Now that the last International break of this season is over, attention switches back to the Premier League.
Chelsea are streaking away at the top but relegation is still difficult to settle. Serval clubs still aren’t safe with games quickly running out before we reach the season finale on 21st May.
Those sitting between 10th – 15th surely should survive so attention will be on those sat in the bottom five spots.
Those fighting the drop have very different run ins so who will go on and make the great escape?
David Moyes will of seen the run in as favourable given the Black Cats’ escapology acts in the last three seasons.
Sunderland deserve to go down given how woeful they have been throughout April.
The best they can do now is try and interfere with Hull and Swansea’s relegation battles to give Middlesbrough a shot at survival.
Middlesbrough will be disappointed at failing to win in early April. Since they lost to Arsenal, they have played better except for the blip at Bournemouth.
Now that they’re down, the best that they can do is hope to go out on a high by winning their last two games.
Hull have the best run in out of those currently occupying the relegation spots.
They have done better than expected by picking up nine points in April but after losing at home to Sunderland, Hull simply have to go for it, despite facing two strong clubs in form.
Swansea have underperformed this month so need to get at least two wins in May, if are to stand any chance of reserving their Premier League status.
Looking at the remaining fixtures, anything less than five points will result in doom. The win against Everton has put them in a strong position and victory at Sunderland coupled with a Hull defeat will confirm their status.
Sam Allardyce surely had to be sweating at that run in. Middlesbrough’s might be bad but this is just a recipe for relegation, that he has made decent work of throughout April’s games.
The Eagles are all but safe so can securing survival at home to Hull. Defeat and wins for both Hull and Swansea will force the Eagles into a three way fight to avoid the drop on the final day.
I had them down as sure fire relegation bets so despite a slow start, Allardyce has once again worked his magic to get a team out of trouble.
Predicted bottom three
Hull and Crystal Palace surely have to be amongst those going down. As to the final spot, it could be anyone’s but Sunderland might fail to survive on the final day.
18th – Sunderland
19th – Crystal Palace
20th – Hull
Actual bottom three
18th – Hull City
19th – Middlesbrough
20th – Sunderland