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Why Crystal Palace are the team to watch out for in 2015-16

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Under Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace became a difficult, resilient team to play against. After Pulis came to the club, Palace not only survived relegation but instead comfortably finished in mid-table. Therefore, it was a huge surprise to see Pulis depart the club ahead of the 2014-2015 season. Palace did not trust Pulis with transfers, which was fair given many of his transfer decisions at Stoke City.

Why Crystal Palace are the team to watch out for in 2015-16

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Under Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace became a difficult, resilient team to play against. After Pulis came to the club, Palace not only survived relegation but instead comfortably finished in mid-table. Therefore, it was a huge surprise to see Pulis depart the club ahead of the 2014-2015 season. Palace did not trust Pulis with transfers, which was fair given many of his transfer decisions at Stoke City.

The Relegation Savior Fallacy

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Just before the summer transfer rumor tradewinds pick up, another gust blows in another Spring rarity: the relegation savior. Every April across Europe, clubs at the bottom of the table claw, elbow, scratch, pull hair, and do anything and everything to avoid relegation. As if written in stone, the bottom three must take the drop.

Premier League Relegation: The Battle at the Bottom Revisited

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Premier League Relegation: The Battle at the Bottom Revisited - originally posted on

Back in January we looked at the relegation picture and how the season may be shaping up. Now, with less than 10 games to go for most teams, and a couple of managerial causalities later, we take a look at the situation at the foot of the table once more.

Why QPR Should Stick With Chris Ramsey Even If They Get Relegated

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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hull City last Saturday may have looked like just another away loss for the struggling Premier League outfit, but the game signaled a change in approach from the West London side.

Sunderland And Villa Dragged Into Relegation Fight

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There were two game tonight with teams fighting against relegation and the teams that won were the ones that were lower in the league before the game. Steve Bruce Hull have 4 points from last two games Sunderland became the team that broke QPR's 11 game losing streak away form home as they went [...]

Premiership 2014-2015 Top 4 Finish & Relegation Odds

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At this stage in the season the 2014-2015 Premiership title race seems to have boiled down to just two clubs: current leaders Chelsea and second place Manchester City. There is little to choose between the two squads and both their games against each other have ended in 1-1 draws. Chelsea are slight favourites as they have the cushion of a five point lead and coach Jose Mourinho has never lost a championship when his team had the lead at the turn of the year.

Premier League Relegation: The Battle at the Bottom

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The battle at the bottom is as tight as ever this season, and at this stage at least eight teams are scrapping for their lives in the Premier League. We take a look at the sides from 12th to 20th and see who's best equipped to ward off the drop.

Memories of Supporting Stoke City With My Father

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Unlike most soccer fans, I can't really remember my first Stoke game. My first clear memory of watching Stoke was against Middlesbrough at Vale Park, and then having a season ticket in 1977 in the Butler Street Stand. Relegation, inevitably, soon followed.

So, basically, I was introduced to the Potters after a visit to our strange, unfriendly rivals and then being forced to sit in probably the only roofless stand in Britain at that time, and watch us get relegated.

Crystal Palace to Tour United States This Summer

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One of the great success stories of this year's Premier League campaign is coming to the United States this summer.

Crystal Palace were the odds-on favorite for relegation after the club only took four points from its first 11 matches. Their next move was to cut ties with manager Ian Holloway and bring in the experienced Tony Pulis.

POLL: Highway to The Relegation Zone

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The English Premier League is hurtling towards an exciting final two weeks. With most of our attention affixed to the top three and their no holds barred struggle to stay perched at the top of the league come May 11th, we mustn't forget the grueling battle at the other end of the table. In a Kenny Loggins fueled fury, I can't help but hum the tune of "Danger Zone" when thinking of the bottom five clubs.

And Then There Were Two – SY #40

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The Soccer Yanks are back to full monty status, Dave rejoins Dan for another week of dizzying football action: Liverpool's pivotal win over City, Chelsea is in the driver's seat of the big blue bus, underbelly of the beast bottom of the EPL, MLS continues to expand but not all expansion is created equal, and discussing Pep's Bayern and Pep's former Barcelona.

Newcastle’s Relegation Form Since Boxing Day

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Newcastle have played 14 league games since we hammered a nine man Stoke City side 5-1 on Boxing Dayand ended a great streak of seven wins in nine league games, but we have taken only 10 points from those subsequent games, and that basically is relegation form. Alan Pardew has six games left to [...]

