Liverpool is More Efficient than Manchester City

At the end of the English Premier League season,  Daily Mail has published a prime money prediction for 2018-2019. The sum was formed by using three sources: an equal share, which is distributed among all teams (79.4 million pounds each), bonus for a placing at the end of the season, and money from sold TV rights for matches involving the club. This is not an official source, and the final figures will be published this fall. But the table gives a rough understanding of how the television market is arranged in the English Premier League. Plus, you can estimate the mechanics of prize distribution.

For example, the system of distribution of income from TV rights is as follows. All clubs must receive 12.3 million pounds. And then the clubs get paid only if they’ve appeared on TV more than 10 times. Each match above this mark brings 1.2 million pounds. This season, the minimum amount was received by 4 clubs: Bournemouth, Southampton, Huddersfield, and Watford. All of them got 12.3 million pounds. The leader in terms of TV matches is Liverpool – their matches were broadcasted 29 times.

This brought Jurgen Klopp’s team 33.5 million pounds. Manchester City, by the way, is only the third in terms of televised matches (26). The second is Manchester United, which had 27 televised matches. Due to this, MC is only the second in terms of total prize money: 148.1 million pounds as compared to Liverpool’s 149.5 million pounds. By the way, last season, Manchester United also took the second place in terms of revenue once again because of the number of televised matches. A year ago, Man United took the first place, and MC took the second place.

However, there is yet another table by Daily Mail, which is a bit more interesting. They figured out the approximate amount of money for every point won during the season. They just took the average weekly salary that a club has to pay to its players and divided that number by the number of points a team won during the season. All the stages of the season were taken into account, but the last stage didn’t bring any changes. Wolverhampton became the leader in this table: they’ve spent £30,835 for every point that they’ve won during the season. Liverpool, for example, spent £50,133 for every point, and MC spent 61,153. As for the top 6 clubs of the season, the most economically profitable one is Tottenham, with £49,518 for every point that they’ve won during the season.

As for the final placements, the Huddersfield players were frankly overpaid: 82,533 pounds for each point they’ve won during the season. Here’s the fun part, the most unprofitable turned out to be Manchester United with £99,010 for every point that they’ve won during the season. That’s one and a half times more expensive than their neighbors pay to their players. Their players are twice as inefficient as the ones in Liverpool.

At the same time, this isn’t really anything new, as Manchester United were thinking about reducing the payrolls of their players for the past three years, but not at the expense of selling high-paid football players. And not by reducing wages. They decided to implement changes to the system of bonuses for every goal and assist. For example, Alexis Sanchez has a bonus of 75 thousand pounds for each goal, and each assistant brings him 25 thousand pounds. Paul Pogba earns a bit less: 50 thousand pounds for a goal and 20 for an assist.

It’s fun to watch Sanchez’s matches, he is a very good player. If you want to engage your partner or a friend into football – then Liverpool is a good team to cheer for; their performance in the last season was truly great. But if you don’t have a partner right now, then be sure to check out VavaDating.com, the best dating service on the internet.

They say it is because of these aspects of their contracts that Sanchez and Pogba had a few disagreements during the past season. A year ago, there was an interesting situation, during which there was a big disagreement between the two players – they had to choose a player who is going to shoot the penalty against Lester. Now it is obvious that, for each of them, it was a matter of a serious financial bonus. This whole system, as the British media say, is having a very negative effect on the atmosphere in the Manchester United’s dressing room. And it’s no wonder that both Pogba and Sanchez are considered to be the main candidates for leaving the club next summer.

 

How to be Great at Fantasy Football & Football Bets

Much loved and passionately followed, the joy of football enhances tenfold by linking it to the excitement and entertainment of fantasy football and sports betting. Fantasy football is a great way to be a part of the game in an intense manner, not just talking about it, but indulging in every aspect of football on and off the field. Sports betting, on the other hand, is all about putting your money where it matters with a chance to walk away with significant earnings that you can boast about, very much like winning a fantasy league title.

