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Premier League: Who will avoid the drop?

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This season has been incredible in the fact that so many teams can be a fair few places above the relegation zone one weekend and then in the bottom three after the next.

The bottom three clubs have the exact same win to draw to loss ratio, 4/6/12, meaning they all have 18 points as well. Tenth placed Aston Villa are just six points behind 20th placed Cardiff, indicating how tightly the relegation scrap is going to be.

This means any team in the bottom half that has a good run of results will see themselves move closer and closer to safety, though a bad run could be costly at such a pivotal time of the season. The biggest problem for most of the sides in the bottom half is that they don't have the players capable of firing for them regularly.

Aston Villa have the class of Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor to keep them safe. They've also managed to turn draws into wins which will aid them no doubt as they have a habit of drawing a lot of games through a season.

Hull have purchased added firepower in the shape of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, as well as pop-up goalscorer Yannick Sagbo.

Not to mention the rise in form of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore. Norwich have had Gary Hooper scoring quite recently but could need a step up from record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel to keep them from the drop, as well as keeping wingers Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass match fit every week.

Stoke are relying on goals from within their midfield of late with Charlie Adam, Marko Arnautovic and Oussama Assaidi scoring regularly but need Peter Crouch or Kenwyne Jones to share the load.

West Brom could be in trouble as Nicolas Anelka awaits his charge and could be out for a lengthy period of time, adding more pressure on to out-of-form Victor Anichebe and teenage revelation Saido Berahino.

They canAs well as adapting to new coach Pepe Mel's tactics. Surprisingly, Europa League adventurers Swansea find themselves stuck in a Premier League rut and are surely handed more bad news as they face Italian giants Napoli in the cup. Bony has started firing recently so perhaps Swansea's record signing can make his price tag look like a bargain.

Lastly are the bottom five; Crystal Palace, Fulham, West Ham, Sunderland and Cardiff.

Crystal Palace have seen a turn in form under new manager Tony Pulis and Cardiff will hope that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have the same effect on them too.

Fulham have had a rather wobbly start under Rene Meulensteen but have won some vital games against West Ham, Norwich and Villa. West Ham remain the only club in the bottom five to not have changed their manager, keeping faith in 'Big Sam', but for how long is the question.

Hopefully, after their 9-0 drubbing by Manchester City, they can find cause to turn their season around. Sunderland are a team on the up after a good run of form under Gus Poyet and with the form of Adam Johnson scoring four goals in two games could be the kind of form that keeps them up  this season.

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