Relegation battle: Can QPR-Burnley-Leicester turn their fortunes around?
As Chelsea is running away with the title, slowly but surely there will be a gulf created between the teams in the safe zone and 4-5 teams fighting it out and remaining afloat in the English Premier League. A Forty point mark is usually considered a safety point and a team reaching there can breathe comfortably (mostly) as the month of May approaches. However given how this season is shaping up, other than the blues and the Saints a lot of points are being dropped by almost every team and this relegation battle could go down to the wire. We will try and see if the current three teams in the drop zone can stage a comeback and retain their Premier League status.
Their last appearance in the Premier League was way back in 2009-10. It last happened in 1997-98 while all three promoted sides went down immediately to the championship. Currently Burnley is doing marginally better in comparison to their last stint at the Premier League. Their squad is largely made up from Great Britain and it will be interesting to see if they can pull out some money to invest in few new players in the upcoming January window.
Although they have been able to pull out points against sides such as Manchester United (they stunned reigning Champions Manchester United back in 2009-10 as well, however without much depth in the squad they might end up playing their next season at the Championships.
Queens Parks Rangers
The team for Loftus road only made it to Premier League for the first time during the millennium in 2011-12 campaign last making an appearance in 1995-96. Backed by Tony Fernandes and the consortium, they have decent funds to pull in few star names; however they have somehow been lacking while it comes to finding a long term strategy for the clubs development and performances on field.
For Queens Park Rangers, with the fund they have there is a serious lack of planning to look at the bigger picture. Coming back from the championship to premier league also ensures a lot of incoming funds, but they need to get their act together to build a sustainable model, they can pick a leaf out of Southampton’s book. Their manager Harry Redknapp however from almost being fired has lent some rich experience to the ranks and they have improved their recent performances at home. With January window lurking they need an out and out goal scorer and couple of defenders and the wily Harry Redknapp might just pull off another great escape for the London based club.
The team which had a fairly consistent survival run in the Premier League in the early part of the millennium has made a return after a decade of absence from top flight football. In 2011-12 championship seasons, the team was building an interesting project with former English Boss Sven Goran Eriksson at the helm; unfortunately his exit was as quick as his entry. Out of the nine points they have managed thus far eight are against the teams who usually end at the top half of the table, including a five star mauling of Manchester United side.
The team has character when it comes to facing the big boys and is clearly not scared to go and get something out of the game. The litmus test for the side however will be their home performances against the sides in the bottom half of the table. Out of the five played at home they have got points against Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Burnley and if they maintain this form they are the most likely of the three to remain in the Premier League for at least one more season.
As it stands, Leicester City will stay up in the Premier League, QPR on the other hand has fifty-fifty chance of survival with Burnley to go down at the end of the season. The picture will be clearer at the end of busy festive season in January and who knows with the minor gap in the points we might be talking about a different relegation slugfest as we approach the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
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