Premier League relegation battle nearing its conclusion
This season’s relegation battle is one of the closest in the Premier League’s history with as many as four teams still in danger with two games remaining
This season’s Premier League relegation battle is certainly going the distance. Southampton were the first club to suffer relegation to the Championship, after a terrible season which culminated in a 2-0 defeat at St. Mary’s against Fulham which confirmed their then inevitable fate.
So, with one team having already gone, it is up to Leicester City, Leeds United, Everton and Nottingham Forest to decide which two teams will join the Saints.
19th – Leicester City – Pts: 30 GD: -18
Leicester City Football Club have been on quite the journey over the last decade or so. The Foxes completed a great escape under then Head Coach Nigel Pearson when they managed to end the season 6 points clear of the drop.
Then, the following season, Leicester were at the centre of a miracle that stunned the world of football. After narrowly avoiding relegation the previous season, they went on to win the 2015/16 Premier League title under Head Coach Claudio Ranieri. They then went on to win the FA Cup in the 2020/21 season, beating Chelsea 1-0 in the final at Wembley.
Last season, they got to the semi-final of the Europa Conference League, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Italian giants Roma.
This season has seen them fall considerably down the Premier League table. Brendan Rodgers, who had been in charge of the club since 2019, got dismissed with the club 19th in the table following a defeat against Crystal Palace.
Dean Smith replaced him, but has not as yet been able to turn the club’s fortunes around. The club remain in 19th place with 2 points separating the Foxes from safety.
Their most recent result saw Leicester lose 3-0 to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City’s remaining Premier League fixtures:
- Newcastle United (A) – Monday 22nd May 2023
- West Ham United (H) – Sunday 28th May 2023
18th – Leeds United – Pts: 31 GD: -25
Leeds United returned to the Premier League in the 2019/20 season after winning the Championship title by 10 points. Marcelo Bielsa was the Head Coach at the time, leading them to a first top flight campaign in 16 years.
Bielsa and Leeds had an excellent first season back in the Premier League, securing a 9th place finish and they were just 3 points adrift of securing European football. However, after a string of poor results the Argentine coach was sacked and replaced by Jesse Marsch in February 2022.
The American managed to lead Leeds to safety on the final day after a 2-1 victory against Brentford on the final day of last season.
This season has gone from bad to worse for Leeds, who sacked Marsch and chose Javi Gracia to be his successor in February 2023. The Spaniard only lasted a matter of months before Sam Allardyce was chosen to try and rescue Leeds earlier this month. The club sit in 18th place with 31 points and just 1 point from safety.
Their latest match saw them secure an admirable 2-2 draw against Newcastle United at Elland Road.
Leeds United’s remaining Premier League fixtures:
- West Ham United (A) – Sunday 21st May 2023
- Tottenham Hotspur (H) – Sunday 28th May 2023
17th – Everton – Pts: 32 GD: -24
Everton are one of the 6 ever present Premier League sides, and they have not played in the second tier of English football for 69 years when they got promoted back to the top flight at the first time of asking in the 1953/54 season.
Last season (2021/22), Everton managed to narrowly avoid relegation to the Championship, finishing 16th and just 4 points above the relegation zone. This season they have not improved, and they do sit just 1 point clear of the drop zone after an upturn in form after the appointment of ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Dyche was appointed in January 2023 after Frank Lampard was dismissed after a poor run of performances.
Their most recent match saw them beaten 3-0 at the hands of Manchester City at Goodison Park.
Everton’s remaining Premier League fixtures:
- Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) – Saturday 20th May 2023
- AFC Bournemouth (H) – Sunday 28th May 2023
16th – Nottingham Forest – Pts: 34 GD: -31
Under the stewardship of Steve Cooper, Nottingham Forest returned to the Premier League last season after more than 20 years away. What made this achievement all the more remarkable was the fact that they were in the Championship’s relegation zone at one point.
Forest ended up finishing in 4th place, beating Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium.
Coming into the Premier League, they ended up signing more than 20 players, including Taiwo Awoniyi and former Tottenham Hotspur right back Serge Aurier. Instead of deciding to dismiss their manager, the club has decided to stick with Cooper and after a significant 4-3 victory against Southampton and a credible 2-2 draw in their most recent match against Chelsea.
Nottingham Forest are within touching distance of safety, but are still one of four clubs in the midst of the relegation fight.
Nottingham Forest’s remaining Premier League fixtures:
- Arsenal (H) – Saturday 20th May 2023
- Crystal Palace (A) – Sunday 28th May 2023
It will be very interesting to see which two club end up joining Southampton in getting relegated to the Championship. The last two games of the season are set to be enthralling and tense for all those involved in the battle to avoid the drop.
At Eventmasters, we already excited for the 2023/24 Premier League season. Come back to this website in the near future for when the fixtures are released on Thursday 15th June 2023.
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