Monday, 13 May 2013

Fulham safe - relegation impossible.

A dismal run of one point out a possible 21 means Fulham should still be in with a very real chance of relegation. While the fixture list hasn't been exactly kind in this final leg of the season, with traditionally tricky games, it's almost a scandalous position to be in, the nadir being the home loss to an already relegated Reading. Reading who are crash bottom of the away performances league.
On the flip side of the coin, the fixture list has been kind. Because Wigan and Aston Villa play each other on the last day of the season, one of those teams will definitely finish below Fulham. The likelihood is it will be the People's Wigan Athletic, who need to win twice to avoid relegation and one game is at Arsenal who are top of the form table.
With Sunderland facing a trip to White Hart Lane, it is unlikely that the Black Cats will get the point they need to jump Fulham, but not unfeasible. And given the dismal run of form Fulham are in, is there any expectation of them getting anything from the last game at Swansea?
Therefore a 17th place finish is a very real prospect. Conversely, a good enough win and results going in their favour, could see Fulham finish in the top half.

So- on the outcome of one round of matches Fulham can finish anywhere between 10th and 17th. Can any judgement be made on finishing positions from this situation? Probably not. It does appear to have been an underwhelming season at Craven Cottage though. The question is has Jol done enough to keep his job? There was a strange rush of bets on him to be sacked in January. But when was the last time Mo sacked a manager in the summer?

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