurs San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Sean Couturier Sebastian Aho Semi Ojeleye Shane Bieber Shayna Baszler Sheffield United Shohei Ohtani Sidney Crosby Slam Diego Soccer Sports sports betting sportsbetting Stanley Cup Stan Van Gundy Steal Steelers Stephen Curry Steven Adams Steven Stamkos strikeout totals Sue Bird Super Bowl LV Suspensions Sweep Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays Chicago White Sox Vlad Guerrero Jr Tamyra Mensah-Stock Taurean Prince Texans Texas A&M Texas Rangers Thanksgiving The Rock Tim Stutzle TLC Tokyo Tom Brady Tom Wilson Tony Ferguson Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Raptors Tottenham trade Trade Deadline Trades Trevor Bauer Trevor Lawrence Trevor Zegras Tuukka Rask Tyler Glasnow Ty Lue Tyrod Taylor Ty Smith UFC UFC 266 Underrated USA Vancouver Canucks Vegas Golden Knights Vezina Trophy Victor Hedman Victor Oladipo vladdy jr Wagers Washington Washington Capitals Washington Football Team Washington Nationals Washington Wizards WeeklyTaste West Brom Wild Card William Karlsson William M. Jennings Winnipeg Jets World Series WrestleMania WWE Yu Darvish Zach Werenski Zhang Weili