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Premier League: Who will be relegated?

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With this season shaping up to be the most open and interesting title race in a long time, the relegation battle could be equally as compelling. Only six points separate the bottom 10 clubs, and it is possible that any one of them can be relegated. But which teams are tipped to go down?

GMS Academy member Ashvin Sharma offers some predictions...

18th: West Ham

Big Sam and West Ham have not had the season they have been hoping for so far. After an impressive return to the Premier League after gaining promotion in 2011/12, West Ham have failed to build on the success that was gained last year.

The Hammers are not playing like a team who achieved 46 points last season and survived comfortably in the division.

This could partly be blamed on the number of injuries they have had, mostly at the back in defence where they have lost the likes of Winston Reid, James Collins at centre half, and full-backs such as Guy Demel, which has resulted in George Mccartney filling in as a makeshift centre back. Not to mention club record signing Andy Carroll not kicking a ball this season for West Ham until the 2-0 victory against Cardiff last weekend.

With the January transfer window open at the moment, West Ham are looking to carry out some business this month after wrapping up the signing of Roger Johnson early on and are also waiting on the work permit hearing for striker Lacina Traore.

However, despite Sam Allardyce attempting to bolster his squad in January, West Ham face an uphill task avoiding relegation. Although new signings may inject a fresh approach to the team, it all depends on the quality of the signings.

West Ham fans may not have been completely assured by the signing of Johnson, who was relegated from the Championship last year, and know that they are definitely in the running for relegation this year.

Due to the injuries sustained by the team and the inconsistency of the performances so far this season, I believe West Ham will just finish in the bottom three and play Championship football next season.

19th: Fulham

After a poor start to the season under Martin Jol, all was not looking good for the London based club who have in recent seasons steered well clear of the relegation zone. However, a set of poor results forced owner Shahid Khan to make the first sacking of his new "era" and relieve Martin Jol of his first-team duties.

The replacement was Rene Meulensteen, who was appointed head coach to work alongside Jol a short while back. Since then, things have changed for Fulham. Performances definitely improved under Meulensteen after they seemed to stop conceding so many goals at the back.

Moreover, when the side seemed to be improving, Fulham were slaughtered 6-0 at the hands of Hull City at the KC stadium, which came as a shock to many, including Meulensteen who admitted he didn't "see it coming".

The transfer window is another key period for Fulham who don't seem to be doing any business as of yet, but are letting highly influential Bryan Ruiz go, who is to join PSV Eindhoven. Another priority for Fulham would be ensuring star forward Dimitar Berbatov does not leave during the window, as finding a replacement in January would be near impossible and they would be near guaranteed relegation.

With a manager who is inexperienced in these situations, Fulham are in danger of being relegated this season, and it would be no big surprise if they are.

20th: Crystal Palace

Keeping up a club which had just won promotion to the Premier League was never going to be an easy task, and Ian Holloway and Palace knew that from the very start. For this reason, Holloway decided to step down after a rather poor start to the season.

It was essential that the appointment of a new manager would be the correct one, and so Crystal Palace took their time in an extensive search for their next boss.

Finally, the Eagles ended up with former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis who had been in several relegation battles over the years. Since the appointment, Palace have improved significantly, most notably at the back, and haven't conceded as many goals as they did before.

The performances against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham show this despite them losing all three. However, this month is key for Palace. If they manage to pull off some fantastic transfers, then I believe they, with an experienced manager like Pulis can avoid relegation.

Yet, the transfer window is very tough in January and Pulis may not find the deals that he wants in this month and may have to continue working with the squad that he has.

Although 20th place in these predictions seem like a disaster for Palace, I also think that there may be as little as three-five points separating the bottom five-six teams in the league, but the others might come out on top leaving Palace rock bottom.

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