Sao Paulo 2 points above the rest clear favourites
The Brazilian team should make light work of the opposition. Strong in all departments , plenty of depth . Should romp to victory. Twente lack a keeper and 2nd could flatter them but not if they make a great signing , maybe cash in some depth, Inter should grab third, a more balanced side than Twente , similar to their close rivals Cruziero.
Dynamo Moscow risking it all with an attacking formation ,they too need a keeper and could finish much higher if they can pick up an 88.
218 is the Division 3 cut off, so Palace, Kyiv, Lille, CSKA, Malaga , VIllareal can all still hope for a playoff with security in D3 if they make it up.
216.5 was the relegation danger zone last season, by in large Newcastle and Lazio are doomed at the moment, with Fenerbache likely to join them . West Ham maybe have a strong enough keeper to pull them through , which could leave Brugge or Koln if they get injuries hanging on the edge.
Cup run? Bordeaux, Inter or Twente.
Division 4 is considerably weaker than last season with a 0.3 rating point drop across the board.
|São Paulo FC||90.0||89.3||89.5||90.0||86.0||89.0||222.62||1|
|1. FC Köln||88.0||86.5||88.3||88.0||83.0||86.8||217.52||14|
|Club Brugge KV||88.0||86.8||88.0||87.5||85.0||87.1||217.44||15|
|West Ham United||89.0||87.0||87.5||87.5||85.0||87.2||217.36||16|