It’s been awhile since I posted anything about soccer, so here’s a quick update.
Sunderland defeated Hull City on Saturday to gain three points in the standings and pull themselves four points clear of the relegation line (helped by the Newcastle loss and the Middlesbrough draw). Currently the bottom of the Premier League standings look like this (all teams have played 33 matches):
Sunderland – 9 wins, 8 draws – 35 points (-12 goal differential)
Hull City – 8 wins, 10 draws – 34 points (-20 goal differential)
Blackburn – 8 wins, 10 draws – 34 points (-20 goal differential)
Middlesbrough – 7 wins, 10 draws – 31 points (-22 goal differential)
Newcastle – 6 wins, 12 draws – 30 points (-16 goal differential)
West Bromwich – 6 wins 7 draws – 25 points (-33 goal differential)
Schedule for the remaining matches –
Sunderland – West Brom. / Everton / Bolton / Portsmouth / Chelsea
Hull City – Liverpool / Aston Villa / Stoke City / Bolton / Manchester Utd.
Blackburn – Wigan / Manchester City / Portsmouth / Chelsea / West Brom.
Middlesbrough -Arsenal / Manchester Utd. / Newcastle / Aston Villa / West Ham
Newcastle – Portsmouth / Liverpool / Middlesbrough / Fulham / Aston Villa
West Bromwich – Sunderland / Tottenham Hotspur / Wigan / Liverpool / Blackburn
If the Black Cats can get two wins (6 points) out of those five (probably West Bromwich and Bolton or Portsmouth) I have to figure they will be safe. That would force Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle all to get a win against a top-5 club (Liverpool, Aston Villa, Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea) to pass them, which is about as unlikely as it gets. Of course if Sunderland only gets 3 or 4 points it becomes a little bit easier to fall below that line.