The Premiership is back. And the first game produced a great win for Sunderland. Cardiff fans must have felt a touch rueful watching Michael Chopra slotting in the winner with real style, especially since Wales top team went down 1-0 at home to Stoke later in the day. Big disappointment for Spurs though, and not good enough if they are going to challenge top four. Not many pundits are predicting Sunderland for relegation - more because of the manager than the team. The Black Cats won't be far off going down next May in my view - but won't, just. Chelsea and Man Utd to win tomorrow with Arsenal playing well for a draw.
So who is going to go down. Like everyone else I fancy Derby for the drop - together with Birmingham and Wigan. Fulham, Reading and Bolton won't be far away either. At the other end, I'm tipping Chelsea. They won't score as many goals as Man Utd but will win enough 1-0s away from home to take the title. Question is will Liverpool produce the goods this year. Third place is my tip. Arsenal will do well to stay ahead of the rest. Man City looked good today and will start well - only to slip back after Xmas.
Wolves are going to be my Championship team to follow, simply because Steve Morgan has taken over as the Club's benefactor - and Ashok supports them. So disappointed that two late goals snatched victory for Watford. Never mind - Steve Morgan is a winner. I still fancy the Wolves for promotion. At least my local team, Shrewsbury are top of League Two after 4-0 win at Lincoln.