Pre-season Previews

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  1. Qwerty

    Qwerty Well-Known Member

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    Pre-season previews are starting to come out. Post any you spot, I'll update this post and we can decide which ones we like best.

    Guardian - 12th
    ESPN - 13th
    Action Network (betting) - bottom half
    Sky Sports - ? but I'm guessing MLT thinks we'll be ok
    Last Word on Football - 10th
    Statsbomb - "another difficult year"
    WhoScored - bottom half
    The Times (paywalled) - 15th
    NBC Sports - 12th/13th
    BBC - 16th
    Mirror - 15th
    FiveThirtyEight - 9th
    Sun - easily avoid relegation
    Independent podcast - we will struggle
    Totally Football Show - totally forgot we exist, which I guess means lower mid table
    Guardian podcast - Max Rushden thinks we are down
     
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    Dark Lord SFC Well-Known Member

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    Vertically all pundits on talkSport have us relegated
     
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  3. RedandWhiteManofKent

    RedandWhiteManofKent Well-Known Member

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    The BBC have 24 pundits predicting the top 4 finishers.

    Southampton did not feature.
     
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  4. Number 1 Jasper

    Number 1 Jasper Well-Known Member

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    They would be correct imho .
     
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  5. Qwerty

    Qwerty Well-Known Member

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    And in the Times, George Caulkin says down (but he's a geordie), James Gheerbrant says "Southampton’s underlying performance was far better than their league position last season — they’ll rebound emphatically."
     
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  6. st_brendy

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    I think we're at that point where predictions for sides outside the big six should just fall into two camps: "7th place challengers" and "Relegation battle".

    10th, 14th, 17th. It's all just mushed together these days. If you pushed me, I'd say Cardiff will be one of the three to go. But good luck picking the other two. Might as well put names in a hat.

    Anyone who doesn't think we're at risk of going down (although it's still possible to be confident of us having a much better season than last, whilst acknowledging that such a risk exists), is crackers.
     
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  7. fran-MLs little camera

    fran-MLs little camera Well-Known Member

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    I really like that, so will believe it implicitly.
     
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    How did it look horizontally?
     
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    saintrichie123 Well-Known Member

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    Betfred has us 9th in the betting to go down......so 11th then.
     
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    We aren't the team we were, but some predictors are basing their opinions on one bad season and assuming the worst. They might be right, but I'm basing my hope on my opinion last season....we were under performing and not many points from being much higher up the table. The situation where only a few points separates a lot of teams is likely to be replicated this season....the answer is no dropping of silly points, no losing focus and hope that luck favours us and those balls hitting woodwork go in for once. We need a good strong start, so heads don't drop and we will be fine.
     
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    Not one sky sports "pundit" has us going down.
     
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    fran-MLs little camera Well-Known Member

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    We're doomed, doomed I tell you. <laugh>
     
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    That's all in the betting as well. About 10 points between 8th and 18th, which is basically a minor amount of luck/randomness.
    https://www.sportingindex.com/sprea...4d-925da5f6175a/premier-league-points-2018-19
     
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    12th
     
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    I like that NBC one. It's basically saying "we have no bloody clue", which is kinda where I sit with it too...
     
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    Not even the World's worst forecaster, Merson?....I'd have been more comforted if he had tbh.
     
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    As I said the other day, it's a totally blank book waiting to be written, i'm just praying that there isn't a cliffhanging ending in May!...:)
     
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