Nineteen top flight titles for Manchester United. Not bad. Not bad at all. I should’ve been more jubilant but I exhaled after beating Chelsea and the trophy presentation is not until this Sunday when the season concludes. Whether they want to or not, their game against Blackpool is one of the biggest matches to bring the season to a close. Why? Blackpool are relegation threatened, as are 4 other teams who look to avoid the dreaded drop on Sunday.
Current Standings With One Game Remaining
15th – Blackburn (40 pts, -14 GD)
16th – Wolves (40 pts, -19 GD)
17th – Birmingham (39 pts, -20 GD)
18th – Blackpool (39 pts, -21 GD)
19th – Wigan (39 pts, -22 GD)
20th – West Ham (33 pts, -24 GD, Relegated)
Man Utd v Blackpool
Manchester United once again face a final day fixture in which their opposition is facing relegation. In 2007, having already been crowned champions, Man Utd fell 1-0 to West Ham at Old Trafford as the Hammers avoided relegation. Their last title in 2009 saw their reserves eek out a 1-0 win at Hull, but the Tigers stayed up due to Newcastle’s loss against Aston Villa. This year they’ve won the league title again and are matched up against a Blackpool side needing a win to assure their Premier League status or favorable results in the other day’s fixtures.
Tottenham v Birmingham
Birmingham’s 2-0 home defeat to Fulham last weekend means they’re under threat of going back to The Championship. Currently they sit above Blackpool and Wigan despite being level on points, but they are only 1 and 2 goals better respectively in the tiebreaker. Tottenham are in prime position to snag 5th place and a UEFA Europa League spot so there’s more than just relegation on the line at White Hart Lane.
Stoke v Wigan
Wigan’s dramatic comeback against West Ham not only confirmed the London side’s 20th place finish and subsequent relegation, but kept their hopes of avoiding the drop alive. They’re away to FA Cup runners-up Stoke. Like Birmingham and Blackpool, Wigan’s fate could come down to goal differential if all three sides fail to earn a point in their respective matches. Currently they have the worst GD among all teams potentially facing the drop.
Wolves v Blackburn
The other possible relegation clash (to be aired on Football First) is between Wolves and Blackburn at The Molineux. With Wolves getting a crucial win at Sunderland and Blackburn managing a point against the champions Manchester United, only a draw plus wins by two of Birmingham, Wigan, and Blackpool could see both of them go down.
I’ll have all the scenarios for relegation by the end of the week. It really could all come down to not losing by more than 1 goal for some teams. Can’t wait for Survival Sunday!