Apocalypse 2012 – A GW19 preview

If you are reading this then you are most likely cooped up in a crowded underground bomb shelter, food supplies long since depleted with little or no water remaining. Will you survive to see what your efforts for the last 18 weeks have culminated into? Will there be a world left to return to? Welcome to … The Afterworld. We just hope that your teams (and your gw 18 scores for that matter) aren’t as shattered as everything else.

Afterworld

English Premier League:

We head into this, the final gameweek of the season, with the Champions already crowned. The title is headed to Villa Park, as EpicFail has defied his name to lead Villa to an unassailable lead. As a result of this he has also sealed Villa’s spot in the Champions League. There are still nine teams with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

 

Unfortunately, at the other end of the table, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City have already had their fates sealed and are assured of relegation. With eight managers vying for the three remaining automatic CL qualifying positions there is still plenty to play for.

 

The full table sorted by tie-breakers can be found here.

 

Arsenal (Jack(off)Attack, 13th) vs West Ham United (Doosra, 17th)

Despite rumours to the contrary, this Boxing Day London Derby is going ahead. Doosra takes his troops to the Emirates, with their Premier League status for next season under threat. The Hammers currently sit 16th, a mere point above Queens Park Rangers in the relegation zone. A win will assure them safety while a loss would only see them stay up if Jonty’s QPR were to lose.

 

Aston Villa (Epic Fail, Champion) vs Tottenham Hotspur (Fuzzy Warbles, 14th)

The champions can present their trophy in front of their home fans, but will the players have their minds elsewhere? This game is a bit of a dead rubber, as Spurs are safe from relegation and harbour just the faintest chance of gaining qualification to the Europa League. If Epic Fail was focussing solely on this competition then he could take a few hits to sort out his team for the second season.

 

Everton (Beric, 10th) vs Wigan Athletic (The Giggs Boson, 8th)

With both teams in with a chance of gaining automatic qualification to the Champions League, this is set up to be a hotly contested affair, with the loser almost certain to only qualify for the Europa League.

 

Fulham (Back to Back Ballacks, 7th) vs Southampton (1966 – Eric was born, 3rd)

Another crucial contest in the race for the Champions League. Southampton travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham. With both teams in and around the top four, there is much to be gained by the winner here, while the loser may face a tumble down the standings.

 

Manchester United (Impressive Tackle, 12th) vs Newcastle United (China Mag, 9th)

Old Trafford plays host to yet another intriguing matchup this week. The standings in mid-table are very close heading into this week, with a single point separating these two. Can the Toon draw some inspiration from Mrs China Mag in their attempt to climb the table?

 

Norwich City (The Light Knight, 15th) vs Chelsea (ENR, 6th)

El Nino Rules takes his beloved Chelsea team to Carrow Road in an attempt to seal their place in the Champions League. Currently sitting 6th, they are also equal on points with 5th placed Stoke City, but are trailing as a result of their gw 5 defeat to Stoke, they are primed to pounce on any dropped points from the top 5 teams to overtake them into the top four. The Light Knight’s Kim Kardashian style team is safe from relegation thanks to their gw 2 victory over QPR and thus has little to play for in 14th position, but harbour an outside chance of European football in the form of the Europa League.

 

Queens Park Rangers (Jonty, 18th) vs West Bromwich Albion (Man of Kent, 20th)

The importance of this match for QPR couldn’t be inferred enough. Sitting in 18th place, Jonty is one of three managers, along with Doosra and Wabba(Yes the Sess), who are in a relegation dogfight this week. QPR are just one point behind both teams, but face a fixture against the already relegated West Brom. They will most likely need to win and see one West Ham or Sunderland drop points this weekend if they are to escape relegation.

 

Reading (Sporting, 11th) vs Swansea City (Evs, 4th)

Sporting’s Reading outfit play host the Evs’ Swans at the Madejski Stadium. While Reading have no chance of making the top four, it is entirely realistic that they could earn a Europa League spot with a win. Swansea, however, are in the box seat to claim an automatic Champions League qualification, with a win guaranteeing this.

