Premier League – Who will beat the drop?

It’s that time of year. Valentines day. Which can only mean one thing – the debate begins as to who will be relegated from the Premier League this year, obviously.

Lets meet the contestants:

Middlesbrough

Now despite being one of the most boring sides in history, Aitor Karanka has organised an average squad into one which doesn’t score, but doesn’t concede either. One of the better looking relegation sides, Karanka will be hoping their genuine talents such as Ramirez and Traore explode between now and May.

 

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We almost scored – can’t be having that

 

Leicester

How the mighty have fallen. In a tactical sense Leicester City are lost this year and look completely demoralised compared to last season’s fairy-tale. Amartey and Ndidi have proved ineffectual replacements for Kante, whilst Huth and Morgan look like they have aged 10 years in 9 months. The worrying thing for Leicester is that there looks to be no stopping this slump in the final chapter of their incredible story.

Hull City

Marco Silva, or ‘that foreign one’ to Paul Merson, looks to have given Hull City a new lease of life. The loss of Snodgrass will no doubt have been crippling to Silva’s squad but Hull will be hoping their new-manager-bounce will last until the end of the season if they have any hope of staying up.

Crystal Palace

It wouldn’t be a proper relegation battle without Big Sam’s presence, not even the small obstacle of the England job was going to stop this icon. However, it seems this year he may have bitten of more than he can chew as Palace look woeful as a team. They seem too reliant on moments of genius from the likes of Cabaye and Zaha and considering their consistency, it won’t be enough.

Sunderland

I can’t imagine anything more demoralising than your manager going into a post-match interview and essentially giving up. Now imagine it happening every week – welcome to Sunderland. Sunderland should have followed in Swansea’s lead and cut their managerial losses early. However they stuck with David Moyes, who seems to be waiting for the sack which never comes.

 

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“What do you mean I need to stay until May?”

Predictions:

18th – Leicester

19th – Crystal Palace

20th – Sunderland

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