As the battle to avoid relegation from the Barclay’s Premier League reached a crescendo, Twitter was buzzing. One thing that was noticeable was the number of times the word “deserve” cropped up – in the context of deserving to stay up or deserving to go down.
Simply the three teams with the poorest records after 38 games are the most deserving of relegation but it also got me thinking of the head-to-head records of the relegation contenders + West Ham whose fate was sealed last weekend.
So after a quick look at the Premier League table and a few scribbles, here is how the bottom six did against each other in a mini-league format. (Points then W/D/L)
Wigan 19 points (6/1/3)
Blackburn 16 points (4/4/2)
Birmingham 16 points (4/4/2)
West Ham 14 points (3/5/2)
Wolves 8 points (2/2/6)
Blackpool 8 points (2/2/6)
Based on the mini-league and the full 38 games season you could say that West Ham and Blackpool deserved to go down while Wolves switched positions with Birmingham in the real world.
Perhaps the most interesting run of results belongs to Wigan. After five games in the mini-league they had only one once, lost 3 and drawn once. In their next five games they won everyone –
West Ham 3-2
Birmingham City 2-1
Blackburn Rovers 4-3
In total they won four other games all season – Stoke, Wolves (the first part of a double), Spurs and West Brom.
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