Many a fan will need a fill of the Devil's urine tonight to get them to sleep before tomorrow's cracking finale. Five teams will battle it out to avoid the drop (the permutations are endless) - Wigan, Blackpool, Birmingham, Wolves, Blackburn - but only three of them will live to have another go next season.
The small matter of 3rd and 4th is still to be sorted out, along with the lesser issue of 5th and 6th. Who's your money on?
Wolves v Blackburn
Both sides are on 40 points, Blackburn having the superior goal difference. Wolves have dug in over the last few games and have done exactly what they needed to do, but they could have avoided all of this had they performed better against the lower placed teams in the league. The mathematics of this one are a bit simpler to work out - victory for either team, and they will stay up. Blackburn have played reasonably well in the last 3 games but I still expect Wolves to take this one. 2-0
Stoke v Wigan
The Potters have suffered a right miserable fucking week at the hands of Man City, but they've had a very good season regardless. Wigan (no small thanks to N'Zogbia) turned it around last week to send the Hammers packing, and have given themselves a chance of avoiding the drop. I think it would have been better for the Latics if Stoke had won the cup, as you'd now imagine that Pulis wants his boys to go out and finish the season with a sound victory. 3-1
Spurs v Birmingham
It was looking all so rosy for McLeish's boys three months ago - League Cup win over Arsenal, and nobody seriously thinking they were going to end up in the shit at the bottom end - but that's exactly were they find themselves. Spurs looked like they were quite happy to finish in 6th spot until they went to Anfield last week and actually put in a decent shift. I just don't see Birmingham getting anything from this one, especially after that hapless display at home to Fulham last week. 2-0
Man U v Blackpool
There's been a load of talk about this fixture all week and what sort of side Fergie is going to put out, but would any of the other 4 relegation threatened sides swap places with the Seasiders? I'd love to see Blackpool get another season in the Prem, but a lot depends on what happens in the other crucial games. United to win by the odd goal with Holloway sweating over the wireless until the final whistle.
Bolton v City
Fulham v Arsenal
City, without looking like the real deal, have put themselves into a great position of snatching third place from under the Gunners' snouts. What can you say about the Arsenal? Can't imagine there are many Gooners that'll take too many positives from this campaign, and the big question will be, what can they do to turn things around over the summer?
I fancy City to get at least a point at Bolton, but I think Arsenal are gonna have another one of those days at Fulham.
It's so close to call, but I think Wigan and Birmingham will be playing in the Champo next season, and City will force the Gunners into playing some early CL games... however, it wouldn't be the first time I fucked up a predo, and it certainly won't be the last.
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