Ramblings of a Soccer Junky
Saturday, April 30, 2005
  Interesting results in England this morning
Congratulations to Chelsea on winning the Premiership. No real surprise there. I think most people expected it.

Also, after locking up a promotion spot last week, yesterday Sunderland clinched the Championship title after beating West Ham at Upton Park 2-1.

Now, here's where things start to get interesting. Second in the Championship Wigan only managed a 1-1 draw away to Preston while third placed Ipswich walked all over Crewe on the road 5-1. Both teams are level on points going into the final weekend of the season. Wigan have the advantage with a much better Goal Difference and are at home to Reading next week while Ipswich travel to Brighton. Only one will go up automatically, the other has to deal with the playoffs and history proves it's usually not the best team in the regular season who goes up via the playoffs.

Then there's the bottom of the Premiership. The big relegation match was at St. Mary's where Southampton managed a 4-3 victory over Norwich. The win lifted the Saints out of the relegation zone for now. Crystal Palace managed a 0-0 draw away to Newcastle who seems to be self-destructing these days. West Brom sit in the middle of the relegation zone with a game in hand. But they'll probably get stuff on Monday night when they play that game at home to Arsenal. That'll leave two matches left to see which three of the four teams in trouble go back down to the Championship.
 
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