The Premier League title race is almost done and dusted with Liverpool leading the league table with 79 points and nine matches left to play. One certainty in any given Premier League season is the relegation of the three bottom clubs to the Championship. The Premier League relegation battle is entering a crucial stage, and things are tighter at the bottom of the table, with six clubs battling to avoid relegation. In this article, we take a look at the teams involved and which ones are most likely to go down.
Is Brighton likely to escape?
Brighton has won plaudits for their style of play under Graham Potter and is lying on the 15th position with 29 points. Brighton is sitting outside the relegation zone with only two points separating them from 18th placed Bournemouth. After defeating Tottenham by three goals to nil in October, Brighton has been frustratingly inconsistent, and have had a poor run of late. Brighton has dipped in form, with no win in the past nine matches representing the longest winless run in the Premier League currently. They are still the only team yet to win a Premier League in 2020.
With nine matches to play for, Brighton will be playing Arsenal, Man United, Leicester City, Liverpool, and Man City. These fixtures are tough, but they need to grind results for them to stay in the Premier League next season. Brighton is ranked fifth for possession and seventh in the Premier League for shots. These records clearly show the team is playing very well. However, they must improve to ensure their safety this season. The big problem is that they have a manager who has never been here before.
Can Moyes pull magic for West Ham?
After finishing 10th place last season, not many people would have tipped them for relegation this season. West Ham did a lot of business last summer. However, none of the arrivals have proved their worth so far this season with the club’s ominous form costing one-time Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini to lose his job.
His replacement, David Moyes, started with a four-nil win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day and since then haven’t had the upturn in the form they wanted. They played very well against league leaders Liverpool and Arsenal but eventually lost those games as a result of share luck. West ham has some tricky away games to play against Man United and Tottenham but will count on the experience of their manager who has been in the hot seat before, two seasons ago.
Can the giant killers escape relegation?
Watford looked doomed at one point in the season, having won only one out of their opening 17 games. Since the appointment of Nigel Pearson somewhere in December as the club’s third manager of the season, the club has seen a little improvement with the team now lying 17th position on the league log with 27 points. Watford was very impressive in dismantling Jurgen Klopp’s side by three goals to nil to end the Reds’ 44 matches unbeaten run. The win against Liverpool has boosted their morale and confidence. Their manager will look to repeat the great escape he had with Leicester in the 2014-15 season.
Will Eddie Howe and his men survive?
Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side face the battle for survival once again. Eddie Howe has done a marvelous job overall at Bournemouth during his tenure. He has navigated the club’s journey from English football’s lower leagues to their fifth season in the top-flight.
Bournemouth is currently 18th on the league log. They sit level on points with West Ham and Watford and just two points behind Brighton. Bournemouth will be playing Man United, Tottenham, Leicester, and Man City, and these are tricky games for them, considering Leicester, Man United and Tottenham are all fighting for a top-four finish. That’s a bit of a nightmare for Eddie Howe and his boys. They need to play above themselves to escape relegation.
Can Jack Grealish pull Aston Villa Out?
The inconsistency that often comes from newly promoted teams has plagued Aston Villa’s season. Aston Villa spent a lot of money last summer, but there have been some dreadful performances so far this season. An over-reliance on their talismanic captain Jack Grealish has cost them. There is no doubt he is very talented and has taken his game to another level, but the workload is too much for him. Aston Villa will be playing top sides in Man United, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but they also have a game in hand, which is an advantage for them. They are currently in the 19th position, and it looks likely they will go back to the Championship if they don’t improve in their subsequent matches.
Can Norwich make the impossible possible?
Norwich has flirted with the relegation battle all season despite looking like a good team. Daniel Farke and his men need to learn that good performances don’t always get you points because they have really played some good football but are now 20th on the league table. They have picked some notable wins against Man City and Leicester City, but they don’t do it often. With nine games to play for, they need to win at least six and hope those on top will drop points.