Relegation Picks

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by Arakel, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    Very much at the business end of the season now, so time to nail your colours to the mast: which three teams do you think are going down at the end of the season?

    Prize for getting it right: absolutely nothing, aside from basking in the glory of your unrivaled football knowledge.

    My picks:

    Norwich: too far behind.
    Aston Villa: leaky defence; poor record against teams further up the league with most of their remaining fixtures being against those teams.
    Bournemouth: 2nd worst form in the division at the worst possible time, bunch of injuries, awful fixtures.
     
  2. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Norwich: Not good enough
    West Ham: Run of games coming up will murder them
    Watford: Absolutely hopeless against anyone but the top team
     
  3. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    I don't like this thread as it's tempting fate, but of all of the teams in the mix, us and West Ham have the better squads and do have the tools to escape. It's a shame that Burnley have enough points to avoid the drop.
     
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  4. sydney_horn

    sydney_horn Reservist

    Think:

    Brighton
    Bournemouth
    Norwich

    Hope:

    Newcastle
    Bournemouth
    West Ham

    Fear:

    Anyone
    Anyone
    Watford
     
  5. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    It’s impossible for anyone to go down twice in the same season.
     
  6. Davidmsawyer

    Davidmsawyer Statto Statto Statto

    Norwich - too far behind and don't score enough goals
    Muff - Lots of injuries, have the lost the attacking intent they had in previous seasons. Bad run of form.

    Then not so sure...I'll plump for
    Aston Villa - Just not clicking as a team despite all the spend.

    Notable mentions:
    Did think West Ham, but a good weekend result, and importantly their attacking players looked good. Tough run though, and one good result doesn't change their form before that.
    Brighton - Could easily go down. Difficult to make a case for why they will stay up. Have a good goal difference - that could save them.
    Newcastle. In freefall. Lucky to have the number of points they do, base on most measures have been the worst team. Only 5 points clear. It could get foggy on Tyne

    And...
    Watford. We have Sarr. New team under Pearson.
     
  7. Watford and two others.

    Naaarch, Brighton and us.
     
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  8. V Crabro

    V Crabro Reservist

    Think:

    Brighton
    Bournemouth
    Norwich

    Hope: (not going to happen - but all my "think" choices are decent awaydays)
    Palace
    Villa
    West Ham
     
  9. BeersThen

    BeersThen Academy Graduate

    Norwich, Villa, Brighton
     
  10. Hornpete

    Hornpete Squad Player

    Norwich, plucky plucksters too plucky for their own good.

    Villa, Greasy entitled and over rated.

    Bournemouth, demanding an apology from the refs union will scupper them.

    Surviving;
    Brighton, lucky to survive, think theyve got a project but just find themselves 4th worst. Well done brighton.

    West Ham, next year they'll make the top 7, next year I tell thee.

    Us, hopefully.
     
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  11. EB Hornet

    EB Hornet Reservist

    I haven’t checked the league table so I’ll base it on the 3 worst teams I’ve seen us play this year

    Norwich
    Villa
    Liverpool
     
  12. Guy

    Guy Squad Player

    Think
    Norwich
    Villa
    Brighton

    Hope
    Bournemouth
    Palace
    West Ham
     
  13. V Crabro

    V Crabro Reservist

    Nice little thread - definitely reflecting the zeitgeist of this evening - 11 views, 10 replies at a rate of one every 4 minutes :)
     
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  14. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Norwich. Finally get a win and then the three above you pick up points, some unexpectedly so. Probably need minimum of 15 points from last 10 having got 21 from 28 games. Not going to happen
    Villa. Playing catch up in terms of games and points. A lot of tough games and very reliant on Grealish.
    Bournemouth. Horrible run of fixtures and are not as free scoring as in previous years. Defensively poor as well means big trouble.
    Brighton to survive but only just. Hope so as it’s my favourite away trip
    Us and West Ham to be a few points clear
     
  15. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Norwich. Watford. Brighton. Unfortunately.
     
  16. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    Please delete!
     
  17. Davidmsawyer

    Davidmsawyer Statto Statto Statto

    Out of interest, what makes you think Muff will survive and we will go down?
     
