After Crystal Palace pulled off the most ridiculous of wins at Brighton last night – their only TWO touches inside the opposition box were goals – it’s fair to say they are all but out of the relegation equation.
That leaves FOUR teams scrapping for survival having all played 25 games – Fulham (22 points), Newcastle (25 points), Brighton (26 points) and Burnley (28 points).
Here’s a look at our final 13 fixtures compared to those around us, along with the difficulty ratings (FDR) of each:
Newcastle (17th): 25 points
Newcastle’s fixture difficulty rating (FDR) = 39
Fulham (18th): 22 points
Fulham’s fixture difficulty rating (FDR) = 42
Brighton (16th): 26 points
Brighton’s fixture difficulty rating (FDR) = 36
Burnley (15th): 28 points
Brighton’s fixture difficulty rating (FDR) = 39
So, according to the Premier League’s FDR’s, Fulham have the toughest run in (42), followed by ourselves and Burnley (39), with Brighton having the ‘easiest’ final 13 games (36).
Interestingly, Crystal Palace have the highest FDR at 43, however their fortunate win at Brighton means they are now on 32 points and all but safe.
Southampton – who are currently in 14th on 30 points ahead of tonight’s trip to Leeds – have an FDR of 39 over their final 13 games (the same as ours and Burnley’s), but their current points total, game in hand and ability to get results when firing means they will almost certainly have too much.
Based on the remaining fixtures and the current league table (see below), who do you see going down?