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Premier League: Which three clubs will be relegated?

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As we enter the home stretch of the Premier League season, numerous fans around the country are fearing the worst for their side's top flight survival chances.

The 'dog fight' currently involves eight teams, most of them having a real chance of going down.

With new multi-million pound television deals, the gulf between the top and bottom sides has never been bigger. 

If you're a fan of a big team in the league and are used to winning every week, think about the poor old fans who have to deal with the stress of a relegation scrap involving their beloved football team.

Here is a look ahead assessing the latter stages of the season.

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Leicester City

Currently sitting rock-bottom of the league, things are not looking bright for the Foxes.

They have 17 points from 23 games - a shocking record which will need to improve drastically if they are to climb up the league.

Nigel Pearson signed Robert Huth in the January transfer window in a last-ditch bid to survive. He also made the addition of Andrej Kramaric for £9million to supply valuable goals but only time will tell whether they can work their magic. 

Their season got off to a fairly impressive start including a historic win against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium where the home side ran out 5-3 victors thanks to a remarkable performance from ex-non league star Jamie Vardy. 

The Foxes seemed doomed already and it would be a great escape if they are to stay up.

Final position: 20th

Hull City

Despite spending a fair amount of money over the past couple of seasons, Hull find themselves right in the middle of a relegation scrap.

With their transfer ethos seemingly to buy every other team's rejects - most notably Spurs - it is no wonder they are struggling to win games.

Hull are currently in the bottom three just two points off Leicester at the foot of the league and it is hard to see where their next points are coming from.

Steve Bruce needs a miracle if his side are to stay up and form is not in their favour as they have only won two of their last 10 games. It's nervy times for the Tigers and they look destined for the Championship next season.

Final position: 19th

Burnley

With the squad that Burnley have, you would expect them to get relegated after just one season in the top-flight of English football. However, Danny Ings has other ideas and is doing all he can to keep his side up - even if he is heading elsewhere in the summer.

Ings has seven goals in the league this season but the 22-year-old does not receive the service a striker of his quality needs, a worrying sight for Burnley fans.

They are one point off the bottom three and relegation is a real possibility for Sean Dyche's side. However, it must be said that if they do go down, at least we will not have to continue to listen to Dyche's voice on Match of the Day anymore. Every cloud.

Final position: 18th

Queens Park Rangers

QPR are a strange club, they seem to buy several players every transfer window yet their buys rarely benefit the team in any way.

When you add the recent departure of Harry Redknapp, the R's are in turmoil and need to sort it out as soon as possible.

However, their home form has saved them throughout the season and without the wins at Loftus Road, they would be rock-bottom of the league.

Charlie Austin has been their shining light and his goals are key to their survival. He has 13 of their 24 Premier League goals and he will need to continue his fine form if they have any hope of staying up.

Final position: 17th

Aston Villa

After an impressive start to the season, it looked like things had finally turned around at Villa after several dour years fighting off relegation. However, it was too good to be true for Villa fans and their form has severely dipped.

The main problem for the Villains is scoring. We all know you need to score goals to stay in the Premier League but it is easier said than done. Villa are without a goal in over 10 hours of league action - an embarrassing record for everyone associated with the club.

Villa brought in Scott Sinclair on loan and bought Carles Gil during the January transfer window and both seem to be solid additions to a squad which is not actually too bad on paper.

Paul Lambert's side have lacked a creative spark and ambition for years now and Randy Lerner does not want to invest any more money in the club which he has put up for sale.

They currently sit three points adrift of the bottom three but are without a win in their last eight games in all competitions.

'Villa are too good to go down' is not an excuse and it seems the club are waiting for the inevitable to strike. The future is looking very bleak for the Claret and Blues.

Final position: 16th

West Brom

West Brom have been known as a 'yo-yo' club for numerous years but have been steadier over recent seasons.

One key to it continuing is keeping hold of Saido Berahino or selling him on for a big fee to fund for new additions to the squad.

In Berahino, the Baggies have an impressive talent for the future. However, the 21-year-old has expressed his ambitions to 'move onto bigger things' - a worrying thought for Tony Pulis.

Pulis is well known for his rigid defence and West Brom's away game at Everton showed just that, as they held the home side to a 0-0 draw - boring every spectator in the process.

The Baggies made some valuable acquisitions in the January transfer window and they could ultimately keep them up. Darren Fletcher and Callum Mcmanaman joined Pulis' side with other good news coming in the form of Berahino staying at the Hawthorns until at least the end of the season.

Pulis is a smart manager who knows how to keep a side in the league, Baggies fans do not have too much to worry about.

Final position: 15th 

Crystal Palace

If there is one thing that will keep Palace up, it is their fans. Since their promotion to the Premier League, the remarkable support from the Eagles' faithful has led to a sense of admiration for the London side due to their loyal support.

Palace play with a fast tempo spear-headed by Yannick Bolasie and Wilfred Zaha. The latter re-signed for his boyhood club in the January transfer window after an unsuccessful spell at Manchester United and the 22-year-old will be hoping the move will reignite his career.

Since joining the club he used to play for, Alan Pardew has installed a sense of self-belief amongst the Palace players and his side have overcome Spurs and Southampton in his short spell.

'Pardiola' has what it takes to keep Palace up and it seems they should not have too many problems doing so.

Final position: 14th

Sunderland

The Match of the Day running order has seen Sunderland on last more than any other team this season, thus proving their entertainment levels are anything but through the roof.

However, in Jermain Defoe they have an out-and-out goalscorer.

Defo has 125 goals in the top flight and despite being 32-years-old, the ex-Toronto star is looking to add to that tally by the end of the season.

Sunderland do have quality in their side and Defoe will receive the service he craves from Sebastian Larsson - who has a wand of a right foot - and Adam Johnson, the tricky winger who can find a pass.

The Black Cats currently sit four points above the relegation zone but with the goalscoring ability of Defoe as well as Connor Wickham adding the rare goal, they should be safe.

Final position: 13th

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Leicester City
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Crystal Palace
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