Now that the season is nearing its conclusion, the leagues aren’t quite wrapped up, but some of the games are beginning to become hugely interesting six-pointers! Up and down the domestic leagues, games are beginning to be crucial for every team, if they want to end the season in success.
In the Premier League, the title looks like Manchester City’s to lose, but the real excitement may come in the relegation dogfight at the bottom. Scott Parkers Fulham have been in relatively good form recently, and are now only three points away from 17th placed Newcastle United.
Now, you would expect Fulham and Newcastle to get similar points for the rest of the season, but Newcastle have been struck with injuries to key players such as Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron, but Fulham have been unlucky in recent games, such as last night against Spurs where a goal was ruled out for a handball thanks to VAR. The real upturn in fortunes has been the signing of Josh Maja from Bordeaux on loan in January, as he offers a focal point to a team that at the start of the season played without an out-and-out striker on the pitch.
Another interesting reason to watch these two is that the pair play each other on the final day of the season, in a game that could decide relegation for one of them!
The race for Europe is also an interesting watch, as 5 teams, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, West Ham and Spurs are all chasing a European place, and only 5 points split the group. On the fringes are Aston Villa and Arsenal, who depending on form could make a late surge up the table, in the aim to compete in Europe next season.
In the Championship, a lot of teams are aiming for a limited number of final positions, with the league really heating up at the bottom and the top!
The fight for the second automatic and avoiding the play-offs could be huge, as Brentford struggled to stake their claim following the defeat to Norwich on Wednesday, leaving the gap for Watford to pull level and Swansea to close the gap to just one point.
At the bottom however, Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to remove the disadvantage they started the season with, having started on minus 12 points due to background issues, but have just appointed talented Manager Darren Moore from Doncaster, and a survival of the drop may be a stretch, but still looks possible for the Yorkshire side.
In League One, the aforementioned Doncaster Rovers have struggled since the departure of their head coach, losing two on the bounce and seeing them drop into 6th, whilst the teams around them continue to win. All five of Peterborough, Hull City, Lincoln City, Sunderland and Portsmouth will fancy their chances of automatic promotion, but with only two spots, the others may have the unpredictability of the play-offs to worry about!
At the foot of the table, the teams sitting in 18th down to 24th are only split by 4 points. The relegation fight could be very interesting, as the drop into league 2 could be devastating, not just for the fans, but for the clubs as well, as teams the size of Wigan Athletic shouldn’t be in the conversation for League One relegation, having only been in the Premier League in 2013.
In League 2, the top 11 all have between 56 and 45 points, meaning that this could be one of the most interesting finales in all of Europe, with Bolton Wanderers hoping to bounce straight back into the 3rd tier after going on a six-game win streak.
The Bottom of the league looks hard for any of the sides to escape now, but we never know with football!