Premier League: The battle for survival

With the season drawing to a close, we look at the teams hoping to stay in the Premier League

Liau Cheong Zer
Published 04/19/2013 14:54 by Liau Cheong Zer, read by 1,966 people.

Any team lying in the bottom half of the Premier League are treading in dangerous water. 

Here's a short look at the survival chances of some of the sides battling it out in the bottom half of the league table. 

Teams needing a miracle: Reading and QPR

With five matches to go, both Reading and QPR are 10 points adrift of safety. These two bottom clubs have had an awful season, bringing nothing but misery to their fans. Only a miracle can keep these clubs in England's top division for another season. 

On the edge: Aston Villa and Stoke City

Selling their best players every season seems to have caught up with Aston Villa. Even if the Birmingham club escape relegation, next season might be an even tougher task with star striker Christian Benteke targeted by a number of top clubs.

Stoke City have stayed clear of the battle for survival in the last couple of seasons. However, City are currently stuck in a poor patch of form. Still, my money's on Stoke staying up - simply because their players play for the club and not for money.

Survivors: Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich City

Newcastle, with their French battalion, simply have too much talent to go down. Sunderland, rejuvenated by the arrival of Paolo Di Canio look set to keep their spot in the Premier League for at least another season. Hardworking Norwich City, led by Grant Holt are the outsiders to go down, but must make sure they grab themselves a few more points in upcoming fixtures.

Miracle makers: Wigan Athletic

The Latics currently lie in 18th place in the Premier League and are a team of miracles. Roberto Martinez's men seem to defy the odds every season, and there's no reason why this season will be any different. 

These guys are the Premier League's finest escape artists. They escaped the jaws of relegation by a whisker not once, but three times. Having defied the odds in 2007, 2011 and 2012, the Latics could be adding another to complete their 'relegation-not' quartet.


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