Barclays Premier League Relegation 2013
Relegation battles in the Premier League often turn out to be more exciting than title races, and as the teams enter the final stretch of the season, those in danger of taking the drop will be sweating harder than most. Of the three promoted teams which came up from the Championship last season, two are in relative danger of heading straight back to where they came from. Who will manage to avoid the drop this year, in what should be a close and tense race for survival?
Favourites to take the drop will be QPR, with the R’s struggling all season to find any kind of form. The London side failed to win any of their first sixteen matches in the top flight, but they were offered a new hope when former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp came in to take over from the sacked Mark Hughes. Rangers,who escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last season (finishing a point above the drop zone), have looked in dire straits, but with form improving somewhat under Redknapp, will they have enough fight and enough games left to get enough survival points, or will time run out on them? The deep hole which they dug for themselves over the first half of the season, could be too big to climb out of.
Newly promoted Reading have been staring relegation in the eye for most of the season, but the Royals too, have started to discover some better form. Like QPR though, Reading still have a big mountain to climb to get out of trouble, but at least there is a fight going on at the Madejski Stadium to try and preserve their Premier League status. Rangers are the Royals are the two favourites to be heading out of the Premier League come the end of the season.
Wigan Athletic, who strung together a remarkable run of form to avoid relegation last season when all looked lost, are never far away from taking the drop. Despite all the pretty football they play, it does not translate into three points often enough for Roberto Martinez’s men and they will be on thin ice. Southampton, who have adapted to life in the Premier League well after somewhat of a brutal start to the new season, could still be heavily involved in the mix if they don’t sustain their improved form.
Then comes two of the bigger names in the Premier League who could face the harsh financial consequences that comes with relegation. Aston Villa, one of the founding clubs of both the original football league and the Premier League, could lose their top flight status. Having a young and inexperienced side, Villa have had a tough winter which has seen the threat of relegation weigh heavily on their shoulders. Many are seeing Villa as good value to take the drop in the 2012/13 Premier League relegation betting.
Newcastle United were in terrible form over the first half of the season, going on a rapid slide towards the relegation zone, undoing all of their work which saw them take a terrific top five finish last season. Alan Pardew’s men have been dragged into the fringes of the relegation battle and Magpies fans will be hoping for a better second half to the season.