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Final flourish across the tops of the leagues

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We’re now in the final flourish of the football season, with those at the tops of the league fighting it out to be crowned champions, while those languishing in the bottom of their respective leagues are contemplating a life in the division below.

Although there are different standards of football across the Premier League, Championship, League one and League two, they all share the same passion at the tops of those leagues to be crowned champions, and for those below the Premier League, a chance to move on up and become one step closer to the “promised land” of what is possibly the greatest league in the world.

Premier League

With Liverpool struggling to even end with a fourth placed finish, the title race has only three competitors: Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Manchester United will quite obviously want to take the league title again but its horribly tight at the top. At the time of writing, Arsenal lead the race for the title after a win over West Ham, but are only one point clear of United who play Liverpool tomorrow, and three points above a Chelsea who have 2 games more to play. Arsenal and United are still involved in the Champions League competition, whilst Chelsea crashed out in the week. Could the desire for the Champions League mean that United and Arsenal ultimately lose out to a Chelsea who will have less matches to play and fresher legs?

Coca-Cola Championship

The two automatic playoff positions are always highly contested for in this league, but it is the icing on the cake to be able to go up as crowned champions.

Newcastle were early favourites to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. West Brom have also played the yo-yo game for many seasons now, and have also had a good campaign which at the present time leaves them 8 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forrest, and eyeing yet another season in the top flight. It would be hard to imagine any other team than these two gaining promotion now, with Newcastle ten points clear at the top, it would need to be one hell of a free fall to lose that spot now.

League One

It is a similar story in league one, with one team seemingly running away with it, with a second placed club shadowing them from a fair distance. Norwich are 8 points clear of a Leeds United who have struggled with dips in form this season, and they now look set to clinch the league title and the first automatic promotion spot back into the Championship. Leeds trail them on 71 points, but with Charlton and Swindon breathing down their necks on 67 points each respectively, although Ken Bates feels they can still challenge for the league, Leeds may need to work hard to keep their second place spot, let alone battle it out to become the champions.

League 2
Without trying to sound like a broken record, League 2 is also falling within the same pattern. At the minute, Rochdale seem to be romping home with the title, with 9 points advantage on those below them. However, second placed Notts County have games in hand on the leaders, and a few poor results for Rochdale could see that champions crown being prised from their grip.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

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