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Premier League: Who will win the battle on the backside?

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Premier League: Who will win the battle on the backside?

With the title already won, a lot of the give attention to the Premier League has switched to the opposite finish of the desk.

With only a week left, West Brom, Stoke and Southampton occupy the underside three locations, however Swansea, Huddersfield and West Ham may simply be sucked in, and Brighton are certainly one of 4 different golf equipment but to ensure security.

Some have two video games to play, some have three, and a few meet on the ultimate day of the season – 13 Might.

“It may be an interesting relegation battle,” stated former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 stay.

“Stoke haven’t been conceding as many targets however they don’t seem to be profitable video games. They play Swansea on the final day. Huddersfield wanted some extent final weekend and did not get one. What a run-in.

“And it’s important to give credit score to Darren Moore at West Brom – absolutely he ought to be supervisor of the month?”

Will West Brom make the nice escape?

West Brom
Place: 20th Factors: 28 GD: -24
Fixtures: Tottenham (H); Crystal Palace (A)

Backside facet West Brom must win their remaining two video games and hope a whole lot of outcomes go their manner.

Even when they win in opposition to Spurs on Saturday (15:00 BST), they’re down if Swansea keep away from defeat at Bournemouth or if Southampton win, as a result of Swansea and Southampton nonetheless need to play one another.

Their destiny could be out of their palms, however the excellent news for the Baggies is their latest kind.

They’re the one crew within the backside 12 to win greater than as soon as of their previous 5 matches.

Caretaker supervisor Darren Moore has a 50% win file from his 4 video games in cost. In actual fact, he has already received extra Premier League video games with the Baggies this season than predecessor Alan Pardew, and as many as Tony Pulis earlier than him.

Can Stoke flip it round?

Stoke
Place: 19th Factors: 30 GD:-33
Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H); Swansea (A)

Stoke earned an vital level against Liverpool final weekend, however they continue to be in a precarious place.

Paul Lambert’s facet might be relegated in the event that they lose to Crystal Palace on Saturday as a result of Swansea and Southampton nonetheless need to play one another.

If the Potters draw, they’re down if Swansea keep away from defeat or Southampton win.

Even when Stoke win, they’re down if Southampton, Swansea, Huddersfield (who do not play till Sunday) and West Ham all do likewise.

The opposite drawback is their kind.

The Potters are with no win in 12 league video games – the present longest winless run throughout the highest 4 divisions of English soccer. It is the membership’s longest run with no victory within the prime flight since December 1984.

Additionally they have the worst aim distinction within the division – -33.

Will Sparky save Saints?

Southampton
Place: 18th Factors: 32 GD: -19
Fixtures: Everton (A); Swansea (A); Manchester Metropolis (H)

May Stoke-turned-Saints boss Mark Hughes have a hand within the downfall of two golf equipment this season?

He departed the Wager365 Stadium after profitable 5 of 22 video games, leaving the Potters within the relegation zone.

Now his job is to maintain Southampton up. They received a much-needed victory against Bournemouth final weekend – their first dwelling league win since beating Everton 4-1 in November.

They’ve performed one fewer recreation than the 2 groups beneath them, and are solely some extent from security.

They’ve seemed full of life underneath Hughes, scoring twice in each of their dwelling league video games underneath the Welshman – as many occasions as they did so of their final 14 matches at St Mary’s underneath former boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole, talking on BBC MOTD2 Further, stated: “I feel Mark Hughes would have gotten Stoke out of it if he’d stayed there.

“He is stabilised Southampton – I feel they need to have picked up extra factors. He simply wants time. It is clearly not labored for Stoke eliminating him both.”

Can Swansea survive and ship others down?

Swansea
Place: 17th Factors: 33 GD:-25
Fixtures: Bournemouth (A); Southampton (H); Stoke (H)

Swansea are solely some extent above the relegation zone however may ship the knockout blows to the groups round them whereas maintaining themselves up.

If they’ll decide up factors in opposition to mid-table Bournemouth on Saturday, they are going to have the higher hand once they face Southampton and Stoke of their closing two video games, each of that are on the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans’ kind is worrying, although. They’re with no win in six league matches and Carlos Carvalhal’s facet have failed to search out the web in 16 Premier League video games this season.

“I’ve began to actually fear about them as a result of they don’t seem to be scoring targets once more,” stated BBC Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas.

“I’d be actually nervous if I used to be a Swansea fan.”

Can Huddersfield deal with their run-in?

Huddersfield
Place: 16th Factors: 35 GD: -29
Fixtures: Manchester Metropolis (A); Chelsea (A); Arsenal (H)

Huddersfield face a frightening job of their closing three video games: Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Arsenal.

They’re three factors above the drop zone in 16th and have not scored in 19 totally different Premier League video games this season. Their 2-0 defeat by Everton final weekend has pulled them proper again into the chaos.

The Terriers have solely taken three factors from a potential 27 in opposition to the highest six groups within the league this season, too.

“They are not over the road and there is a few creeping up behind them now,” stated Jenas. “These fixtures stink so far as I am involved.”

Brighton have an identical take a look at forward of them.

Though they’re 5 factors away from hazard in 14th place, the Seagulls have not received in six league video games and have Manchester United, Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool of their closing three video games.

Did they do sufficient earlier within the season to keep away from the drop?

West Ham: Going, going, gone?

MOTD2: Alan Shearer says West Ham gamers didn’t ‘graft’ in opposition to Man Metropolis
West Ham
Place: 15th Factors: 35 GD:-24
Fixtures: Leicester (A); Manchester United (H); Everton (H)

It has been a turbulent season for West Ham. Slaven Bilic left, David Moyes got here in, the followers protested on the pitch and now there are training-ground fall-outs.

West Ham are 15th and three factors above the drop zone after struggling their second 4-1 thrashing in as many weeks – this time in opposition to champions Manchester City.

The Hammers have conceded 67 targets within the league this time period – essentially the most they’ve shipped in a single season within the competitors since 2010-11, once they conceded 70 and had been relegated.

Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer was shocked by the gamers’ “distinct lack of effort” within the defeat by Metropolis, saying: “While you play in opposition to the higher groups, it’s important to work tougher, and never present a nasty perspective.

“It isn’t acceptable from any crew, not to mention a crew in a relegation battle.”

Can they pull it collectively for his or her final three video games in opposition to Leicester, Manchester United and Everton?

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