As the Premier League season draws to a close, Rush Football takes a look at who may be joining Sunderland in the second tier for the 2017/18 season – starting with Middlesbrough…

Middlesbrough

Remaining fixtures:

Chelsea (A)

Southampton (H)

Liverpool (A)

Currently occupying one of the three relegation places and six points adrift, Middlesbrough, the league’s joint lowest scorers (along with Sunderland) will find points tough to come by in their remaining matches. With just three games remaining (two of which are away at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively,) it would take nothing sort of a miracle for The Boro to elude an immediate drop back into the second tier.

Rush Football Prediction – Relegated

Hull

Remaining Fixtures:

Sunderland (H)

Crystal Palace (A)

Tottenham (H)

Since Marco Silva took the reins at the KCOM Stadium, Hull have gone from strength to strength. Having picked up vital wins against relegation rivals Swansea, West Ham, Middlesbrough and Watford, with stellar performances to match, Hull currently sit two points and one place clear of the drop. With winnable games coming up against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, we expect to see Hull in the Premier League next season.

Rush Football Prediction – Safe

 

Crystal Palace

Remaining Fixtures:

Manchester City (A)

Hull (H)

Manchester United (A)

The Eagles’ season has been far from a success. Indeed, with the sacking of Alan Pardew in late December followed by just one win in eight games, Palace fans were understandably fearing the worst. However, a recent uplift in form saw them claim a staggering 19 points out of a possible 24 and that has eased relegation worries. With just three games remaining, and them six points clear of the drop, we expect to see the Eagles for the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Rush Football Prediction – Safe

 

West Ham United

Remaining Fixtures:

Tottenham (H)

Liverpool (H)

Burnley (A)

West Ham’s season can’t end soon enough. Having only won a single Premier League game since mid-February they have struggled to find any kind of consistency throughout the campaign. A crucial four match unbeaten run in October saw them claim vital points against Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Chelsea, which allowed a little breathing space for Slaven Bilic and his squad.

We do expect to see the Hammers in the Premier League next season, however, but unless there is widespread change, they will remain fighting for their top flight status in 2017/18

Rush Football Prediction: Safe

 

Swansea

Remaining Fixtures:

Everton (H)

Sunderland (A)

West Bromwich Albion (H)

After suffering a dismal start to the season under Francesco Guidolin and then Bob Bradley, Paul Clement took charge of the Swans on 21st January 2017, having an immediate impact winning four of his opening six Premier League matches. Since then, they have failed to maintain that excellent form, winning just the one of their last eight league matches, scoring just five and conceding ten. The Swans will find retaining their top flight status increasingly challenging with the closest team to safety, Hull, revitalised under new manager Marco Silva.

Rush Football Prediction – Relegated

 

Burnley

Remaining Fixtures:

West Bromwich (H)

Bournemouth (A)

West Ham (H)

Despite just picking up one away win all season, Burnley sit a comfortable seven points clear of the drop with three games remaining. This is entirely down to their exceptional home form, which has seen them win ten out of a possible seventeen homes games (so far) including priceless wins against relegation rivals Watford, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Leicester, and Sunderland.

We firmly believe Burnley will be returning for a second successive season, and if they build on their stellar home form they could potentially be looking at a top half finish next year.

Rush Football Relegation Prediction: Safe

 

The Verdict

There we are, then, the two sides that will join Sunderland in the Championship next season, according to us at least, are Middlesbrough and Swansea.

What do you think? Let us know!

 

 

 

 

 

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