Worrying Week Ahead for Premier League Relegation Candidates

Not many gave Brentford hope of avoiding relegation this season. However, they are chasing a top ten finish and are having enormous influence on just who will join Norwich City and Watford in the bottom three. Let’s look at just who will be playing in the Championship next season.
Sunday May 15 saw the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The good news was a late equalizer for Leeds at home to Brighton. The Bad was a 1-0 loss for Burnley at Tottenham that took them back into the bottom three. The Ugly was left to last as Everton had two players sent off and lost at home to Brentford.

The next big day in this relegation battle is on Tuesday May 17. Southampton are now only six points above the bottom three and have a worse goal difference than 18th placed Burnley. It might get even worse on Tuesday as they host a Liverpool side needing a win and a boost to their goal difference. Southampton are 13/2 at BetVictor to beat the FA Cup winners.

With a final game at Leicester, Southampton are in trouble but only if Everton get four points from their final two matches and Burnley get two wins. They are 7/2 at Sky Bet to go down but should survive, though not because of their own efforts.

Wednesday May 19. Everton begin the action and host Crystal Palace in a 7.45pm kick-off. The Toffees were 1-0 and 2-1 up on Brentford on Sunday but still lost. A win over Palace will see them safe.

Everton were so close to achieving that on Sunday but losing that game may well hit their confidence. With their final game being away to Arsenal, the game against Palace is almost a cup final for them. Palace are no world beaters but are unbeaten in their last four league games.

Everton are 8/1 at William Hill to go down. Those odds seem too high, especially with that game against Arsenal who will need points to get into the Champions League. They are 21/20 at Coral to beat Palace but even then, it may still go down to the final day.

A quarter of an hour after Everton kick off, Burnley begin their game at Aston Villa. Burnley are 6/4 at Betfred to be relegated. If they lose against Villa and then at home to Newcastle, then they will go down. They are a point behind 17th placed Leeds with this game in hand.

Burnley have lost their last two Premier League games. One of those was at home to Aston Villa on May 7. It’s 11/4 at Betfair they win at Villa Park. With a final home game against Newcastle who have little to play for, Burnley have a decent chance of getting out of trouble.

Between now and next Sunday, all Leeds can do is just watch and hope their rivals struggle. They are 4/6 at Paddy Power that they end up in the Championship next season. A win at Brentford is 13/8 at Betfair but even that might not save them. That would only be the case if Burnley fail to win one of their final two games. Everton can get two draws and still finish above Leeds unless some record-breaking wins take place.

Brentford did Leeds a big favour by losing at Everton. They’d love to finish in the top ten and have three wins in their last five league games. It’s still looking a bit grim for Leeds though, but all four relegation candidates are in for a worrying week.

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