David Moyes

By Chip Kidger
30th March 2018 at 10:00am

The Premier League returns after the international break with nine teams realistically still in the shake up for relegation.

Fight for survival

Who’s staying up and who is facing the dreaded drop? Perhaps more than any Premier League season in living memory, this season sees a whole host of teams still sweating on their top-flight status as April begins.

Join Marathonbet as we take a look at the respective run-ins of each club as the race to 40 points begins in earnest.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Current position and points: 12th, 34 points
Remaining fixtures:
Leicester City (H), Huddersfield (H), Crystal Palace (A), Spurs (H), Burnley (A), Man Utd (H), Liverpool (A), Man City (A, date TBC)
Difficulty of run-in:
9/10
Verdict:
The Seagulls have been quietly impressive this season and should secure a second shot at Premier League football, but have by far the trickiest run-in and will need to accumulate the few extra points they need quickly before tricky ties against the Big Six kick in. A big few home games ahead. SAFE BUT SWEATING

Rafa Benitez

Newcastle Utd

Current position and points: 13th, 32 points
Remaining fixtures: Huddersfield (H), Leicester City (A), Arsenal (H), Everton (A), West Brom (H), Watford (A), Chelsea (H), Spurs (A, date TBC)
Difficulty of run-in: 7/10
Verdict: Rafa Benitez deserves huge plaudits for keeping a workmanlike Magpies side competitive in the Premier League this year. With winnable home games, they should have enough defensive discipline to edge their way to safety – particularly if they can heap more away day misery on Arsene Wenger. SAFE AS HOUSES

Swansea City

Current position and points: 14th, 31 points
Remaining fixtures: Man Utd (A),  West Brom (A), Everton (H), Man City (A), Chelsea (H), Bournemouth (A), Stoke (H), Southampton (H, date TBC)
Difficulty of run-in: 8/10
Verdict: The Swans’ impressive momentum under Carlos Carvalhal has stalled a little in recent weeks, and they will need to secure vital home points to avoid a nail-biting final day against Stoke. They should – just – have enough. SAFE BUT SWEATING

Huddersfield Town

Current position and points: 15th, 31 points
Remaining fixtures: Newcastle (A), Brighton (A), Watford (H), Everton (H), Man City (A), Arsenal (H), Chelsea (A, date TBC)
Difficulty of run-in: 8/10
Verdict: After losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace, the next four games look absolutely vital for the Terriers’ prospects. Failure to pick up any more than 4-6 points may see them return to the Championship at the first time of asking. LAST DAY NERVES

Crystal Palace

Current position and points: 16th, 30 points
Remaining fixtures: Liverpool (H), Bournemouth (A), Brighton (H), Watford (A), Leicester City (H), Stoke City (A), West Brom (H)
Difficulty of run-in: 6/10
Verdict: Palace have the kindest run on paper with only Liverpool from the Big Six still to play. The fitness of Wilfried Zaha will be the key to their survival, but they should accumulate enough points to avoid any last day nerves. SAFE AS HOUSES

West Ham Utd

Current position and points: 17th, 30 points
Remaining fixtures: Southampton (H), Chelsea (A), Stoke City (H), Arsenal (A), Man City (H), Leicester City (A), Everton (H), Man Utd (H, date TBC)
Difficulty of run-in: 8/10
Verdict: Every year one club looking comfortable at the turn of the New Year seems to plummet as the season draws to close. The Hammers are currently filling that role and look vulnerable. They have winnable home games, but with a poisonous atmosphere taking hold at the London Stadium, this may not be an advantage. The six-pointers with Southampton and Stoke will decide their fate. LAST DAY NERVES

Mark Hughes

Southampton

Current position and points: 18th,  28 points
Remaining fixtures: West Ham (A), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (H), Leicester City (A), Bournemouth (H), Everton (A), Man City (H), Swansea (A, date TBC)
Difficulty of run-in:
9/10
Verdict: With only three homes games remaining – two against the Big Six – Saints look in a real spot of bother. However, the recent sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino, who was seemingly sleepwalking his side to relegation, may just be the shot-in-the-arm the south coast club need. Mark Hughes isn’t known as a firefighter, but he’ll have to have an instant impact to avoid Saints slipping through the trap door. LAST DAY NERVES

Stoke City

Current position and points:  19th, 27 points
Remaining fixtures: Arsenal (A), Spurs (H), West Ham (A), Burnley (H), Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H), Swansea City (A)
Difficulty of run-in: 8/10
Verdict: Paul Lambert’s side desperately needed all three points against Everton to spark their season into life, but look like they may have left themselves with too much room for manoeuvre to avoid returning to the Championship after a 10 year absence. Their next few fixtures look particularly daunting. Six points against West Ham and Burnley may give them one final shot. DOWN AND OUT

West Brom                                                                                                            

Current position and points: 20th, 20 points
Remaining fixtures: Burnley (H), Swansea City (H), Man Utd (A), Liverpool (H), Newcastle Utd (A), Spurs (H), Crystal Palace (A)
Difficulty of run-in: 7/10
Verdict: In any other season, the Baggies’ final slate of games would give room for optimism. However, after a disastrous season, Alan Pardew’s team already look resigned to life in the Championship as they look to make up a gigantic 10-point deficit with seven to play. They could still have a big part to play as relegation kingmakers with Swansea, Newcastle and Palace all now probably aiming for three points in their respective ties against the Baggies. DOWN AND OUT

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