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It is increasingly looking like their are four teams fighting over one Premier League spot next season. QPR have made enough January signings to help them pull away from the danger zone, leaving the aforementioned four sides: Blackburn Rovers, Wolves, Wigan and Bolton to fight it out.
So why should Blackburn, the side whose manager has been under siege almost since the season started, survive and the others suffer relegation?
It's fairly simple, actually. Steve Kean has pulled off victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, no mean feat, especially when he hasn't had the backing of the fans to lift the side during home games.
All of the relegation candidates have tough games between now and the end of the season, but Blackburn have plenty of quality with the likes of Chris Samba, Paul Robinson, Yakubu and Morten Gamst-Pederson—and have already shown that they can beat some of the best sides in the league.
Wigan have not won a game since 10th December, nearly two months ago, and are looking likely to fall further off the survival pace.
Bolton have picked things up in recent times and, even without Gary Cahill, look to be competitive, but, for me, don't have enough to outdo Blackburn.
Wolves, meanwhile, got off to a great start this season, but quickly got stuck in the mire. They have not won since 4th December and are really struggling at the moment. It is perfectly possible that they'll pick things up, but at the moment they look like the best candidates to compete over 20th position with Wigan.