It’s been another fantastic Premier League season where Manchester City have ran riot tearing teams apart left, right and centre. However, we’re taking a look at the teams threatened with relegation.
As the Premier League draws to its close, let’s take a look at the bottom five club’s to see who’s at risk of relegation.
20th West Brom
It’s been a season of turmoil for The Baggies. Alan Pardew has arguably sent them down after only winning one game in charge. The club have been humiliated with off the field issues, and they sit nine points away from safety. Their -33 goal difference is the worst in the league, and Albion look set to drop down to the Championship. Despite a shock win against Manchester United, I think The Baggies will go down.
Sometimes they have played good football this season, but they’ve not been consistent enough. The Baggies did pull of an incredible great escape in 2005. Though, I can’t see them repeating the feat as unfortunately Pardew’s damage looks like it cannot be undone.
Since coming up from the Championship in 2010, West Brom have been a fairly average side. Nothing special, but good enough to stay up. However, this season will see them lose their Premier League status.
19th Stoke City
Mark Hughes struggled with Stoke this season, and was sacked after an embarrassing defeat to Coventry in the FA Cup. Stoke have been a club not threatened with relegation in recent seasons, but it looks like letting players like Marko Arnautovic go will be a mistake as they look like they will go down. Stoke have failed to pick up wins against teams around them, and it’s likely Paul Lambert’s side will be facing Championship football next season.
Stoke are a side who on their day can beat anybody, but too many players have gone missing this season. Players such as Butland and Shaqiri don’t deserve to be playing second-tier football and it’s likely they will jump ship if the Potters go down this season.
Stoke play Burnley, Liverpool, Swansea and Crystal Palace in their last four games, and I just can’t see them picking up the three wins they need from these games. However, Lambert insists they’re not finished yet.
Southampton might be in the semi-final of the FA Cup, but they have been dismal in the league. Poor performance after poor performance has left Saints fans calling for change so they appointed former Stoke boss Mark Hughes. However, Hughes has a job on his hands as Southampton sit five points from safety. Staying up shouldn’t have been the clubs aim this season, but with the players they have staying up shouldn’t be an issue. I’m saying that the Saints will stay up.
Southampton have been a club on the up in recent times, but now face a relegation scrap. Selling players like Mane and Lovern have caught up on the Saints as they could find themselves playing in the Championship.
Saints fans have voiced their opinions this season and St Mary’s has been a toxic place at times this season. Staying up will be important for the club as they look to carry on their improvement from a few season’s ago.
Swansea sacked Paul Clement earlier on in the season, and replaced him with former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal. Carvalhal has got them to play nice football in some stages of the season, but he hasn’t steered them away from the relegation dog fight. I believe Swansea will go down despite how hard it is for me to say!
At the start of the season, the Swans signed Renato Sanchez and Tammy Abraham on loan as they look to be a decent outfit.
However, results have not gone their way, and I believe this season will see Swansea drop out of the Premier League.
16th Crystal Palace
Palace have been hit and miss under Roy Hodgson, but have just overseen a derby day win over Brighton. Hodgson has done it before, and it’s likely he can do it again as The Eagles look to keep their Premier League status. While Benteke hasn’t been firing, Zaha has stepped up to the plate. Palace should stay up this season.
Like St Mary’s, Selhurst Park has often been toxic with fans getting restless with gutless performances. Though, on Saturday they proved that they had the credentials to stay up as they beat their fierce rivals Brighton.
Palace staying up by the skin of their teeth will issue another warning call to the club, but will they answer it as they should next season?