After Saturday’s woeful performances in the Premier League from Blackpool, West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland, there are now as many as nine teams at the bottom of the table who are in the relegation dogfight. What happens between now and the remaining five gameweeks will determine who stays up and who goes down. The bottom of the table is so tight that one win, like we saw today by Wigan Athletic over Blackpool, can lift a club from bottom to fourth from bottom. Only six points separates bottom-of-the-table Wolverhampton Wanderers from twelfth-placed Fulham.
The race is so tight that it looks likely that the final decision regarding who goes down and who stays up will likely to be resolved on the final day of the season on May 22. The battle at the top of the table is still not mathematically over but it looks very probable that Manchester United will win the coveted Premier League title and will surpass Liverpool as the winner of the most top flight titles in English football history. Thus the battle at the bottom of the league is probably the best bet for the best entertainment value.
Looking at the games scheduled for the final day of the season on May 22, the following could be critical:
- Wolves against Blackburn Rovers,
- Manchester United against Blackpool,
- Fulham versus Arsenal,
- Stoke City versus Wigan Athletic,
- Tottenham against Birmingham, and
- West Ham versus Sunderland,
Out of those nine teams, which ones do you think will end up being relegated? Vote below.
Whatever happens, be sure to mark your calendar for May 22 when all ten Premier League games will kick off at the same time. In the United States, the most that will be televised at the same time is three. But the remaining seven (or eight, if ESPN2 doesn’t show any games live) will be available on FoxSoccer.tv. With FoxSoccer.tv, you can watch all seven or eight games at the same time in different browser windows. Or you can watch one of them on your iPhone with the FoxSoccer iPhone app (you’ll need a FoxSoccer.tv subscription to watch the games on your iPhone).