Season Preview

Spurs favourites to be best of the rest in 2008/09

North Londoners can be confident of fifth place glory

Tottenham Hotspur

What’s the best thing to do if you’re stuck inside a league where only four teams stand a chance of winning? Start your own league, of course. Everton won the ‘best of the rest’ league last season, but it’s two-time champions Tottenham who are the bookies overwhelming favourites this time. of course, with only six worthy contenders, even this mini-league is becoming a bit predictable, so stay tuned for a ‘best of the rest of the rest’ league next season.

Here’s chickendinner’s take on the whole shebang, starting with the boys who love nothing more than to play around in the surf:

Tottenham

Reason for: Tottenham have been ‘best of the rest’ in two of the last three seasons.

Reason against: Since the Premier League became a 20-team league, Tottenham have never gained more than five places over the course of a season – last year they came 11th.

Aston Villa

Reason for: Losing Gareth Barry may not be the end of the world. In 2004-05, Everton lost Wayne Rooney but shrugged it off and finished fourth.

Reason against: Aston Villa are always in the mix but haven’t finished in the top five since 1996-97. In the eleven seasons since they have finished between sixth and eighth seven times but despite a great start in 1998-99, Villa have never managed to get the job done.

Everton

Reason for: Everton were the last club to finish above one of the ‘Big Four’ when they finished fourth ahead of Liverpool in 2004-05.

Reason against: The Toffees’ league performance has improved for two straight seasons (from 11th to 6th to 5th). The last time Everton improved twice (2000-03 – from 16th to 15th to 7th) they battled relegation and finished 17th the next season.

Manchester City

Reason for: Last season Man City were the best outside the top four at the halfway point, two clear points above Everton. Mark Hughes’ Blackburn scored just one point less than Everton in the second half of the season. So if Man City get off to a flying start again and Mark Hughes’ maintains his record of finishing seasons strongly, Man City are capable.

Reason against: Man City have spent ten years in the Premier League without ever finishing higher than eighth.

Portsmouth

Reason for: The last seven FA Cup winners have finished in the top four the next season. The last team to fail to do so was Chelsea in 2000-01.

Reason against: You have to go back to 1955 to find the last time Pompey finished in the top five and the team who finished eighth in 2006-07 (Reading) were relegated the next year.

Newcastle

Reason for: In two of Kevin Keegan’s three full top-flight seasons as Newcastle manager, the Toon Army finished in the top three.

Reason against: The last time Newcastle were stuck in the bottom half for two straight years (1997-98 and 1998-99) they stayed outside the top ten for two more seasons.


For more top notch betting information on the Premier League and just about every other sport under the sun, head over to chickendinner


5 responses so far
  • toon // July 17, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I think spurs are definatley the best of the rest. also just heard that newcastle are planning a press conference for tuesday where ashley will announce the sale of the club.

  • david roberts // July 17, 2008 at 9:08 am

    spurs were to finish 4th last season if i remember rightly, with berbatov and robbie keen going they will have no chance this season

  • benitez sacked has liverskint form dips // July 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

    LIVERPOOL WILL HAVE A BAD START TO THERE CAMPAIN THERE FAILIURE TO ATTRACT DECENT PLAYERS AND TORRES IS INJURY ALL ADD UP TO THE YANKS SACKING BENITEZ RYCARD REMAINS FAVOURATE TO TAKE OVER AND AFTER 10 GAMES THE TABLE IS SPURS TOP CHELSEA SECOND ONE POINT BEHIND .PORSTMOUTH 3 ASTON VILLA 4 UTD 5 EVERTON 5 MAN CITY BLACBURN JOINT6 LIVERPOOL 4 FROM BOTTEM STOKE BOTTEM .

  • toon // July 17, 2008 at 9:41 am

    @DAVID ROBERTS- berba and keane arent leaving.

  • Mr Noisy // July 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    With Barca now on the lookout for Berbie, and Liverpool stepping up to meet our valuation on Keane, I think come beggining of August they will have both gone.

Leave a comment
  1. View comments in RSS feed