Many clubs are battling to survive and stay in the Premier League this season.
With the end of the 2012/13 season coming soon, there are many clubs who are not safe. QPR and Reading have had disastrous seasons and are destined to go down, while some still have a chance of survival.
In this article I will analyse the five clubs excluding the bottom two that are trying to avoid the drop and stay in the league next year.
The arrival of Paolo Di Canio has been influential to the players and supporters, who believe his arrival will drive them to safety. For the three games he has been in charge he has won two, beating Newcastle and Everton and losing against Chelsea.
Although he seems to have turned the club around, Di Canio is still focusing and says the club are not safe from relegation. After the Black Cats' recent victory over Everton, Di Canio suggested that it was only one step forward for his side.
In my opinion, Stoke play a kind of football that is not suitable for the Premier League. They have been settling for a lower mid table position for the past few years, and it is because their style of play is not one that can get them any higher in the table.
Stoke do not play an appealing style of play, making them hard to watch at times. It looks as if they may avoid the drop this season, but it would not surprise me if they were in a similar position a year from now.
Newcastle’s position in the table must be a surprise to many football fans, as they had a tremendous season last year and played well in the Europa League this year, before getting knocked out by Benfica.
They also had a huge transfer window in January, purchasing quite a few good French players. For them to be sitting in 16th position is strange, they just have not played well in the league this season. They are a team that I would prefer to stay up, due to some very good individuals in their squad who do not deserve to be playing Championship football.
Aston Villa are a young side with a few star players, but many holes in their team. Villa have great youth in their team, including a brilliant player named Christian Benteke. He is a world class striker, and was a very nice signing by Paul Lambert. Other exiting youngsters such as Andreas Weimann are also on this team.
Their problems include their defense, which has been shocking this season. They are trying to rely on too many young players which will not work in the Premier League. Aston Villa will be very lucky if they manage to stay up this season.
With the FA Cup final coming up, the Latics will have to focus on their chances of survival as well. Winning the FA Cup is a big deal, but as Wigan are falling towards relegation, it may just be an extra thing to worry about in a crucial time in their Premier League season.
Getting relegated is a disaster, so it is important that Wigan do not get carried away over the idea of winning the FA Cup and stay focused on the league.
I think that as well as QPR and Reading, it will come down to the last day of the season when Wigan play Aston Villa at home. The match will be won by the home team and Aston Villa will be relegated, Roberto Martinez again saving his side from the drop.
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