As the title race appears to be almost over and the top four race is hotting up, it is the Premier League relegation battle which is going under the radar as to who will go down.
Norwich look likely to go down in bottom place currently sat with 21 points in 20th, seven points off safety. But after them, the gap between the 19th and 15th stands at just four points.
As it stands, Brighton are 15th with 29 points, 16th place West Ham, 17th place Watford and 18th place Bournemouth stand on 27 points with Aston Villa in 19th place with 25 points.
All of these teams have reasons as to why they can stay up.
Premier League relegation battle heats up
Brighton play a good style of football and have players such as Lewis Dunk, Matt Ryan, and Pascal Gross and these players are capable of helping the team get wins.
As for West Ham, players such as Robert Snodgrass, Issa Diop, Lucasz Fabianski, and Felipe Anderson are too good to go down but their end to the season is difficult and could cause problems later down the line. The way they played against Liverpool is encouraging so they will hope to build on that.
Watford have been galvanised by Nigel Pearson who has turned this team around from looking very likely to go down to now having a fighting chance. The Gerard Deulofeu injury will not help but the emergence of Ismaïla Sarr and the current form of Troy Deeney gives them an advantage and they have a lot of fight about them.
Bournemouth appear to have one of the worst squads on paper out of these teams in the relegation battle but Eddie Howe is arguably the best manager amongst the group. Callum Wilson and Josh King need to be on it for Bournemouth to tick and with Harry Wilson and Nathan Ake, these players can add to the team and help them fight this battle.
Aston Villa look doomed and also have their own tough end to the season. Jack Grealish will surely leave if Villa go down and he may even do so if they stay up. The 4-0 loss to Leicester on Monday night didn’t help matters and with a team of summer transfer flops, they appear to have done a Fulham and spent too much money on the wrong players.
They will need local boy Grealish to be at his best and for players such as Trezeguet and El Ghazi to step up. They were unlucky with the Wesley injury as he was starting to show promise.
All these teams have pros and cons and whoever goes down, it looks to be an exciting end to the season as teams aim to avoid the drop.
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