 

Stoke City (Wild Rover, 5th) vs Liverpool (Optimus, 2nd)

A real clash of the Titans at the Britannia this week. Fresh off his progression to the final eight of the Paddy Power Cup, and with a blank gameweek in that competition this week, Wild Rover can turn his attention to securing a top four spot and Champions League football. A draw or win in this fixture for Liverpool will ensure their Champions League qualification.

 

Sunderland (Wabba (Yes the Sess), 16th) vs Manchester City (Happy Ankit, 19th)

Sunderland have it all to play for this week. After losing their last match due to Mertesacker losing his baps, his troops will surely be out for revenge. What better time to get this revenge than in a home match against a hapless and already relegated Manchester City side? Sunderland will most likely need a win to avoid relegation but could scrape by with a loss if West Ham lose (they beat Doosra’s side previously) or if QPR lose or draw.

 

La Liga:

With top spot all theirs, Deportivo La Coruña and their manager, Boom Shakalaka, have reigned supreme in Season one of La Liga, and are hereby declared the Champions. Automatic qualification for the Champions League is still there for the taking with many fixtures of the utmost importance upcoming in this, the concluding week of fixtures.

 

Down the other end of the table, with just one fixture remaining, Levante are anchored to the bottom and are incapable of escaping the clutches of the relegation zone. They will be spending the next season licking their wounds, and Maximerized will be on the lookout for another manager vacancy to rescue his fledgling career. With one team assured of relegation, there are two more relegation spots to be filled. There are only three teams remaining in this final day relegation dogfight, Roscola’s Valladolid, JK’s Atletico Madrid and Declan McCarthy’s Getafe.

 

Entering the final gameweek of the season, with just Deportivo La Coruña qualified for the Champions League, there are only three spots left for automatic qualification. There are just seven teams in the running for these last three spots: Betis, Valencia, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Malaga, Mallorca and Granada.

 

The full table sorted by tie-breakers can be found here.

 

Athletic Bilbao (The Parmtree, 11th) vs Rayo Vallecano (Hillbilly Pete, 14th)

A bit of a dead rubber in this one, with both stuck in the bottom half of the table. A win for either would greatly increase their chances of qualifying for the Europa League, so there is some incentive to do well this week.

 

Atletico Madrid (JKisthe1, 18th) vs Real Zaragoza (Scroobius Mac, 15th)

A very important match for Council member JK, as a win is essential if he has any chance of avoiding relegation. With Valladolid a single point ahead of Atletico it would be impossible for JK to overtake Roscola if Roscola wins or if JK ties and Roscola loses, as Roscola won their only meeting this season. Real Zaragoza will be looking to solidify their position in the Primera Division, by getting another victory this week.

 

Espanyol (Tangtastic, 12th) vs Celta Vigo (Bonz, 13th)

Similarly to the Bilbao vs Rayo match this match most influenced by the drive for European football, albeit at the lesser stage in the Europa League.

 

Getafe (Declan McCarthy, 19th) vs Granada (Green Windmill, 8th)

With the loss of Mertesacker’s baps, Granada subsequently lost their match-up against now 5th placed Valencia. They are now incapable of earning automatic qualification to the champions League. Getafe, however, has it all to play for. Lumbering along in 19th place, a win is the only way that they have any chance of remaining in La Liga for season two.

 

Malaga (Ajay, 4th) vs Barcelona (TW, 10th)

Malaga will be the hot favourites in this one. The 4th placed side will have far greater incentive to come away with the victory. Council Member TW’s Barcelona are sitting in a miserly 10th place, but could move up the table with a win in this one. There will be some incentive to do well if they are to automatically qualify for European football.

 

Osasuna (Declan Quinn, 16th) vs Real Madrid (Demi, 7th)

With little to play for, Osasuna will be expected to crumble under the might that is the Spanish giants Real Madrid. Madrid on the other hand will be looking to secure a Champions League berth. A win will require other results to fall their way in order to qualify for the Champions League.

