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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 31 Jan 24 10.05am Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

Every season there is talk of the Relegation mini league and its importance.

Picking up points from your relegation rivals is important for two reason's You get the points and your opponents don't!

This season the current league is as follows. I use average points per game.

Everton 2.16
Palace 1.75
Luton 1.57
Forest 1.16
Brentford 1.14
Burnley 1.14
Sheff u 0.57

Every year one team gets out of the doo doo (Luton?) and one teams drops into the bottom 3 from a seemingly safe position.

This season that is currently Brentford. Despite Toney's return that may continue given their run of games to come.

Spurs A
Man city H
Wolves A
Liverpool H
Man city A
West Ham A
Chelsea H
Arse A

That is a tough run of games!

 

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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 11 Feb 24 10.18am Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

Update

Everton 2.16
Palace 1.75
Brentford 1.38
Luton 1.38
Burnley 1.14
Forest 1
Sheff utd 0.88


Everton have a massive shout about who goes down as they still have to play all six teams in the mix, starting with us.

There are 16 games left in the mini league.

Everton have won their last 3 and we have won our last 2. I would bite ya hand off for a draw up there! 5 of Everton's last 7 games are against these teams.

 

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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 11 Feb 24 11.31am Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

Brentford needed that win yesterday. They play four in the mix and no less than eight chasing Europe or the title. They also have chelsea who I haven't included!

 

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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 19 Feb 24 10.05pm Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

Good point today. Still second in the mini league and we play the next two games in the mini league.

 

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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 26 Feb 24 9.00am Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

Update

We also have Everton's appeal and their 2nd case and Forests first.

Rumours are that Everton's will be reduced to 6 points but they will get another 6 points, as will forest.

You read it here first. Part one. Tick.

Edited by The groover (26 Feb 2024 1.28pm)

 

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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag 26 Feb 24 9.19am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

Our last five games at home have yielded three wins, a draw and just the one defeat against Chelsea (in which we put up a fight). On that form you would hope we would beat Luton and possibly Newcastle too who have been awful away from home. I think we'll find out a lot in our next game. As it stands, if other results go our way and we beat Luton then I think we can relax and enjoy the rest of the season. What I'd really hate is if we were to only stay up because of points deductions to Everton and Forest. As it is I'm feeling pretty confident we'll finish strongly like last season.

 

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View silvertop's Profile silvertop Flag Portishead 26 Feb 24 9.29am Send a Private Message to silvertop Add silvertop as a friend

Originally posted by taylors lovechild

Our last five games at home have yielded three wins, a draw and just the one defeat against Chelsea (in which we put up a fight). On that form you would hope we would beat Luton and possibly Newcastle too who have been awful away from home. I think we'll find out a lot in our next game. As it stands, if other results go our way and we beat Luton then I think we can relax and enjoy the rest of the season. What I'd really hate is if we were to only stay up because of points deductions to Everton and Forest. As it is I'm feeling pretty confident we'll finish strongly like last season.

I wouldn't.

We live within our means (well, as defined under the rules) and suffer as a consequence with a threadbare squad compared to some, decades to ground improve etc. Without wishing to be a bit holier than thou, if other clubs can just build a gleaming new ground on the banks of the Mersey or amass an enormous squad in fragrant breach of the rules and with no consequence, then why have we had to tighten the belts and behave all this time?

As you say, probably academic now as 2 wins and 2 draws from 12 will probably be enough and we WILL do this with room to spare.

 

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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 26 Feb 24 9.31am Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

I know I'm getting well ahead of myself (Glasner has had 1 game in change and we beat a 10 man Burnely at home) but if we put up a good fight against Spurs and get a point, I think we can start looking up.

Luton , Newcastle, Forest, Bournemouth there are points there. I think we'll win 2 draw 2.

 

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View Canterbury Palace's Profile Canterbury Palace Flag Whitstable 26 Feb 24 9.50am Send a Private Message to Canterbury Palace Add Canterbury Palace as a friend

Sheff Utd and Burnley aren't catching us.

I think Spurs offers an opportunity but we'll obviously be underdogs. Let's say that, worst case, we lose that. The Luton game is massive.

We're eight points ahead of them having played a game more. If we beat them, I think we're in the clear. Lose and it's twitchy again.

Honestly I think we'll be fine either way but that's the one we need to go all out to win.

 


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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag 26 Feb 24 9.54am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

Originally posted by silvertop

I wouldn't.

We live within our means (well, as defined under the rules) and suffer as a consequence with a threadbare squad compared to some, decades to ground improve etc. Without wishing to be a bit holier than thou, if other clubs can just build a gleaming new ground on the banks of the Mersey or amass an enormous squad in fragrant breach of the rules and with no consequence, then why have we had to tighten the belts and behave all this time?

As you say, probably academic now as 2 wins and 2 draws from 12 will probably be enough and we WILL do this with room to spare.

I get what you're saying, but I want us to stay up on merit, not because other teams are punished. Having said that, I do think if they are knowingly guilty then really the only fair punishment is relegation. The same for the big clubs. Points deductions mean nothing otherwise.

 

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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 04 Mar 24 8.59pm Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

No mini league games this weekend but other than Brentford getting a draw with chelsea some good results for us.

Luton and everton needed to get something out of Villa and west ham respectively but both failed.

Next games are us V Luton this weekend. Now a don't lose game

The following week Burnley v Brentford and Luton v Forest.

A must win for Burnley and the same for luton. For forest it would be a don't lose game.

Looking at the remaining games I think we are already nearly safe.

 

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View The groover's Profile The groover Flag Danbury 10 Mar 24 6.24pm Send a Private Message to The groover Add The groover as a friend

Everton 2
Palace 1.73
Brentford 1.38
Luton 1.33
Burnley 1
Forest 1
Sheff utd 0.88

One game left for Forest v palace. A draw there should see us safe as I can't see any of the bottom 3 getting to 30 points this season.

Our record won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 2.

 

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