The Battle for Premier League Survival – Is it already game over for the bottom three?
The Premier League title is only days away from being won by Liverpool. Let’s turn our attention to the other end of the table. After the weekend fixtures, the bottom three places are filled by Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City. Supporters of these clubs get ready for Championship football next season as they are the trio heading for relegation.
Teams have eight games to play so you might think this is a bit of an early call. After all, only seven points separate the bottom five and there could be many twists and turns in the coming weeks. Yes, there could but the simple fact is the current bottom three just don’t look able to fight their way out of trouble.
Teams such as Watford and West Ham United aren’t world beaters either but let’s look at last season. The 2018/19 season saw Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town relegated. Huddersfield and Fulham just weren’t good enough, their combined points total would have seen them finish 15th in the table.
Cardiff ended up in a battle with Brighton and Hove Albion and the south coast side were so lucky to survive. Only 10 points from their last 15 games but Cardiff just weren’t good enough to take advantage. Their last two wins were against Brighton and a final day win at Manchester United when they were already down.
What happened to Brighton last year is going to happen to Watford and West Ham. Their form isn’t great but those below them are even worse. Those two sides may well continue to struggle in the dying days of the season but they are going to dodge a bullet because the teams below them can’t even hum the tune to ‘The Great Escape,’ let alone achieve it.
Canaries Just Haven’t Done Enough at Home
When Norwich City won promotion back to Premier League Action, few expected them to survive. It was clear that two things had to happen for them to have any chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship. Teemu Pukki had to be scoring plenty of goals and they had to get good results at Carrow Road. Neither has gone to plan and that’s why they are going to be relegated.
Friday saw them return to action with a home game against Southampton. Their opponents had been struggling before the season was suspended. It was a good chance for the Canaries to get a home win but they ended up losing 3-0. They are six points from safety, virtually seven because of their poor goal difference.
Two major problems surfaced again for Norwich. The inability to score and dodgy defending and both put another nail in their coffin. Teemu Pukki was supposed to be their saviour but his last Premier League goal was in January.
Norwich have four home games remaining and none of them are against sides in the top ten. Both Brighton and West Ham have to make their way to Carrow Road, with Everton and Burnley their other fixtures.
June 22nd, 2020 by Simon A
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