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Swansea or Hull? A Statistical Take on the Relegation Battle

With 4 games left in the Premier League season, much of the once complicated relegation battle has fizzled out. Crystal Palace and Leicester have separated themselves from the bottom, while Sunderland and Middlesbrough are all but relegated at this point. The general consensus around the league is that the final relegation spot will be occupied by either Hull City or Swansea City. In this post, we are going to take a look at 5 statistical comparisons that will, in the end, lead us to who will be in the Prem next season.

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Here’s How Chelsea Could Blow the Title

Just a week ago, Chelsea seemed poised to lift the EPL trophy at the end of the season undeterred, as they carried a 10 point lead over second place Spurs with just 10 games left to play. However, Chelsea lost at home to lowly Crystal Palace, and Spurs grinded out a road win at Burnley, and this has turned the season into somewhat of a title race. If Chelsea lose tomorrow against Manchester City, who haven’t lost in 8 league games, their lead could be cut down to four points. Here are the updated odds to win the title, with Chelsea still being overwhelming favorites:

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Taken from Sports Club Stats.

However, Spurs chances have shot up significantly. So, I am now going to present a scenario in which Chelsea ends up finishing in second, with Spurs claiming the title.

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European World Cup Qualifier Predictions (Part 1)

With the World Cup still over a year away, the fun has already kicked off in the form of the European qualifiers. 9 groups of 6 teams each compete in a round robin style tournament, with each team playing the other 5 teams in their group twice. Once all 10 matches have been played, the top finisher from each group will advance to the World Cup. As for the runners up, the best 8 of the lot will go to a playoff, and four of them will claim a spot in Russia. In this article, we are going to predict 5 of the 9 groups. Stay tuned for next week, when we do groups F through I.

Group A:

1. France
2. Sweden
3. Netherlands
4. Bulgaria
5. Belarus

Key International Fixture Predictions

With the international break now upon us, national teams are really going at it to secure their spot in the 2018 World Cup. At the same time, they have to work in youth players to keep their future looking bright. In this article, I am going to take a look at the most intriguing fixtures of March. Continue reading Key International Fixture Predictions

5 Bold Predictions for the Premier League

10 games remain for most teams in the Premier League, and yet so much remains up in the air. Chelsea look poised to win the title uncontested, but the Champions League race, the relegation battle, and so much more remains undecided. Here are my 5 bold predictions for the remainder of this Premier League season: Continue reading 5 Bold Predictions for the Premier League

FA Cup Predictions

The “Final Four” of the FA Cup is set, and it is looking to be one of the best conclusions in recent memory. All the upsets and giant killers have been eliminated, and all four teams that remain are in the top 5 of the Premier League – Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City, and Arsenal. This is far from the norm of the FA Cup; take last year for example – Crystal Palace, Watford, Manchester United, and Everton made up the semi-finalists, and none of those clubs qualified for the Champions League. It’s time to take a look at our FA Cup Predictions: Continue reading FA Cup Predictions

MLS Cup Predictions

The 2017 MLS season kicked off last night, as the Portland Timbers welcomed expansion team Minnesota United to the league by thrashing them 5-1. The MLS is one of the most unique leagues in the world, as not many others feature a playoff system to decide a champion rather than just having the season decide it. This has drawn criticism from many, but still, a lot of fans admire it. Last season, the Seattle Sounders emerged victorious of the MLS Cup after defeating Toronto FC in the final. Can they repeat as champions? Here are our picks for the MLS Cup Champions: Continue reading MLS Cup Predictions

EPL Matchweek 27 Preview

As the season is winding down in the late stages, every point counts. Can Spurs and City continue to put the pressure on Chelsea? Can Liverpool climb back into the top 4? Will United finally get out of 6th? In fact, Everton could even come within one point of the top 6. This week’s match ups are a huge part of the journey that the Premier League season is. Here are some of the top teams’ matchups for the week: Continue reading EPL Matchweek 27 Preview

Europa League Predictions

The opening knockout round of the Europa League provided no shortage of surprises, from Tottenham’s shocking exit to Gladbach’s improbable comeback from down 3-0. Such upsets are a unique part of the Europa League. Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League sees giants like Manchester United accompanied by smaller sides like Apoel FC and FK Krasnodar. At this point, everyone seems to really start shifting away from squad rotations to their full first team. So, with only 16 teams remaining, we saw this as a fitting time to make our picks for who we think will take home the silverware.  Continue reading Europa League Predictions

National Teams with the Brightest Futures

So much of the international football scene, and all of the sport for that matter, is dominated by superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, these players are aging, and at some point, it will be time for their national teams to think about the next chapter. For example, how many players on these national teams will be seen at the 2022 World Cup? I doubt there will be many that are currently over the age of 3o. In this article, I am going to be taking a look at some of the national teams I think have bright futures, who their key players will be, and how far they can go. For the purposes of this, none of the key players I identify can be over 25, and only one player per country can be over 23. Continue reading National Teams with the Brightest Futures