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Tracking the fixtures of the Premier League’s relegation scrappers

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Eight points doesn’t make a side safe, but West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace’s octet of advantage on 18th place seem fairly classy right now.

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So when it comes to an all-important relegation fight, there are six sides looking worse for the wear when it comes to safety. Maybe five clubs would be a more honest assessment given Aston Villa’s standing eight points off safety, but let’s give a historic club a shot here.

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Leicester City 26 15 8 3 48 29 19 7-4-1 8-4-2 53
Tottenham Hotspur 26 14 9 3 47 20 27 7-4-2 7-5-1 51
Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 18 8-3-2 7-3-3 51
Manchester City 26 14 5 7 48 28 20 9-1-4 5-4-3 47
Manchester United 26 11 8 7 33 24 9 6-4-2 5-4-5 41
Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 10 7-2-4 4-5-4 40
West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 9 5-5-2 5-5-4 40
Liverpool 26 10 8 8 38 36 2 4-5-3 6-3-5 38
Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 1 5-3-5 5-3-5 36
Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 -5 5-2-5 5-4-5 36
Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 11 4-4-6 4-7-1 35
Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 2 5-5-4 3-4-5 33
Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 -5 4-2-8 5-3-4 32
West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 24 32 -8 4-4-5 4-4-5 32
Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 -14 3-4-6 4-3-6 28
Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 -10 4-5-5 2-4-6 27
Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 -20 4-4-5 2-2-9 24

Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 -22 4-5-4 2-1-10 24
Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 -18 4-3-6 2-2-9 23
Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 -26 2-4-7 1-3-9 16

Who has who and when? Let’s dig through the schedules to see who might face Championship level sides next season.

Villa’s schedule is absolutely brutal, and Swansea has a pivotal two-match challenge in North London before things settle down for them. Newcastle has all five of the other relegation candidates remaining, with three going to St. James Park.

Of Sunderland’s six remaining home games, none of are in the thick of a relegation fight (although West Brom isn’t far off). Norwich gets Sunderland and Newcastle at Carrow Road, while Bournemouth has plenty of challenges in its path to safety

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Joleon Lescott of Aston Villa (3L) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal with a header during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park on January 12, 2016 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Joleon Lescott of Aston Villa (3L). (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

ASTON VILLA
Feb. 27 – at Stoke City
March 1 – vs Everton
March 5 – at Man City
March 12 – vs Spurs
March 19 – at Swans
April 2 – vs Chelsea
April 9 – vs Bournemouth
April 16 – at Manchester United
April 23 – vs Saints
April 30 – at Watford
May 7 – vs Newcastle
May 15 – at Arsenal

SUNDERLAND
Feb. 27 – at West Ham
March 1 – vs Crystal Palace
March 5 – at Saints
March 12 – vs Everton
March 20 – at Newcastle
April 2 – vs West Brom
April 9 – vs Leicester City
April 16 – at Norwich City
April 23 – vs Arsenal
April 30 – at Stoke City
May 7 – vs Chelsea
May 15 – at Watford

NEWCASTLE UNITED
March 2 – at Stoke City
March 5 – vs Bournemouth
March 14 – at Leicester City
March 20 – vs Sunderland
April 2 – at Norwich City
April 9 – at Saints
April 16 – vs Swansea City
April 23 – at Liverpool
April 30 – vs Crystal Palace
May 7 – at Aston Villa
May 15 – vs Spurs
TBA – Manchester City

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:  Hathan Redmond (L) of Norwich City celeberates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates Jonathan Howson (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Norwich City at the Stadium of Light on August 15, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – AUGUST 15: Nathan Redmond. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

NORWICH CITY
Feb. 27 – at Leicester City
March 1 – vs Chelsea
March 5 – at Swansea City
March 12 – vs Man City
March 19 – at West Brom
April 2 – vs Newcastle
April 9 – at Crystal Palace
April 16 – vs Sunderland
April 23 – vs Watford
April 30 – at Arsenal
May 7 – vs Manchester United
May 15 – at Everton

SWANSEA CITY
Feb. 28 – at Spurs
March 2 – at Arsenal
March 5 – vs Norwich City
March 12 – at Bournemouth
March 19 – vs Aston Villa
April 2 – at Stoke City
April 9 – vs Chelsea
April 16 – at Newcastle United
April 23 – at Leicester City
April 30 – vs Liverpool
May 7 – at West Ham United
May 15 – vs Manchester City

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 21:  Bournemouth player Junior Stanislas in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Liberty Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES – NOVEMBER 21: Bournemouth player Junior Stanislas (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

BOURNEMOUTH
Feb. 27 – at Watford
March 1 – vs Saints
March 5 – at Newcastle United
March 12 – vs Swansea City
March 19 – at Spurs
April 2 – vs Manchester City
April 9 – at Aston Villa
April 16 – vs Liverpool
April 23 – vs Chelsea
April 30 – at Everton
May 7 – vs West Brom
May 15 – at Manchester United