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As the subject line asks, pick your bottom 3
I still think we can catch Brentford despite them winning at the weekend, and if we can take 4 points from villa (1) and Norwich (3) on Saturday along with Burnley beating Brentford on next weeken we will be level on points with Brentford with 9 games to play. Burnley then play City 1st game after the international break (at home) so City lads might still have their heads in the clouds. I dont write Dyche off of all the managers down at the bottom he is well use to a scrap.
After last nights lack-luster performance (if you can call it that) Norwich,Watford, Leeds look like where the smart money would go :(
MUST WIN NEXT GAME
a draw wont help either ourselves or Norwich
Norwich has become the single most important match of the season. A win may give us the necessary momentum for the following games. With us scoring so few goals a clean sheet is a must: get Cresswell in there, please. Gelhardt to get us a 1-0 win. MOT
Cresswell didnt get a run out but Joffy scoring that last minute winner yesterday gives us a fighting chance to survive. Had we dropped any points especially after all the chances we created it would have been demoralizing and one i couldnt see us getting over, plus it would have given Burnley and watford a lift despite Burnley losing to Brentford.
Brentford winning two on the trot now gives them more than a 50-50 chance to survive at this stage especially when you see everton's remaining fixtures, but Brentford are still there for the catching as they have only got 2 teams (Leicester and Southampton) that have nothing to play for from their remaining 9 games.
Leeds have Palace, Southampton, Brighton and you could argue wolves 4 teams that are really in the dreaded no mans land safe from relegation but wont make Europe. Its a pity we havent Saints on Friday and play wolves after the international break but look after yesterdays win our lads should be chomping at the bit to get back out there and experience another 3 point winning rush.
Eventhough Everton still have 12 league games to play (and still in the FA Cup) they must face the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manure and west ham (might still fancy 5th spot for Europe) Not too many points in those fixtures you would have thought for Lumpturd. Plus toffees play barcodes next who were in great form apart from losing to Chelsea yesterday (last minute as well). Are everton safe? are they too big to go down??
I still think the teams in 15th, 16th & 17th still have plenty of work to do and will need more points (with our -GD) we may need an extra point to stay out of the dreaded 18th spot.
But yesterdays fight back and the elation of the players was evident to see our players care and are fighting to stay up i just hope JM dosent take out the square pegs on Friday afternoon when sitting down to pick the team.
KEEP IT SIMPLE JESSE PICK THE BEST PLAYERS IN THEIR BEST POSITIONS
Well after the week just gone have you changed your mind on the bottom three?
I thought Brentford would struggle but that win against Chelsea was massive for them and then to follow that up by taking all 3 points against west ham has them save for another year id say.
I think the bottom three teams are toast. Nobody with 36 pts has been relegated in years and we already have 33. Everton should also have enough games in hand and class to survive.
Burnleys win last night gives them renewed hope that they can survive. They have 6 games left, and you cant say that any of their 6 games that are left are losses. Wolves are in different form, Watford Away will be a right 6 pointer, Villa twice, Spurs and Barcodes last game of the season. I think they can still win 7-8 points from those fixtures 35-36 points.
Everton as we all know have a tough run in having to play 3 of the top 5 teams and in those 7 games left only 3 are at home, they certainly wont want to travel to arsenal on the last game of the season looking for a point or worse a win. However with Leicester, watford, brentford and palace to play after liverpool and chelsea i still think they can get 8 points from their remaining games vaulting them to 37 points.
Which leaves us currently on 33 points. We definitely need 4 if not 5 points at minimum imho and with Palace, Brighton and Brentford still to play i firmly believe that's achievable.
Yesterday we were 10/1 with the bookies to go down but after Burnley picking up 3 points last night we are now 7/1 to be relegated in your local PP shop.
What i don't understand is if leeds are considered to be candidates to be relegated why aren't Villa in the picture?
ok they have 36 points and 7 games left but drill down they are away to Leicester tomorrow then they play a must win game for Norwich the following week, play Burnley twice, and must also play the top two City & Liverpool. Also bear in mind that when looking at the bottom seven teams Villa and Watford have the worst form with only 3 points from the last 15, If everton have to get something out of Arsenal on the 22nd May imagine if Villa had to get something out the last game - City !!!!!!!
Saying that i do think Villa will take at least 2 and maybe 4 points off Burnley so those 2 games will decide Burnley's season, but hasn't Slippy G gone off the radar very quickly....
Back to watching Jeff from behind the sofa again tomorrow😂
Over to you TC