Whether playing in a fantasy football league or betting on the actual Premier League, there are striking similarities in the way a fantasy player or a bettor can go about making informed decisions. With a little bit of information and a whole lot of self-analysis, it is easy to come out on top and claim your trophy along with the team that wins the championship.

Watch More Games

It’s quite easy to bet on matches these days without having any prior knowledge, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right tactic. Whether you are playing fantasy football or trying to make money from Manchester City winning the Premier League, the more games you watch, the more informed decisions you can make. Do remember that getting an update about a particular match from a friend is not the same as watching it yourself.

They might have missed out on essential aspects such as who played, who didn’t, and what was the form of a particular player, that can come in handy to you when strengthening your fantasy team or placing a winning bet.

Listen to the Pundits

They are called “pundits” for a reason, and it pays to listen to expert analysis of games to better understand team dynamics. However, too much information is never useful and can often create unnecessary doubt. It is best to have a few trusted voices that you follow regularly and stick with them long term. Moreover, when looking at 2019 betting offers, check the leading bookmakers and read up on their recommendations.

Most bookies have detailed analysis of upcoming games to help punters make an informed choice. Best of all, punters can pick up some excellent bonuses, free bets, and enhanced odds while doing the above to increase their winnings.

Gut Instinct

The most vital aspect of playing in a fantasy league or betting is to follow your gut instinct. Take the recently concluded Premier League and the top scorers of the competition. Even though Liverpool came in second, and almost everyone had Mohamed Salah to take away the Golden Boot with ease, there were two other winners this year who went on to share the trophy. So, don’t get diverted by what everyone thinks, and stick with your instincts because the magic of football lies in its unpredictable nature that is full of surprises.

Spread Your Plays

Fantasy football enthusiasts very much like astute bettors tend to dip their hands in all
possible jars. While indulging in several fantasy football games can prove to be a little time consuming and confusing, if you are not mentally prepared for it, spreading your bets across the table in a sports competition can only lead to more favourable chances of winning big.

For fantasy football, being a part of different leagues is a fantastic learning experience, only if you remember not to go overboard and signup for more than you can handle.

Five soccer equipment you should buy!

A soccer game has some basic equipment present on the field to be carried on properly. This is not about the match organizing committee but for the individuals who play the game for fun or for a career. If an individual wants to promote his/her skills, there are some equipment which helps them follow those strict practice sessions. Here is a list of each of them everyone should have their focus on without any compromise on the quality. If any of these are compromised, you might have to pay the price in terms of delayed learning or lack of opportunities to learn.

Five Soccer Equipments you Need to Buy Right away

The details of each and every equipment are mentioned with the point so that it is easier for you to choose amongst the various options available in the market. A few examples are soccer goals, soccer cleats, shin guards, stamina building equipment and soccer balls available for sale from most sources. Each of these is to be bought with some planning behind without which it might not support the way you practice.

Soccer Goals

According to many perspectives, soccer goals are important only for competition. But, it’s totally the opposite because you might never be able to aim properly if a genuine soccer goal is not present in your training sessions. Soccer goals are something very important for you to practice progressive overloading which, in this context, means to aim a smaller area at first and then practicing the same in a competitive match where aiming a larger area would be much easier. Full-sized soccer goals must only be used in a match but there are many small size goals which enhance your accuracy.

Soccer goals

Cleats

One of the most favored possessions of a soccer player is their cleats. A set of cleats is a major boost in your performance when you switch from ordinary sports shoes which you use in the initial stages of your career. Being of considerable price, not many people want to spend money on soccer cleats in the beginning and when they are quite sure that soccer is the only career option, these are the significant addition in their kit. How you use them is up to you.

Shin Guards

Being a regular soccer player puts your ankles and shins under great stress which can lead to severe pain and strain. You need to protect them against vigorous impacts with a quality set of shin guards bought from a reputed source. Many people ignore their safety while on the field which would never help them in the long term. Mostly, shin guards are worn underneath the socks.

