Well, the final international break is starting to leave us and we can’t deny that we’re absolutely delighted about that.

Things were just starting to approach the boil before we were interrupted by the World Cup Qualifiers taking centre stage but now, we can get back to the crescendo of another league campaign.

Certainly, it looks set to be a pretty decent one, too, with things still yet to be decided at both ends of the table.

At the top, Chelsea are going to win the league but behind them it’s three from five – and possibly six if Everton win this weekend – for those Champions League spots.

That’s going to be one tense race, then, but just as nerve-wracking will be the one down the other end with those sides fighting for their lives.

Time, then, to have a look at who we think is going to go.

– Sunderland

Jermain Defoe or not the Black Cats really do look like their charmed life in the Premier League is finally going to come to an end. Hanging on by a thread for seasons on end does nobody any favours and it could be the best thing to see it finally snap. Whether David Moyes stays remains to be seen but the men from the north east haven’t shown anywhere near enough strength or quality to suggest they’ll be in the top flight next year.

– Middlesbrough

Sunderland at least have a goal-scorer in Defoe whereas Middlesbrough are about as toothless as it gets. Defensively they are very sound but even 38 0-0’s probably wouldn’t keep you up and so unless they find a dramatic change in attacking play they’ll be gone. With Rudy Gestede leading the line, though, we can’t see them making much of a go of it in these remaining games.

– Hull City (just)

Hull have been impressive under Marco Silva, they really have, but they may have just left too much for themselves to do to stay up. Somehow Silva’s got a tune out of a rag-tag bunch of players and they’ve been good fun to watch but even if they continue playing well the sides that will likely drop towards them based on form (Watford, West Ham and Swansea,) will stay up. The former pair have enough of a gap just about and Swansea should have enough quality to pull away.

Good news, meanwhile, for Crystal Palace and Leicester fans, it looks like you’ll be moving up rather than down.

Agree with us? Let us know!


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