Bristol City’s draw at Spurs in a postponed game from Matchday 15 lifts them out of the relegation zone as they are now one point ahead of West Ham and it will make a very exciting end of season with four teams within three points of the bottom teams and all at risk.
The table looks like this:
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Birmingham’s defeat against Spurs, decided by an independent tribunal, has hurt them while also helping Tottenham Hotspurs move to a safe position in the league as they are now eight points clear of West Ham.
It was certainly a huge win for them and a big loss for Blues.
Birmingham are three points clear of West Ham, who have a game in hand and the same goal difference.
Birmingham are also two points clear of Aston Villa and Bristol City, but have a much better goal difference.
Aston Villa are one point clear of West Ham, but with a worse goal difference. They are level with Bristol with a much better goal difference and trail Birmingham by two points.
West Ham are bottom of the table and still without a win since their new manager, Ollie Harder took over. They have games in hand over Bristol and Birmingham and a single win would totally change their dynamics of the fight at the bottom of the table.
There is no doubt that the head-to-head games between those four teams will decide who stays up and who goes down.
Here is a look at those key games:
- Birmingham v Aston Villa P-P – The second city derby has not been rescheduled yet.
- Birmingham v Bristol 28 Mar – The winner will take a big step towards staying up.
- West Ham v Aston Villa 20 Apr – The winner will also take a big step towards staying up.
- Aston Villa v Bristol 24 Apr – Four days rest for Villa between two six-pointers.
- Aston Villa v West Ham 2 May – The winner will surely take a big step towards staying up.
Relegation might end up being decided on the final day and we will have:
- West Ham v Manchester City – A tough game as City will be chasing the title.
- Brighton v Bristol – With Brighton safe, Bristol might be able to get something out of that trip to Crawley Town FC.
- Birmingham v Tottenham – Spurs should be safe with nothing to play for, so Birmingham could take advantage of that.
- Arsenal v Aston Villa – The Gunners will be fighting for the last Champions League place, and it will be a tough game for the Villans if they are still in the fight on the day.
We are looking at a very exciting four-way relegation battle that will hopefully go to the final day for everyone’s entertainment.