With high stakes, uncertainty, and direct implications for other teams, it is no wonder that the relegation fight is often seen as the most exciting aspect of the league. Every year it feels the race against relegation gets tighter and tighter, this year is no different. As it stands only 8 points separate 12th & 20th. Anything can happen this year but ultimately here are our relegation predictions...
20th - Southampton
As I write this, Southampton have just managed a shock victory over Chelsea, it isn't the first time the Saints have been saved by a Ward-Prowse free-kick but despite this huge win I still see Southampton as likely 20th place. Their repeated run of poor form & dismissal of Nathan Jones has left the fans wondering about their clubs future with the end of the season on the horizon. Generating 18 points from 23 games & achieving only 0.83 goals a game, unless Southampton turns things around quickly they are at the bottom of a slippery slope.
19th - Bournemouth
This is a team that's capable of winning tough games, but not the games they should win. Bournemouth started their season with optimism and a string of good results but as of late have slipped further and further down the table, they currently sit 17th with 21 points, only 1 clear of the dropzone thankfully due to a great win over Wolves. The Cherries enjoyed an upturn in form when Gary O'Neil replaced Scott Parker as manager at the Vitality Stadium but still remains to generate some decent form. Despite spending big in January, with how tight it is at the bottom I don't think Bournemouth can squash their close competition.
18th - Leeds United
Managerless, winless since the beginning of November and lacking identity, Leeds are stuck with a previous manager's signings and in need of a new style of football, or their old style depending on how you look at it. Leeds United have a very talented squad but for some reason are achieving 1.18 points per game at home & a dismal 0.50 away which has led to increasing frustrations from the fans. Leeds forward Wilfried Gnonto has been tearing it up and terrorising defenses these past few weeks, they've looked dangerous but their bark is worse than their bits. What can Leeds do differently?
Have we got it right? Let us know if you think we missed anything...