Analyzing and Predicting who will occupy the relegation spots in the Premier League
- With the business end of the season fast approaching, we take a look at relegation candidates and predict the final outcome of the EPL table
This season of the English Premier League has been wildly entertaining. The stories of Leicester, West Ham and Watford have made for a greatly unpredictable season for the neutrals. However, for every success story, there is bound to be one filled with misery and sadness.Today we look upon five such clubs who find themselves at the wrong end of the table and analyze what are their chances of staying up. Bournemouth have been excluded from the list as with their upturn in form, they are, at the time of writing are 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Swansea also doesn’t feature due to their recent wins over Arsenal and Norwich which were a reflection in the improvement of their performances since Francesco Guidolin came in. In this article, we analyze and predict who has the most chance of finishing in the bottom three of the Premier League come the 15th of May, 2016.
#5 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace had a fantastic start to the season. With Yohan Cabaye on song and Yannick Bolasie and Wilfrid Zaha terrorising fullbacks, Palace led by Alan Pardew rose to as high as 6th in the Premier League. The lack of goals from strikers was a lack of worry, but the midfield coupled impressive perfprmances from Scott Dann and the rest of the defence shielded Palace's problem. However, after Bolasie's injury, Palace have not been the same again. They have been stuck in a horrible rut ever since, one which is typical of Alan Pardew and his various stint as managers. Unfortunately for Palace, there seems to be no end in sight.
Still, there are positive signs and with Connor Wickham's back to back braces and the return of Yannick Bolasie, Palace can dare to dream. The problem is that as their attack has improved, their defence has taken a turn for the worse with each passing week. While players like Papa Souare have totally slumped, their former mainstay in midfield, Australian Mile Jedinak has looked a shadow of his former self. However, it does look like Palace will stay up, but only by the skin of their teeth.