Six clubs in the Premier League are scrambling to fight for survival in the top-flight of English football. With a handful of games to go for most of the clubs in the 2019-20 season, the fight to avoid finishing in the bottom-three is intensifying. If past data is to be taken into consideration then the 36-point mark seems to be the magic number which guarantees you another campaign in the Premier League.
So with 15 points still to be played for and some key fixtures remaining to dictate the relegation battle, we take a look at which clubs may stay and which ones may get relegated to the Championship next season.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The Seagulls have been on a rampant form since the Premier League restart. They have accumulated seven points since they returned to action, which is equal to the current champions Liverpool, who they host next in the Premier League. They are already on the magical number of 36 but have a tricky couple of fixtures upfront in the form of Manchester City and Liverpool. Graham Potter has been hailed as a messiah for Brighton, and with nine points above the relegation zone, they may as well start planning for their fourth Premier League campaign.
WEST HAM UNITED
After the restart, West Ham United pulled a bunny out of their hat when they beat Chelsea at home. This win could prove to be the most vital one for the Hammers’ survival in the Premier League. Staying in the top flight of English football is extremely important for the London-based club as earlier in the season they posted a loss of £27 million. Their run-in till the end is arguably the easiest amongst the teams fighting for relegation and they are likely to stay up for another season.
Watford were at rock bottom in December when Nigel Pearson took charge. They went on a winning run straight after and now find themselves a point away from the relegation zone. Their form post the restart has been poor, where they have managed to accumulate just four points out of the available 15. If you are into making predictions, then you would be expecting them to lose their games against City and Arsenal away from home. So the matches against West Ham and Newcastle United will most probably decide the fate of the Hornets.
Aston Villa, former European champions and a massive English club, should always be competing in the Premier League due to their sheer stature, but that hasn’t been the case in the recent past. They spent big after getting promoted to the Premier League last season and had a successful run in the Carabao Cup, where they ultimately lost to hot favourites Manchester City in the final. However, their league performances haven’t been good enough to guarantee another year in the Premier League. Villa have just picked up two points in their last nine Premier League outings, with their form in front of the goal being shambolic, having netted just on five occasions.
The Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth’s home ground is the smallest Premier League stadium ever to host English top-flight football. Since getting promotion in 2015, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have always earned heaps of praises from pundits and football lovers alike. This year, however, has been a different story for the Cherries. Bournemouth have lost 20 Premier League games this season, more than any of their five campaigns in the competition. Having not managed to win a single point since the restart, the road ahead seems all negative for them now. They are just one point away from safety but have some daunting fixtures coming their way.
Norwich City got promoted to the Premier League as the winners of the Championship last season, but at the end of the current campaign, they look doomed. They are seven points away from safety at present and it seems unrealistic for them to avoid relegation. Forget winning a match, the Canaries have scored just a single goal in their last six Premier League outings. Currently, they sit rock-bottom with 21 points and will have to win all of their remaining fixtures to mark a most remarkable survival story. For now, it seems like Norwich will have to start preparing for a year in the Championship.
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