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Cardiff City appear doomed for relegation

While the battle rages on at the very top of the Premiere League – for the top spot and the coveted top four – there is plenty of intrigue kicking around at the bottom of the league as well as for teams fighting trying to kick their way into the Premier League.

Fulham and Huddersfield Town are locks to get the boot this year but Cardiff City is still trying to fight its way out of the bottom three. It won’t be easy after they blew a good chance on Saturday falling to Fulham 1-0. They have 31 points, four behind Brighton/Hove Albion, who tied Newcastle on Saturday. Cardiff finishes with Crystal Palace and Manchester United (who is still fighting for first four despite how poorly they’ve played in the last month).

Brighton/Hove Albion doesn’t have any easy finish with Arsenal and Manchester City.
Would make for an interesting final game if City is playing for the top spot and Brighton/Hove Albion needs to win to fight of demotion. That would be a pretty high stakes game for sure. But Cardiff will need to win this weekend (and Brighton/Hove Albion lose) to put that in motion.

Cardiff City, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers were the three teams promoted this season and two of them appear headed right back to the Championship. You have to feel bad for the fans of Cardiff and Fulham who celebrated a year ago their promotion only to see it crushed in 12 months. Teams work extremely hard to get to the top division – but oftentimes it’s harder to stay.

Huddersfield Town came up two seasons ago and barely survived in its first year. They weren’t so lucky this time around.

Can either Cardiff City or Fulham get back to the PL next season?

Wolverhampton Wanderers boot Watford to solidify seventh spot

While Cardiff City and Fulham pack their bags for demotion, the third team to earn promotion last season is killing it in the top division. Wolverhampton Wanderers are in pole position to finish seventh in the Premier League this season after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Watford. Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored to help move the Wolves to 54 points, three clear of Leicester City with two matches left to play.

This was the third meeting between the Wolves and Watford. Watford defeated the Wolves 3-2 in an FA Cup semifinal game (after the Wolves knocked out Manchester United) and face Manchester City in the finals on May 18. Watford defeated the Wolves 2-0 back in October.

If City wins the FA Cup – which of course they will (City fan here) – then the seventh place team in the PL gets a spot in the Europa League – which translates to more cash for the club.

It’s been a tremendous season for the Wolves. And proof that you can get promoted and not only stay but compete with the very best.

Why have the Wolves been so successful?

Sheffield United secures its spot in the Premier League

Speaking of moving up and moving down, Sheffield United secured its spot in the Premier League next season. The Blades secured promotion to the top-flight after SU manager Chris Wilder’s side beat Ipswich 2-0 on Saturday at Bramall Lane. Leeds, the other team contending to move up, were held to a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa a day later at Elland Road.

Leeds became the first team in a decade to top the Championship on Christmas Day and miss out on automatic promotion. But they still have a shot at moving up in the playoffs. Blades and Championship leaders Norwich have guaranteed top-flight status this season.

Wilder didn’t show very much class after his team won this weekend. The Sheffield United boss slammed Leeds, calling them “muppets.”

Wilder told United’s official Youtube channel: ‘We’ve had one defeat in 13 and I’ve got muppets from Leeds talking about the pressure being on us. (Patrick) Bamford and (Adam) Forshaw and a couple of others. It’s over to you and this, that and the other. They got beat seven times since Christmas. We’ve been beaten once. We’ve set it up from Christmas to be in the race and we’ve steamrolled it. After the international break, two points a game. That’s promotion form right the way through in the pressure part of the season. Listen, don’t mention anything about bottle and b******s or about us dipping out.”

How will Sheffield United fare in the Premier League next season?   

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