I’m spending the 2020/2021 season following the five teams that were favourites to be relegated on the opening day of the season in England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy, and writing about their journey.
The below are the distant observer’s week-by-week take on a footballing year that was meant to go wrong for FC Metz (1/6 on to be relegated), Fulham (evens), Spezia Calcio (1/4 on), Elche (8/15 on). Will any of the supposedly doomed underdogs survive?
Week 1: Unlucky FC Metz lose to Monaco.
Week 2: Adding Fulham, Spezia Calcio and Elche to the plan
Week 3: First win, first points
Week 4: win, win, win!
Week 5: Metz hit form
Week 6: Battling Points
Week 7: Top half Challengers
Week 8: a Fulham win, finally!
Week 9: a mixed bag before the break.
Week 10: A dull-ish week
Week 11: Breaking a losing streak
Weeks 12-14: Elche Christmas round up
Week 12-14: Fulham Christmas round up
Weeks 12-14: Arminia Bielefeld Christmas round up
Weeks 12-14: FC Metz Christmas round up
Weeks 12-14: Spezia Christmas round up
Week 15: Fulham love to draw
Week 16: 100 goals scored
Week 17: Patterns emerge
Week 18: Metz stand out again
Week 19: points, yes, but prizes?
Week 20: Big wins at the bottom
Week 21: Three pictures of the dregs…