EPL Relegation Fight: What Teams Will Survive

EPL Relegation Fight: What Teams Will Survive

The three-team title race in the English Premier League is capturing the football world’s attention right now.

But an equally compelling and critical race is at the bottom of the table. At least a handful of teams are fighting to avoid the three relegation spots. As usual, a few teams won’t survive.

As the season starts to close, let’s take a closer look at the teams that will spend the last few games fighting for their Premier League lives.

Who is Done and Who is Still Fighting?

Unfortunately, it looks like Burnley and Sheffield United are both destined for relegation this season. These were the two best teams in the Championship last season, earning promotion to the Premier League. But both looked destined to head right back down. Burnley and Sheffield United would both need to win all of their remaining games to have a realistic chance.

That leaves just one relegation spot with three teams fighting to avoid it. Everton, Nottingham Forest, and Luton are separated by just two points with roughly a handful of matches left. One could argue that Brentford and Crystal Palace haven’t yet assured themselves of safety. But either team would need to collapse while Everton, Nottingham Forest, and Luton all finished strong, which seems unlikely.

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This has led to sports betting sites offering competitive odds on Everton, Nottingham Forest, and Luton being relegated because one of them is bound to go down with Burnley and Sheffield United. If you have a hunch on what team will be relegated, this might be a good time to place a bet as most sportsbooks offer a welcome bonus for new users and ongoing promotions for regular customers.

 

Since the third relegation spot is likely to come down to Everton, Sheffield United, or Luton, let’s take a closer look at each team’s chances of survival.

Luton Town

Before the season, Luton Town being relegated would have been a relatively safe bet. But the Hatters have surpassed expectations after blending together a young squad with veteran players who have Premier League experience. A recent win over Bournemouth put some wind in Luton’s sails, giving the Hatters genuine hope that survival is possible.

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However, Luton Town still has a lot of work left to do, especially since the Hatters have the worst goal differential of the three teams trying to avoid the final relegation spot. That will make climbing out of that spot more challenging. The good news is that Luton has a manageable schedule left, playing just one of its final five matches against a team in the top half of the table. A home match against Everton on May 3 could end up being decisive, although playing Brentford, Wolverhampton, West Ham, and Fulham will give the Hatters chances to make a great escape.

Nottingham Forest

The Tricky Trees finished 16th last season, just four points from safety, in their first season back in the Premier League. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Nottingham Forest is in another relegation fight this season. To be fair, receiving a four-point deduction has hurt their chances of staying up. But with just one win since the middle of February, the Reds only have themselves to blame for being pulled close to the relegation zone.

 

Moving forward, Nottingham Forest’s April 21 match with Everton will be critical for both sides. While the Tricky Trees also have to play Manchester City, matches in May against Sheffield United and Burnley could offer a lifeline for Forest. If they can get points from teams below them in the Premier League table, the Reds can save themselves from relegation.

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Everton

The Toffees will be infuriated if they get relegated after receiving a controversial eight-point reduction. With those eight points, Everton would likely be safe from the relegation zone. Instead, the Blues are just two points ahead of the final relegation spot. With one more match to play than both Luton and Forest, Everton has a better chance to stay up. But a recent 6-0 loss to Chelsea has called into question the club’s resolve.

Most importantly, Everton’s schedule down the stretch is a mixed bag. The Toffees face title contenders Liverpool and Arsenal in their final five matches of the season. However, their four other games are all winnable matches against Nottingham Forest, Brentford, and Sheffield United at home and away at Luton Town. But if the Toffees can’t find some points in those matches, they could be in trouble.

 

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