Experts Predicted Premier League Table 2011/12

 

 

Pictured: a graphic of a past Premier League table

 

 

Our so-called "experts" were asked to put forward their predictions for the final Barclays Premier League table for the enthralling 2011-12 season at the beginning of March guessing some extremely tight calls in the race for the title, fourth place, a top ten finish and relegation. Below is what they went for. Do you agree?

 

Adam

1) Manchester City
2) Manchester United
3) Tottenham
4) Arsenal
5) Chelsea
6) Newcastle United
7) Liverpool
8) Fulham
9) Sunderland
10) Norwich City
11) Everton
12) Stoke City
13) West Bromwich Albion
14) Swansea City
15) Aston Villa
16) Bolton Wanderers
17) Wolves
18) Wigan Athletic
19) Blackburn Rovers
20) Queens Park Rangers

 

Alex


1) Manchester United
2) Manchester City
3) Arsenal
4) Tottenham
5) Newcastle United
6) Chelsea
7) Fulham
8) Sunderland
9) Liverpool
10) Everton
11) Norwich City
12) West Bromwich Albion
13) Stoke City
14) Aston Villa
15) Swansea City
16) Blackburn Rovers
17) Wolves
18) Queens Park Rangers
19) Wigan Athletic
20) Bolton Wanderers

Caine

1) Manchester United
2) Manchester City
3) Tottenham
4) Arsenal
5) Chelsea
6) Newcastle United
7) Liverpool
8) Fulham
9) West Bromwich Albion
10) Stoke City
11) Sunderland
12) Norwich City
13) Swansea City
14) Everton
15) Aston Villa
16) Bolton Wanderers
17) Wolves
18) Blackburn Rovers
19) Queens Park Rangers
20) Wigan Athletic

 

Jordan

1) Manchester United
2) Manchester City
3) Tottenham
4) Arsenal
5) Newcastle United
6) Sunderland
7) Fulham
8) Norwich City
9) Chelsea
10) Everton
11) Liverpool
12) Stoke City
13) West Bromwich Albion
14) Swansea City
15) Aston Villa
16) Bolton Wanderers
17) Blackburn Rovers
18) Wolves
19) Queens Park Rangers
20) Wigan Athletic

Elliott

1) Manchester City
2) Manchester United
3) Tottenham
4) Arsenal
5) Newcastle United
6) Chelsea
7) Fulham
8) Norwich City
9) Everton
10) Liverpool
11) West Bromwich Albion
12) Swansea City
13) Stoke City
14) Aston Villa
15) Sunderland
16) Blackburn Rovers
17) Bolton Wanderers
18) Wolves
19) Queens Park Rangers
20) Wigan Athletic

 

Now compare this to the actual Premier League final table for the campaign:

 

1) Manchester City
2) Manchester United
3) Arsenal
4) Tottenham
5) Newcastle United
6) Chelsea
7) Everton
8) Liverpool
9) Fulham
10) West Bromwich Albion
11) Swansea City
12) Norwich City
13) Sunderland
14) Stoke City
15) Wigan Athletic
16) Aston Villa
17) Queens Park Rangers
18) Bolton Wanderers
19) Blackburn Rovers
20) Wolves

 


Palputations: How did our experts fare to the actual league table standings?


Title race- Out of the five experts who registered their Premier League tables, only two correctly called Manchester City as champions (Adam & Elliott) with Jordan, Alex & Caine all predicting Manchester United to clinch a twentieth league crown. All of the five answered City and United correctly to be the top two teams.


Race for third and fourth place- Only one of the five experts (Alex) correctly thought that Arsenal would finish above North London rivals Tottenham in third with the rest all going for Spurs behind City and United and the Gunners having to be content with the last of the Champions League spots. Congratulations to all our experts for accurately predicting the Premier League's top four though- it's a complete shame that none of them could guess the four teams in their actual order of finishing (Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham).


Race for fifth place- All of our experts correctly thought that Newcastle United's Champions League ambitions would wilter in the crucial months of the season yet three of the five (Alex, Elliott & Jordan) predicted that they would still pip Chelsea to fifth place and the leading Europa League position with the Blues finishing in sixth spot. Adam and Caine thought that interim manager Roberto Di Matteo would be able to mastermind a Chelsea charge to fifth place and the Magpies would fall short in sixth.


Race for a top ten finish-  Adam was quite a way off thinking both Sunderland and Norwich would have done enough to clinch a top ten finish while he incorrectly judged that Liverpool would finish above Everton. Alex correctly predicted that Fulham would finish in the top ten although he thought they would finish seventh as opposed to the ninth position they ended up in. He incorrectly guessed that Liverpool would finish above their Merseyside rivals Everton placing them adjacent in 9th and 10th when in fact the Toffees finished in 7th & Liverpool in 8th. While Caine correctly predicted that both Fulham and West Brom would flourish in the run-in placing them in his top ten. However Jordan was far out when deciding that Sunderland- albeit in good form when tables were selected in March- would finish sixth while Norwich failed to finish in the top ten with Chelsea and Everton further up the table than 9th & 10th respectively. Jordan also thought Liverpool would end up in eleventh place rather than eighth where they finished. Elliott was very close in his predictions of the top ten judging well that Everton would finish higher than Liverpool but again Norwich let him down whie he anticipated too much regarding Fulham's excellent end to the campaign placing the Cottagers in seventh as opposed to the ninth.


Best of the rest in mid-table-  All of our experts did reasonably well in predicting who would be the cluster of teams underneath the top ten and above the relegation trio with many not far off although Caine was far off when thinking Everton, who traditionally end season's in blistering form, would finish 14th- seven positions behind where they actually finished. None of our experts actually predicted a correct finish for any of the mid-table sides with all five mightily close missing out by just one position in various cases.


Relegation dogfight-
  None of our experts correctly predicted all three teams which were relegated to the Championship. Every single one of our so-called "experts" condemned Wigan and QPR to the trapdoor but to everybody's amazement the Latics went on an extraordinary winning streak to avoid the drop while the Hoops accumulated enough points to stave off trouble securing survival on the final day. In addition, none of the five put Wolves to finish bottom of the lot with Adam, Alex & Caine believing they would scrape over the line in 17th although Elliott & Jordan placed them just below the dotted line in 18th. Adam rightly guessed Blackburn to finish 19th while Caine also judged that the Rovers would not have enough to stay in the Premier League placing them in 18th position. While Alex, despite placing them bottom rather than 18th, correctly thought Bolton Wanderers would also fall short in the race to remain in the top flight. Both Elliott and Jordan incorrectly thought both Lancashire clubs would stay up.


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