The ELP Relegation Battle

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The English Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. Teams constantly clash to determine which one among them is the best in England. So far, around 29 games have been played. The league table has already started taking shape, with the top teams already determined.

However, the battle is not yet over for teams in the bottom half. The bottom six teams are still fighting to avoid relegation, as less than five points separate them. A win is crucial for either team and will determine whether they survive or get dropped from the league. Which are these teams, and what are they doing to stay in the league? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

West Ham United

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The Hammers are a surprise entry to the relegation zone. They have maintained the top 10 positions in back-to-back seasons. They were, at some point, the favorites to reach the finals of the Europa Conference League. They will face a Belgian side, KAA Gent, in the quarter-finals. They have high winning odds on betway for this fixture, and if you are a fan, you should through your full support on the team.

However, David Moyes hasn’t maintained the same performance in the Premier League. With seven wins, six losses, and fourteen draws, they have only collected 27 points from 27 games. They stand 15th on the table and one point below Wolves. The coach’s career is hanging by a thread right now.

However, their key striker, Antonio, is back from injury. They are highly expected to regain their momentum and win most of the remaining fixtures so that they can retain a spot in the league.

Bournemouth

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Bournemouth is the only recently promoted side in the relegation zone. The team has had stellar performances in the first half of the season, with notable wins over top-tier teams. However, their recent dip in form has seen them move further toward the bottom of the table with unimpressive stats.

Their loss in August against Liverpool, which saw them concede nine goals was one for the records. They bounced back in the reverse fixture and had their revenge with a 1-0 victory against the Reds.

They currently stand 18th on the table with 27 points, just two points difference separating them from Leicester City, who now sit at 19th. Ironically, they will host Leicester in their next premier league fixture, and this game is a clash that commands great odds on betway.

Leicester

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Leicester City currently sits 19th in the Premier League table. The Foxes have had a dip in form and risk being relegated to the Championship. They have recorded a dismal performance with 7 losses and 1 draw in their last 8 matches. Currently, they only have 25 points from the 29 games played.

After parting ways with their long-term manager Brendan Rodgers, they hosted Villa with an interim manager. However, their recent 1-2 loss at home to Aston Villa saw them move even further down the table.

Rodgers had the role of Leicester’s manager for the last 4 years. He led them to their first FA Cup triumph when they defeated Chelsea back in 2021. With his exit, Leicester hopes that the caretaker manager, Adam Sadler, will boost their performance in the 9 remaining games, as they are very crucial to the team’s survival.

The upcoming game against Bournemouth is a true test, and fans are taking advantage of the great odds on betway to wager on them. A win in this fixture would see the team move up the table and avoid the relegation zone.

Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest is cutting it close in the relegation zone. The recently promoted Championship side currently sits 17th in the Premier League table. They have collected 27 points from 29 games played. They are tied in points with Bournemouth, who are 18th on the table. The only thing separating the two sides is the goal difference.

With only one win in their previous ten matches, Nottingham Forest is a team struggling to find their footing in the Premier League. To make it worse, they have tough fixtures ahead of them. They must get past Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in the remainder of their Premier League campaign. In their next fixture, they will travel away to Villa Park. A win in this game is crucial and would see them climb up the table.

Everton

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Everton is another Premier League team that risks relegation. They are cutting it close on the chopping block with 27 points from 29 games. The Toffees currently sit 16th on the premier league table. Their recent performances against Chelsea and Tottenham have seen them stay above the relegation zone.

However, they have only collected 2 points from their last two outings, thanks to the last-minute goals. The Toffees will play Manchester United away in their next fixture. An away win would see Everton steer clear of the relegation zone and move much higher. The appointment of Sean Dyche as the head coach was aimed at salvaging points after having a shaky start to the season.

Southampton

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Southampton is currently the Premier League underdogs. They sit bottom of the table with 23 points from 29 games played. They have the second-worst defense in the league, having conceded 47 goals and only scored 23 in the season so far.

However, the team has an endless supply of great talent and is picking up the pace to steer clear of the relegation zone. The comeback draw against Tottenham before the international break was more of a statement. They scored two goals in less than twenty minutes, which saw the match end in a 3-3 draw.

In spite of this morale boost, they suffered injury blows which saw them take on Westham without some of their key players. They lost 1-0 away at Westham and maintained the bottom position on the table. Southampton have a hard task ahead of them as they face the defending champions, Manchester City, in their next fixture.

A win against Man City will definitely boost the team’s spirits. The fight is still ongoing for Southampton as they try to avoid being relegated to the second-tier Championship league.

Final Words

The race to avoid relegation is a tight one. With a few games remaining, each win makes a difference and determines who stays in the Premier League. The race is not yet over for the bottom teams, as we expect them to give their best in the remaining fixtures. However, only time will tell which teams will prevail.