The East/West Divide: Relegation Gets Messy in the EPL

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The East/West Divide: Relegation Gets Messy in the EPL

Barclays Premier League Table

 

 

P

GD

PTS

1

Arsenal

28

36

65

2

Manchester United

28

43

64

3

Chelsea

27

25

58

4

Everton

27

20

50


5

Aston Villa

28

15

48

6

Liverpool

26

24

47


7

Blackburn

28

3

45

8

Manchester City

28

3

45

9

Portsmouth

27

11

44

10

West Ham

27

4

40

11

Tottenham

27

4

32

12

Middlesbrough

28

-17

29

13

Newcastle

28

-23

28

14

Wigan

28

-16

27

15

Sunderland

28

-20

27

16

Birmingham

28

-10

26

17

Bolton

27

-12

25


18

Reading

28

-23

25

19

Fulham

28

-23

19

20

Derby

28

-44

10

This is the Barclays Premier League table as of today, March 2— and if you happen to be a fan of any team from 11th place downwards, you might be finding it hard to breathe.

The relegation scrap is starting to get scrappy: it's a case of West Ham are nearly safe on 40 points (two points minimum from games left to ensure safety, whereas East Coast Newcastle United are dropping alarmingly close to the relegation positions after a 0-1 loss to Blackburn yesterday. A scuffle involving Morten Gamst Pedersen showed just how much those three points meant in what will surely be turning point of Newcastle's season—again! In so much that they have to accept that they really are dangerously close to going down.

All it requires to really heat things up, is for Reading to win against high flyers Manchester City next week - taking them to 28 points seems the most likely of next week's results.

In the Championship, any one of 12 teams could still potentially be promoted via the play-offs, and here in the top division, any one of nine could be relegated. The gap between 17th (Bolton) and 11th (Tottenham Hotspurs) is only seven points, which in sets of matches could change radically. Spurs are not out of the woods yet: they are yet to play Chelsea and Liverpool, though arguably they should in the remaining fixtures gain enough points to stay up.

One last word: it is evident, really, that Derby have been relegated. Only a miracle such as three teams spontaneously combusting can save them now. I'm loathe to rule Fulham out entirely as the points difference to safety is six points at present, but they are running out of games, and excuses, for not being able to score on a regular basis.

On that note, it's funny how these things go down. 

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