With ten games remaining, the Premier League title race looks certain to go down to the wire. At the other end the relegation battle is hotting up with three teams level on 24 points and games running out who will survive?
With only 3 wins all season and countless abject performances it has almost been a certainty for months now. A miracle is needed to save their status, but it is impossible to see where those wins will come from.
Described as the Jekyll and Hyde of the Premier League, on their day exceptional however these days have been very rare of late and they find themselves running out of time to save themselves. Manager Steve McClaren can count his blessings that he is still in a job, with an abundance attacking players at his disposal it has been the lack of investment in defensive areas which has come back to haunt McLaren.
Alex Neil’s men rarely lay down without a fight, an impressive second half display against Chelsea on Tuesday night couldn’t quite rescue a draw. Lacking a clinical goalscorer all season it is surely time to put faith in Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford for the remaining ten games. Saturday’s game against Swansea is a must win with Neil finding out just how cruel the Premier League can be.
One look at the Sunderland squad and you have to question where quality investment has been made. They rely heavily on Defoe who at 33 is reaching the twilight of his illustrious career, if Borini can contribute goals then they may just scrape survival. it’s fair to say the North East derby against Newcastle later this month could swing momentum in either sides favour.
Crystal Palace are without a win in 11 Premier League games but their early season form should see them guarantee safety for another year. Bournemouth and Swansea appear capable of picking up important victory’s and barring a dramatic loss in form it looks certain that we will see two from Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich join Aston Villa in the Championship next season.
It promises to be a thrilling end to the season.