Premier League relegation battle as it stands.
Relegation battle in the premier league looks likely to go down to the final day,we take a look at the fixtures and tables as it stands.
Brighton need just one more point – and may not even need that – to secure their place in the Premier League next season after Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. It’s been a positive restart for Graham Potter’s side – and how important might that late turnaround against Arsenal be? Neal Maupay’s winner was their first win of 2020 in all competitions and it’s done wonders for the confidence within the club. With eight points in the bag from seven games, the Seagulls are almost there.
After the draw with Southampton, Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “We want to try to get more points, we’re in a good place, but we need to carry on, it’s as simple as that. Two more games to go, and we’ll try to get as many points as we can.”
Remaining fixtures: Manchester United (A), Aston Villa (H)
Almost there. Like Brighton, West Ham are not yet mathematically safe with 37 points on the board, but the Hammers are, in all likelihood, set to stay in the Premier League for at least another season: six points clear with a maximum of six to play for, David Moyes’ side also have a far better goal difference than the teams below them.
Credit where it’s due, West Ham have claimed three important wins since the restart to make themselves all-but safe: against Chelsea, Norwich and, in Friday’s ‘relegation cup final’, Watford.
Remaining fixtures: Manchester City (H), Arsenal (A)
When Nigel Pearson was appointed by Watford in December, the remit was simple. His job was to keep a team up that was then cut adrift at the bottom of the table in the Premier League. He is close to achieving another great escape…but the defeat to West Ham means a cloud of anxiety still hovers over Vicarage Road.
And finding the points – or even another point – to stay clear of Bournemouth and Villa is not going to be easy with Man City and Arsenal their remaining opponents. Then again, Watford are the team who broke Liverpool’s unbeaten run this season.
Pearson said: “Anything can happen. What happens elsewhere can help, but if you are reliant on that you are in for a bit of a shock, so our focus has to be there.”
Remaining fixtures: Southampton (H), Everton (A)
Bournemouth kept their Premier League survival hopes alive after coming from behind to beat Champions League-chasing Leicester 4-1 on Sunday – a result that keeps them on the coattails of the rivals above them. And just turns up the heat on both West Ham and Watford ahead of Friday. Unfortunately for the Cherries, they weren’t able to follow that up with an unlikely result at Man City, despite a brave performance at the Etihad.
Still, it’s conceivable that one win from their final two games might possibly be enough to overtake Watford – although goal difference would be decisive in such a scenario.
Remaining fixtures: Arsenal (H), West Ham (A)
Aston Villa’s point at Everton on Thursday night will have felt like a defeat after Theo Walcott punished Anwar El Ghazi’s bad miss with a late equaliser, after Ezri Konsa had put Villa ahead. Villa may well look back on El Ghazi miscuing from two yards out as a big moment in their season if they go down – but with Arsenal and West Ham to come they’ll have to swiftly put that disappointment behind them to try to salvage their Premier League status.
They need at least one victory from those two games to have any hope of staying up.
Villa boss Dean Smith said: “The lads are devastated in the dressing room because we deserved more out of the game. We had a few chances to take the lead before we did, and then we missed a massive chance to go 2-0 up with El Ghazi putting it over the bar.”