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The Cost of Relegation: 5 Reasons to Stay in the English Premier League
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With around six weeks to go before the end of the Premier League season, the battle to avoid relegation is getting more and more frantic.

Supporters of Reading, Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa, Wigan and Sunderland face a nerve-wracking time as they hope and pray their sides can pull off the great escape.

But it's not just those teams in and around the relegation zone that are nervous. 

Fans of Newcastle, Norwich, Stoke, Southampton and even West Ham will not be totally relaxed about their chances of being in the top flight next season.

Relegation always feels like the worst thing in the footballing world. However, this year's feeling may be amplified as the new, bumper TV deal starts next season.

In 2012-13, the relegation stakes have never been higher. Here are some key reasons for not wanting to drop out.

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