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Article: Which of the Premier League’s Bottom Three Should You Back to Avoid the Drop?
Which of the Premier League’s Bottom Three Should You Back to Avoid the Drop?

As we head into the final few months of the season, the battle to avoid relegation continues to hot up, with only six points separating nine teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

With over £170 million at stake, club owners, managers, players and fans will all be desperate to see their side avoid the drop.

For the three teams currently in the relegation zone, time is starting to run out. We’re analysing their chances of staying up, below:

20th - West Bromwich Albion
Bottom of the league and with only one win in 25 Premier League games, it’s safe to say that things are starting to look very bleak for the Baggies.
The Black Country club are currently seven points adrift of safety, with no signs of a turnaround in form since the arrival of new manager Alan Pardew at the end of November.

To make matters worse, the man they signed in January to fire them away from the relegation zone, Daniel Sturridge, hobbled off injured in their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Their remaining fixtures do at least give the club a glimmer of hope. The current points per game average of their future opponents (1.34) is the joint lowest in the bottom half of the table.

That still hasn’t stopped bookmakers Stakers listing West Brom as firm favourites for the drop, with odds of just 2/5.

Back to avoid the drop? No.

19th - Stoke City
Stoke City’s ten-year run in the Premier League is under serious threat with the club two points from safety with just 11 games to go.
Their goal difference is the worst in the league, with the club conceding an average of 1.96 goals a game.

New manager Paul Lambert, who has previously been relegated with Aston Villa, has been focussing on making his team hard to beat in recent weeks. It’s seen them concede just three goals in four games since his arrival.

That improvement might not be enough, however, as seven of the club’s remaining games are against teams in the top half of the table. If Stoke are going to escape from trouble, they’re going to have to do it the hard way.

Back to avoid the drop? No.

18th - Southampton
After last year’s eighth-placed finish and English League Cup final appearance, few pundits predicted that Southampton would be flirting with relegation before the season began.

Yet that’s the position the south coast club finds itself in as the remaining games start to dwindle at a rapid rate.

Over the past two seasons, the club has made a healthy £40 million net profit on transfers, but such constant upheaval in the playing squad has clearly started to affect results.

The club’s relatively modest goal difference in comparison with the teams around them does at least suggest that they may be in a false position. This opinion is backed up by the bookmakers, with stakers.com currently listing the club as the eighth favourite to go down.

Back to avoid the drop? Yes.

West Bromwich Albion in action against West Ham United
Stoke City in action against Brighton & Hove Albion