With the Premier league relegation battle much harder to call than the title race, we take a look into each of the sides that are being drawn into a relegation scarp and there chances of premier league survival.
Sunderland – Currently bottom and three points off safety the Black Cats are the most obvious candidates to go down. a 2-0 loss to Everton last time out keeps them bottom of the premier league, and time is starting to run out for David Moyes’s men to start picking up points. The club are relying heavily on Jermaine Defoe’s goals who has netted 14 goals which is a decent tally for a club as low down as Sunderland but will this be enough? Survival is certainly not out of the question though, as Sunderland find themselves in similar positions almost every season.
Hull City – Next we move onto Hull who currently sit 19th but only one point adrift of safety. There is no doubt The Tigers have seen a turn around in fortune since appointing new boss Marco Silva. Gaining an impressive win over Liverpool and a vital point at old Trafford. But last time out Hull only managed to take a point at home to Burnley, and with a number of first team players out injured, Hull face a upper hill climb to avoid a immediate return to the championship.
Leicester City – The premier league champions are the most surprising of relegation candidates. The foxes are 18th and one point away from being out of the drop zone. They also have a game in hand on there fellow struggles. Leicester have a number of great players that helped them to the premier league title last season, including record breaker and last terms club top scorer Jamie Vardy, and last seasons PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez because of this it is hard to see the champions going down. But currently manager less and have not won away all season, who knows.
Crystal Palace – Currently only one point clear of the drop zone Crystal Palace must be feeling the pressure. The Eagles picked up all 3 points against relegation candidates Middlesbrough in what could be considered a six pointer on Saturday, lifting them out of the bottom three. Palace have some big names in there squad including Christian Benteke, Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend but haven’t hit form for well over a year now. Crystal Palace face a long end to the season, and are still to play the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Spurs which could prove very tough. But they couldn’t ask for a more experienced man at the helm than Sam Allardyce, a manager to never be relegated and is known for keeping clubs in the premier league.
Middlesbrough – Boro are placed 16th in the league but are only one point above the drop. The newly promoted club have only picked up there points in there last nine league games. Which included a 1-0 loss to relegation rivals Crystal Palace last time out and a swift return to the championship is looking more and more likely. Middlesbrough signed some top players in the summer including Spanish champions league wining goal keeper Victor Valdes and Striker Alvaro Negredo. They were tipped for a higher mid table finish by many pundits but current form is suggesting other wise.
Swansea City – The south Wales based club have been looking up rather than at teams lower than themselves since manager Paul Clement replace Bob Bradley earlier this year, with fantastic wins over Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester to lift them up to 15th. But only three points clear of the relegation places the Swans will remain cautious of the clubs below them.
Bournemouth – Lastly we take a look at AFC Bournemouth. The clubs amazing rise from league 2 right up to premier league survival is an incredible story and most people will not include them as relegation threatened. But Eddie Howe’s Cherry’s are five points clear but have not won in seven and are quickly slipping down the table and could face a fight to the finish.
The relegation fight will surely be contested till the very last day of the season, which is more to say than for the “tightest title race in premier league history”. But who will stay up and who will go down? we will have to wait and see. Tweet what you think @AllOutFootball_