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THE CHOP

We’ve crunched the numbers and can tell you exactly who’s going to be relegated

There are at least six teams currently in the battle to avoid the chop, but luckily for you we've worked out which three teams will be in the Championship next season

It’s going to end badly for someone.

We’re sure you’re just hoping that at the end of this glorious season of the Premier League it won’t be your team sitting in the bottom three.

Moyes trying to hide from a second relegation in two seasons

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Moyes trying to hide from a second relegation in two seasons

Well un/fortunately (delete as appropriate) for you we have taken a cheeky peek into the future and can tell you exactly who is going down next season*.

*Based on a very scientific analysis of each club’s final fixtures.

This year has seen half of the league dragged into the battle to avoid the drop at times this season and with eight games left there’s at least six that will be sweating over the Premier League position.


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Do you have any chance of keeping them up Pards? No is the answer to that

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Do you have any chance of keeping them up Pards? No is the answer to that

West Brom

I’m going to start with one of the easiest ones.

West Brom are going down, they are eight points away from safety, they have won just one league match in 28 and face Man United, Liverpool and Spurs in the run-in.

Verdict: Doomed

Swansea

The decision to sack Paul Clement and appoint Carlos Carvalhal looks like a masterstroke.

The Swans are four points above the drop zone but with just a single defeat in their last eight in the league their fortunes are turning at exactly the right time.

Despite facing United, Man City and Chelsea in the coming weeks earlier wins against Arsenal and Liverpool will give them hope.

Verdict: Safe


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The man with the metaphors

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The man with the metaphors

Huddersfield

The newly promoted side have kept faith with David Wagner but now they will have to pray others fare worse than them during the run in.

Although the Terriers have a four-point buffer their last four games of the season read Chelsea (a), Everton (h), City (a) and Arsenal (h).

They need to pick up as many points as they can in their next four against fellow strugglers.

Verdict: Touch and go

West Ham

It is coming away at the seams at the London Stadium.

Fans invading the pitch, anger at the board and a team that is plummeting spells one thing and one thing only: relegation.

Bearing in mind the Hammers have a ridiculous run in playing United, Chelsea, Arsenal, City and Leicester away, their three-point safety net does not look very safe.

Verdict: It’s going to be weird watching Championship football at the London Stadium

Enjoy the Championship next season lads

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Enjoy the Championship next season lads

Southampton

Now then, the Saints sacked Mauricio Pellegrino this week with just eight games remaining, which is the equivalent of twisting when your on 18.

Southampton are hovering dangerously above the relegation places and have a pretty grim schedule for the next few weeks.

They are going to need that new manager bounce and quickly.

Verdict: Quality should see them get enough points to stay up

Crystal Palace

Where did all go wrong again Roy? Ah yes, that will be Wilfried Zaha’s injury that has essentially railroaded Palace’s season.

After the worst start to a season on record Hodgson looked to have turn things round with the Eagles even getting up to 10th at one stage.

While they are in the bottom three now they have the kindest of run ins and with Zaha returning to the team should pick up enough points.

Verdict: Safe by the skin of their teeth

Not all heroes wear capes

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Not all heroes wear capes

Stoke City

Paul Lambert has steadied the ship at Stoke with just two defeats in their last seven but he’s struggling to get the team to score, having managed more than one goal just once.

Defeat against City last night was pretty inevitable but after a difficult few upcoming weeks they finish wwith two crunch games against Crystal Palace and Swansea.

However they could already be cut adrift by then with Everton, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool to come.

Verdict: The fixtures gods haven’t been kind but it’s between them and Huddersfield