The Premier League has always provided enough twists and turns to make each season enthralling. The same can be said this time around for we are witnessing one of the most unexpected relegation battles in recent memory. With 9 teams finding themselves facing the drop in March to 6 teams still well and truly languishing near the relegation zone. Its been an extremely tumultuous season for clubs like Chelsea, which find themselves a mere 10 points away from relegation. Clubs like Southampton on the other hand have mostly sealed their fate, with their 11 year run in the Premier League almost surely coming to an end.
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The biggest names that could still face the drop though, are Leicester and Everton. Everton managed to avoid the same last season but the 9 time English champions currently lie in 19th place, with relegation looking more imminent with each match under Sean Dyche. On the other hand we have Leicester, a team which won the league with odds of 5000-1 just 7 years ago, but that seems to be in the distant past now. Struggles under both Brendan Rodgers and Dean Smith have resulted in the club occupying a lowly 18th spot. Financial instability has crippled them in the transfer market and the results are showing.
We take a look today at how both these clubs along with Nottingham, Leeds, West Ham and Southampton may fare in the final stages of the relegation battle.
Its unfathomable that in a season where the Saints have managed to beat the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea and dashing Arsenal’s title hopes, they still manage to occupy the last position in the table. Ruben Selles’ men could see their fate being sealed with 3 matches left if they face defeat in the incoming games against Newcastle and Nottingham. If there was ever a time for the James Ward-Prowse or Kyle Walkers-Peters to shine, its now.
Sean Dyche’s men face insurmountable challenges in Brighton and Manchester City in the coming weeks. The gravity of the situation just adds more drama and importance to their match against Leicester on Monday, for it could very well decide where both of the clubs end up at the end of the season. Dyche will be looking to finally turn his fortunes around at Everton, having won a mere 3 out of his last 13 games.
Probably the most surprising face in the relegation battle, Leicester have faced some horrendous form in recent weeks, with the win against Wolves being their only consolation. With Liverpool and Newcastle as 2 of their final 3 games, Leicester go into Monday’s clash with a must-win mindset to come out with all 3 points. James Maddison will be crucial to any plans Dean Smith has.
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After the spending spree of a lifetime Nottingham still find themselves just one point away from the drop zone. The team has constantly struggled away from home and the story seems to be continuing the same way. Forest will hope get points off of Southampton at home after a huge morale-boosting win against Brighton on Wednesday.
The team finds itself on the verge of relegation for the second season in a row and its fixtures to follow won’t make the battle any easier. The team has lacked defensively throughout and has just conceded 5 and 6 goals against Palace and Liverpool respectively. Illan Meslier continues to be a weak link in the defense and Leeds will desperately hope to find a replacement this summer. The team faces an over-achieving Bournemouth next in an extremely important match-up.
A team that was fighting for Europe just last season, with 6th and 7th place finishes under its belt now finds itself struggling at a disappointing 15th place. Jarrod Bowen, Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta are a few of many names that prove the fact that this team deserves much better results than it has produced. David Moyes has looked out of sorts this season and will be counting on the games against Leeds, Leicester and Brentford to achieve safety before rebuilding and protecting its youth talents.
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