The Premier League is nearing the end of the season now and it’s getting tight at the bottom, but who is the favourite to go?
Playing in the Premier League is a fantastic achievement for any club. It’s the best league in the world with the best players in the world. However, for clubs who are favourites to go down, it’s not always an enjoyable experience as it can be a long season trying to stay up!
At this point in the season, every point is huge, with one point potentially being the difference between survival and relegation. Confidence can be huge in the Premier League and if teams are near the bottom early on, it can seem a huge ladder to climb to get back out of the relegation spots.
Relegation from the Premier League can really damage clubs. Portsmouth and Sunderland are just two examples of this. After being relegated they both found themselves in League One and in great financial difficulty.
Sheffield United are as good as down now, they are priced at 1/100 as they sit bottom of the table on 11 points. They are 15 away from relegation and with just 12 games to go, it would have to take something very very special from The Blades.
West Brom – 1/25 – 19th place – 17 points
The Baggies finished second place in The Championship last season, but it hasn’t been as plain sailing this season. They are nine points away from safety and have been struggling all year. They sacked Slaven Bilic and brought in Sam Allardyce. Since his arrival, they have had 11 points so its going to need a big turn around in form to stay up.
They didn’t bring in any marquee signings, other than signing Matheus Pereira on a permanent. They do however have a lot of experienced Premier League players on their side like Kieran Gibbs Branislav Ivanovic and Chris Brunt.
West Brom have a real lack of goals in their side and have scored just 20 all season. It’s not turning more of their eight draws into wins this season that will send them down!
Fulham – 10/11 – 18th place – 23 points
The team who no one saw coming up, have given themselves a chance of staying up after being favourites for the drop. Fulham got into the Premier League through the play-offs, after finishing fourth in The Championship. They were relegated from the Premier Leauge in 2018/19 when they finished bottom on 26 points.
Fulham started the season very poorly with just one point in five games. However, they have lost just three of their last 15 which is a fantastic run. They are three points from safety, with Newcastle just ahead. The two sides play each other on the final day and as long as Fulham can keep the gap to no more than three points it could be set up for a fantastic game.
Scott Parker has made them a very tough side to beat. But like West Brom, they don’t have too much look in front of goal with just 21 goals and 11 draws. If someone in their front line can find some form, Parker could have pulled off the biggest job in his managerial career to date!
Newcastle – 6/4 – 17th place – 26 points
At the end of last season, rumours were circulating that Newcastle was in line for a huge financial takeover. One so big that they were being linked with the very best players in the world. However, much to the disappointment of their fans, this has fallen through now.
This season has been awful for them and they now find themselves in a relegation fight. They have been battling injuries to key players and now Wilson, Saint-Maximin and Almiron are all out. These are their key attacking outlets and without them, they will and are struggling.
With just being three points safe, it can all change in one weekend. It’s going to be a nervous time for Newcastle fans.
Burnley – 6/1 – 16th place – 26 points
Last season Burnley finished tenth in the Premier League and were never one of the favourites to go down. This is their fifth consecutive season in the top flight and their lowest finish was 16th in 2016/17.
They currently sit 16th in the league, just three points from safety. Goalscoring has been their biggest issue so far, with just 18 goals this season, the second-lowest in the league. However, Burnley is full of experienced Premier League players and some exciting young prospects. They are a tough side to beat and Sean Dyche knows what it takes to keep a side in the Premier League.