Stamina building and conditioning equipment

Warmup and cool down before and after practice is very important respectively. These
equipment which builds your stamina and conditions your body are as important as any other for your long term well being and better fitness for the competitions. These are also ignored by many who are not under professional supervision, a practice which must not be promoted.

Soccer balls

Appropriate size and quality of the soccer ball are very important for you to practice or compete.The organizing committee of any match might use the different ball but you need to choose according to your personal references. There are different sizes of soccer balls available in the market for different age groups. Also, the brand plays an important role in the durability and the quality of material used to build it.

For example, Adidas soccer balls of sizes 4 and 5 are recommended by experts for the ages from 8 to 12 and 12 and more respectively. You need to manage the cost of all your soccer equipment in totality and balance what you required for your uninterrupted practice. The budget and your standings in your career have to be determined before purchasing any of these.

How will England adapt to Life without Kane in the Nations League?

Harry Kane has been assured by Gareth Southgate that he will be included in the squad for the concluding matches of the Nations League, despite the Spurs striker being almost certain to be well short of full fitness.

Despite his mooted inclusion in the squad, Southgate may feel unable to risk Kane in the semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6. This could open a door for Marcus Rashford or Raheem Sterling to stake their claim as the Three Lions’ lead man.

Kane will feel that the injury came at the worst possible time, with the small matter of Spurs’ Champions League final. However, the striker should take comfort that a Kane-less Spurs just about managed to cling on to a spot in the top four. Despite their utterly remarkable triumphs over Manchester City and Ajax in the Champions League, Spurs have unsurprisingly looked worse without Kane for the most part. Southgate will hope that the same isn’t true for England.

There’s also another unconventional aspect we’re missing here. Harry Kane’s absence has not only been keenly felt by Mauricio Pochettino, but by a plethora of fantasy sports managers across the world. While they can’t quite match the Champions League in terms of finances or prestige, there are often vast prizes and pride at stake for fantasy football bosses.

Kane’s relentless prolificacy in front of goal (apart from in August, of course) made him the cornerstone of many fantasy football teams. We'll just have to wait and see how that will pan out. Kane’s absence at the business end this season forced managers to rethink their reliance on the Spurs striker. Unfortunately for Southgate, few of the potential replacements in fantasy football sides were English. Most turned to Sergio Aguero or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Southgate has no such luxury. While there are few all-around strikers of Kane’s calibre, Southgate does have some different forwards options at his disposal.

Given Jamie Vardy’s retirement from internationals, the natural replacement appears to be Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. His England record of six goals in 31 appearances isn’t impressive at face value, but Rashford’s youth and wider position should be factored in. Four goals in 16 appearances for England in 2018 shows that his scoring record is improving as he matures. Three of those goals took England into the lead, revealing that Rashford has Kane’s knack of scoring crucial goals.

However, Rashford’s season has stagnated with Manchester United’s, and he hardly heads to Portugal in a rich vein of form. Someone whose form hasn’t dropped all season is Raheem Sterling, who Southgate could turn to as a more unconventional lead striker. Vardy ended the season as the leading English scorer in the Premier League, but it was Kane and Sterling who were just one behind on 17.

Sterling has shown beyond doubt that he is one of the world’s finest attackers, one that has the intelligence to operate anywhere in the final third. Given that the Netherlands are likely to line up with Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt in central defence, a forward of Sterling’s style could pose the most problems. The Dutch duo are among the world’s best, but they have both shown a mild vulnerability to nimble forwards in recent Champions League matches.

Van Dijk struggled with Luis Suarez’s movement, while de Ligt was unable to contain Lucas Moura. Sterling could play a similar role to Moura in Kane’s absence. While you want your best players in their best positions, Sterling has the ability and the confidence to provide a viable Plan B for when Kane is unfit or misfiring. If it works in the Nations League, it may give Southgate food for thought when competitive internationals swing back round.

The History & Rise of betting in football

When was the last time you watched a football match from start to finish without seeing a single betting brand? Whether you watch at home or in the stadium, you’ll have seen one somewhere. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is open to interpretation and who you ask.

