EPL: Sunday's Survival Of The Fittest


It may will be Survival Sunday for the clubs at the foot of the English Premier League table. Get ready for a relegation melee in the last weekend of the Premier League season. It'll all end in tears. There are five teams that could join West Ham United in dropping to the Championship next season; Blackburn (15th), Wolves (16th), Birmingham (17th), Blackpool (18th) and Wigan (19th).

Manchester United vs. Blackpool

Champions Manchester United have nothing to play for against Blackpool at Old Trafford, and the visitors currently sit in the relegation zone. A win would virtually guarantee their safety thanks to Wolves and Blackburn playing each other, but with United having only dropped two points at home all season, that may prove a step too far for the Tangerines, even if Sir Alex Ferguson fields a so-called weakened squad.

Stoke City vs. Wigan Athletic

Wigan are in a similar position to Blackpool here - a win at the Britannia would see them likely to escape relegation, and any other result would leave them in deep, deep trouble. With Stoke having even less to play for than Manchester United and being a far weaker team besides, it's not entirely out of the question than Roberto Martinez and company can do it. Don't rule anything out after the drama of last weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Birmingham City

Tottenham Hotspur are theoretically battling to keep their Europa League spot (which nobody's really sure they're very bothered about), which makes Birmingham's trip to White Hart Lane a little more of a tricky proposition than Wigan or Blackpool's sojourns. While Birmingham are out of the relegation zone as it stands, they could easily fall into it by virtue of goal differential.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Blackburn

The last of the big relegation games - whoever wins this is mathematically guaranteed safety while the loser may well still escape. A draw leaves both sides sweating on other results, but would leave Blackburn probably safe, while Wolves would be in pretty good shape as well. So... thinking draw here, as awesome as it would be to see each side go all-out a la West Ham-Wigan last week.

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