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

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Every match matters in a Premier League season, and today's three matches are a perfect example of that. In the game between Liverpool and Swansea, you have one team fighting to avoid relegation while the other is bombing up the table to try to finish in the top four. Over at St James' Park, you have a club trying to gain respect after a turbulent season (and one where the manager could get sacked if poor results continue) versus a Villa club who are trying to avoid relegation.

What’s Going Wrong at Fulham Under Manager Rene Meulensteen?

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Yesterday evening we witnessed Fulham's ignominious exit from the FA Cup at the hands of League 1 relegation candidates Sheffield United at Craven Cottage. Such was the despondency around the ground following the Blades' one hundred and nineteenth minute winning goal, there is now a genuine worry as to whether or not manager Rene Meulensteen will be able to rally his troops in a fight against relegation but what exactly is going wrong with a club that very few tipped for relegation this term?

West Ham cancel Christmas party to focus on relegation fight

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West Ham have cancelled the players' Christmas party to ensure that moving away from the Premier League relegation zone has their full attention over the festive period. Captain Kevin Nolan has scrapped plans for the squad to fly to Dublin for a party. The Daily Mail reports that Nolan, aged 31, announced that the trip [.

Why Bob Bradley Should Be Considered For Fulham Job Despite Meulensteen Appointment

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Fulham have been down the road of fighting relegation before during their current 12 year run of Premier League football. However, it seems every time the Cottagers were threatened with relegation, something either miraculous happened, or the grit and commitment of the squad came through. The current group of players at Craven Cottage however seem to be a hodgepodge of malcontents from other clubs and run-of-the-mill chance signings that Martin Jol has put together, proving a radical departure from the formula that long worked for the West London club.

Top Ten And No Relegation Is The Goal – It’s Not Good Enough

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Alan Pardew has given a long interview to Sports Direct News, in which he goes into what Newcastle's priorities are for next season and in a nutshell they are to stay in the top half of the Premier League and avoid relegation that's basically what the Newcastle manager said. Alan Pardew - top [...]

Ferguson’s retirement caps a crazy season on the Premier League managerial merry-go-round

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It is almost impossible to believe that come June 1, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be the fifth longest serving manager currently working in the Premier League! Rodgers will have been in the Anfield hot seat for one year but given the nature of the modern Premier League, he has overtaken 15 rivals in the [.

Wigan: ‘very proud of the last eight seasons’ and Wednesday MLS

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The soccer news roundup for May 15, 2013 focuses on Wigan's relegation and midweek MLS. Read More

GIF It: The happiest relegated fan ever (Arsenal 4-1 Wigan)

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We're used to seeing fans moved to tears at the prospect of their team dropping out of the Premier League. But relegation doesn't seem to have hit this Wigan fan too hard. He's up for a laugh with fellow supporters. And is he asking that steward if he can head for the exit now the [...]

Newcastle’s Situation Eerily Similar To Relegation Season

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In May of 2009 with two games to go, we all thought we were sitting pretty in 4th bottom place, but above Hull City on goal difference, and we had just gained 3 points on Hull City when we beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at home on a Monday night. Alan Shearer couldn't save us four [...]


Kit and Fulham’s Regression

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In December I (timmy not rich) wrote about how Fulham were doing quite well under new manager Kit Symons. Naturally, things regressed almost immediately. Sorry.

The playoffs, which at the time seemed within reach but required the amazing run to continue, are gone. Relegation looks closer in comparison.

Video: Fulham will avoid relegation, says new boss Felix Magath

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New Fulham manager Felix Magath says the club will avoid relegation this season. Speaking at his first press conference since replacing Rene Meulensteen, the former Bayern Munich and Schalke boss confidently predicted that the bottom-of-the-table Cottagers will escape the drop. He said: "Now we are in serious situation, sure, you know.

Will American Owners Eventually Rip The Soul Out Of English Football?

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While I find David Conn's alarmist piece in today's Guardian excessively xenophobic and reactionary, the continued buying of English football clubs by American owners does pose larger questions long term.

Having bought teams that had this most previous season just avoided relegation, Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) and Ellis Short (Sunderland) have seen their sides continue to fight relegation despite large financial outlays on players.

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Time is winding down on many of the European seasons, and that means a good chunk of the focus will turn towards relegation battles.

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland are involved in one of the more interesting ones, and they will need a big performance in order to keep themselves in the safety zone.