 

Real Betis (Berbilly Gilmore, 2nd) vs Levante (Maximerized, 20th)

Betis welcome the lowly Levante to Estadio Benito Villamarín in a crunch match for them. Sitting comfortably in 2nd place currently, Council Member Berbilly Gilmore’s men will be looking to finally secure their place in the upcoming Champions League. A single point in this fixture will be enough for them, while Maximerized’s men will be demoralised after already learning their fate for next season.

Real Sociedad (Yossi, 9th) vs Deportivo La Coruña (Boom Shakalaka, Champions)

Deportivo La Coruña will likely already be partying over Christmas, celebrating their status as the Kings of Spain. Will this hamper their ability to perform against Real Sociedad? Yossi will be confident in his team’s ability to exploit this and come away with a victory to push them up the table. However, even with a victory, automatic CL qualification is out of sight for Real Sociedad.

 

Valladolid (Roscola, 17th) vs Mallorca (Empirikal, 5th)

One of the most influential matches of the round takes place at the Estadio José Zorrilla, with 17th placed Valladolid hosting 6th place Mallorca. Tensions will be high as Valladolid attempts to stave off relegation, while Mallorca guns for the Champions League spots. Just a single point above JK’s Atletico Madrid side, Valladolid will be looking for the victory to ensure they remain in La Liga for season two. Meanwhile, Mallorca is just a single point behind fourth place and could qualify with favourable other results.

 

Valencia (Drinky, 6th) vs Sevilla (Chris_White, 3rd)

A perhaps season defining match will take place between 5th placed Valencia and 3rd placed Sevilla. Just two points separate these two La Liga heavy hitters, so a win for Valencia may just knock Sevilla out of the Champions League spots. Much will be on the line in this epic, with a win for Sevilla securing them a Champions League spot. A Valencia win would assure Drinky’s side a Champions League spot if any one of Real Betis (they defeated Berbilly’s side previously this season), Sevilla, or Malaga lose, provided Emperikal’s side don’t also win (Mallorca beat Valencia).

 

Ligue 1:

Ligue 1 is one of the most wide open of the six leagues. With Brest and Stade Rennes sitting pretty on top, with 36 points accrued over the previous 18 gameweeks. Brest is the favourite for the title as they hold the tie-breaker over Stade Rennes, with their victory in GW15. Lyon and Toulouse are the only other teams in with a shot at claiming the title as French Champions. They are two and three points, respectively, behind the two leaders and are rank outsiders to claim the title.

 

With the top six sides so congested, each of them have a serious chance of earning automatic qualification into the Champions League. Besides the top four mentioned previously, Evian and Sochaux are the other teams in the running for a top four spot come the end of GW19.

 

Languishing at the foot of the table is Gervinho’s Forehead’s Montpellier side, who with a mere five wins and a draw over the previous 18 gameweeks, have only accrued 16 points. With 17th placed Marseille six points ahead of them with only one match remaining he is unable to move clear of the relegation zone and will subsequently be relegated after this week’s fixtures. Five other sides; Lateriser’s Nice, In Like Flynn’s Lille, Fratboy’s Marseille, Ms. Red19’s AC Ajaccio and Beavis’ Bastia are fighting it out to try and secure the three places available outside of the relegation zone. Lateriser finds himself hard done by to be in this position. Despite amassing 1049 points so far, enough to be in the top 2k, he has struggled in the H2H format of the leagues. However Bastia is in the most dire situation at the moment given they sit at just 19 points. They have to win and hope some other results go their way if they are to see another day in Ligue 1 this year.

 

The full table sorted by tie-breakers can be found here.

 

Brest (Shipstonstrev, 1st) vs Paris Saint-Germain (Super Zlatan, 8th)

Brest will find itself with many fans this week for their attempt for the Ligue 1 title. If you’re not going to win the title, what better team to win it than Brest, because frankly every man loves Brest. A win in this match will assure the title for Shipstonstrev’s side  given they hold the head to head tiebreaker over Sarnab Wazza’s side. With victories over Toulouse and Evian earlier in the season, even with a loss Brest will automatically qualify for the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to finish as high as possible.

