The Premier League bottom three has been unchanged since the middle of December as relegation-threatened Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham struggle to keep up with sides above them.

However, this weekend we saw West Brom and Fulham both earn positive results so that begs the question: is the race still on?

West Brom hosted a Manchester United side desperate to stay within touching distance of Man City at the top yesterday, and certainly came into the game as underdogs given their atrocious defensive record.

But against all odds, the Baggies were ahead after just two minutes through Mbaye Diagne’s header and the hosts continued to look a threat out wide.


They were pegged back by a fantastic Bruno Fernandes goal on the stroke of half time but managed to keep Man United firmly at arms length in the second half and Diagne had two fantastic opportunities to win the game late on.

A single point is not what West Brom need at this stage in the season but it’s certainly better than nothing and Sam Allardyce will take the positives out of a much improved display.

Fulham also went into their game yesterday as underdogs but put together a brilliant display to beat a very strong Everton side.

A brace from Josh Maja on his full Premier League debut saw the Cottagers take all three points away from Merseyside and just make a slight dent into the gap to safety.


Sheffield United will also have the chance to add to their small point tally when they travel to the capital to face high-flying West Ham at the London Stadium later today.

The Blades went on a record-breaking run without a win at the start of the season but have won six games in all competitions within the space of a month.

They no longer seem completely cut adrift at the bottom of the league and will climb off the foot of the table for the first time since the start of November with a win this evening.

But the issue for all three of these sides is the fact that the likes of Brighton, Burnley and Newcastle have all picked up crucial wins in key games to drag themselves away from the bottom three.

The gap between 18th and 17th now stands at seven points and it will be a tough ask to bridge that by the end of the season.

However it is by no means an unassailable gap and the Blades, the Baggies and the Cottagers will not stop fighting until their race is run.


Next five Premier League games:


  • Burnley (A)
  • Sheffield United (H)
  • Crystal Palace (A)
  • Liverpool (A)
  • Man City (H)

West Brom:

  • Burnley (A)
  • Brighton (H)
  • Newcastle (H)
  • Crystal Palace (A)
  • Chelsea (A)

Sheffield United:

  • West Ham (A)
  • Fulham (A)
  • Liverpool (H)
  • Southampton (H)
  • Leicester (A)

Looking at upcoming fixtures, West Brom look to have the easier run and will enter these fixtures with a little bit of confidence after this draw at the weekend.

Some huge games await all three sides though and we’re fast approaching the stage whereby every single game is a real ‘six-pointer’.

If they can follow up on some positive results earned in recent weeks, we could be in for an interesting end to the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done and plenty of improvements to be made.

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