With only six points separating 11th place Swansea City with bottom dwellers Cardiff City, the fight for survival will be absolutely thrilling.

While new January signings may save a precious few points for each club, it would be a long-shot for clubs who have sat at the bottom to expect anything more than their form from the first half of the season.

With that said, here are the three clubs that are in the most danger of relegation.

Cardiff City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment as manager is merely a symbolic revival for the 2013 Championship winners.

Their overall play has been lackluster at best, and they have shown little signs of being able to keep their spot in the Premier League.

Securing the services of Wilfried Zaha on loan will open up their style of play, allowing new revelation Craig Noone more freedom down the flanks, and the play of David Marshall has already saved them on many occasions.

Yet it is hard to imagine a team with so much instability in the front office will allow for Solskjaer the freedom to completely mould this team into one that can compete.

It is always interesting to see Welsh clubs competing in the Premier League, but this cameo may be a short one. Look for the Bluebirds to finish dead last with around 30-33 points. 

West Ham

Big Sam and the "Mighty Hammers" have struggled heavily this season against the lower tier of opposition.

Having lost to Fulham, Crystal Palace, Hull City, and Stoke, their inconsistency has plagued any hopes for chemistry within the squad.

Carroll has struggled with injury, and the Hammers' defense has been absolutely horrid, allowing 33 goals to date. While it may simply be another one of his mind games, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made an interesting point regarding West Ham's style of play, referring to it as "19th-Century football."

Truly enough, Allardyce plays a very dull, slow, long-ball oriented style that is very unique, yet extremely boring to the eye. While they currently sit above Fulham on goal differential, West Ham should finish just above Cardiff, with around 33-36 points.

Stoke City

While currently sitting outside the relegation zone, Stoke have been very poor for the majority of the season.

New manager Mark Hughes has failed to produce effective results to reduce the pressure on the club while their blundering in the transfer market has left a very unmotivated squad, as noted by Kenwyne Jones "texting" his manager that he was unavailable for selection.

Although he was shipped off to Cardiff, it speaks volumes about the trust and respect the players have for their manager, and the amount of effort they are willing to put in to keep their club in the Premier League.

With Fulham bringing in quality players in the January window and Sunderland building chemistry while winning two of the last three, Stoke have lost 5 of the last 6 and show no signs of improvement.

Add a manager who saw his last major club drop to the championship (QPR, 2013), and the Potters are in serious trouble.

Expect no more than 40 points for the club, who have a grueling schedule ahead. 


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