I have always been a believer in not watching other teams’ results.
Concentrating on getting points yourself is better than counting on others to drop them.
However, who you are playing in the final weeks of the season and who your rivals are playing can be a massive factor in who finishes where.
I don’t think Sunderland, Bolton, West Ham or Wigan are in the clear yet, but let’s just look at the most threatened trio above Portsmouth . . .
West Ham away
Assessment: Only one of the big four to play, two of the second-tier teams and a final four fixtures against teams who will most likely have little to play for.
Man City h
Assessment: One of the big four to play but four of the chasing pack if you count Birmingham. They will be pleased with a home game on the final day but it could be all over for them by then as the three games before that look very tough.
Assessment: Two of the big four to play and one of the second-tier teams. Otherwise some games where they can expect points. But if Liverpool are still chasing fourth come the last day of the season, it’s a real stinker of a final fixture.
And so the verdict. I reckon Wolves have got the best run-in, then Hull, then Burnley. One unexpected win for any team could turn it all on its head though. Similarly, the likes of Bolton could be in it right to the last game of the season too. I hope you’ve got a pair of brown trousers ready.
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