There’s a whole lot of focus going on the Premier League’s title race right now and we can understand why, especially after Leicester City were able to make their way to the top of the table last night courtesy of their win over Chelsea. Down the bottom of the league, however, there’s also something to be said for the relegation battle.
You can bet on how things are going to unfold between now and May by visiting the betting page, but for the time being, our focus is going on what we believe will transpire as many clubs fight to avoid the drop back down into the Championship.
They’re probably not going to be one of the teams sucked into the relegation scrap based on their league position, but when Zaha isn’t at the races or Eze isn’t playing, the Eagles look like a completely different team. They need to get through to the end of the season and at that stage, Roy Hodgson’s future needs to be called into question.
Wolverhampton Wanderers should not be in the bottom half of the table let alone fighting against the threat of relegation when you take one look at their squad. There are problems there and if Nuno Espirito Santo can’t get a positive league result in the next few games, the club may consider a change in leadership.
Steve Bruce seems like a lovely man but that just isn’t enough to prevent the club from slipping into trouble once again. His style of football is questionable, his decision making is poor, and the Magpies seem to have no real inspiration or hope behind them.
Brighton & Hove Albion have the occasional burst of joy but most of the time, they’re left beaten and battered by a team that just has a slightly better ability to kill games off. They’ve got a decent manager and a strong core group of players but they can’t afford to slip into another bad winless run.
The weird thing about Burnley is that it doesn’t really matter how many times they lose in the Premier League, because most of us just assume Sean Dyche is going to be the man to get them out of danger. In the current climate, we don’t think there’s anyone out there who is better suited to doing so.
The spirit of Fulham Football Club deserves to be appreciated throughout the league because even after being counted out so many times, they seem to get back up again and keep fighting. It may not be enough for them to survive but if anyone is going to give them a fighting chance, it’s Scott Parker.
Sam Allardyce’s ability to change the fortunes of a relegation-threatened team has been seen in doses for the Baggies, especially with their Black Country derby win over bitter rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. Still, their loss to West Ham last night reminded fans that they’ve still got an awful lot of work to do.
With just five points on the board after 19 games, we think the main focus for Sheffield United needs to be beating Derby County’s record points total of 11. Beyond that, considering the fact that they are 11 points behind 17th place, we’d suggest their fanbase just needs to pray for the best.
Prediction: Brighton, Fulham & Sheffield United will be relegated