It was another fascinating weekend of action in the Premier League, and yet despite all of the notable performances from those situated towards the top of the league, you could argue that the most intriguing game of all came in Wales where Cardiff City defeated Fulham 4-2 to register their first win of the season. The fans and media were already writing the Bluebirds off as certainties for relegation, and yet with one big display, they’re instantly back in the mix for survival.
That’s the beauty of this division, and that’s also what leads us to believe that the race to stay up could actually go down to the final day. Sure, there are teams down in the bottom half who have been in this situation before and will probably have a better chance of handling the situation, but the gap in quality down there is getting tighter and tighter with each passing year.
It’s never nice to see anyone being left behind in the dust so early on because the only purpose it serves is creating the argument of whether or not they’re the worst team in Premier League history. Cardiff was in that conversation but all of that noise can stop now, and they can go into their upcoming games against Liverpool and Leicester City with much more confidence.
Now, it’s up to Newcastle United to prove that they also have what it takes to not get left behind as the season goes on. Their squad isn’t full to the brim with quality but when they play to their full potential they can do some great things, and a motivated Rafa Benitez almost always leads to positive results – so perhaps a resurgence could be on the cards.
Who do you think will be relegated from the Premier League this season?