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Who will be relegated this season?

Last weekend, both QPR and Reading sealed their fates with a 0 - 0 draw, meaning one relagation place remians. Five clubs are still seriously in trouble and could still go down- we evaluate their chances of staying up.

With Manchester United securing the title last week, it seems that all the excitement and attention will be at the other end of the table in the remaining few games.

With Queens Park Rangers and Reading already resigned to playing Championship football next season, one other team will also be relegated. Five teams remain fully engulfed in the relagation battle: Wigan, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Norwich.

Only a few games remain of the 2012/2013 season- every single one of them will be treated like a cup final.

So who is most likely to go down at the end of the season?


Currently sitting in the lone remaining relegation spot and 5 points adrift from safety, Wigan are many people's favourite to go down. They do have one game in hand on their competition, however. Where they finish this season, may depend on whether they win the FA Cup in a week's time- a famous victory may inspire a dramatic fightback, but if they lose it could have the opposite effect. Wigan seem to miss the drop by the skin of their teeth every season, somehow.


After an extremely impressive season last year where they finished 5th, many expected The Magpies to be challenging for a Champions League spot this season. However, Newcastle now find themselves battling for survival in the Premier League- and have been doing so for most the campaign. They currently sit 17th and after suffering a 0 - 6 defeat at St James' against Liverpool at the weekend, things could get very bad very quickly for Alan Pardew and his not-so-merrymen.

Aston Villa

Paul Lambert's tenure at the Midlands side has been risky from the off- favouring youthful, inexperienced talent rather than reliable Premiership professionals. At times Villa have looked weak and intimated, during other games they have showed talent and tenacity- their 6 - 1 beating of Sunderland last night, a highlight. With players like Christian Benteke, it would be a shame if a team with such promise went down. They are walking a tight-rope but things are looking up, at the moment.


After two wins in three games, the Di Canio shaped bubble finally burst with the loss against Aston Villa yesterday. The arrival of Paolo Di Canio has undoubtedly lifted The Black Cats, however. Before yesterday, they looked like they were on their way to securing Premier League safety- how they will react to such a harsh defeat will define their season. Although they are 5 point clear of the drop zone, Wigan could still catch the North East side in just a few games.


Although they sit 6 points clear of the drop zone with 38 points, Norwich are still not safe from relegation. A bad run of results in their remaining three games could see Chris Houghton's side slide down the table. It is unlikely, but stranger things have happened in football...

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