 

Lille (In Like Flynn, 16th) vs Montpellier (Gervinho’s Forehead, 20th)

A real dogfight at Grand Stade Lille Métropole, as In Like Flynn tries to rally his troops after their Boxing Day lunch to secure their status in Ligue 1 for next season. Montpellier have little to play for in this match having already been assured of relegation.

 

AC Ajaccio (Ms. Red19, 18th) vs Stade Rennes (Sarnab Wazza, 2nd)

A huge match all around in this one. AC Ajaccio will be fiercely fighting off relegation, while Stade Rennes will be out for the title. Will the home fans give AC Ajaccio the added boost needed to claim this matchup and give their hopes of staying up for next season a huge boost? Given they lost to Brest in gw 15, Stade Rennes will need to win this match and hope for Brest to lose or draw in order to claim the title. A loss will still see Stade Rennes qualify for the CL.

 

Bastia (Beavis, 19th) vs AS Nancy Lorraine (coldplay, 11th)

Struggling in 19th position on the table, Bastia will be desperate for a victory to give them any chance of hanging onto their position in Ligue 1. AS Nancy Lorraine are sitting comfortably in mid-table obscurity and a victory here should help them secure a Europa League spot.

 

Bordeaux (Ryan, 7th) vs Troyes (kaz, 14th)

Sitting just three points behind Toulouse who are in 4th place, Bordeaux are incapable of overtaking them due to their loss in their only matchup in GW10. Troyes will be looking for a win to enhance their chances of European football.

 

Lorient (Dr Ennet, 12th) vs Stade de Reims (Mahfreems, 13th)

Another Europa league battle here, with both teams sitting comfortable in mid-table. A win for either could thrust them a few places up the table and right into the mix for the Europa League spots, while the loser may miss out on European football altogether.

 

Lyon (FC Borecelona, 3rd) vs Nice (Lateriser, 15th)

Lateriser will be hoping for a change in his fortunes here against FC Borecelona’s Lyon outfit who, despite having 51 less fpl points over the season so far, has claimed four more wins and is sitting 12 spots higher in 3rd place. A win for Nice will ensure their Ligue 1 status for next season, while a win for Lyon gives them a decent shot at the title.

 

Valenciennes (!bazzinga!, 10th) vs Evian (King Eric, 4th)

While the tables show King Eric’s side to be in 5th as a result of an inferior points differential, they are infact in 4th place at the moment because they beat Heco87’s side in gw 8. Although they currently are in the top 4 on 33 points, they face great pressure to win this week with Heco and Chazza’s sides close on his heels with 33 and 32 points respectively. In fact, Luckily for Evian, Valenciennes doesn’t have much to play for this week.

 

Toulouse (Heco87, 5th) vs Sochaux (Chazza, 6th)

A big matchup as both sides are vying for automatic CL qualification. The winner of this match will qualify if either Lyon or Toulouse slip up in their final match. However both sides are on the outside looking in so a win doesn’t guarantee either side a top 4 finish.

 

Marseille (Fratboy, 17th) vs St Etienne (Chrissy Waddle, 9th)

Fratboy will be searching for a win to assure him safety from relegation. There’s still a chance he could stay up with a loss or draw but would need some luck in the other results. Chrissy Waddle doesn’t have much to play for as a victory would still leave St Etienne short of automatic CL qualification.

 

Serie A:

Serie A has a very hotly contested title race with 3 teams (Chievo Verona, Lazio, and Bologna) all tied on 33 points. Fiorentina and Atalanta are close on their heels with 32 and 31 points respectively. Four other teams (Roma, Pescara, Genoa, and Siena) all sit on 30 points and have an outside shot at claiming the title.

 

All nine of the previously mentioned teams will be fighting it out for the four automatic CL qualification spots. Mark’s Palermo on 29 points also have an outside shot at qualification. Because things are so tight at the top of the table, we are unable to go into all the permutations as that would take us far too long to work out every little tiebreaker and possible result (sorry!).

