Who’s involved, fixtures remaining, key clashes, scheduled arrivals for last seven including Newcastle, Leeds and Everton
We’re in the first week of April, which means we’ve reached the break-in for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
At the end of the year, three teams will be relegated from the Premier League and the fight to survive is well and truly on.
There are seven teams locked in a relegation battle, with some massive games to come.
Most teams have nine games to play this season, but due to Covid cancellations and other issues, several teams have more games to play, which could cause some heartache.
Here talkSPORT examines how the picture of relegation from the Premier League is shaping up as we enter the final weeks of the campaign.
Brentford have not been in the relegation zone all season which is impressive and shows the Bees have been comfortable in the top flight.
Thomas Frank’s side started the season with a 2-0 win over Arsenal, and by the end of October they were ninth.
A terrible seven-for-eight defeat streak seemed to have put Brentford in trouble, but the Bees went on to beat Norwich and Burnley in back-to-back matches before beating Chelsea 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
These are huge results and the west Londoners are 11 points clear of the drop zone with seven games to go.
Brentford still have to face Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham while facing three relegation rivals at Watford, Everton and Leeds.
You’d think they’ve done enough to ensure top-flight football no matter what.
Expected arrival – 16th
Brentford’s remaining fixtures
West Ham – H – April 10
Watford – A – April 16
Tottenham – H – April 23
Manchester United – A – May 2
Southampton – H – May 7
Everton – A – May 15
Leeds – H – May 22
Newcastle United- 15th
Newcastle looked doomed after 19 games – they were 19th and had won only once.
But the combination of five new players and Eddie Howe’s hard work on the training ground sparked a superb run that saw the Toon go unbeaten for nearly two months.
During that run they lost Kieran Trippier and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury but continued to deliver results, and after a 2-1 victory over Southampton, Newcastle were on 31 points.
But they lost their last two before the international break and were hammered 5-1 by Tottenham on Sunday.
They are probably still safe, but need a few more wins from their remaining eight games to secure themselves.
The Toons still have Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City to play but they have Easier home games against Wolves, Leicester and Crystal Palace.
However, if they don’t pick up any points in those matches, the Toon travel to Carrow Road and Turf Moor. These are the ties the Magpies must take points on.
Expected arrival – 14th
Newcastle United’s remaining fixtures
Wolves – H – April 8
Leicester – H – April 17
Crystal Palace – H – April 20
Norwich – A – April 23
Liverpool – H – April 30
Manchester City – A – May 7
Arsenal – H – May 15
Burnley – A – May 22
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Leeds United – 16th
Leeds have conceded the most goals in the Premier League (68), even more than Norwich, and because of this relegation remains a real threat.
This year has been a struggle for Leeds and they have been in a relegation fight all season.
Injuries to key players exposed their team and, after heavy defeats against Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham, Marcelo Bielsa was sacked and replaced by Jesse Marsch.
The American got off to a bad start but the Whites are unbeaten for three and are eight points clear of the drop zone with seven games remaining.
Leeds have yet to face Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, as they soon face Watford and travel to Brentford on the final day of the season.
The Whites also face Brighton, with the Seagulls currently in poor form.
Ultimately, these last two Leeds wins over Norwich and Wolves should be enough to keep them going.
Expected arrival – 15th
Leeds United’s remaining matches
Watford – A – April 9
Chelsea – M – April 17
Crystal Palace – A – April 23
Manchester City – H – April 30
Arsenal – A – May 7
Brighton – H – May 15
Brentford – A – May 22
Everton – 17th
Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League, but there is a risk of that happening this season.
Bad decisions have hit the Toffees hard and they are now counting on Frank Lampard to save them.
Everton replaced Carlo Ancelotti with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and despite a strong start it was never going to end well, and the Spaniard was let go in January.
Lampard came in his place and he won two league games, including a vital 1-0 triumph over Newcastle before the international break which took them three points clear of the drop zone.
But defeat to West Ham on Sunday sent the Toffees into even bigger trouble.
They still have to face Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal while facing relegation clashes against Burnley, Watford and Brentford.
Bizarrely, they still have to face Leicester twice. So while they have some matches going, many of their remaining matches look really tough.
Expected arrival – 18th
Everton’s remaining fixtures
Burnley – A – April 6
Mannchester United – H – April 9
Crystal Palace – H – April 16
Leicester – H – April 20
Liverpool – A – April 24
Chelsea – M – May 1
Leicester – A – May 7
Brentford – H – May 15
Arsenal – A – May 22
Watford – A – TBC
Watford are on their third manager of the season and they are hoping Roy Hodgson can keep them in the Premier League.
The Hornets started well with an impressive Emmanuel Dennis, but things turned sour and Xisco Munoz was sacked and replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
The Italian managed just one league win against Man United and was dismissed after a 3-0 loss to Norwich.
Hodgson has settled the defense and Watford have managed two wins since his arrival, but they are still struggling and are three points behind Everton.
The Hornets have eight games left to play and will face Man City and Chelsea.
But the big games are Everton, Leeds, Brentford and Burnley. It will be the ties that will decide the fate of Watford.
Hodgson knows how to keep teams going and he could do it again this year.
Expected arrival – 17th
Watford’s remaining fixtures
Leeds – H – April 9
Brentford – H – April 16
Manchester City – A – April 23
Burnley – H – April 30
Crystal Palace – A – May 7
Leicester – H – May 15
Chelsea – A – May 22
Everton – H – TBA
Burnley have been in the Premier League for six seasons, but that seems a year too far for Sean Dyche’s men.
The Clarets have only won three games and scored only 22 goals, which explains why they are struggling.
They’ve conceded 40 goals, which is better than most bottom-half teams, but they’ll need to more than double their current win tally to stay in place.
The Clarets have lost their last four league games without scoring and have yet to face Tottenham and West Ham.
But they face Everton, Norwich, Watford and Newcastle in their last ten games and they need to win them all to have any chance of standing.
Expected arrival – 19th
Burnley’s remaining fixtures
Everton – H – April 6
Norwich – A – April 10
West Ham – A – April 17
Southampton – H – April 21
Wolves – H – April 24
Watford – A – April 30
Aston Villa – H – May 7
Tottenham – A – May 15
Newcastle – H – May 22
Aston Villa – A – to be confirmed
City of Norwich – 20th
Norwich have been in the relegation zone all season, and with so little time left it’s hard to see how they could survive.
The Canaries managed four wins but lost 20 of their 30 games and conceded 63 goals. They’ve lost six of their last seven games and are seven points from safety.
It seems almost certain that they will fall and it will take five or even six wins for them to stay in place.
Smith’s side still have Man United, West Ham and Tottenham to contend with, as they also face Burnley and Newcastle and several mid-table teams.
However, you can’t see them getting five wins and Norwich look doomed.
Expected arrival – 20th
Norwich City’s remaining fixtures
Burnley – H – April 10
Manchester United – A – April 16
Newcastle – H – April 23
Aston Villa – A – April 30
West Ham – H – May 7
Wolves – A – May 15
Tottenham – H – May 22
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