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EPL 21/22 Relegation Race

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The anticipation builds as the 2021/22 EPL Campaign draws closer to an end! Manchester City is supposed, according to bookmakers be the winner of the title despite Liverpool’s late fight. A place for the fourth position is also a heated race with the in-form Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all competing for a single spot.

While the intensity builds up at the top of the table, there is a more intense battle at the bottom as to who would avoid a drop to the second tier of the Premier League. Norwich is the favorite to be relegated, but with two more relegation places left, it will be interesting to see which other teams would join them in the championship.

Brentford, Everton, Leeds United, Watford, and Burnley are caught up in the relegation fight. We take a comprehensive look at the central talking points of all clubs in the relegation scrap and their chances of survival.

Everton

Surprised to see the Toffees here? I know. Everton is used to occupying a place in the “stable mid-table” section during the previous seasons. The signings of Nathan Paterson and Vitaliy Mykolenko bulged the club coffers to the tune of €37.5 million. On deadline day, Frank Lampard was confirmed as manager, with Donny van de Beek arriving on loan and Dele Alli for free with significant add-ons. All of these have done nothing to steer the club away from their woeful form. They find themselves falling right back down the elevator shaft albeit having two games in hand. A new sense of order has to come quickly as Everton still has to face multiple teams in the top half of the EPL table. They are a bunch of talents but haven’t been able to replicate that on the pitch. If their form does not turn around they’ll be heading down to the championship.

Watford

Another English traditional club with loads of administrative chaos, Watford will have great difficulty evading their second drop in three years. The administrative problems here began just seven games after the 21/22 season started. The board opted to sack their Xisco Munoz after seven games in charge earning 7 points along the run, replaced with Claudio Ranieri who was also shown the exit door after three and a half months in charge. The club would now look to Roy Hodgson and a host of other talented stars within the squad to prevent an immediate drop back to the Championship.

Burnley

Burnley is just four points above Norwich and sits 19th on the table. Burnley’s hopes of dropping are mitigated by the fact that they don’t have to play the majority of the top sides asides from Manchester City on their ground and Tottenham away from home, not to mention crucial games against the bottom half sides at home. The Clarets have the eighth-best defensive record in the league but have been let down by their offensive outputs. Currently on the bounce of three defeats despite their scrappy resurgence, they are next up against the table toppers, Manchester City and it’ll be interesting to see how Sean Dyche turns things around with 11 games left.

Leeds United

Marcel Bielsa’s side was one of the most entertaining teams in Europe since coming back into the Premier League with their frantic style of play which often results in basketball-style end-to-end action. The energetic tactic employed by their former boss showed its negative side getting into the 21/22 season as Leeds United was off with a sloppy start. Leeds’s season has been hampered by injuries to their major stars and their defensive incapabilities have been exposed this season with only bottom-placed Norwich City boasting a worse defensive record. Jesse Marsch is the new head coach and would look to resolve the team’s crisis. His latest dramatic win over Wolves has brought the club back to life.

Brentford

The Bees had a warm welcome to the Premier League in a 2-0 win over Arsenal. Despite their early-season heroics and their ability to ascertain their presence against big sides in the league, the Bees sit five points above the relegation places. Thomas Frank’s tasks include breathing life into his players and sparking their resurgence. The Premier League Veteran, Christain Eriksen, and the in-form Ivan Toney would be vital in preventing an immediate drop back into the championship after several years of waiting.

Norwich

Coming back into the Premier League as the best team from the Championship, the Canaries have flattered to deceive as they have proven they aren’t ready for the division. Boasting young talents that include Max Aarons, Billy Gilmour, and the experienced Tim Krul, they have not been able to match the standard required by the Premier League. They are favorites to drop back to the championship and have gone winless in the last seven – losing six – and sitting bottom of the pile.

Brighton, a notable mention in the relegation drama sits comfortably in 13th and has been down by their inability to see out games drawing a league-high 12 games. Graham Potter’s side is on a five-game winless run and should focus on restoring normalcy to avoid being dragged into the relegation scrap.

Newcastle, after several splashes in the January transfer window, has found stability and made its way out of the relegation scrap. Eddie Howie’s side in 2022 has tasted defeat just twice which includes a dramatic stoppage-time loss to Everton and their controversial loss to Chelsea. The Magpies wouldn’t be interested in looking back but building on their current return to form to cement a place in the topflight.

What teams do you see in the championship? Let us know!

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