 

On the bottom of the table, AC Milan (Milanista) and Catania (Djerbil) already know they will be relegated heading into the final matchday. Grounderz Cagliari and Council-member Pratik’s Juventus will both be hoping to avoid the third and final relegation spot. Since both lost to Torino earlier in the season, Bowstring’s side are safe from relegation, regardless of the result.

 

The full table sorted by tie-breakers can be found here.

 

AC Milan (Milanista, 19th) vs Siena (Running Riot, 8th)

Already assured relegation, this match is rather meaningless for Milanista’s side. Running Riot will hope to take advantage of this as a win for Siena could see them sneak into the Champions League depending on several other results.

 

Catania (Djerbil, 20th) vs Torino (BowString 92, 16th)

A inconsequential matchup here, with Catania already assure of relegation and Torino, safe from the drop, due to the aforementioned tie-breakers held over both Cagliari and Juventus.

 

Chievo Verona (Reina Man, 1st) vs Atalanta (MJ6987, 5th)

This match is shaping up to be a classic, with both teams in with a serious chance of claiming the title. Having defeated both Forca Inter and Frazek already, Reina Man and his side have complete control over their destiny. Win and the title is theirs. With a victory, MJ6987’s side would qualify for the champions league, perhaps even at Chievo Verona’s expense. Depending on other results, they could even claim the title with a victory.

 

Fiorentina (RoysCallerAnne, 4th) vs US Pescara (Goonerdhanesh, 9th)

A similar matchup as the previous one, with both teams in with a chance of claiming the title. Fiorentina sit just one point behind the top three teams so a win here, coupled with other results could easily see them raise the trophy, come the end of the round. US Pescara have a slightly tougher task ahead, with a win a must if they are to have any chance of claiming the title. They do, however, hold an advantage when it comes to the tie-breakers, with wins over both Chievo Verona and Bologna. If the teams above fail to pick up any points then Goonerdhanesh could walk away with the crown. Both teams also harbour high hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

 

Genoa (EX, 7th) vs Bologna (Frazek, 2nd)

This is yet another match that has two potential title contenders squaring off in the final gameweek. If Bologna win their final match against Genoa, coupled with a loss by Chievo Verona, then with the tie-breaker over Lazio secured they would claim the title. Genoa have a remote chance of claiming the title. They must beat Bologna and also have both Chievo Verona and Lazio lose to stand any chance. A win for Bologna would ensure Champions League qualification, whereas even if Genoa win, other results must go their way for them to qualify.

 

Juventus (Pratik, 18th) vs Sampdoria (Megatron X, 11th)

While a meaningless game to Sampdoria, Juventus are in desperate need of a good result and some luck if they are to escape relegation. Having lost to Cagliari in gw 18, they are now level on points with Grounderz’s side and don’t have the h2h tiebreaker. Therefore, they will need to better Cagliari’s result if they are to escape.

 

Lazio (Forca Inter, 3rd) vs Cagliari (Grounderz, 17th)

A hotly contested match is sure to ensue here. Everybody’s favourite, Suarez worshipping Croat, is in with a real chance of claiming the Serie A title. A win here would only be sufficient so long as both Bologna and Chievo Verona lose their final matches. Cagliari, at the other end of the table, are fighting it out with Juventus to stave off relegation. Due to hold the tie-breaker here, simply matching Juventus’ result would subsequently see Pratik’s side relegated.

 

Napoli (Daniel, 13th) vs AS Roma (Udit, 6th)

AS Roma are also in with a shot of claiming the title, but similarly to Genoa have lost all three of their matches against the current top three, so they would need a miracle to come out on top. Napoli have little to play for this week except for potential automatic Europa League qualification.

 

Parma (Little_Wizard123, 15th) vs Palermo (Mark, 10th)

Mr FFS himself, Mark, is in with an outside chance of getting into the top four if other results shine brightly on him. Parma have nothing but pride to play for in their final matchup this season, unable to climb any higher than 11th with a win.