  18. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    I think other teams have more heart than us. We have talent going forwards and show up spectacularly sometimes. But we are often gutless. I think Bournemouth have more spirit and it will show. Plus we are on Sarr injury niggle away from being nailed on now Delefeou is out! Or circumstances leaving Mariappa playing the run in.
     
  19. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    Bournemouth didn't show much spirit against us and Norwich, nor in their last two away games it seems. Brighton seem to be a more spirited and solid outfit, so I'm surprised you've picked them instead of Bournemouth. And why do you think Mariappa might play again, except in the dying minutes of the odd game at CB if Kabasele or Cathcart get a knock?
     
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  20. Johnny Todd Sings

    Johnny Todd Sings Academy Graduate

    Villa and West Ham play each other on the last day of the season. That could be really important as they can't both win.
     
  21. Davidmsawyer

    Davidmsawyer Statto Statto Statto

    Fair enough point. I would disagree on various points.

    If it is spirit/heart that is important then based on all my West Ham friends they are down. I've not seen much spirit in Bournemouth at all this season. It was their spirit that got them to mid-table in the past - not so now. What spirit have Villa or Brighton shown this season that would be a better spirit than us?

    And any team could have an injury. What if Grealish gets injured for Villa?
     
  22. Providing we keep Sarr fit, my picks are:

    Norwich - a decent championship side.
    Brighton - obsessed with playing football the right way, but you can only do that if your players are fundamentally better than everyone else’s, and they aren't.
    Bournemouth - spunked a fortune on the wrong players, and there are consequences.
     
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  23. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Dave Bassett managed it with us and Sheffield U!
     
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  24. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Billy McNeil with Man City and Villa I believe in the 80s.
     
  25. gurru991

    gurru991 Academy Graduate

    Norwich
    Villa
    Bournemouth
    But lets be honest it could go down to the wire.
     
  26. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Yes but given Del is out, recall the awful performances our squad served up under Gracia, Flores and Pearson when Sarr was out. It doesn’t bear thinking about if we are missing both. Deeney/Pereyra/Pussetto to keep us up? Our defence to grind out one nil wins? No chance. Now Del is out we really are pinning our hopes on one man.
     
  27. It's likely that only one of those clubs will need points on the day, making it a guaranteed 3 points for the team still in danger while we are away to the arse.
     
  28. Harrybassetthater

    Harrybassetthater Academy Graduate

    I always gamble Watford to safety. I have over£600 at various odds on Watford to be relegated but I honestly hope I do not collect. I have negated this stake by backing other teams to win when it would be beneficial to us that they lose e.g. Had £200 at 6/4 that West Ham would beat Southampton last weekend. Come on you Orns!
     
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  29. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    I think in a weird quirk of fate and a nod to 2015 it will be Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich in that order.

    Hopefully I am wrong.
     
  30. Leighton Buzzer

    Leighton Buzzer Reservist

    Think Brighton/ Bournemouth (evens) plus Villa and Norwich.
    Hope Villa Spam and (unlikely) Palace.
    I do 3 night weekends away so don't want to lose Brighton, Bournemouth, Southampton (I stay in Bournemouth), Norwich (I have friends there) or Newcastle.
    I pick the other three as the most likely alternatives. Nothing whatsoever against Villa, not so hateful of Palace as most on here, but would still not mind seeing the back of them.
    Spam can leave whenever they like.
     
  31. N
    ....and Muff will only creep above us into 3rd bottom in injury time on the final day.
     
  32. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    Hope Muff (institutional cheating), Wham (lovable cockney racists) and Villa (because of that moaning **** Grealish)

    Think Norwich Muff Brighton
     
  33. leighton buzzard horn

    leighton buzzard horn Squad Player

    Norwich, Watford, Brighton.
     
  34. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    If we win at Palace I would think we are more than 50% safe. if we lose I think it tips it to more than 50% relegation
     
  35. Harrybassetthater

    Harrybassetthater Academy Graduate

    West Ham,, Brighton and Aston Villa all to finish on 35 points with Norwich surviving on 36 points. Bournemouth will get 41 and Watford 40 points.
     

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