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Premier League 2022 Relegation Battle

Sun 10 April 2022 | 7:30

With clubs passing the 30th game week, the Premier League table comes to the place of consideration as the Premier League 2022 relegation battle becomes as vital as the titanic clash for the Premier League 2021/2022 trophy as the survival battle comes to its peak.

Relegation from the Premier League hurts, there is no doubt about that. Whether it’s the hundreds of millions of pounds in lost revenue, the pure humiliation from rival fans, or falling through the top tier of English football to the chaotic

Championship

, it's the worst experience a football fan can endure, if we exclude Sunderland and Blackburn’s downfall further to the FA League One in the past. There always are some teams that from the very beginning of the season are the most likely to relegate, usually the teams that were promoted the same year. Some surprise, turn themselves gradually into top 10 clubs. However, others like Norwich City, don’t fail to live up to the promises and are on the verge of being relegated to the Championship, the same old elevator of the English football top two tiers.

However, this season was quite fascinating and surprising as clubs who have long been considered “big clubs” are facing the Premier League relegation battle as they get nearer to the bottom of the Premier League table than the top of it, as many of them expected, clubs like Newcastle United, Leeds United, and of course, Everton. It’s Everton's turn to play with fire. They’re just one point above the relegation zone and are being tipped by bookmakers to be plying their trade in the second tier next season. If the blue half of Merseyside were to be relegated, it would surely be one of the most shocking falls from grace in recent history.

Analyzing the spectacular

Premier League 2021/2022 season

, we take an immense look at the Premier League 2022 relegation battle.

Everything You Should Know About Premier League 2022 Relegation Battle

The Premier League’s relegation battle looks set to go down to the wire this season with several sides embroiled in a dogfight down at the bottom. Christian Eriksen’s addition looks like a masterstroke as the Bees have all but kept themselves up with their recent wins against Norwich City, Burnley, and Chelsea as Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo are back to their best. Brentford are favorable for staying up for the next season, so, we start our listing from Newcastle United, who despite their recent run of form, are still in danger of relegation.

We take an extended look at all the teams who are struggling in the Premier League relegation battle going through each considering their

Premier League table

position as Premier League 2021/2022 season got us all thrilled going through the final spectacular game weeks.

20th. Norwich City

  • Points:

    18

  • Manager:

    Dean Smith

  • Key Players:

    Pukki, Aarons, Rashica

  • Chance of Survival:

    Almost 0%

  • Remaining Games:

    Burnley (H), Man United (A), Newcastle (H), Aston Villa (A), West Ham (H), Wolves (A), Tottenham (H). Leicester City (A)

The least likely to survive the

Premier League relegation battle

this season, Norwich sits at the bottom of the table with 18 points, 13 points clear of nearly survived Newcastle United, who sit at 15th place with 31 points.

Despite improvements since Dean Smith’s arrival in November, the Canaries have always felt bound for a return to the Championship as their yoyo life cycle continues. Their games against Burnley and Newcastle coming up are key, as they have to win both of those to give themselves a chance. Norwich has shown they can produce surprises and they have to be solid defensively. If they are, Pukki can bag the goals to give them a chance.

But only some magic from Dean Smith can save them through the final weeks as he’s quite familiar with the relegation zone through his managing spell at Aston Villa, who he wonderfully brought up to Premier League himself. However, on 7 November 2021, Smith and Aston Villa parted company after a run of five straight defeats in the Premier League. Chief Executive Christian Purslow stated that the decision was made after Aston Villa had not continued to improve in the 2021–22 season as they had done in previous years.

With

Pukki

, Aarons and Rashica as the main players, 12 points away from nearly safe-placed Leeds United, and Manchester United, West Ham, Tottenham, and Leicester City to play in the coming weeks, even a well-earned draw at Brighton can’t revive Norwich fans’ hopes to survive, but the Canaris are always perform well in their survival mode looking at their Premier League history despite their final two relegations.

19th. Watford

  • Points

    : 22

  • Manager:

    Roy Hodgson

  • Key Players:

    Dennis, King, Sarr, Sissoko

  • Chance of Survival:

    20%

  • Remaining Games:

    Leeds (H), Brentford (H), Man City (A), Burnley (H), Crystal Palace (A), Leicester City (H), Chelsea (A). Date TBA: Everton (H)

Next club in the Premier League 2022 relegation battle, placed 19th in the table, is Watford.

