With only a handful of games left for each club in the premier league, the relegation battle is getting tighter and tighter every week. With clubs like Sunderland, Middlesborough, Hull City, Swansea, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Burnley all fearing the drop. In this article, I will be reviewing and previewing all the clubs listed above chances of staying in the league as well as my prediction for who will go down.

Sunderland-

I think it’s best I get this one out of the way first, Sunderland are a club who have been staying up by the skin of their teeth for seasons on end. When a club narrowly stays up it is crucial that they recruit well both playing and management wise, Sunderland definitely have not done that! and subsequently, they will be plying their trade in the championship next season. To rub salt in their wounds, their rivals Newcastle United will be taking their place in the top flight. Predicted finish: 20th

Middlesborough-

Ultimately, if you don’t score goals, you won’t stay up. That has been the case for ‘Boro this season, a lack of goals will be leading them back to the Championship unless they suddenly pick up form in front of goal. Predicted finish: 19th

Swansea-

The Welsh side have improved under new gaffer Paul Clement, however, their away form still has not picked up. I firmly believe that this away form could be the downfall of Swansea despite the talent in their squad. However, City have (as previously mentioned) a lot of talent in their squad, players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fernando Llorente and Fabianski have the capability to keep Swansea up and need to take their remaining games by the scruff of the neck in order to remain in the Premier league. Predicted finish: 18th

Hull City-

Hull are a side that have dramatically improved since Marco Silva has taken charge of the side, he made significant improvements to the squad during the January transfer window, including the addition of Italian centre back Andrea Rannochia (on loan from Inter Milan) who netted his first goal this Saturday against West Ham United. With this gradual improvement, I can only see Hull getting better, they’re managing to pick up points against big sides such as United and Liverpool as well as performing against the sides around them. Predicted finish: 17th  http://gty.im/663140410

West Ham United-

I think it is fair to say this season has been woeful from start to finish for my beloved West Ham, the move from the Boleyn to the London stadium has (so far) been a disaster, as have the signings we made in the summer. I personally feel Slaven Bilic has been majorly let down this term by the board and the signings they made for him, the board need to make up for this in the summer by allowing Slaven some big money to make the signings he feels are necessary. However, for now, I believe that West Ham should have enough in them to stay in the league (feels quite weird even thinking about that considering where we were last season). Predicted finish: 16th

Crystal Palace-

Another masterpiece from ‘Big Sam’, Palace’s form in recent weeks has been marvellous, beating the likes of Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and Chelsea successively. The form of their star players has also been fantastic recently with both Benteke and Zaha showing progress under ‘Big Sam’. With safety all but confirmed, it is time to start planning for next season, for the next chapter in the Allardyce era at Selhurst park. Predicted finish: 15th

Burnley-

The only promoted side that have impressed me this season, Burnley’s home form has been nothing short of remarkable, turning Turf Moor into a fortress even in the top flight of England. Their top players (Heaton, Gray and Keane) have all impressed with two of those earning call-ups to the England side. Predicted finish: 14th http://gty.im/484871800

 

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