No one likes those teams who win all the time. Apart from the mass of fans who support them. The rest of us, however, definitely do not.
The clubs with the most money, time on TV and wins notched under their belt become somewhat tiring to watch after a while. When you’re picking your Super Six and see them pitted against some poor, defenseless minnow, it almost feels cheap to assume they’re taking the three points.
But sadly that’s often what happens. It’s the nature of football.
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When you compare some of the team sheets for the Manchester City and Chelsea types of this world with those of the Middlesbrough and Sunderland types, it’s a surprise they even compete in the same league.
Only not every player in that glorified top six sets the world alight. And, for the matter, not every player down near the bottom has two left feet.
Recently, Paul Merson described the Crystal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha, as being “a better player than Theo Walcott,”. Now, it’s advisable to ignore 90% of what Merson usually says, but this comment got us thinking.
Awkwardly, Arsenal are in danger of finishing outside the top six, however. So this comparison falls by the wayside. Sorry, Gooners; we’ve insulted you twice now. It’s nothing personal.
For the poster boys and starlets of the struggling teams, a top six move is rarely off the cards. And for the fall guys of the top six, a move to the strugglers is never far from reality, either. Just look at Jack Wilshere.
So we’ve comprised a mean looking team that, in our view, could take on the world. Or, in this case, the Premier Leaue’s top six. And we’ve compared them with their elite counterparts.
This is CLICKON Soccer’s bottom half vs top six tussle. Mind out for the underdogs, chaps, they’re coming for you…
GK) Kasper Schmeichel/Loris Karius
Leicester City's imposing 'keeper was lifting the title last season. This time, he's been watching his back. Not the only stop-shotter who should be doing so, we must say. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Ben Gibson/Phil Jones
One has a £30 million move on the cards. The other has a sick note and a massively undeserved reputation. But guess who's facing relegation?
Image Source; Twitter
CB) Mamadou Sakho/Jan Vertonghen
Two powerful and competent centre backs, both deserving of a role at a top four club. So why is one on loan to Crystal Palace? Surely by summer Liverpool will see his potential. If they don't, the Eagles will be counting their lucky stars. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Michael Keane/Ramiro Funes Mori
Despite their seemingly vast difference in class and flair - not that we're going on names and looks - the big Burnley centre-back is a league above Everton's struggling Argentine, who's struggled to settle down this season. Image Source: Twitter
LW) Wilfried Zaha/Jesse Lingard
Zaha has been turning heads for the past four seasons. He has become one of the league's best wingers and is having the season of his life. Jesse Lingard might have Paul Pogba's number saved, however. So he's clearly worth £100,000-a-week. Image Source: Twitter
CM) Xherdan Shaqiri/Lucas Leiva
The former Barcelona star has proved that he really can do it on a cold, rainy Tuesday night in Stoke. His top six counterpart has not. In fact, we're not sure if he can do it on any Tuesday night anywhere, really. Image Source: Twitter
CM) Gylfi Sigurðsson/Henrikh Mkhitaryan
You're forgiven for not reading both of those names in full, we had to Google them first. Anyway, Swansea's Iceman could be playing at any club in the league if he wanted. He is more than deserving of a POTY run-in, too. Image Source: Twitter
RW) Michail Antonio/Jesus Navas
Antonio has been imperious for West Ham over recent seasons. His top six counterpart, however, has dropped to a fall back position and is looking for a move to AS Roma. Two demotions in one swoop, then. Image Source: Twitter
FW) Joshua King/Daniel Sturridge
One is the Prem's joint 10th scorer. The other collects loose balls at Liverpool's training ground. Image Source: Twitter
FW) Jamie Vardy/Vincent Janssen
Okay, Vards hasn't had the season of his life. But at least he didn't score his first ever league goal at the weekend., nine months into the campaign. Image Source: Twitter
FW) Jermain Defoe/Michy Batshuayi
Absolutely undoubtedly true, this one. But, again, who's facing relegation and who's looking to snatch the title? We'll give you a clue: one has 14 times the number of goals as the other. Still not sure? Image Source: Twitter
Quite the team, we’re sure you’ll agree.
If you don’t, feel free to let us know. Only, be warned, the lads above are the dark horses of English football. They’re the ones we don’t always notice, largely because of the badge on their shirt. So, it’s your choice; slag them off at your peril. They may well be causing your downfall at the weekend.