Belgium’s Jupiler League playoffs

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A guide to Belgium's Jupiler League playoffs, a unique system to determine the final standings in that league that isn't as straightforward as you might think. Read More


POTD : A Tragic Day For Argentina’s Independiente After Being Relegated For First Time In 108 Years

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It's a sad moment in a football club's 108-year history when they are relegated for the first time, and that's exactly what happened to Argentinean side, Independiente after their 0-1 loss to San Lorenzo last night.

The 'Red Devils' of Argentina, who boast former players such as Kun Aguero, Diego Forlan, Gabi Milito, Esteban Cambiasso,went downwith one match to go in the "Final" championship.

Tearful Independiente fans still singing after club’s first ever relegation

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A 1-0 loss at home to San Lorenzo sealed Independiente's relegation to the second division for the first time in the club's history. With 16 Primera Division titles (the most recent coming in 2002) and a record seven Copa Libertadores trophies, the demotion is especially painful for Independiente, even if it was three years in the making.


Arsenal’s end of season fixtures always do my head in!

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It does your head in. You've got twenty clubs each playing 38 matches over the course of a long Premier League season, and yet we always seem to arrive at the final stages of the campaign with the remaining fixtures contriving to throw up a set of possible permutations only an evil and twisted mastermind could have devised.

Watch out Arsenal! Martinez vows to keep Wigan up

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It may be a crucial game for Arsenal tomorrow in terms of reaching the Champions League, but for Wigan it is even more important as they are fighting for their Premiership lives. Roberto Martinez has performed miracles to keep them in the top flight over the last few years, and he is fully expecting to do the same thing this time around.

The Rest

Homegrown – August 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: We decided to see how good or bad our MLS preseason predictions with less than half the matches left to play. The summer transfer window has closed, what does the lack of US player movement mean to MLS? NASL Commissioner..

Friends and losers

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In 1994 Deportivo stood on the verge of winning the Spanish league in the last round of the league. Instead, they failed to defeat Valencia at home (with an infamous missed penalty by Miroslav Djukic), which gave FC Barcelona the Championship. Today FC Barcelona, sure of the title, was playing for nothing against a Deportivo side that needed at least one point to stay in the top league.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris admits he is worried about relegation

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Tottenham 'keeper Hugo Lloris has admitted he is worried about relegation after the club's poor form this season. Spurs have lost an...

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Experten auch in der Zukunft noch uneinig: Ist der HSV abgestiegen?

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Experten auch in der Zukunft noch uneinig: Ist der HSV abgestiegen?

Steigt der Hamburger SV jetzt ab oder nicht? Diese Frage beschäftigt nicht nur viele Fans, sondern auch das ZDF Sportstudio. Um diese Frage zu klären, wurde zwei halbwegs bekannte Nasen in die Zukuft verbannt, wo sie dann eine Rückblick in die Gegenwart machen dürfen.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v Chicago... or 3 points away from relegation safety!

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The following analysis is based on a hypothetical scenario that will likely never happen in Canada & the U.S. due to greedy people wanting to remain greedy, regardless how good for the game it could be.
Here we are, the home stretch! The relegation battle is on!

MLS Bottom 4
16 Columbus 32 6
17 Chivas 25 6
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18 Toronto 22 7
19 DC 14 7
NASL Top 4
1 Carolina 30 8
2T Tampa Bay 28 8
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2T Atlanta 28 8
4 Minnesota 22 8

Chivas is only 3 points ahead, but Toronto has a game in hand.

Defender Scores Awful Own Goal Winner

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When your fighting relegation and the opposition are flying high this is something you can ill-afford to get from your defender!

Renzo Reanos was the defender in question as struggling Union Comercio lost 1-0 to Universitario in the Peruvian top-flight during the week-end.

Newcastle aim to bring Loic Remy on loan from QPR

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Newcastle are hoping to sign QPR striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, according to reports in The Chronicle. The Magpies seemed destined to capture the Frenchman in January until the R's swooped in with a very attractive salary package to win the race for his signature. Relegation to the Championship means both club [.

Palermo Expects Josip Ilicic To Leave

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has conceded Josip Ilicic could leave the club after they were relegated to Serie B.
The Rosanero lost 1-0 Fiorentina on Sunday to seal their demotion to Italy's second tier after nine seasons in Serie A.
Their relegation has placed the futures of a number of star players in doubt, most notably Slovenia defender Ilicic.