5 EPL Teams in Danger of Being Relegated
Premier League Teams Facing Relegation
As the new year turned the entire bottom half of the Barclays Premier League was within eight points of one another. Now with 24 matches played, not much has changed with 11 teams separated by eight points. Current form does not help to distinguish which teams will be relegated to the Championship as Newcastle United on 37 points has one of the worst records over the last five games.
Many of the clubs at the bottom have already changed managers, and the transfer window has closed. It is up to the new leadership to get the team out of the bottom and hope for another year in the top tier. The financial implications of staying in the Premier League are plenty of motivation to not be in the bottom three, and perhaps that is the reason why no one has fallen away from the pack. It is a cash-rich league that allows even the underdog to purchase players and be competitive.
There are other clubs not listed here that are still in danger of finishing in the bottom three. Swansea City have lost four of their last six matches. Crystal Palace had a great stretch from November until Boxing Day but have been unable to compete with the top teams and have a minus-18 goal differential. Hull City has managed one goal over the last five matches. Sunderland has climbed their way up from the bottom and are trying to be the first team not relegated after sitting in last at Christmas. It helps to only lose twice in the last 15 matches.
The remaining schedule and potential injuries will have a lot to do with which teams can stay afloat. While many will be watching the battle between Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea at the top of the table, it is the bottom of the table that will provide more drama. It looks like Leicester City will replace one of the relegated teams in the Premier League, but who are the top contenders?
5. Norwich City
Norwich City watched Cardiff score two goals in 73 seconds over the weekend, and they never recovered. Their only playmaker seems to be Robert Snodgrass, but he is also the man of many theatrics. Leroy Fer may be rounding into form, but he is one of a several summer signings who have not lived up to their billing. The Canaries need points from three of the next six games, but they looked defeated on the pitch in Cardiff.
4. West Ham United
West Ham are coming off a 2-0 win over Swansea and only face two teams in the top half of the table over the next six matches. With 22 points they are one point from moving out of the relegation zone. The Hammers will need Andy Carroll who just returned to the team this past weekend only to be shown a straight red, and West Ham has appealed a potential three-match suspension for him.
3. West Brom
West Brom faces Crystal Palace this weekend in a match that can help determine the bottom three. The Baggies will need the points this weekend as they have Chelsea looming. They were without a manager for a bit this season before Pepe Mel took over, but he has yet to right the ship. Add in the distraction caused by Nicolas Anelka and this season could be a disaster.
2. Cardiff City
Cardiff City found two second half goals for three points this past weekend and now are trying to take the double in the South Wales Derby. They had lost four straight before beating Norwich last weekend and will face Aston Villa, Hull and Fulham in three of their next six matches. They have a lot of new faces along with a new coach. Their biggest problem is scoring goals.
Clint Dempsey returned to Craven Cottage for a short loan just in time to get on a sinking ship. Fulham have matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea on the horizon, and they lost Dimitar Berbatov to Monaco. A Mar. 8 date with Cardiff for seal the fate of the Cottagers.