Looking back on A Different League's 2011-12 Premier League predictions
Now the dust has settled on an historic Premier League season that saw Manchester City win a first title since 1968 on goal difference from Manchester United and the top-flight tenure of Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers come to an end, it is time to look back on A Different League’s pre-season predictions.
Back in August the ADL team predicted that Manchester United would finish top of the table with Chelsea second, Manchester City third and Liverpool fourth. Tipped for relegation were Wigan Athletic, Norwich City and Swansea City, while Blackburn were expected to escape the drop by a narrow margin.
As it turned out, City snatched the title by eight goals from United while Chelsea languished in sixth and Liverpool further back in eighth. Wigan looked good for relegation until a startling late-season turn around while both Norwich and Swansea were safe long before the end of the season. The ADL table had Bolton in 12th and Wolves in 14th, positions both sides would welcome now as they prepare for life in the Championship.
Mushtaq Quraishi pin-pointed Wolves as relegation candidates and nearly had a second correct prediction in the drop zone by naming Queens Park Rangers, only for the R’s to survive on the final day. But predictions of Chelsea winning the title, Arsenal the FA Cup and Manchester United the League Cup proved wide of the mark.
Jonathan Swindlehurst correctly suggested City might win the title and backed Chelsea for victory in the FA Cup, but mis-stepped by picking Arsenal as Carling Cup winners.
Alex Irani was another to list Chelsea as title-winners and QPR among the favourites for the drop, and was off-target in tipping Everton for the League Cup and Manchester United for the FA Cup.
Tom Doyle went for Manchester United to win the league - but only if Wesley Sneijder moved to Old Trafford. Otherwise the title was City’s, and so it proved. Blackburn were also tipped to struggle and Liverpool were recommended for a cup double that very nearly came to fruition, and Chelsea were given a shot in the FA Cup as well.
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