Udinese (Menly, 14th) vs Internazionale (Isacki, 12th)

Neither side has anything to play for besides their pride, and perhaps automatic Europa League qualification.

 

Bundesliga:

SC Freiberg and FC Augsburg have both finished their seasons early, with no fixture in GW19. SpVgg Greuther Furth are the runaway winners in the Bundesliga this season. With 13 wins and only five losses over the 18 gameweeks so far, they hold an unbeatable five point lead over 2nd placed Hannover. There are six other teams in with a shout for the remaining three Champions League spots, these being Hannover 96, Hamburg SV, Hertha BSC, VfB Stuttgart, TSG Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund.

 

The relegation battle is still wide open heading into the final matches of the season. As many as six teams all have a chance to be relegated, while even 20th placed Werder Bremen has a chance of escaping the clutches of the relegation zone. Bayern Munich, Mainz, VfL Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and as mention previously Werder Bremen are the six sides in for a nervous wait during the coming matches.

 

The full table sorted by tie-breakers can be found here.

 

Bayern Munich (Zep, 15th) vs Schalke (Bal4Tom, 19th)

Both of these sides still find themselves in danger of relegation. For Schalke only a win will do and even then they are relying on Wolfsburg losing to Borussia Moenchengladbach, and Mainz losing to Hoffenheim as Schalke won the Head to Head v Mainz. For Bayern, avoid defeat and they are safe, a loss may not matter if other results go their way.

 

Borussia Dortmund (TommyTour, 7th) vs VfB Stuttgart (Brian – Not the Messiah, 5th)

Stuttgart are assured of at least Europa League football next season, but they still have a strong chance of making the Champions League. As two of the top four play each other a win for Stuttgart will see them leapfrog the loser of the Hamburg v Hannover match and claim a top 4 place. Win and it’s Champions League football for Stuttgart. As Freiburg have no fixture, Dortmund have made the Europa League. They do, however, have an outside chance of the Champions League. Having lost to both Hamburg and Hannover, should they win they would require Hannover to win that tie. Having beaten Hertha and Hoffenheim should Dortmund win and both those sides don’t, Dortmund would make the Champions League

 

Bayer Leverkusen (Manani, 18th) vs Nurnberg (Rebeldogg, 10th)

Nurnberg’s season is over. They can not make Europe but they are safe from relegation, but a defeat here could see them fall as low as 14th in the final standings. For Leverkusen it is simple, win and hope Wolfsburg don’t having lost to Wolfsburg. Having lost to Mainz as well even if they won and Mainz lost Leverkusen would still go down

 

Werder Bremen (Rick, 20th) vs Fortuna Dusseldorf (Porkie, 12th)

Like Nurnberg, Dusseldorf’s season is over, they too are playing for pride. For Bremen things look grim. They are a point adrift at the bottom. But, they have won against Wolfsburg which gives them hope if they can win and Wolfsburg don’t. Having lost to both the other 2 teams in the bottom 3 they need to win as a draw would keep them down unless Wolfsburg lost. Essentially it’s win or bust for Bremen and hope the others slip up.

 

Hamburg SV (4Vets, 3rd) vs Hannover 96 (Canadian Football, 2nd)

The standout tie of the round. Neither is guaranteed Champions League football and the loser could well slip down into the Europa League if results go against them. A draw could knock both out if Stuttgart and Hoffenheim win due to the H2H victory that Hoffenheim have over Hannover.

 

Borussia Monchengladbach (Ginkapo, 14th) vs VfL Wolfsburg (Nitin, 17th)

Another team with nothing to play for, Monchengladbach will be looking to end on a high, and maybe a certain Serb will lead them out. For Wolfsburg it is simple, win and stay up, lose and they are relying on Leverkusen and Schalke doing the same

 

Mainz (Sean, 16th) vs TSG Hoffenheim (Eoin, 6th)

Mainz go into this final GW with a slim chance of relegation. If they avoid defeat to Champions League chasing Hoffenheim they will stay up. Lose and they rely on Schalke also losing.

