Premier League relegation battle: final table, remaining fixtures
The 2021-22 Premier League season has reached the commercial end of the campaign and the ‘break-in’ is going to be wild across the league.
Focusing on the Premier League’s relegation battle, seven teams drop out to stay in the Premier League. We know three is going to fall, but it’s getting so tight and tense at the bottom of the board.
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Norwich City Burnley and Watford appear to be fighting an uphill battle, but they have shown they can create surprises.
Everton and Leeds United are still struggling at the start of the final months of the season as neither team expected to be relegated this season. While Brentford and Newcastle seem to have found form at the right time, as the latter looked doomed just a few months ago but had an incredible run to climb up the table.
Below we focus on the standings, fixtures and analysis of teams’ survival hopes in relegation from the Premier League, and we’ll be updating this article weekly as the season draws to a close.
Premier League Relegation Battle – As Is
16th: Leeds United – 33 points (32 games) GD -30
17th: Everton – 28 points (30 games) GD -19
18th: Burnley – 25 points (31 games) GD -19
19th: Watford – 22 points (32 games) GD -32
20th: Norwich City – 21 points (32 games) GD -44
City of Norwich
Dean Smith has done a good job of giving Norwich a fighting chance at the start of the last few months. But now they have to go. Burnley’s win was key and Teemu Pukki’s performance was among his best. And he reunited with Kieran Dowell almost wanted the Canaries past Man United without a fantastic free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. Now they will have to deliver against improved Newcastle and the sometimes strong Aston Villa while also hoping that West Ham and Leicester can be distracted by European goals.
Games remaining: Newcastle (A), Aston Villa (A), West Ham (A), Leicester City (A), Wolves (A), Tottenham (A)
Assess their chances of staying upright:
Roy Hodgson has done his best to turn the tide at Watford and their attacking options always give them a chance in games. Their win at Southampton was huge for the creed. They need to keep improving defensively if they want to stay in the Premier League. They have a decent run-in, on paper, as they take on Brentford, Everton and Burnley. If they can beat the Toffees and Clarets they can be in business, but anything less and it looks like they are down.
Games remaining: Manchester City (A), Burnley (H), Crystal Palace (A), Everton (H), Leicester City (H), Chelsea (A)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 3 percent
by Sean Dyche Someone else’s Clarets will shred to the bitter end, but time is running out and the severed ties with Sean Dyche reek of desperation despite a still manageable run-in. Norwich’s defeat hurt as much as Everton’s victory helped, in that it is worth wondering if their fate is in their hands. If Wout Weghorst and Maxwel Cornet are successful in the clutch and don’t scramble their lines, they have a real chance of pulling off a wonderful escape (although the Electric Cornet had a terrible miss against Norwich and another against West Ham). This home game on the last day of the season against Newcastle could be this.
Games remaining: Southampton (H), Wolves (H), Watford (A), Aston Villa (H), Aston Villa (A), Tottenham (A), Newcastle (H).
Assess their chances of staying upright: 42 percent
Frank Lampard’s Toffees are sinking to the bottom three but benefited from a meeting with sleepy Manchester United days after a stifling job against Burnley. After a six-game losing streak in their first eight games in charge, Lampard’s side have just may be looking for relegation scrap. They have quality players, but do they have players ready to fight to stay in the Premier League? It doesn’t look like it. They also have a very difficult schedule to complete the season. Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League and their next step to maintaining that fact is a Merseyside derby. At least Liverpool could be tired…
Games remaining: Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H), Leicester (A), Watford (A), Brentford (H), Crystal Palace (H), Arsenal (A).
Assess their chances of staying upright: 63 percent
USA coach Jesse Marsch had a huge job to do not only to replace Marcelo Bielsa but also to keep Leeds in place, but it’s so far, so good. The only thing that goes against Marsch now is that the easy games are mostly gone (reminds us of the scene in “Big Daddy” where Leslie Mann exclaims to Adam Sandler that “We wasted the good surprise on you as opposed to John Stewart).
Marsch has solidified things and made Leeds more pragmatic, but their survival depends on the fitness of two players: Patrick Bamford (slowly) and Kalvin Phillips (back!). It really is that simple. The only reason we don’t consider Leeds safe is the brutal list of remaining fixtures.
Games remaining: Crystal Palace (A), Man City (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (H), Brighton (H), Brentford (A)
Assess their chances of staying upright: 90 percent