Assessing the Premier League relegation scrap

Assessing the Premier League relegation scrap
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The Premier League’s relegation race is absurdly tight.

Three teams between 17th and 19th have the exact same record after 31 matches and are separated by only four goals of differential after Aston Villa picked up a point at Newcastle on Wednesday.

West Ham (-19), Bournemouth (-21), and Villa (-23) each have seven wins, six draws, and 18 losses.

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Watford sits a just point above the group with a match-in-hand which will be played Thursday at struggling Burnley.

Then there’s Norwich City, six points back but hopeful if only because the teams in their windshield have been dreadful.

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There are four 6-pointers left between the five teams in question and three involve West Ham United.

Five teams, two spots (assuming Brighton isn’t dragged into the mess). Here’s what they have moving forward.

Thursday

Burnley v. Watford — 1 p.m. ET

Saturday

Aston Villa v. Wolves — 7:30 a.m. ET

Sunday

Watford v. Southampton — 11:30 a.m. ET

July 1

Bournemouth v. Newcastle — 1 p.m. ET
Arsenal v. Norwich City — 1 p.m. ET
West Ham v. Chelsea — 1 p.m. ET

July 4

Norwich City v. Brighton — 7:30 a.m. ET
Manchester United v. Bournemouth — 10 a.m. ET
Chelsea v. Watford — 3 p.m. ET

July 5

Liverpool v. Aston Villa — 11:30 a.m. ET

July 7

Watford v. Norwich City — 1 p.m. ET

July 8

West Ham v. Burnley — 1 p.m. ET

July 9

Bournemouth v. Tottenham Hotspur — 1 p.m. ET
Aston Villa v. Manchester United — 3:15 p.m. ET

July 11

Watford v. Newcastle United — 7:30 a.m. ET
Norwich City v. West Ham — 7:30 a.m. ET

July 12

Aston Villa v. Crystal Palace — 9:15 a.m. ET
Bournemouth v. Leicester City — 2 p.m. ET

July 15

Everton v. Aston Villa
West Ham v. Watford
Man City v. Bournemouth
Chelsea v. Norwich City

July 18

Manchester United v. West Ham
Norwich City v. Burnley
Watford v. Man City
Bournemouth v. Southampton
Aston Villa v. Arsenal

July 26

West Ham v. Aston Villa
Arsenal v. Watford
Man City v. Norwich City
Everton v. Bournemouth