Seven Teams Separated by Four Points at the Bottom of the Premier League
After 12 games, the Premier League takes a break next week for the international fixtures and as we stand going into that break, there is little to choose between those clubs who are struggling at the bottom of the table. Seven clubs are separated by just four points right now, and unless we see serious improvement from them, we could be heading towards the lowest number of points needed to survive in the top flight. Last season that figure was 34, but don't be surprised to see 30 good enough to stay in the elague this season, there are a number of poor teams in the league and they are all struggling right now.
Fulham came up from the Premier League and spent £100 million but so far they have nothing to show for that and they sit bottom of the league with just five points on the board. Ahead of them, Huddersfield have seven points and they are just two points off Newcastle, who are up in 14th, with Burnley, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Cardiff all between these two. It may not be a case of the best teams surviving this season, but the luckiest and the 'least worst' could be the ones who hold on to Premier League status.
Of the teams at the bottom, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Fulham have no wins from their last five, Huddersfield have one while Cardiff and Newcastle both have two. Southampton have managed to put some points on the board recently, with three draws from their last four games and that is the only thing keeping them above the relegation zone right now. All seven clubs are playing like relegation candidates right now, and they will have to find another gear, or ride their luck, if they want to survive and play in the top flight of English football next season.
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Three clubs, Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham are currently priced up at 1/2 to be relegated at the end of this season. Burnley are slight odds against at 5/4, while the bookmakers think that Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have enough in them to pull away and they are priced up at 4/1. There is a long way to go, but the bottom of the table is already taking shape and seven clubs are in the running for relegation. Things are tight, and a run of wins or draws in a row is enough to move numerous places up the table, and that will be the aim for these clubs when they return from the international break.