The battle at the top of the Premier League is certainly hotting up between Manchester City and Liverpool with the Reds taking the advantage this weekend, albeit with a game in hand. However, we are now turning our attention to the bottom half of the Premier League and taking a look at the run-ins of teams still battling against relegation.
Huddersfield and Fulham look all but relegated after woeful seasons, amassing just seven wins between them over the course of 62 games. That means there is just one relegation spot left and we have narrowed down to three teams, up to Chris Hughton’s Brighton, who should just about have the quality and the games in hard, to stay up. Let’s analyse the chances of the other candidates in the mix.
Cardiff City (18th - 28pts)
The Welsh side, despite currently being in the relegation zone have performed better than most people expected this term, still in with a chance of staying up at this stage. They have just eight games remaining in the league and are just two points away from safety.
However, they will have to do things the hard way with Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd all still to face. Having said that they also face four games against relegation rivals, Burnley, Brighton Fulham and Crystal Palace, which will decide their season.
I have got a sneaky feeling Neil Warnock will worm his way out of this one. Cardiff are staying up.
Burnley (17th - 30pts)
Burnley are in trouble. They’ve lost four on the bounce and their latest defeat against ten-man Leicester was a real killer for Sean Dyche. With one of the smallest budgets in the league, Dyche has done a fantastic job, but this season may just be a stretch too far.
The fixture list also looks rough for them. Their final four games are against Chelsea, Man City, Everton and Arsenal meaning they must pick up points in their next three. Next up for the Clarets are the in-form Wolves followed up by Bournemouth but the crunch game is set for the 13th April as they host Cardiff.
Things are not looking good for Sean Dyche’s men and I can’t see them getting the points they need from this run-in. Back to the Championship for Burnley.
Southampton (16th - 30pts)
Southampton have just been meh this season. A whole lot of nothingness. They were hampered by the managerial style of Mark Hughes earlier in the season which did not help them out but now Ralph Hasenhuttl has come in and steadied the ship.
They face an easier run in than several of their rivals, with just Liverpool out of the top six to play. Home games against Bournemouth and Huddersfield are certainly winnable and they should sail clear of danger, leaving others battling it out.
It hasn’t been pretty for Saints this season, but smoother waters could be on the horizon in the Premier League next season.
Verdict: Dyche’s Dingbats Destined For The Drop