 

SpVgg Greuther Furth (Valar Morghulis, Champions) vs Hertha BSC (Billy Ketsu, 4th)

Greuther Furth have been crowned Champions of the Bundesliga, so can look forward to lifting the trophy. For Hertha there is the small matter of Champions League qualification to take care of. Win and they are guaranteed it. Should they fail to win they could be leapfrogged by either Dortmund or Hoffenheim. If they draw, Dortmund could jump them by virtue of their head to head win.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt (Kings of Lyon, 13th) vs FC Koln (Fray Bentos, 11th)

The only tie in the Bundesliga where neither side has anything to play for. It’s just a matter of finishing with pride

 

Rest of Europe:

PSV has triumphed over his other competitors for the title. Beating out a host of other European sides to the trophy, FunkyAV’s side will go into the final gameweek feeling triumphant. Seven other sides; Rubin Kazan, Twente, Standard Liege, Spartak Moscow, Celtic and Benfica, will all be in fierce competition for the final three coveted Champions League spots.

 

At the foot of the table, the campaign to avoid relegation is in full swing with no one yet assured of relegation. The bottom seven sides; CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Zagreb, Panathinaikos, Galatasaray, Zenit, Sporting and Fenerbache, could all potentially be relegated. Mull’s CSKA Moscow outfit are the least likely to be relegated, sitting three points clear of the current bottom three. However, if they lose their matchup and are drawn into a tie-breaker, they could potentially lose out on this and subsequently be relegated. Fenerbache face the toughest task to release the shackles that are the relegation zone. They need a win, and hope that the three teams above them all fail to win, to stand any chance of staying in the league.

 

The full table sorted by tie-breakers can be found here.

 

Ajax (Abominable Snowy84, 10th) vs Twente (Jinswick, 3rd)

Ajax at worst can fall one place to 11th, at best they could make the Europa League. Lose and it’s a loss, win and if other results go for them, European football could beckon. For Twente they are assured at least a Europa spot, however, one loss could see them pipped to a Champions League spot if both Standard and Spartak Moscow win. A draw keeps them in the bigger competition

 

Apoel (Archie, 12th) vs Sporting CP (Torres Magic, 19th)

APOEL are another side whose season is over, they can not make Europe but they can not go down. The same can not be said for Sporting. For them it’s simple, they need a win. They beat Galatasaray but lost to Zenit in their head to head meetings. This means that a draw would be good enough if Galatasaray fail to win

 

Celtic (Count of Monte Hristo, 6th) vs Zenit (Gigging Order, 18th)

This one is a very big tie. For Celtic the promise of Europa football awaits. Disappointingly for them however, they can not make the Champions League due to their loss to Standard Liege. Lose this one and they could miss out on Europe to either Ajax or Feyenoord. For Zenit a win or a draw coupled with a Galatasaray loss sees them to safety. If Galatasaray were to win they could still survive if Panathinaikos lost.

 

CSKA Moscow (Mull, 14th) vs PSV (FunkyAV, Champions)

This is a dead rubber. CSKA cannot be relegated or automatically qualify for the CL while PSV have already claimed the title.

 

Feyenoord (Cabaye4, 9th) vs Galatasaray S.K. (CatMac, 17th)

Another big tie. Feyenoord have to win to have a chance at qualifying for Europe. For Gala, they are still not safe. A win here would secure survival, a loss could see them relegated with Zenit surviving in their place. If they can match Zenit’s result they will be safe.

 

Limerick FC (Captain Shirokov, 11th) vs Benfica (Aatish, 8th)

Limerick and their Irish born Swiss manager could still make Europe with a win here. However, it would require Ajax and Feyenoord to both lose, which, coupled with a win here could see them make the Europa League.

 

Panathinaikos (Acquafresca, 16th) vs Standard Liège (Duffman 91, 4th)

Panathinaikos have an outside chance of going down. However for this to happen they would have to lose this tie and Zenit would have to win their match. For Standard, a win guarantees Champions League football. Anything else and Spartak could pip them. Due to Head to head record Spartak are the only team (other than Standard themselves) standing between Standard and the chance to automatically qualify for the Champions League. Otherwise they may be left fighting to defend their Europa League crown.

