The Premier League is the most lucrative division in the world.
That’s means staying in it is all the more important.
With the ‘big six’ dominating the top end, it sometimes feels like every other team could be in a relegation scrap.
Well this season it turns out that is nearly true.
We are in December now and the bottom half of the table is closer than ever.
Everton have rediscovered how not to concede five goals a game, Roy Hodgson is working miracles at Crystal Palace and we are yet to see how Alan Pardew will work out at West Brom.
While West Ham, Newcastle and Southampton have been tumbling down the table for weeks.
The end result is that the whole bottom half of the table is basically condensed into a relegation battle.
There are 10 teams within four points of the bottom three.
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Not only is half the league facing the dreaded chop but only Man United and Chelsea in 2nd and 3rd are closer to Man City than the relegation zone.
Swansea, Crystal Palace and West Ham occupy the relegation spots.
West Brom are only safe thanks to goal difference and Newcastle are one point above them.
Then Stoke, Bournemouth, Brighton, Huddersfield and Southampton make up the bottom half, with the Saints in 11th place just four points above the red line.
Looking at the form book Crystal Palace are undefeated in their last six and currently look like the best bet to climb up the league.
On the other hand, Newcastle have lost five of their last six and unless something changes, and quickly, the Magpies could be in the bottom three before the takeover bid goes through.
There are 21 games left to play but with the congested Christmas period this group could be even closer by the end of January.
January signings will be crucial.