Steve Kean is hoping to avoid the fate of Avram Grant. (©PAphotos)
by Nick Howson
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The relegation battle in the Barclays Premier League has yet again come down to the final
day, with five teams going into what's been dubbed 'Survival Sunday' with a chance of
dropping into the Championship.
We take a look at this teams looking to beat the drop, and what they have to do on Sunday
to ensure they start next season in the Premier League.
Goal difference: -14
Sunday Fixture: Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
Current form: DLLWDD
Steve Kean will be delighted that, despite only drawing with Manchester United last weekend, his side still have their destiny in their own hands. A win would guarantee their Premier League survival and a draw would require Wigan, Blackpool and Birmingham to all win their games to relegate Rovers. If only two of those sides win their games, then a defeat for Kean's men would relegate them.
Goal difference: -19
Sunday Fixture: Blackburn Rovers (H)
Current form: LDLDWW
Like their Sunday opponents, a Wolves win would ensure their survival, but their goal difference means anything but puts them in dire trouble. If Mick McCarthy's men draw or lose by any margin, then victory for two of Birmingham, Blackpool or Wigan would condemn them to relegation. However, if only one of those sides or none win, then goal difference will come into the equation, meaning the severity of any defeat will be important.
Goal difference: -20
Sunday Fixture: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Current form: WLLDLL
For the trio on 39 points, a win for any of them on Sunday will put them in the driving seat to survive. If Birmingham were to win at Tottenham, scene of McLeish's first win at Blues manager, by a single goal, then Wigan would need a three-goal win over Stoke, Blackpool a two-goal win over Manchester United and Blackburn to draw with Wolves to send them down. A draw would mean a win for either Wigan or Blackpool would relegate The Blues, irrespective of the other one's result. A defeat would relegate Birmingham if Blackpool picked up at least a point at Old Trafford.
Goal difference: -21
Sunday Fixture: Manchester United (A)
Current form: LLDDDW
Like Birmingham and Wigan, a Blackpool win would all but assure their Premier League
survival and given their goal difference and goals scored this season, a factor which could
come into account, the Tangerines look well placed. They definitely stay up if only one
of Wigan and Birmingham win, along with themselves, irrespective of what Wolves and
Blackburn do. Draw or lose then either Wigan or Birmingham would have to better their
result to send them down. If all three sides lose, then the severity of their defeats will be vital.
If all on the same goal difference, Blackpool will stay up on goals scored.
Goal difference: -22
Sunday Fixture: Stoke City (A)
Current form: LWLDDW
Wigan will be looking to better Birmingham's result on the afternoon. Any win for Roberto Martinez's side and they put themselves in pole position to beat the drop. If all three sides on 39 points win, then only a draw between Wolves and Blackburn would keep them up. Draw, and any point for Birmingham or Blackpool will see the Latics go down. Lose, and Wigan would need Birmingham and Blackpool to lose by three goals in their games to keep them up.