The battle to stay in the Premier League is always one of the biggest subplots throughout the season, and that is no different this term. Three sides must drop out of the top-flight and go into the Championship.
West Bromwich Albion’s recent 0-0 draw against Newcastle United means that their chances of staying up look very slim, while Sheffield United have been cut adrift from the survival places since early in the season.
The only side that is showing signs of recovery in the bottom three is Fulham, but could Scott Parker lead his side to a remarkable stay in the Premier League between now and the end of the season?
Fulham increasing their chances
Scott Parker has done an excellent job at Craven Cottage so far, and he has put his side into the best possible position to survive this season. Fulham have been in an excellent run of form over recent weeks and have lost just once in their last six games.
They have also been able to turn draws into victories more efficiently than their relegation rivals.
Their win against Liverpool recently would be a massive confidence booster that shows that they are more than capable of competing with the very best sides this season.
The form that Fulham have shown recently highlights that they are the form side in the relegation battle, and that has led to many fans and experts claiming that the Cottagers are almost certainties to stay in the division if they can continue their excellent run of form.
The curious case of Brighton
Anybody that watched Brighton on a regular basis would be stunned at the position that they find themselves in at present. They are one of the better sides to watch in the league, but their lack of cutting edge in the final third has been the reason for their weak position in the league.
Brighton have lost their last three, despite registering over 70 shots in these three games. The Seagulls are crying out for a number nine to put their chances away, and if they had a player to finish the magnitude of chances that they create, then there would be no discussion that they would be nearer to the middle of the table.
Brighton’s form will be the most concerning factor for Graham Potter, as they have lost their last three, which would be morale crushing due to the dominance that they have enjoyed in those games.
There is an argument to be made that one win could turn their fortunes around, but they will need to achieve that before dropping into the relegation places.
Newcastle hanging on
Newcastle look to be the only other side that are realistically in the relegation battle this season, as Burnley are three points ahead of them and have a four-point cushion over Fulham.
Steve Bruce has been under intense pressure throughout the season, and the latest injury blows for Callum Wilson, and Allan Saint-Maximum has only added to the team’s problems.
Like his fellow Frenchman Tony Parker established himself as one of the greatest NBA foreign players, Saint-Maximin is slowly becoming one of the best foreign players in Newcastle’s history.
The Magpies depend highly on the winger’s speed and irreverence on the pitch and without them they become predictable.
Only the bottom three have scored fewer goals than Newcastle this season, and the fact that they could be without some of their most talented forward players until April could be pivotal to their chances of remaining a Premier League side at the conclusion of this season.
Bruce has led his Newcastle side to just one win in six league games, and they will have some huge fixtures coming up against Brighton and Burnley, which they can’t afford to lose.