Getty ImagesLONDON: Tension is mounting on the backside of the Premier League because the combat to keep away from relegation heads in the direction of a dramatic conclusion.
With simply 5 video games left, all-time low Norwich are seven factors from security and are sliding in the direction of the Championship.
Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who at the moment fill the remaining two locations in the relegation zone, are locked in a four-team battle for survival with fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham.
Here’s a more in-depth have a look at the groups scrapping to protect their top-flight standing:
Thrashed 5-2 at Manchester United on Saturday, Eddie Howe’s aspect are in free-fall after an eight-game winless run that includes 5 successive defeats.
The second backside Cherries, one level from security, face Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City in their subsequent three video games.
That sequence that can certainly decide whether or not Bournemouth can lengthen their five-season keep in the top-flight for an additional 12 months.
Bournemouth’s lack of objectives has been an enormous a part of their downfall, with the beginning line-up at Old Trafford managing simply eight between them thus far this season.
“Games are running out. If we’re going to stay in the division, we’re going to have to start picking up points,” Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas stated.
“We’ll have no excuses. We can’t keep talking. It’s time for action.
“There’s no purpose why from now till the top of the season we will not decide factors up.”
A wretched run of nine matches without a win has left third bottom Villa one point from safety.
Dubious pre-season investment in several underwhelming signings have left Villa relying on captain Jack Grealish to inspire their survival bid.
But Dean Smith’s side have lost three of their five games since the restart and still have to face Manchester United and Arsenal before a potential final-day shootout with West Ham.
They could count themselves unfortunate not to have secured what would have been a point at Anfield in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against champions Liverpool.
That obdurate display offered hope that Villa could still avoid an immediate return to the Championship, but Smith knows they will have to be more ruthless to achieve that aim.
“I do not wish to be a valiant loser, we’re scrapping for factors,” Smith said.
“To out-shoot Liverpool at residence at Anfield, in phrases of efforts on aim, it is wonderful, however we have to take our alternatives. We by no means discovered the standard in the ultimate third they did.”
Saturday’s 3-0 drubbing at Chelsea condemned Watford to a third consecutive loss, leaving them perilously positioned one point above the bottom three.
Nigel Pearson’s fourth bottom team have not won just their stunning 3-0 success against Liverpool on February 29.
After five years in the top-flight, the Hornets, who face Manchester City and Arsenal in their last two games, could find their fate settled by Tuesday’s home clash with Norwich and a visit to West Ham on July 17.
“The vital factor is we perceive our scenario, that we do not worry it,” said Pearson, whose men have managed just two goals in their last five games.
“We want to point out combating spirit, and we additionally have to have the flexibility to nonetheless make good selections.”
Sitting four clear of the relegation zone in 16th place, West Ham are in the best position to stay up thanks to their surprise 3-2 win over Chelsea last week.
Twice blowing the lead in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle was a setback in their survival bid, but David Moyes’ side have control of their own destiny.
West Ham have now lost 24 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
But with games against Norwich, Watford and Aston Villa to come, their forward Michail Antonio is confident of beating the drop.
“The mindset for our subsequent few video games is that we wish three factors from every of them, and that is what we imagine we are able to get,” said Antonio, whose club have not been in the Championship since 2012.
“Now we have managed to point out our attacking kind and we’re scoring objectives, we have to shore up our again as properly.”