The State Of Play – Easter Bank Holiday Special

Traditionally, the Easter weekend is the time of year that many of the final decisions of promotion and relegation are made. There are plenty of leagues that will go to the last day of the season, but with most teams playing two matches over the next three or four days we are due for a massive flurry of football, after which everything should look much clearer than it does right now. Looking over the league tables, what is noticeable is that very few leagues have what looks anything like a runaway winners. Championships might well be decided this weekend and others might go to the last day of the season, but very few are actually already wrapped up. For the purposes of keeping things relatively tidy, we’re going to be going as far down as the Step Two (the Blue Square North & South). The Premier League There are still seven matches to play in the Premier League, and eight for Manchester United. There are still opportunities for United to drop points (they still have a Manchester derby to play and a home match against Arsenal), but it still looks likely that they will win their second successive Premier League. Also, following their shell-shocking home defeat by Chelsea during the week, how will Liverpool react? They are at home against Blackburn tomorrow. West Bromwich Albion are adrift at the...

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