It used to be that placing a bet on a football team to win required a trip to a betting shop on your street. Now, you can bet on when you think a specific player will score a goal in a match  (within a 10-minute range) without leaving your house. Football betting has evolved into live betting, known as In-Play betting, and if you can take your money out if you don’t like an event is going (called Cashing Out). It’s akin to wagering at a roulette table and leaving when you’ve had enough – a sense of control over your own financial destiny.

But how did football betting get so popular? What caused the rise and evolution? This article will investigate the history of football betting and pinpoint key moments of change.

The Football Pools

One of the first major practices in football betting were the football pools. There was already a history of football match predictions before the football league had even started. A year before the Football League was formed, a “one guinea prize” was given to whoever predicted the results of four football matches*. Then in 1923, the Littlewoods Football Pools was founded. Its popularity lead to more pools being created over a 23-year period. Jackpots increased and the first million pound winners came from a syndicate in 1986. But the creation of the National Lottery hampered the Pools with its larger jackpots. Littlewoods Pools was sold for £161 million in 2000, along with Zetters and Vernons in later years, re-branded as The New Football Pools. Although they aren’t as popular as they were, a man from Scotland won the highest pools jackpot to date in 2010, winning £3,001,511.

Changes To Gambling Law In The UK

In 1960, the government passed the Betting and Gaming Act. The main purpose of the law was to “take gambling off the street”. Fans of Peaky Blinders may have seen young men running around to collect money from punters and that’s what they wanted to stop. This allowed betting shops to open.

Ladbrokes

Before that, Ladbrokes was established by Mark and Cyril Stein. Once the law was passed, they used their profits to open shops and began revolutionising football betting. They became the first bookmakers to introduced fixed-odds betting on football matches. This differed from parimutuel betting where the payout wasn’t decided until the end. Punters could figure out what they’d win and make better decisions on what to bet. Ladbrokes grew in popularity and stature, adding stakes in casinos, hotels, and bingo halls.

The Gambling Act 2005 relaxed laws on betting even further, allowing betting companies to advertise on radio and television. Yet another door opened for the sports betting industry.

Sky Sports

As betting shops grew, the biggest change in football betting behaviour took place in 1992. Greg Dyke (who was then the chief executive or LWT and later became chairman of the FA) met with representatives from Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to propose a breakaway from the Football League. The proposal was incentivised with lucrative TV deals. Sky Sports was formed in 1991, starting as The Sports Channel in 1990.

British Sky Broadcasting had already created Eurosport in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union (celebrating their 30th birthday this year) and had a healthy sports programming market before the Premier League started. It was that clout that helped form the league and in return, they won rights to cover matches in the UK. But for viewers, it was the chance to experience exciting football from their sofas and place bets at the bookies beforehand. The flow of money was astronomical and like nothing the sport had ever seen. Football had become more than a mere spectator sport – it was a money sport now.

New avenues of betting

“You don’t wanna miss this!” The sort of line you’d hear before a big match on Sky Sports. But what if you’d forgotten to place a bet at the bookies? Could you risk running out and missing the start? What if there was a queue? If only you could place bets at home. People had phoned in to place bets with bookies before but it wasn’t ideal. Football television deals weren’t the only advancement in the 90s. Home technology was exploding at the time with the internet and mobile phones entering households around the country. Online casinos began popping up on the internet in the mid-90s due to new laws introduced overseas.

By 2000, two of the biggest online betting companies were formed – Bet365 and Betfair. The former was created by Denise Coates, daughter of Stoke City chairman Peter Coates, in a portakabin (via a loan from Barclays, sponsors of the Premiership between 2001-2016). As of March 2018, had revenues of £2.86 billion. They offered free bets as welcome offers to new customers, markets on global sports, and lower leagues. Now you could place bets on third tier Dutch football if you wanted.

