Relegation battle in the Premier League: Who could go down?

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The 2021-22 Premier League season has reached the business end of the campaign and the ‘run-in’ is going to be wild up and down the league.

Focusing on the Premier League relegation battle, Norwich City and Watford are out.

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Everton, Burnley, and Leeds United are all still in trouble entering the final week of the season and you can make an argument for any of the three disappearing into the Championship.

Below we focus on the standings and fixtures, analyzing the survival hopes for the teams in the Premier League relegation scrap, and we will update this article each week between now and the end of the season.


Premier League relegation battle – As it stands

16th: Everton – 36 points (36 games) GD -20
17th: Leeds United – 35 points (37 games) GD -38

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18th: Burnley – 34 points (36 games) GD -18
19th: Watford – 23 points (37 games) GD -42 [Relegated]
20th: Norwich City – 23 points (37 games) GD -56 [Relegated]


Everton

The Toffees have gotten some good results but would really have hoped to be safe before a Thursday scrap with Crystal Palace. Arsenal on the final day of the season is a questionable one, but desperation could disappear from the Gunners if Tottenham takes an early lead against Norwich and news gets around the Emirates. Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League and it’s looking like that will continue… but you never know.

Remaining games: Crystal Palace (H), Arsenal (A)
Rating their chances of staying up: 75 percent


Leeds United

Leeds will know by Thursday if it needs to win at Brentford on Sunday or simply match Burnley’s result on the final day. Either way, Jesse Marsch will be going for it against a Bees side that also wants to play free-flowing football. With Raphinha due for some magic and Kalvin Phillips strong in the middle, might Leeds do it?

Remaining games: Brentford (A)
Rating their chances of staying up: 45 percent


Burnley

Sean Dyche’s Mike Jackson’s Clarets will be scrapping away until the bitter end and are below the line but can reasonably envision the 1-4 points they’ll need to be safe from a visit to Aston Villa and final match against Newcastle at Turf Moor.

Remaining games: Aston Villa (A), Newcastle (H)
Rating their chances of staying up: 55 percent

Lionel Messi to join MLS in 2023, buy 35% of David Beckham’s Inter Miami (report)

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Lionel Messi to Inter Miami. You night remember those reports from last year linking the then-Barcelona man to David Beckham’s fledgling MLS side, and there might have been some fire underneath that smoke.

So, yeah, get ready for a lot of pink and black Messi shirts all over the world.

And those reports extend beyond that point, as rumors in late December 2020 said that Messi and good friend Luis Suarez were both planning on joining Miami.

Well hot off the presses Tuesday: Messi is reportedly acquiring more than one-third of Inter Miami and will join the MLS side in 2023.

The solid relationship with David Beckham would see the PSG man following his route as an owner of an MLS club, although Messi would begin owning the club during his playing days.

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The greatest player of his era and perhaps the greatest to ever lace up boots, Messi was forced to leave Barcelona last summer and landed at Paris Saint-Germain.

The 34-year-old Copa America winner was hobbled by injuries early in the season but helped Les Parisiens to a Ligue 1 title, posting 11 goals and 13 assists in just over 2,700 minutes across all competitions.

Should it come true, this will be a monumental boon for MLS and anticipated Messi appearances will become an away day gate draw better than anything the league’s had since… David Beckham signed for LA Galaxy.

This would give Messi one more run at the UEFA Champions League and a good launch ramp to this winter’s World Cup in Qatar. It’s just a report, but it sure makes sense. And it will only heat up rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo joining the bunch, maybe on the same team with a share of ownership too?

Tottenham vs Burnley final score: Spurs momentarily move into fourth

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Tottenham edged past Burnley to momentarily move into fourth place and put the pressure on north London rivals Arsenal in the battle for Champions League qualification.

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Harry Kane’s penalty kick right on half time did the damage as VAR and the pitch-side monitor was used to give the spot kick for a handball on Ashley Barnes.

A tight, tense game saw Tottenham hold on as relegation-threatened Burnley hit the post and were dangerous throughout.

The win moves Tottenham on to 68 points, two points ahead of fifth-place Arsenal who have a game in-hand. Burnley remain on 34 points, level with Leeds, but they have a game in-hand over their relegation rivals.

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Tottenham vs Burnley final score, stats

Tottenham 1-0 Burnley

Goals scored: Kane 45+4′

Shots: Tottenham 21, Burnley 8

Shots on target: Tottenham 8, Burnley 1

Possession: Tottenham 70, Burnley 30


Three things we learned from Tottenham vs Burnley

1. VAR helps get Spurs over the line, put pressure on Arsenal: This was not pretty at all but with the help of VAR Tottenham got the win they needed as they momentarily moved into fourth place. Ashley Barnes’ arm was outstretched and in an unnatural position but before VAR this would never have been given as a penalty kick as it was missed in real-time. The decision was harsh on Barnes but he had his arm raised out and as soon as the replay arrived, we all knew what would happen. The pressure is now on Arsenal who head to Newcastle on Monday.

