Three teams risk being relegated in this year’s English Premier League if their recent performance and current season standings are anything to go by. Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff City are currently sitting at the bottom of the table.
Their survival will require more than just good performance but also some kind of ‘miracle’
Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle will also be required to work extra hard in order to avoid the looming threat of demotion
Huddersfield have the highest chance of being dropped
According to the odds, Huddersfield which is currently at the bottom of the table have the highest chance of being relegated at 1/2000. Fulham who have lost 21 games this season have a 1/500 chance of relegation and are unlikely to avoid the hammer. Cardiff City is the third most likely team to be relegated at 2/7. The bottom two teams are currently standing at 14 and 17 points respectively after playing 30 games.
According to history, no team has ever avoided the drop having collected 17 points or fewer after 28 games of a Premier League campaign before except for a few rare cases which could give them, Huddersfield and Fulham, some hope to fight on.
A Premier League team requires an average of 35 points to avoid relegation.
Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are already past the 30 point mark perceived to be a safe zone, which means that the struggling teams will need to grab more points to survive this season.
Fulham (17) and Huddersfield (14) points are also way below the 30 points and based on their remaining games their fate appears sealed.
Eight matches remain
With only eight games remaining, each team is struggling to redeem itself in an epic battle for survival and the remaining few weeks will determine who stays and who goes.
The next few games are anticipated to be both thrilling and nerve-wracking for football lovers who will be counting on their teams to make the cut.
Below is a look at how things might turn out for relegation strugglers;
Fulham trouble far from over
Fulham have conceded the most goals (68) this season and are currently placed at the 19th position signaling an uncertain future for them. They suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat against Leicester City last weekend and their next match against Liverpool is yet another mountain to climb. At a time where every goal and point count, Fulham could be kissing the premier league goodbye.
Cardiff City on a losing streak
Cardiff City have suffered three straight defeats and their chance for survival is very thin. However, the last win over West Ham United might have lifted their already crushed spirit.
But how they perform in their next games against Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool teams will be a deciding factor in their future.
They will also play Burnley, Brighton and Fulham who are also in the battle to survive.
Hence Cardiff have some tough task ahead.
Burnley future uncertain after five successive defeats
Braces from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in their last match against Liverpool was a huge setback for Burnley with only four wins to their name since the beginning of this season.
Burnley have successively lost their past five matches and will need victory in their next game against Leicester City to avoid being overtaken by Cardiff City who are only two points below them.
Southampton not off the hook
Southampton’s 2-1 surprise win against Tottenham Hotspurs on Saturday might have come at the right time, but the Spurs are still within the relegation zone at only 30 points in a similar position to Burnley.
Their next game against Watford is a must-win for them but they face tough opposition against Liverpool and may struggle against fellow relegation rivals.
The dramatic 2-1 loss against Brighton last weekend was a wakeup call to Crystal Palace that they needed to up their game to escape the Championship.
They are currently 14th in the Premier League’s standing.
Performance is key
Based on the current state of the Premier League table, each team at the bottom seven of the league have a shot at surviving the relegation.
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