Football · Premier League

The 2016/2017 Relegation Battle

The PUPcast team review this season’s Premier League relegation battle..

Burnley

Hull City v Burnley - Premier League

Position: 14th

Chance of relegation: 6/10

Burnley’s plucky work at home may have already sealed survival this season but their current form is a cause for concern with just a single victory in their last ten games. On paper, this is relegation form, but due to the poor quality of teams in this season’s relegation battle Burnley can still maintain a respectable finish on their return to the Premier League.

Crystal Palace

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Position: 15th

Chance of relegation: 7/10

Despite collecting amazing results against Arsenal and Chelsea, the Eagles have the most difficult end to the season of all the relegation threatened teams. Crystal Palace host title challengers Tottenham Hotspurs at Selhurst Park but have daunting trips to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. Although this run-in is tricky, Palace may have just done enough to separate themselves from the pack.

Bournemouth

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Position: 16th

Chance of relegation: 7/10

As discussed on the PUPcast Podcast #27, since the departure of Nathan Ake in January, Eddie Howe’s men have been in free fall tumbling down from 8th position. Whether home or away, the Cherries have struggled to find consistency and now find themselves within touching distance of the relegation zone. With very few positives, Bournemouth can be boosted by a favourable fixture list and will face relegation rivals Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Burnley in the coming weeks which will prove pivotal games to their survival.

Hull

Hull City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Position: 17th

Chance of relegation: 8/10

The PUPcast team all believe that the 18th spot will be contested between both Hull and Swansea and there is very little to separate the two sides. Hull started the season with a depleted squad of 13 players, had a want-away chairperson and have seen three managerial changes. Considering the turmoil at the KC Stadium this season, Hull City’s Premier League survival in 2017 would be nothing short of a miracle. Can they do it?

Swansea

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Position: 18th

Chance of relegation: 8/10

Swansea’s season has been similar to Hull’s with frequent managerial changes and a fragile squad. Unfortunately, the efforts of Sigurdsson appear to be going to waste as Swansea have been unable to shrug off their poor start to the campaign. At this point in time, a coin toss can determine Swansea’s survival chances.

Middlesbrough

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Position: 19th

Chance of relegation: 9/10

It is safe to say that Boro’s season hasn’t exactly gone as planned. Boro spent big and purchased wage-demanding stars such as Victor Valdes and Alberto Negrado in an attempt to complete a successful campaign, but the team has failed to gel and their January signings have been ineffective. Creativity has been lacking all season and Boro have only netted four goals in their last eight Premier League games. Unless Boro start to find the net, it will be a speedy return to Championship football.

Sunderland

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Position: 20th

Chance of relegation: 10/10

Poor old David Moyes is deteriorating along with Sunderland’s chances of playing Premier League football next season. Without a win in 8 and with only hope Jermaine Defoe misfiring, Sunderland’s situation appears unsolvable. Moyes’ defeatist attitude coupled with lackluster performances from aging pros feels like this Sunderland team are preparing for Championship football next season.

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