After Southampton’s 1-0 victory over Swansea gave life to their survival hopes last night, it put both Swansea and Huddersfield in a precarious situation. With the season ending this Sunday, it really is time to stand up and be counted and given that I love a dramatic finish, I thought I would take a look at would it will take from each team to remain in the Premier League for another season.
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Final Fixture: Southampton v Manchester City
I believe Southampton are the least likely to be relegated as despite not being mathematically safe, it would take some incredible performances from the other relegation candidates or an incredibly poor performance (conceding double figures poor) from Southampton this weekend. However, the danger they do face comes in the form of Manchester City on the final day and if the champions are in the mood, they could well give Southampton a hiding and damage their goal difference, leaving Huddersfield and Swansea with less to do, but still a bit of a mountain to climb.
On the other hand, Manchester City don’t have anything left to play for and that could well show in their performance Sunday, giving Southampton the chance to properly secure safety. I would be very shocked to see Southampton relegated from this point, regardless of how their game on Sunday plays out, but nothing is certain.
Final Fixtures: Chelsea v Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Town v Arsenal
Huddersfield still have one more game to play before the final day, which would normally be an advantage, however, this game is against Chelsea, who are still desperately chasing a top-4 finish and so I do not see Huddersfield getting a positive result. However, on the final day, Huddersfield host Arsenal, who gave Arsène Wenger a good send off last weekend, now have nothing left to play for, regardless of the result they will finish 6th, so this might give Huddersfield an opportunity to collect even one point that could guarantee their safety, although, if Arsenal do turn up, they can be quite phenomenal when they do, which could put Huddersfield in an awful position should other results go against them.
I do not envy David Wagner and his squad, in my opinion they will need a point from one of these games and given their opponents, it will take an admirable performance. Huddersfield are in danger.
Final Fixture: Swansea City v Stoke City
Despite being 18th and 3 points away from safety, Swansea have to play Stoke City on the final day, who have been, quite frankly, woeful. This gives Swansea a chance, if they want to be considered good enough for the Premier League, they must be the already relegated Stoke, however, their fate is now out of their hands as one of Huddersfield or Southampton have to fail to acquire any points in their remaining games in order for there to be any hope.
Swansea have to find a goal from somewhere as they have gone four games now without one, one goal could keep them up and Stoke have already conceded plenty, Swansea should be up for this, but ultimately, there performance could be meaningless if results go against them, not a good situation to be in, Swansea could face the drop on Sunday.
It will be a shame to see any one of these teams relegated come Sunday as I really do have an affinity for each of them, I think Carlos Carvalhal, Mark Hughes and their respective squads have showed real character since those managerial changes and David Wagner’s Huddersfield have done better than many expected of them over the course of the season, so it would be a shame to see them go straight back to the Championship. Unfortunately though, one team will be relegated on Sunday, so I wish them the best of luck in the Championship next season and hope to see them return.
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