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Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive


We are approaching the end of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign and the relegation battle seems to be on the wire.

At the end of the year, three teams will be relegated from the top flight and into the league.

Everton seek to avoid relegation from the Premier League for the first time
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Assuming Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are now safe, the fight to survive is down to five teams.

Most teams have five games to play this season, but Everton have six, which could cause some heartache.

Here talkSPORT examines how the picture of relegation from the Premier League is shaping up as we enter the final weeks of the campaign.

Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive
What the Premier League table looks like in recent weeks

Leeds United – 16th

Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive
Jesse Marsch recently scored three big wins
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Leeds have conceded the second most goals in the Premier League (68), just fewer than Norwich, and because of that relegation is still a threat.

This year has been a struggle for Leeds and they have been battling all season.

Injuries to key players exposed their team and, after heavy defeats against Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham, Marcelo Bielsa was sacked and replaced by Jesse Marsch.

The American got off to a poor start but the Whites are now unbeaten in five, but are now just five points clear of the drop zone with the same number of games remaining.

Leeds still have to face Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, as they travel to Brentford on the final day of the season.

The Whites also face Brighton, with the Seagulls in good form at the moment.

Leeds’ recent wins over Norwich, Wolves and Watford appear to have been enough to keep them going.

But Burnley’s resurgence means they will likely need at least one more win from their last five games to seal their place in the Premier League next season.

The positive thing for Leeds is that they seem to have hit form at the right time and that should be enough to keep them going.

Expected arrival – 16th

Leeds remaining fixtures

Manchester City – H – April 30

Arsenal – A – May 7

Chelsea – M – April 17

Brighton – H – May 15

Brentford – A – May 22


Burnley- 17th

Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive
Michael Jackson got off to a good start after replacing Sean Dyche as Burnley boss
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Burnley have been in the Premier League for six seasons and they now look capable of securing a seventh place finish.

The Clarets have won three of their last five league games to get out of the drop zone.

They have only scored 29 goals yet but they have found ways to win games at this crucial stage of the season.

It now looks possible that they will remain standing after Michael Jackson replaced Sean Dyche and the Clarets are unbeaten in their three games so far.

They have what appears to be a favorable fixture list, with Tottenham the only game you would think they would struggle to draw anything from.

The games against Aston Villa and Newcastle at Turf Moor look huge, and if they can win them both Burnley should stay in the Premier League.

Expected arrival – 17th

Burnley’s remaining fixtures

Watford – A – April 30

Aston Villa – H – May 7

Tottenham – A – May 15

Aston Villa – A – May 19

Newcastle – H – May 22

Everton – 18th

Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive
Frank Lampard could become the first manager to relegate Everton from the Premier League

Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League but there is a real danger of that happening this season.

Bad decisions have hit the Toffees hard and they are now counting on Frank Lampard to save them.

Everton replaced Carlo Ancelotti with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and despite a strong start it was never going to end well, and the Spaniard was let go in January.

Lampard came in his place and won three league games, but defeats to Burnley, West Ham and Liverpool sent the Toffees into serious trouble.

They still have to face Chelsea and Arsenal while facing a relegation clash against Watford.

At the moment, it’s hard to see the Toffees taking another away point, given they’ve lost their last seven on the road.

So the home games against Brentford, Chelsea and Crystal Palace are huge.

Expected arrival – 18th

Everton’s remaining fixtures

Chelsea – M – May 1

Leicester – A – May 7

Watford – A – May 11

Brentford – H – May 15

Crystal Palace – H – May 19

Arsenal – A – May 22

Watford- 19th

Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive
Roy Hodgson may struggle to keep the Hornets in place

Watford are on their third manager of the season and they are hoping Roy Hodgson can keep them in the Premier League.

The Hornets started well with an impressive Emmanuel Dennis, but things turned sour and Xisco Munoz was sacked and replaced by Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian managed just one league win against Man United and was dismissed after a 3-0 loss to Norwich.

Hodgson tried to sort through the defense and Watford managed two wins since his arrival, but they have lost four games in a row nine points from safety.

The Hornets still have five games to play and will face Chelsea.

But the big games are Everton and Burnley. However, they lost to Leeds and Brentford which means a breakout looks very unlikely.

Hodgson knows how to keep teams going, but he may have come too late to save Watford…

Expected arrival – 19th

Watford’s remaining fixtures

Burnley – H – April 30

Crystal Palace – A – May 7

Everton – H – May 11

Leicester – H – May 15

Chelsea – A – May 22

City of Norwich – 20th

Premier League relegation break: Remaining fixtures, key clashes, swaps and finishes scheduled for bottom five as Everton battle Leeds and co to survive
Dean Smith made Norwich a better team but it’s probably too little too late
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Norwich have been in the relegation zone all season, and with so little time left it’s hard to see how they could survive.

The Canaries managed five wins but lost 22 of their 33 games and conceded 69 goals. They have lost eight of their last ten games and are ten points from safety.

It seems almost certain that they will go down and they will have to win every game if they want to stay put.

Smith’s side still have West Ham and Tottenham to contend with, while they also face a few mid-table teams.

However, you can’t see them getting five wins and Norwich look doomed.

Expected arrival – 20th

Norwich’s remaining fixtures

Aston Villa – A – April 30

West Ham – H – May 7

Leicester – A – May 11

Wolves – A – May 15

Tottenham – H – May 22

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