 

Porto (King Nemanja, 13th) vs Spartak Moskow (Arise Sir Giggsy, 5th)

Porto are another side with nothing to play for and will finish in the bottom half. Spartak still harbour hopes of a Champions League place if they can secure a win and Standard slip up.

 

Rubin Kazan (Le Gooner, 2nd) vs Dinamo Zagreb (Steel Arm, 15th)

Rubin are all but assured a Champions League spot. The only thing that could deny them is a defeat here and Spartak Moscow win. Even this would not matter if only one of Standard or Twente win. Dinamo are safe for another season

 

Shakhtar Donetsk (Dynamic, 7th) vs Fenerbache (Bedknobs and Boomsticks, 20th)

Shakhtar can secure European football with a win here, but it will be Europa only, as due to their loss to Standard they can not make the Champions League. A slip up could let in Ajax, Feyenoord, or even Limerick FC. For Fenerbache it simple they must win, anything else and they are down. If they win and one or both of Zenit and Galatasaray lose they will survive. Should either of those draw, a win would also see Fenerbache survive on Head to Head record

Just a reminder that League Rules with all the tie-breakers can be found here.

The UEFA council wishes to congratulate all of the Champions of the leagues, as well as the qualifiers for European football. We would also like to offer our condolences for those of you who are relegated. The UEFA Council also wishes to congratulate Epic Fail coming through the first FFS UEFA season with the best record.

 

Good luck to everyone in the final week’s fixtures.

 

*A huge thanks to TW and JK for helping with the write-up*

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19 thoughts on “Apocalypse 2012 – A GW19 preview

  1. Awesome write-up! Has me well excited for the days games.

  2. Fantastic work, Billy!! 😀

  3. Absolutely outstanding work guys. Its been a pleasure to be part of this wonderful community. I wish those in threat good luck today and look forward to next season.

    ps Sadly the Serbian is not leading my team out as I dont think Mancini understands his importance.

  4. Lovely stuff! 🙂

    Almost missed the deadline reading this … 😛

  5. Great job lads. This piece is fantastic and really caps off a great first season.
    I’d completely forgotten about the H2H rule so I’ve been stressing about getting relegated for the last few days 😳
    Happy holidays to everyone and here’s to an even better 2nd season.
    P.S. I loved the “Kim Kardashian style” team, I’ve been describing it as a mixture between flair and crap.

  6. Great job with this article, fantastic work!

    Need a win and some luck to stay up today!

  7. “frankly every man loves Brest” 😀
    Great work Billy!

  8. Brilliant article Billy. Thank you.

  9. brilliant article.. they just said i have an outside chance to win serie A… LOL..although chances are less, i think its the hope and tensions like this is what makes this fpl and particularly this ffs h2h league a great success…

    thanks to billy, JK and TW for taking all this efforts..

  10. i may be wrong.. but just checked the serie a table myself.. and i think i can’t be the champion..

    because if i win against fiorentina (which i think i have more than 35% chance) then too i can’t be champ…coz chievo verona vs alalanta could walk away as champions..even if its draw, then i think chievo can walk away as champion based on points..

    although i am not fully aware of the h2h rules, i think its gonna be chievo or atalanta who is gonna lift the crown..

    congo you guys.. but hats off to all other managers including myself who put a valiant effort to take the title chase to the last round.

  11. Great article,bal 4 Tom slip up please

  12. Massively impressed with the effort, hope you’re all enjoying your holidays, and I wish you all the best of luck.

    See you all on the other side, after my Serie A triumph 😉

  13. Nicely done — both the article and the whole first season. Cheers to all involved ‘behind the scenes’.

    It seems I may have half-arsed my ways into 4th in Ligue 1 … can’t wait for the second season and CL for my impostor of a team to be well and truly found out. Grats to everyone in Ligue 1, as well.

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