Roy Hodgson is doing his best to turn things around at Watford and their attacking options will always give them a chance in games. Their win away at Southampton was huge for belief. They have to keep improving defensively if they’re going to stay in the Premier League. They have a decent run-in, on paper, as they play Leeds, Brentford, and Burnley. If they win those three games they have a chance, but anything less and it looks like they’re down.

With Watford 19th in the table and two points from safety,

Hodgson

replaced Claudio Ranieri, who was ousted after three-and-a-half months in command. Ranieri came to Watford's training ground to collect his stuff, and before leaving, he told Sky Sports News:

"I can only wish everyone at Watford good luck - the fans, the board, everyone."

"That is football,"

he said when asked if he was given enough time to have an impact.

"But I feel Watford can be safe with new players, and [arriving] is a terrific manager. I wish all the best."

Hodgson became the Premier League's oldest manager at the age of 74.

With his experience of working with 16 different teams in the 46 years that he has been in the game, Watford has a lot to expect from Hodgson, and most likely to be disappointed, even with Dennis, King, Sarr, and Sissoko in their roster.

18th. Burnley

  • Points:

    24

  • Manager:

    Sean Dyche

  • Key Players:

    Tarkowski, McNeil, Weghorst, Cornet, Rodriguez

  • Chance of Survival:

    20%

  • Remaining Games:

    Everton (H), Norwich City (A), West Ham (A), Southampton (H), Wolves (H), Watford (A), Aston Villa (H), Aston Villa (A), Tottenham (A), Newcastle (H)

The table lies a bit with Burnley, given they’ve got more matches left than any of their relegation rivals, needing to make up crucial clashes coming in the final weeks. They had the opportunity to get at their direct relegation rival, Everton, and they did it with a 3-2 victory, having an easier run of games compared to the Toffees, who have to host Manchester United and Arsenal and visit Anfield in a remarkable Merseyside clash, Burnley still has a lot of hope.

With the surprise departure of

Chris Wood

, Burnley penned with Wout Weghorst on the last day of the January transfer window for a deal worth £12m, and the player seems to be vital to Sean Dyche's side’s

Premier League 2022 relegation battle

. However, despite appearances, the big Dutchman is not particularly adept in the air, winning only 36.8% of challenges since arriving in England. What he is good at is dropping deep and linking play, showing the sort of vision and neat touches that would not normally be expected of a player with his physical profile. This doesn’t really fit into Burnley’s style of play, however, but he presents a danger all the same.

Deprived of captain Ben Mee, the home side will rely on James Tarkowski to marshal their defense. The 29-year old is an unfashionable Premier League defender in an age of ball-playing centre-halves, but he suits Burnley’s style perfectly. Though not particularly tall, he is a force aerially, winning 67.7% of challenges and racks up plenty of clearances, tackles, and interceptions, and is willing to put his body on the line, blocking 50 shots this season.

17th. Everton

  • Points:

    25

  • Manager:

    Frank Lampard

  • Key Players:

    Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Gray

  • Chance of Survival:

    25%

  • Remaining Games:

    Burnley (A), Man United (H), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H), Leicester City (A), Leicester (H), Brentford (H), Arsenal (A). Watford (H), Crystal Palace (H)

The next club in the Premier League 2022 relegation battle, which is the one that surprises the most, is Everton, who unlike their local rivals Liverpool who are clashing for the title, are rattling for survival.

It would be disastrous for Newcastle if they went down given their recent massive investment, but it would arguably be more damaging to Everton, given their upcoming new stadium plus their run of 68 seasons in England’s top flight, second only to Arsenal’s 96.

Frank Lampard

’s Toffees are sinking towards the bottom three. After a run of six defeats from his first eight games in charge, Lampard’s side does not look up for the relegation scrap. They have some quality players but do they have players who are up for the fight to stay in the Premier League? It doesn’t look like it for Everton. They have a very tough schedule to finish the season too. Everton has never been relegated from the Premier League, and this makes it extra painful for the Merseyside outfit fans. However, before their latest visit to Burnley, which came out as a 3-2 defeat, their manager was extra-positive for the remainder of the season.

Lampard said:

"Look at West Ham. Today they are very strong but two or three years ago they are facing relegation. And then they build, stick together and recruit and they move on.

