Author - Gmac
The overwhelming sense of FFS hasn't gone away since Saturday. I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at the upcoming fixtures to see if we can expect any favours. It was a bad idea.
The bookies are not too keen on Sunderland retaining their Premier League status, with the exception of Crystal palace who you can find at a little over evens, Sunderland are a massive 10/3 to stay up. That is canny decent if you fancy wasting any free bets. The best odds you can get on our relegation is 1/4, so, according to the bookmakers, we are goners. However, they have said that for four seasons and we are still here. There are six teams who look to be threatened by relegation, though that could all change in a handful of games.
Sunderland - Everton (a), Man City (h), Middlesbrough (a).
After watching us roll over and die against Southampton it's really difficult to expect anything from our next two matches. Everton put six past Bournemouth and Manchester City are just a vastly superior side. Even the absolutely massive away match against Middlesbrough looks difficult. It's a game that Sunderland just have to win isn't it? I'm not convinced we will.
Predicted points - 1
Palace - Middlesbrough (h), West Brom (a), Spurs (h)
If you think we were bad against Southampton what does that make Palace against us? Sam Allardyce needs a result very soon but Palace's defensive frailties looks like it could spell disaster for the biggest spenders at the bottom. A win against Boro would be a good start, but I don't think they'll manage it.
Predicted points - 1
Hull - Burnley (h), Leicester (a), Swansea (h)
I can't seem to decide whether or not Hull are a decent side. Their four 'bonus points' against Liverpool and Manchester United are huge - but can they sustain it? In truth the Tigers looked decent in defeat against Arsenal and Chelsea and I suspect finishing above Hull will mean you have achieved Premier League survival. This is a great run of games and they could put themselves into an excellent position if the results follow.
Predicted points - 7
Leicester - Liverpool (h), Hull (h), Arsenal (a)
The Champions are in free fall and look as likely to go down as Sunderland right now. A huge match against Hull is sandwiched by two almost inevitable defeats all coming after Champions League exploits. It's looking like a tough run in for the Foxes.
Predicted points - 0
Middlesbrough - Palace (a), Stoke (a), Sunderland (h)
Boro don't score many goals which invariably leads to relegation. However, their saving grace could be a pretty decent defensive record. Draws don't keep you up, however, so if the goals don't come then we all know what does.
Predicted points - 2
Swansea - Chelsea (a), Burnley (h), Hull (a)
Of all the relegation candidates, Swansea look the superior side. Paul Clement has started with a 50% win ratio, which would easily see them safe and a decent couple of matches after the trip to Stamford Bridge will give the Welsh outfit a chance to pull too far away for the chasing pack.
Predicted points - 6
If my predictions were to come true, that would leave the bottom of the table looking like this;
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