Premier League and Championship – Ups and Downs

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Premier League and Championship = Ups and Downs

Another action-packed season of English domestic drama is slowly drawing to a close with plenty of issues still to be decided.

Here’s our look at what could potentially happen this weekend…

 

Premier League – Relegation Run-In

Bar an improbable late surge from Chelsea, matters at the top of the Premier League are surely settled – meaning attention will be focused on the dramatic relegation battle at the bottom…

14 Brighton 35 8 13 14 -15 37
15 West Ham 35 8 11 16 -24 35
16 Huddersfield 35 9 8 18 -29 35
17 Swansea City 35 8 9 18 -25 33
18 Southampton 35 6 14 15 -19 32
19 Stoke City 36 6 12 18 -33 30
20 West Brom 36 5 13 18 -24 28

Brighton v Man Utd
Verdict: The Seagulls’ home record may well end keeping them up despite a horrendous run of fixtures to end the season but they have struggled against the Big Six. With Man Utd keen to secure second place, the waiting game may well go on for Chris Hughton’s men.

Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Verdict: With Palace all but safe, Paul Lambert will surely eye this game as his one last shot to save the Potters’ Premier League status. It’ll be nervy, but Stoke have a golden chance to gain a stay of execution this weekend.

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City
Verdict: Eddie Howe’s side should put any lingering relegation doubts to bed with a win on home soil. The Swans have struggled in recent weeks and may head to their crunch tie at Southampton next week bang out of form.

Leicester v West Ham Utd

Leicester v West Ham

Verdict: No joy for the struggling Hammers with Claude Puel keen to dispel the doubts starting to creep in at the King Power.

Everton v Southampton
Verdict: The Saints have a renewed spring on their step after beating Bournemouth, but their form still doesn’t suggest a Great Escape is a given. Expect Mark Hughes to settle for a precious point before Tuesday night’s do-or-die tussle with Swansea.

Man City v Huddersfield
Verdict: The worst possible fixture at the worst possible time for the Terriers. With records on the line, Pep Guardiola’s side are unlikely to show mercy.

 

EFL Championship
As always with the Championship, there are likely to be twists and tales aplenty at all ends of the table on the final Sunday.

Top
1 Wolves 45 30 9 6 46 99
2 Cardiff City 45 27 8 10 30 89
3 Fulham 45 25 13 7 35 88
4 Aston Villa 45 24 11 10 31 83
5 Middlesbrough 45 22 9 14 22 75
6 Derby County 45 19 15 11 19 72

7 Preston 45 18 16 11 10 70

Bottom
19 Reading 45 10 13 22 -22 43
20 Birmingham 45 12 7 26 -32 43
21 Barnsley 45 9 14 22 -21 41

22 Burton Albion 45 10 11 24 -42 41
23 Bolton Wanderers 45 9 13 23 -36 40
24 Sunderland 45 6 16 23 -31 34

Birmingham v Fulham
Verdict: Fulham should have enough class to see off Birmingham, but it will be the Blues celebrating and the Cottagers downhearted at the final whistle due to events elsewhere.

Bolton v Nottingham Forest
Verdict: The Trotters have been in appalling form, but the fixtures have fallen kindly for them on the final day. Cue a pitch invasion at the Macron.

Cardiff City v Reading

Cardiff v Reading

Verdict: Neil Warnock does it again – sealing an eighth promotion with a comfortable home victory over a poor Reading side. Paul Clement starts planning a major squad rebuild after the narrowest of escapes.

Derby County v Barnsley
Verdict: The hardest game of the weekend to predict – if you believe in the Derby curse. Gary Rowett’s side should in theory have enough to seal sixth spot and send the Tykes spiralling back to League One.

Preston North End V Burton Albion
Verdict: Last day disappointment for Alex Neil and Nigel Clough as both teams fall short of their objectives.

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