Betfair was founded in June 2000 and became the first betting company to sponsor an
English team, when they sponsored Fulham during the 02/03 season. The notable difference between Betfair and other bookmakers were they were a “betting exchange”. This meant punters can back or lay an outcome, or trade bets in-play. But there’s always an edge for the bookie and Betfair’s came from a commission on all bets placed.
Smartphones and tablet computers became affordable items in the mid-to-late 00s and
bookmakers started shifting focus on mobile betting. Bet365 became exclusively online by 2005 and Betfair were already there from inception. In-play betting was introduced and suddenly punters could experience everything about a football match without lifting their feet (but definitely lifting a finger).

Conclusion

What does this all mean for the future? Has football betting hit its ceiling? It’s doubtful. 45% of Premier League clubs had a betting/gambling company as their main shirt sponsor in 2018/19, according to Statista. When you think the first one was in 2002, that’d make it 5% back then and less than 2% for the whole Football League. Growth is crucial to keep the industry thriving but the lives of punters needs to be a priority. Problem betting is still increasing as millions of pounds are squandered annually.

Self exclusion is an act of restricting problem gamblers, practised by online bookmakers. The number of self excluded gamblers has grown nearly 41x times between 2010/11 and 2017/18**. While football betting may have given fans a sense of control over what they watch and how they react to outcomes, this shouldn’t be at their psychological expense.

* – (“Our Football Prize Competitions”. Cricket and Football Field. Bolton. vi (155): 8. 10 September 1887.)
** – Reseach figures compiled by Betting Circle- https://europeangaming.eu/portal/latest-news/2019/04/29/44298/infographic-
the-state-of-problem-gambling-in-the-uk/

Cristiano Ronaldo’s other Love

It’s quite common for high profile sporting figures around the world to develop a love for
gambling in its many forms. From sports betting to poker, slots to blackjack, there are
sports stars who have taken these games and activities to heart. Many of those who have developed a passion for these games, would have done so after visiting some of the most exclusive casino venues in the world. It is here that a particular game usually appeals to a person and it then becomes a regular pastime.

One such sporting figure, or should we say mega star, who has developed a huge passion for poker is Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, 34, who signed for the Italian side last summer after enjoying a stellar 9-year stint at Real Madrid is a big
lover of poker and has taken part in numerous games and tournaments over the years.

You could say that it comes as no surprise for Ronaldo to have developed an
understanding and love for poker, as he was introduced to gaming many years ago after
joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese star’s English wasn’t the best when he made the switch to England, so he was given a DVD bingo game to help him brush up on his skills. This will have undoubtedly stood him in good stead as he moved into the more advanced world of poker.

Ronaldo’s poker passion also saw the Ballon d’Or winner secure a deal with mega brand PokerStars, and this saw the Portuguese attacker play both online and at live events around the world, affording him the opportunity to travel to and play at some of the world’s leading casino venues. Ronaldo, a sporting figure who does a lot for good causes, also once took part in a special charity game of poker alongside the likes of actor Aaron Paul, a game which CR7 managed to go on and win.

The five-time Champions League winner has spoken about poker and what it means to
him multiple times over the years saying, “Although football is my world, poker has always been my game.” He went on to add, “I love to play poker, it’s a fantastic game that I play with friends and family. To challenge the best players in the world is a pleasure for me.”

The last sentence gives us a great indication about Ronaldo’s outlook in general, as he’s always up for challenging the best on the football pitch, and the same applies at the poker table too.

So, with Ronaldo now aged 34 and nearing the twilight of his footballing career, a move into poker on a more regular basis could be on the cards. He’d certainly have no problem being invited to the top casinos and poker events around the world, and as a global brand, he would be sure to strike up some great sponsorship deals along the way too.

Is it Safe to go without Mohamed Salah in the Premier League Run-in?

After 33 games played, Mohamed Salah was the highest scoring player in the official
Fantasy Premier League game with 216 points. The closest rival to the Liverpool man
was Raheem Sterling on 201. Despite this impressive tally and dominance of the game,
a lot of fantasy managers still see this season as a let-down compared to Salah’s debut
campaign at Anfield. Now, some players are questioning whether it might make more
sense to go without Salah for the remaining fixtures and use the spare funds to
strengthen in other areas. Is this a risky option, or could it make the difference
between winning and losing a mini-league?

