An analysis of the 7 clubs battling relegation in the Premier League
With only 8 matches left to play, three EPL clubs will be relegated by the end of the season. The fight for survival in the EPL has been a far interesting competition than that for the Champions League spots this season.
Only ten points separate 9th placed Everton and 18th placed Crystal Palace and with such a small gap among the teams, the teams which will be relegated are nowhere near to being confirmed.
None of the clubs look like an outright candidate for relegation, except for West Brom - they appear to have lost their will to fight. It is almost certain that they will be relegated this season. Despite the club making a change and bringing in Alan Pardew, they have been unable to leave the bottom spot of the table.
The Baggies have started to resemble a Championship side more and more with every appearance on the pitch, and with only 20 points and 16 losses from 30 fixtures, any chance of a miracle is remote.
Here is a look at the future of the clubs that are at the risk of getting relegated this season:
#1 Newcastle United
Less than a year ago, high flying Newcastle United made their way back into EPL after clinching a win against Barnsley to secure the Championship title. Now, they find themselves in the bottom half of the EPL standings and at risk of finding themselves back where they started.
The team has won 8 matches thus far, with their latest victory coming against fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton at St Jacob's Park on Saturday. This result leaves them in a better position both in the table and in their battle to remain in the Premier League next season.
Three of their remaining matches involve playing against clubs from the top six of the table though - Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea. The Magpies have the advantage of having an extremely experienced manager in Rafael Benitez, which has allowed them to get positive results from games against Liverpool and Manchester United in the past and it will give them hope going into the remainder of the season.
Out of the eight bottom clubs, Benitez's team has conceded the fewest number of goals and this is a good sign for the club which has a strong and reliable backline. They will have to keep up with that and try to get at least a point in each of their next games.
A key weakness in the team has been their inability to keep hold of their lead. The team has let in several late goals this season, affecting their chances of securing all 3 points. If they are to remain back in the PL, the Toons cannot continue to concede late goals in their next few matches.
Verdict: Not relegated