Battle to stay in the Premier League
With the Premier League nearly over, it’s time to take a look at what matches to look out for, and how the relegation battle is at the moment.
Relegation battle is between Blackburn, Bolton, QPR, Wigan and Wolverhampton, only 6 point separate Blackburn – in 16th place, and Wolves at the bottom of the table with 22 points.
Wolves haven’t won any of their last 5 matches, having drawn once and lost four times, and out of their last ten games they only won once, against QPR. Out of the eight games left, two of them are direct clashes against Bolton next week and their last game is against Wigan, this one could be the decisive game. Wolves also have to play against big teams like Arsenal and Manchester City, both at home. With only 22 points so far, and 24 remaining, they can’t afford to lose many more points otherwise relegation could be on the cards for Roberto Martinez and his team.
Bolton are not in the best of positions, they are not in the relegation zone, but in 17th place and with only 26 points, they very well could be. They have lost 6 out of their last ten games, and apart from the game between them and Wolves, which could be decisive, they have to play Newcastle away and they host Spurs at The Reebok Stadium. Even though since Fabrice Muamba’s suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton, football must be the last thing on anyone’s mind over there, but they shouldn’t lose sight of things, they don’t have a really hard calendar and I think they can stay in the Premier.
Last year’s Championship winners QPR are in 18th place equal on 25 points with 19th place Wigan, even after spending millions in the January transfer window, and appointing new manager Mark Hughes, they still couldn’t keep away from the relegation zone, despite winning against Liverpool two games ago they have only won six of their last 10 games. The west London club have one of the hardest calendars as they still have to play teams like Arsenal and Tottenham at Loftus Road and will be visiting Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. Mark Hughes will have to make sure his men don’t let their guard down, especially when playing against both Manchester United and City because if they are still playing for the title, they will not give QPR an easy time.
In 19th place are Roberto Martinez and his team Wigan Athletic, they have the lowest goals per match average than any other team with just 0.9 games per match, they are in bad form as they have only won two of their last 10 matches and were at the bottom until two weeks ago, and last week saw them win against Liverpool, which surprised most people. Just like QPR, their calendar isn’t the easiest they have to play Chelsea, Arsenal and Fulham away and Man U, Newcastle and Wolverhampton (direct clash) at home.
Blackburn are 17th in the table but with 28 points they’re still in danger of relegation as they are only 6 points away from Wolves. They’ve only won 2 of their last 5 games and still have to play Manchester United, Liverpool and a direct clash with Wigan at home and will play Tottenham and Liverpool away, among others.
As always the battle for relegation is full of excitement, right now five teams are in danger of going down, sadly 3 of them definitely will, but when facing getting relegated teams find strength and will power that come out of nowhere, hopefully with that and hard work they can avoid the descent into the Championship.