There is no Denying the Egyptian’s Explosive Potential

Liverpool still have it all to play for in a title race which is going to go right down to the wire. The Reds need to win all of their remaining games and hope that quadruple-chasing Manchester City slip up at some point. As of the 7th of April, Jürgen Klopp’s men can be backed at 6/4 with Betway, while the Champions can be found at 8/15. For this reason, the Egyptian star is likely to be selected by Klopp in every single game despite the fact that the Merseyside outfit are also competing in the Champions League. Salah managed to bag himself 32 goals and 12 assists in the 2017-18 campaign, which has made his 18 goals and ten assists after 33 games seem like slim pickings this time out. Those figures, however, are still exceptional and are superior to Eden Hazard’s returns in each of his seven seasons at Chelsea.

The main problem with ditching Salah is the player’s potential for explosive returns. He has registered more than ten points in seven matches this season, and scored a hat-trick on one occasion. With Salah still being in 36 percent of all teams, a huge haul could represent major drops in rank for those who don’t have the player in their sides. And for people who still have the triple captain chip in hand, there is the temptation to deploy the tactic for Liverpool’s home game against already relegated Huddersfield Town on the 26th of April. If the tricky speedster hits form before then, a lot of fantasy managers without the player are likely to be hiding behind sofas during that match.

The other side of the Salah argument is the fact that those who hold him have tied up a significant amount of funds in the player. The £13.2 million outlay for the 26-year-old could maybe be put to better use if redistributed in other areas of fantasy teams.

Sadio Mane Represents a Cheaper Alternative

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Because Sadio Mane is a whopping £3.1 million cheaper than his attack partner, a large portion of managers have chosen to opt for the Senegal international instead of Salah in recent weeks. Those who signed the player before gameweek 23 reaped the rewards, as he hit top form and bagged nine goals and one assist in the nine games that followed. This red hot streak makes Mane look like an even better option in the Liverpool attack than Salah at present, but the one downside is the fact that he also has a history of going on dry spells. Between gameweek five and twenty, the player who can be purchased for £10.1 million only registered attacking returns in three games.

Another major option in midfield is Salah’s title rival Raheem Sterling. The England international is already in a high proportion of squads and on current form represents a more attractive asset than the Egyptian. The only problem is City manager Pep Guardiola’s penchant for rotation. Sterling has missed four games this season to rest for important games, and with the Champions League in its final stages he is likely to sit out some of the easier top flight matches to stay fresh for Europe.

With all things considered, those managers who still have Salah should probably hold on to him in case he brings in a big haul. But for people without him, Mane could be the better choice in the Liverpool attack and signing him can free up funds to be used elsewhere.

EPL title race and top 4 positions down to the wire

We are down to the final eight games of this seasons, and the fight has never been closer for the all-important top four spots. It is one of the most closely contested Premier League fights for many years, and there are currently two battles in progress with
www.bonusbets.com looking at the current state of play and discussing which teams
are likely to finish in the final four.

Firstly we have the race for the top, and while there are other teams with the ability to score enough points the reality is that this has become a two-horse race with Manchester City and Liverpool locked into a battle for the top spot. First place is changing hands weekly between the blues and the reds, and at this stage, it is
impossible to say whether the current title holders Manchester City will lift the trophy for a second time, or whether Liverpool can triumph for the first time in a very long time.

There are some that feel Pep Guardiola will be more interested in securing the
Champion’s League and his team might take their eye off the ball so to speak, with a sense of been there and done that. Klopp, on the other hand, will be keen to ensure his team push hard no matter what trophy is at stake.

The battle for third and fourth is a much more messy affair as there are four teams all within striking distance and no one wants to back down but frankly, four into two does not go, and sadly there are going to be two disappointed teams when the season ends in May. At the moment we have Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, sat in third, fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively with just  a few points separating them meaning with every win the table could change.

