With just 10 games to go in this season’s Premier League campaign, things are certainly getting hotter at both ends of the table.
While the majority of discussions lately have been around Manchester City and the teams below them, the battle at the other end of the league is certainly a tense and interesting affair too. As things stand you could go as far as saying that eight, or possibly even ten, teams could end up scrapping for survival over the next few weeks.
Many people would look at the table and instantly think that West Brom are all but gone. They’re rooted at the bottom, they’re 7 points from safety, they’ve won 3 games in the league all season and there’s unrest throughout the club. It would take one hell of an effort for them to make up the points difference and climb out of danger. They also still have to play the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs too.
There are two other relegation places that seem to have new owners on a regular basis and this proves just how tight things are at the wrong end of the table. As things stand, Stoke and Swansea currently occupy them, with the latter only being in there on goal difference. Stoke just don’t seem to be able to win games on a regular basis and that could be a deciding factor, that and the fact they also have Man City, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool still to play.
Swansea had a bad result last time out but they have shown they can beat the best sides in the league, as well as those around them too. You’d expect them to get back on track against a West Ham side who also lost 4-1 last time out. The Hammers are another team who could quickly get sucked into a relegation battle if they’re not careful and with games against big teams still to come, they’re far from safe.
The likelihood is that both West Brom and Stoke will find themselves playing in the Championship next term, with the other relegation spot likely to go to Southampton. The Saints look a shadow of their former selves and they have struggled both offensively and defensively all season and this had led to them hovering perilously close to the drop. It’s a real surprise that Mauricio Pellegrino is still there.
Palace and Newcastle are the other two sides who you could see as having a realistic chance of being relegated but the saving grace in both cases will be the managers. Roy Hodgson and Rafa Benitez are both experienced enough to make their teams hard to beat in most cases and they know how to grind out results. Both sides have a bit of quality too, although Palace do undoubtedly miss Wilfried Zaha. If new signing Alexander Sorloth can start scoring goals, The Eagles will be fine and should pull well clear of the drop zone.