"Everton has huge history and a fanbase. At the moment we are working to get through this moment. Myself and the players are giving everything. The fans can know if we keep doing that over 10 games we will be OK.”

However, with only 6 points out of their last 11 matches, it doesn’t look that good for Frank Lampard either, even with Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, and Gray up front.

16th. Leeds United

  • Points:

    30

  • Manager:

    Jesse Marsch

  • Key Players:

    Raphinha, Dallas, Rodrigo, Phillips, Bamford, Llorente

  • Chance of Survival:

    40%

  • Remaining Games:

    Watford (A), Chelsea (H), Crystal Palace (A), Man City (H), Arsenal (A), Brighton (H), Brentford (A)

Another surprising name to see in the

Premier League 2022 relegation battle

, somehow safe but still threatened, is the 16th-placed Leeds United.

Injuries have cruelled Marcelo Bielsa’s side and continued defensive lapses have the powerful club at risk of a painful return to the Championship, which already saw Bielsa’s run come to an early end. On 27 February 2022, Leeds and Bielsa parted ways after a streak of four consecutive losses across which Leeds conceded 17 goals, leaving them 16th in the table, two points above Burnley who had two games in hand. The fans were still singing Bielsa’s name even after poor performances.

American coach

Jesse Marsch

has a huge job on his hands to not only replace Marcelo Bielsa but keep Leeds up. They were in freefall after six defeats in their last seven and they are leaking so many goals, but they did win late on at home against Norwich City and Wolves in March to boost their hopes. Marsch will shore things up and make Leeds more pragmatic, but their survival hinges on two players getting fit, Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips, it is as simple as that. They play two direct rivals in the relegation scrap (Watford and Brentford) and they need to win those games and hope for a few upsets between now and May 22 to stay out of the Premier League relegation zone. They should be fine. But it will be close.

However, with 7 points out of their last 3 matches, Jesse Marsch can be a bit more confident, even with Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal to face yet. The German coach's first victory was against Norwich, and he said after the final whistle: "I feel like I played 96 minutes. There's a lot of emotion in the late stages of the match. I heard a lot about the magic of Elland Road, it was certainly an incredible experience.

"They asked me before will I remember this in two weeks. I said on my deathbed. The last moments of the game you really feel the energy.”

15th. Newcastle United

  • Points:

    31

  • Manager:

    Eddie Howe

  • Key Players:

    Trippier, Saint-Maximin, Wood, Joelinton, Wilson

  • Chance of Survival:

    55%

  • Remaining Games:

    Wolves (H), Leicester City (H), Crystal Palace (H), Norwich City (A), Liverpool (H), Man City (A), Arsenal (H), Burnley (A)

The January transfer window helped boost an ailing squad and three wins in a row followed by this weekend’s draw at West Ham have halved Newcastle’s odds of the drop, they’ve been unbeaten since their loss to Manchester City just before Christmas.

In effect, their rather different, quite-a-bit-worse team from the first half of the campaign is dragging down their odds, though it must be said they haven’t had the most difficult run recently. It would be somewhat of a surprise if Eddie Howe’s side was relegated from here but they need to keep their strong form going.

Eddie Howe’s side was in sensational form as a run of nine games unbeaten and six wins from seven propelled them out of the bottom three and up the Premier League. However, they’ve now lost three on the spin and have a horrendous run of fixtures to end the season. Newcastle should be fine and probably need three more wins to guarantee safety, but they have to get those wins on the board in the next few weeks. They suffered three defeats in a row after nearly getting out of the relegation battle. They lost to Chelsea, Everton, and most recently Tottenham. That’s why they are the ones who should watch out for the remainder of the

Premier League 2022 relegation battle

.

Eddie Howe wants his side to lock back on their loss at the hands of

Spurs

as a “good thing” as they experienced a wake-up call. Their 1-0 lead and focus were taken away as they had the hardest afternoon of 2022 for Newcastle United.

Eddie Howe said:

"We were 1-0 up and executing a good plan. We were controlling them as best we could. We did the first part of the game well. The second goal is the key thing. It’s what we didn’t need to do. We chased the game in a way you can’t against this time of team.

“We’re still in a huge fight to stay in the division. That’s six away games in seven. Now we return home and they’ll be massive games.”

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