There are 10 games remaining in the Premier League season, but do you really need to pay attention to them all? We’ve gone through each fixture remaining and predicted the outcome, thus saving you the trouble of watching them.
20. Huddersfield – 16 points
Huddersfield have been hurtling towards relegation for most of the season, and there isn’t an awful lot of hope for reclamation of dignity in the final weeks. They can’t play Wolves every week.
Our game-by-game predictions have them drawing two more matches and losing the rest, slipping back silently into the Championship.
19. Fulham – 19 points
A season that started with hope and spending, but one in which more or less every decision made by Fulham has been catastrophic.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have been so bad that we only have them picking up two further points – against Newcastle and Cardiff, since you ask – and even that might be a bit generous.
18. Cardiff – 33 points
After a season of turmoil it almost seems cruel to suggest that Cardiff will be relegated, but our predictions say they just about will be.
The Bluebirds will beat West Ham and Crystal Palace, but ultimately the rest of their fixture list means it won’t quite be enough.
17. Southampton – 35 points
This could go down to the wire. After a storming start under Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton have stalled recently: indeed, we have them collecting only one point in the next seven games, but seven in the final three fixtures – beating Bournemouth and Huddersfield, while drawing with West Ham – to just keep them up.
16. Brighton – 35 points
Once upon a time 35 points would spell certain doom for a Premier League club, but just like the last couple of seasons, it should be enough this time.
We actually only have Brighton winning one more game, but with plenty of draws their place in the Premier League – still quite an achievement for them – should be secure.
15. Crystal Palace – 39 points
A frustrating campaign that has never seemed to get going, and we suspect it will remain that way for Roy Hodgson’s side. They’ll probably get a few home wins, against Bournemouth and Huddersfield for example, but not a great deal more than that.
And so the annual transfer dance around Wilfried Zaha can commence in the summer.
14. Burnley – 41 points
The season started really quite badly for Burnley, and it seemed like they were circling the drain. But they’ve looked more like themselves of late, and Sean Dyche’s side will survive comfortably.
In fact, our predictions might even be a little pessimistic – they should give some big teams a good game – but we have them taking points off Leicester and Everton nonetheless.
13. Bournemouth – 42 points
They’re a funny team, Bournemouth; capable of outstanding performances but also some truly abysmal ones.
They haven’t managed so much as a point on the road since winning at Fulham in October, losing nine on the trot, and our predictions only have them gathering one more, at Huddersfield. That, as much as anything, explains why they’re not in the top half.
12. Newcastle – 42 points
Rafa Benitez almost certainly regards glasses as not just half-empty, but also chipped and full of bleach.
His instinctively pessimistic nature led him to assert before Christmas that Newcastle needed a miracle to stay up, but they look a team revived recently and should come close to another top-half finish.
11. Everton – 44 points
Things haven’t gone to plan since Marco Silva’s arrival at Everton: a managerial appointment designed to push the Toffees to another level, perhaps even threatening the top six.
Instead, our predictions have them turning in their worst league finish for 15 years, having dropped (more) points against West Ham, Burnley and Crystal Palace.