The fight for Premier League survival is an extremely fierce one this season.
An obscene amount of television sponsorship and performance prize money is the difference between top-flight status and relegation to the Championship, and it’s as tight as it’s ever been.
As we enter the final stages of the Premier League season, Goal takes a look at those currently in danger of dropping out of the division come the end of the season.
The current favourites for the drop are West Brom, who find themselves at the foot of the table under their second manager of the season after sacking Tony Pulis. The Baggies have won just three fixtures from their 30 games in the league this season, with two of them coming in the first two games of the season.
As dreadful as their season has been they are currently enduring their worst run of the campaign, with Alan Pardew’s side losing their last six consecutive games.
The gap between West Brom and those around them in the season is gradually widening and with Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham still to come before the end of the season, supporters have every right to start imaging life in the Championship next season.
With dabblebet, West Brom are 1/50 to be relegated from the Premier League.
Stoke’s plan to improve on last season’s finish of 13th included spending a considerable amount of money to build a stronger squad, with £18 million forked out for Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer, £15m for Galatasaray’s Badou Ndiaye, and a number of fees for loan acquisitions.
However, with just eight games left of the season, they sit second bottom of the table and are in real danger of losing their top-flight status.
In Stoke’s run of final games, the Potters will face Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool, though it may be their meetings with West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swansea which decides their fate.
Stoke are the only other side to be placed as odds on to be relegated, with dabblebet pricing them at 8/11.
Claude Puel’s finish of eighth last season was seen as a building block by those at the top of the club, with 2017-18 campaign projected as another push for European football.
A difficult period from October 2017 to January 2018 saw them drop into a relegation battle, however, with the Saints picking up just one win in 16 attempts.
Mark Hughes has since taken over from Mauricio Pellegrino at St Mary’s and is tasked with keeping the club in the division, though in order to do so must pick up points in a particularly tough end to the season.
Southampton are currently third favourites to go down with dabbletbet at 15/8.
West Ham United
West Ham’s season has gone from bad to worse, with their 3-0 home defeat against Burnley a turning point for many supporters.
Fans stormed the pitch, the chairmen of the club were targeted, and the general hostility at the London Stadium was turned up to full following the defeat, with David Moyes’s side feeling the consequences. The trouble being experienced at West Ham currently was somewhat inevitable, but it doesn’t make it any easier for the fans of the club to stomach.
The Hammers have lost four of their last five games at the time of writing, conceding 14 goals in that time.
Moyes’ side remain just a win above the bottom three, which ultimately will be enough to build on in what will be a chaotic summer at the club.
To lose their place in the Premier League, though, dabblebet price them at 2/1.
Though Crystal Palace find themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League going into the next round of games, they are in far better shape than many of the clubs around them.
Wilfried Zaha is back following a spell on the sidelines, while they have scored more goals than four clubs at the time of writing.
Palace are struggling to find a win, however, with their last taste of Premier League victory coming in the middle of January.
Dabblebet have the Selhurst side at 2/1 going into their next fixture.
Huddersfield’s early league form may eventually lead to their Premier League safety.
The Terriers accumulated nine points from their first six games before their form dropped considerably, though their home results have been far more successful than their time on the road.
Huddersfield have picked up 20 points from 15 games at the John Smith’s Stadium so far this season, in comparison to 11 points in 15 games away.
David Wagner’s side were heavy favourites to return to the Championship as the bottom club pre-season, but they are now just 9/4 to remain in the division with dabblebet.
The decline of Swansea City has been a slow one.
Since finishing eighth in 2014-15, the Swans have placed 12th, 15th, and have spent much of this season in the bottom three before Carlos Carvajal’s arrival at the end of last year.
In the eight Premier League games since the turn of the year, though, Swansea have lost just once and have progressed into the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup.
As such, dabblebet price them at a slightly longer price of 4/1 to go down.
The problems on the pitch at Newcastle are direct results of the situation off it.
With supporters unhappy with Mike Ashley’s leadership of the club and because of the lack of funds available to manager Rafa Benitez, expectations at St James’ Park are low.
However, with Benitez in charge of first-team affairs, supporters are generally looking for the club to scrape Premier League safety and use the summer to rebuild, whether that be without Ashley or Benitez.
Newcastle are as close to a top-half spot as they are to a place in the bottom three but are proving difficult to beat at present and will be confident going into their final games of the season.
The Magpies are outside bets for relegation with dabblebet, placed at 11/1.
Brighton & Hove Albion
The final club to be promoted from the Championship last season and currently the highest ranked of the three, Brighton & Hove Albion find themselves in with a shout of a top 10 finish in their first ever season in the Premier League.
Chris Hughton’s side have a considerably difficult end to the season, though, with Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool still to play, as well as bitter rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Hughton’s conservative approach to life in the top flight has served Albion well, especially at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton have lost just three of their 15 home games this season, to Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. They’ve won their last three outings on the south coast by an aggregate score of 9-3 and still have record signing Jurgen Locadia to settle into the side.
Another two victories would almost certainly guarantee their spot in the Premier League next season, and as such as priced at 16/1 to go down.
Other relegation candidates
The other clubs who may still get sucked into a battle at the bottom include Bournemouth and Watford, though they both need just one more victory to secure their spots in the Premier League.
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