Premier League relegation: West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford battle for survival

    The relegation battle is as wild as ever in the Premier League with essentially five teams looking like relegation contenders, but only three teams can go down to the second division next season. Norwich City is in big trouble in last place and seven points away from safety, while four teams are competing to avoid being the other two clubs relegated. West Ham, Watford, Aston Villa and Bournemouth are in a race to the finish where draws are as valuable and gold and wins can change your path in an instant.

    Matchday 33 in the league began on Saturday with three relegation contenders in each. Norwich City lost at home to Brighton in what is probably their death blow, Bournemouth blew a lead and lost at Manchester United 5-2 and Watford fell 3-0 at Chelsea. 

    On Sunday, West Ham blew two leads but got a draw at Newcastle while Aston Villa was blanked 2-0 at Aston Villa.

    Just like the previous matchday, West Ham was the only team in the battle to get points, with the first ones coming in that shocking win over Chelsea. 

    As a result of this weekend’s games, here’s how things stand. Keep in mind, the teams that finish in 18th, 19th and 20th get relegated:


    Burnley is in 15th place with 36 points and nine clear of the drop zone, meaning they are safe.

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    16. West Ham, 31 points

    17. Watford, 28 points

    18. Aston Villa, 27 points

    19. Bournemouth 27 points

    20. Norwich City, 21 points 

    Next match

    Tuesday, July 7
    All times Eastern
    Watford vs. Norwich City, 1 p.m. 

    Wednesday, July 8
    West Ham vs. Burnley, 1 p.m. 

    Thursday, July 9
    Bournemouth vs. Tottenham, 1 p.m.
    Aston Villa vs. Manchester United, 3:15 p.m. 

    Is West Ham pretty much safe?

    Absolutely not. West Ham just got four quick points in two games. If Watford and Villa were to do the same, West Ham could quickly find themselves back in the drop zone. The Hammers need two more wins to feel completely safe, while a win and a draw will probably be enough.

    Does Norwich have a shot?

    Of staying up? Mathematically, yes. Realistically? Nope. Norwich could win four of its last five games and still get relegated. They probably have to win three out of five to have a real shot, but this is a team that has won just five out of 33 games, so winning three out of their next five seems like mission impossible. They need to start winning like crazy and get some help.

    If it comes down to Watford, Aston Villa and Bournemouth — who stays up?

    I like Watford, and it’s as simple as their schedule. They face Norwich, Newcastle, West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal. Those last two are tough, but they can win two of the next three and lock up their spot in the league, as long as the players look motivated, unlike Saturday. 

    Bournemouth still has Tottenham, Leicester, Manchester City, Southampton and Everton. Villa has Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Everton, Arsenal and West Ham, with that last game set to be a massive one. 

    The schedule isn’t the sole deciding factor, but Watford’s schedule features two relegation contenders while Bournemouth faces five strong teams and Villa has a some real tough ones.

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