Underdogs Manchester United have had a fairytale second half of the season, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the appointment of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer, and they have a large fan base willing them to win. As a parting shot Mourinho said it would take a miracle to see the team reach fourth, and well, they did. It might have been taken for now but they achieved the unachievable, and many would love to see Solskjaer lead his team to a top-four finish and be made permanent at the club. However this will not stop the other teams from trying to snatch victory, and it is hard to say at this stage who can succeed and who will have to settle for places 5 and 6, which frankly is not what anyone would want.

One thing we are going to have to see is plenty of bottle, and while the pundits hate the term it is fair to say the teams are going to need to hold it, show it and not bottle it in
these last few games to secure the places they all hope to reach.

The battle for Premier League safety

As you would expect, a lot of the focus on the English Premier League is directed to the top of the table. Even more so this season, as we have a title race that looks like it could go right down to the wire. The fight at the other end, the one to retain premier league status should definitely not be ignored though. It is every bit as fierce and close, and involves several teams that know the very future of their clubs hinge on what happens over the next 8 or so games.

Those that have gone

With apologies to Huddersfield and Fulham fans, I am going to assume you are already down. Fulham have been hamstrung from day one by a raft of signings that were bought with little or no knowledge of what it would take for a fight in the world’s most competitive division. As for Huddersfield, if they have achieved nothing else this season, they have made life easy for punters around the globe as a shoe-in for their for their weekly football accumulators. On the plus side, The Terriers at least will look like they will be well equipped for a challenge next season for a quick return.

Those that are relatively safe

Several teams that have flirted with the drop zone appear to have pulled themselves out in recent weeks. Newcastle are a case in point. They have had far from a vintage season, but they have picked up some crucial wins of late and have done enough for another season in the top flight. It is a reverse situation for Bournemouth. Their form and points picked up in the first half of the season should be enough to see them safe despite a worrying drop in form in recent weeks.

Those very much in the fight  

Crystal Palace

I was very tempted to put these in the preceding category. Though they have not got the points on the board to guarantee safety, they have been playing well – especially away from home – and have a team that should have enough to see them over the line. A win against rivals Brighton would have all but seen them safe, but it wasn’t to be, their poor home form coming back to haunt them. Their run in is not the easiest but they should be able to pick up the 3 or 4 points they need.

Brighton

Back to back wins, including that one at Selhurst have breathed new life into the Seagull’s fight for survival, and it has come at just the right time. They play Arsenal and Man City on the last two games of the season. They do however have home games against Cardiff, Southampton and Bournemouth, and you would think in those games alone they would be able to secure the points required.

Southampton

Sticking or twisting regarding the manager is always a tricky decision, but bringing in a new man in the shape of Ralph Hasenhüttl looks like it may be the difference to the Saints’ survival. They are playing with a belief and freedom that just was not there before, and crucially they are scoring goals. Their last three games are against Bournemouth, West Ham and Huddersfield, all who are unlikely to be playing for anything other than pride. They should be safe, and it will be interesting to see how they push on next season.

Burnley

Sean Dyche’s team payed heavily for their European run, one which meant their season started when most of their rivals were still on the beach. Since the turn of the year they appeared to have turned a corner, going on a run and picking up crucial points. Suddenly however their form has deserted them, just when they had safety in their grasp. Their run in is tricky to say the least. They face Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City as well as Wolves and Everton. It is doubtful how many points they will amass from that, and their fate will more than likely depend on how the one remaining team fare:

Cardiff

The Welsh outfit were all but down at the end of the year, but they have shown a fight and crucially a nose for goal, that has seen them still in with a sniff of safety. It comes down to a head to head with Burnley. Like The Clarets, Neil Warnock’s team have not been handed a comfortable run in, with games against Man U, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea to come. They will need to pick up points against Brighton, Palace and Fulham. There is however one game that could decide it all. Saturday 13th April sees the ultimate relegation 6 pointer when Cardiff go to Turf Moor. The winner of that match, as well as the 3 points could well also be taking home EPL survival.