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Relegation Battle Set to Go Down to the Wire

While the majority of the attention in the English top-flight is on the battle for the title between Manchester City and Liverpool, there is still plenty to play for at the bottom of the table too, with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City still scrapping to avoid relegation to the Championship. Just three points separate the duo in the standings at present, however Chris Haughton’s Brighton do have a game in hand over their closest rivals.

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As a result, it is Cardiff City who are the 1/8 on favourites with the likes of Coral and Paddy Power to go back to the Championship at the first possible opportunity, with Neil Warnock’s side having been promoted just 12 months ago. Meanwhile, despite not being mathematically safe as of yet, the likes of Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle have all but secured their place in the Premier League for next season, following less than convincing campaigns.

Cardiff were beaten 2-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool over the weekend, with Warnock’s side knowing that they must pick up points in their remaining matches against Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester United. Meanwhile, Brighton earned a valuable point away at Wolves themselves, as they prepare for a tough run-in, that includes encounters against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City.

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Premier League Relegation Battle 2019

Brighton boss Haughton utilised an ultra-cautious approach at Molineux over the weekend, with a similar tactic potentially being required during their upcoming matches. The Seagulls have scored just 32 goals all season, with only Cardiff and Huddersfield Town having a worse record. 35-year-old Glenn Murray could still have a significant role to play, while 38-year-old Bruno started at right-back against Wolves last time around.

Brighton are the 10/1 outsiders when they take on Spurs on Tuesday evening, meaning that the three point gap between themselves and Cardiff is likely to remain until the weekend, when the Seagulls host Newcastle and Cardiff travel to already relegated Fulham.


Jamie BartonMagazine, Premier League