2. Burnley can still stay up: They play at Aston Villa and at home against Newcastle in their final two games of the season and they can still stay up. The Clarets played well and both Cornet and Barnes went close, while they were solid defensively and very slick on the ball. Mike Jackson has done a great job and they were outstanding in the second half.

3. Son desperate for Golden Boot: He was denied brilliantly by Nick Pope twice in the second half and both time he look devastated. Son is one goal behind Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race with one game to go and with Salah limping off injured in the FA Cup final, it’s unlikely he will be risked again in the Premier League. Son will be going all out on the final day at Norwich both to get the win Tottenham need to try and reach the Champions League, but also for the Golden Boot.

Man of the Match: Nick Pope – Made two superb stops to deny Son and his quality is undoubted.


Tottenham toil early

Spurs had plenty of the ball but struggled to break down a resolute Burnley side as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son had chances early on.

Kane then had a header cleared off the line and Emerson Royal forced Nick Pope into a fine stop.

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The hosts continued to have the better chances but Burnley had a good chance on the break as Maxwel Cornet was played in over the top but Hugo Lloris did well to deny him.

Lucas Moura headed a difficult chance over and Harry Kane had an effort from distance go wide as Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure and Kane flashed a shot just wide.

Penalty kick drama arrives

Right on half time Tottenham were awarded a penalty kick as Davinson Sanchez’s hooked effort hit the outstretched arm of Ashley Barnes.

After a VAR check and referee Kevin Friend going to the monitor, a penalty kick was awarded and Kane slotted home to make it 1-0.

Burnley were livid but Tottenham got the breakthrough they needed.

Clarets push hard

At the start of the second half Burnley were well on top as Kevin Long and Nathan Collins both had chances in the air.

Ryan Sessegnon did well to block an effort at the back post and Spurs struggled to get going at the other end.

Barnes was inches away from grabbing a deserved equalizer as he smashed a shot from outside of the box which beat Lloris but hammered the post.

Rodrigo Bentancur had a header on goal from a corner which Pope saved easily, then he did brilliantly to deny Son at the near post and again late on.

Tottenham vs Burnley, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream

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Tottenham vs Burnley: Spurs will try to take the upper hand (at least, temporarily) in the top-four race when they host the relegation-battling Clarets at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 7 am ET, on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

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Following their 3-0 drubbing of Arsenal in the north London derby on Thursday, Tottenham (65 points) trail the Gunners (66 points) by a single point in the battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot. Spurs will take the field first in matchweek 37, with the chance to go ahead of their rivals and pile the pressure on Mikel Arteta’s young squad ahead of their Monday trip to Newcastle (WATCH HERE). Tottenham will visit last-place and already-relegated Norwich City on Championship Sunday, while Arsenal host 16th-place and relegation threatened Everton.

As for Burnley (34 points), the gap between themselves and the relegation zone is even thinner: Goal difference is all that stands between themselves and Leeds United (34 points). A visit from Newcastle perhaps represents Burnley’s best hope for top-flight status-saving points on the final day.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham vs Burnley this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


How to watch Tottenham vs Burnley live, stream link and start time

Kickoff: 7am ET, Sunday
TV: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup (INJURY REPORT)

OUT: Cristian Romero (hip), Matt Doherty (knee), Sergio Reguilon (groin), Japhet Tanganga (knee), Oliver Skipp (groin)

Burnley team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Ben Mee (calf), James Tarkowski (hamstring), Jay Rodriguez (thigh), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf), Ashley Westwood (ankle), Matej Vydra (knee)

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 36

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What did we learn during Matchweek 33 of the 2021-22 Premier League season?

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Here’s a look at 10 things which stood out, as our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) share their observations from across the most recent Premier League games.

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Let’s get to it.

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 36

1. Manchester United finally hits rock bottom (Brighton 4-0 Man Utd): This will be their lowest-ever points tally in the Premier League era. They will not finish in the top four. They have conceded more goals this season than any other campaign in the PL. The list of unwanted records goes on and on. Man United have been heading this way for a while this season but they’ve finally hit rock bottom. The only way is up from here but this is a real mess for Erik ten Hag to sort out in the summer and beyond. Many of these players know they won’t be around next season and they’re all over the place. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick probably won’t be around either given the shambolic nature of the second half of the season. United need a ruthless and rapid rebuild. These last few months will probably allow that to happen quicker. That is the only positive. ‘Shambles’ doesn’t explain how bad this was. (JPW)

