Premier League relegation-zone teams fighting for survival

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The bottom three clubs in the English Premier League all earned crucial points in their fight for survival this season with at least a point each during the weekend of April 4-6. The 18th to 20th-place teams in the 20-team league will all be dropped down into the second-tier Championship League at the conclusion of the 2014/15 campaign, but it looks like it’s going to be a dogfight till the very last day.

Eighteenth-place Burnley managed to earn a 0-0 draw against sixth-place Tottenham Hotspur at home on April 5 for an essential point, but is still mired in the relegation zone. However with 26 points, they’re now just two points behind Aston Villa and Hull City and three back of Sunderland. 19th-place squad Queens Park Rangers earned all three points on April 4 with a 4-1 road win over 14th-place West Brom. QPR now has 25 points and can lift themselves out of the bottom three as early as April 7 when they travel to Birmingham to face 17th-place Aston Villa.

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Last-place Leicester City also earned three huge points on April 4 with their 2-1 home win over ninth-place West Ham United. They now have 22 points, but have the toughest task of the bottom three clubs since they’re still six points behind 17th position, but they do have a game in hand on the other relegation-zone sides. The biggest movers of the weekend were 15th-place Sunderland as they climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United in the Tyne/Wear derby. The northeast club now has 29 points and leapfrogged both Hull and Aston Villa.

The race is now a lot tighter than it was heading into the weekend since Hull was beaten 3-1 at Swansea City, Aston Villa dropped a 3-1 decision to Manchester United at Old Trafford and both Newcastle and West Brom were beaten. There are just six points separating the bottom six clubs with all of them having seven games to play except for Leicester who have eight remaining. Each and every point could mean the difference between survival and relegation for these six clubs, but three of them are definitely going to be dropped come season’s end in May.

Since these teams are fighting for survival the Premier League’s top clubs can’t afford to take them lightly when they meet over the last seven weeks of the campaign. This means the relegation battle could have a huge affect on the fight for a top-four finish between teams such as Man United, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool. bet365 lists Leicester City at 1/3 to be relegated with QPR 1/4, Burnley 4/6, Aston Villa 3/1, Hull City 6/4 and Sunderland at 9/4.

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