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The relegation battle: Who will stay up? Who will go down?

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At this moment in time just seven points separate last place in the table from 10th, and we are already 25 games into the season.

Statistically speaking, this is the tightest ever in the history of the Premier league (since it was reduced to 20 teams in 1995-96) and the only time it has ever been so close at the bottom of the table was in the 2008-2009 season. So, which teams have the tenacity to stay up? 

Swansea

Although they find themselves at 10th in the table , Swansea have won just two matches out of their past ten fixtures. The recent sacking of Michael Laudrup may have surprised many, but with Garry Monk at the helm and Wilfried Bony playing well, none of their fans should have any relegation fears unless they experience a nightmare run in to the end of the campaign.

Hull City

In the transfer window Hull City made crucial purchases in Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. They are also beating the teams around them in the table and that is essential for sides in their position.The Tigers also boast the eighth best defensive record in the top flight, and by making travelling teams' lives hard at the KC Stadium, I am sure they will stay up. 

Aston Villa

Aston Villa lie in 12th on 27 points. One might be led to believe at such distance from the foot of the table they would stay up, however you must always expect the unexpected when dealing with relegation battles.

Having said that the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke, with a good midfield behind them containing the likes of Fabian Delph and Leandro Bacuna, certainly have the firepower to keep their side up this season.

Stoke City

Stoke have the worst away record in the league, having collected just six points from a possible 39 on the road. This being said, with Charlie Adam finding some form and their strength at home the Potters should have no real trouble staying up this year.

Crystal Palace

Since arriving in November Tony Pulis has done an amazing job. He's managed to solidify the squad and indeed strengthen it through great signings in the January transfer window. Their impressive 3-1 victory over West Brom shows the great potential in this side, and proves that they certainly have the ability to keep playing at this level past the end of this campaign.

West Ham

West Ham are currently placed 15th in the table. Although Andy Carroll's red card timing is unfortunate they are still able to produce significant wins. At the weekend, Kevin Nolan scored twice for the second game on the trot to steer the Hammers to victory at Aston Villa. This shows what superb form he is in, and, if he keeps playing the way he does along with the rest of the team, they too will survive.

Norwich

Norwich are certainly in contention to be relegated this season. Their torrid set of results show that they have only managed one win in the league since December 7. They need the points on the board now before they are dragged down to the foot of the table.

Sunderland

Gus Poyet's men are performing well under his management and with Adam Johnson able to find the net often of late, they can have a good chance of surviving this season. Despite this there's still plenty of work to do to ensure they beat the drop.

West Brom

The Baggies defence is worrying as they are struggling to keep clean sheets - they have managed just one in the league since November 2. Unlike other clubs they do not seem to have reacted greatly to the new management of Pepe Mel, which is a depressing sign for many of their fans. Unfortunately, you can certainly not rule them out of relegation either.

Cardiff City

Cardiff simply lack the quality to stay up this season. Although they have usefully added a skilled player in Wilfred Zaha to their squad, this is just not enough to secure survival. They are looking more and more the outfit to go down bottom this season.

Fulham

Fulham's goal difference of -31 is the worst in the top four English football divisions which speaks volumes about their chances of survival this year. With such a poor defensive outfit , they have little hope of being able to continue to play at this level.

Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich are looking the most likely to be relegated at this stage of the season, though you can never be sure with the twists and turns that the top league in English football has to offer. 

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