2. Klopp’s unstoppable force = Conte’s immovable object (Liverpool 1-1 Spurs): As good as Liverpool is, the Reds learned a lesson in how hard it is to break down a team playing a near-peak version of Antonio Conte ball. Ben Davies had a tremendous block on Mohamed Salah in the second half, which showed that Spurs are not just disciplined but bought-in to what Conte demands from them. Liverpool fans can join Jurgen Klopp in complaining about Tottenham playing not to concede, but Tottenham’s the team that scored a goal without a freaky deflection involved. (NM)

3. Man City makes UCL exit a blip, gets back to business (Man City 5-0 Newcastle): Before the game, Pep Guardiola said that City’s players’ moods had largely improved since their late capitulation to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. That was pretty clear over 90 minutes at the Etihad, as few Newcastle players other than Allan Saint-Maximin seemed to put City off balance. Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham opens the door wider for City’s possible fourth Premier League title in five years, something that’s only been done by one team in the last 40 years (Manchester United, thrice). (NM)

4. Lukaku, Pulisic make their cases (Chelsea 2-2 Wolves): USMNT star Christian Pulisic’s contributions to Premier League action had lasted 12, 45, 14, 19, and 22 minutes in his last five appearances, and his return to the starting lineup saw him collect an assist when his quick reaction off a Wolves gaffe played Romelu Lukaku toward the box. Pulisic last start, March 5 versus Burnley, saw him back a goal and an assist but he soon got sick and lost his place. Let’s see if this bright start elevates the end of his season. As for his big Belgian teammate, Lukaku looked like the answer to Chelsea’s striker concerns when he scored against Arsenal on his “re-debut” and then bagged two more in his third Premier League outing with the club, but fell out of favor due to injury and coronavirus, not scoring his fourth and fifth of the season until the last two games of December. Saturday’s goals were his first Premier League goals since the calendar turned to 2022. Are both men gone this summer? (NM)

5. Arsenal’s Nketiah increases his stock (Arsenal 2-1 Leeds): He turns 23 at the end of the month and will be out of contract one month later. Eddie Nketiah scored goals against Wimbledon, Leeds, and Sunderland in three-straight League Cup games but that didn’t inspire Mikel Arteta to use his young forward in more than a substitute’s role until mid-April. Now he’s got two braces in five starts and has nine goals across all competitions. Surely, he’s going to get a big raise and a bigger chance somewhere come July 1. With 22 goals in 88 senior appearances and still 22 for the moment, it seems unlikely he’d want to stick around Arsenal. The former Leeds loanee now has three goals against them between cup and league play. (NM)

6. Everton have momentum in relegation scrap (Leicester 1-2 Everton): This is so important in the relegation battle and Lampard’s boys have it. The Everton fans have almost willed them over the line in the last two games and Pickford is playing superbly, while every single player is doing their individual jobs and the simple things well. That, coupled with holding on for big wins, is why Everton have momentum and right now they look very likely to stay in the Premier League ahead of Burnley and Leeds. Everton’s final four games are against Watford, Brentford, Crystal Palace, and Arsenal and you can see them winning at least two of those to get over the magic 40-point marker. (JPW)

7. Hammers hungry for sixth place (Norwich 0-4 West Ham): Yes, they were devastated to lose to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semifinal on Thursday as they just came up short in their quest for European silverware, but they responded so well to that heartbreak. Yes, this was bottom of the table Norwich, but the hunger was there from the first minute to the last from David Moyes’ side. If they win their game in-hand they will leapfrog Manchester United into sixth and they look determined to seal another Europa League campaign. They face Man City and Brighton in their final two games and this hunger could be bad news for City. (JPW)

8. Shambolic Saints could get sucked into relegation zone (Brentford 3-0 Southampton): They have won once in their last 10 Premier League games and they’ve conceded 24 goals in that run and they badly need to recruit a better goalkeeper and center backs. Saints were all over the place defensively and they could be sucked into this relegation scrap. Everton have played three games less than them, Burnley has played one game less and Leeds has two games in-hand. Southampton have a habit of spiraling out of control and right now it looks like they’ll have to get something from one of their final two games of the season at home against Liverpool and away at Leicester. (JPW)

9. Putting Burnley’s plight in focus (Burnley 1-3 Aston Villa): Burnley would’ve loved anything from this home match with Aston Villa considering they’ll now trek to Tottenham and Aston Villa — yes, you read that right — before welcoming Newcastle on the final day of the season, and they definitely traded blows with the visitors. The Clarets’ 3-2 midweek win over Everton early last month may well be the result that keeps them in the Premier League, but they do not control their own destiny with Everton holding a match-in-hand. (NM)

10. A familiar story as Watford go down (Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford): This could have been the Watford team we watched get relegated in the 2019-20 campaign. This relegation has been eerily similar and the Pozzo family has once again felt the impact of chopping and changing managers. From Xisco to Claudio Ranieri to Roy Hodgson, there was no clear plan or identity about this team. Yes, they have some talented players in attack but they never looked comfortable back in the Premier League. Maybe they will when they seemingly inevitably come back (JPW)