|A brown spot in the grass||Wolverhampton||
(23 points in 35 games; goal differential of -41) Best odds of relegation? (It’s a sure thing). With three games to go, Wolves Manager Terry Connor told reporters, “Over 38 games we’ve proved not good enough to stay in the Premier League.” Remaining schedule: Swansea, Everton and Wigan.
|On the ground||Blackburn||
(31/35/-26) Odds, 2/11. A 2-0 win over Norwich ended a five-game skid, but Blackburn is still 3 points below the presumed safety line. That hasn’t discouraged Junior Hoilett, who told The Lancashire Telegraph, “We have belief and we just have to play our games and we will get the results.” Remaining schedule: Tottenham, Wigan and Chelsea.
(34/35/-18) Odds, 7/5. Adel Taarabt fueled an impressive 1-0 win against Tottenham, then, in typical Rangers fashion, was ejected from the game. Manager Mark Hughes also spoke of destiny, telling The Kilburn Times that he wouldn’t trade places with game-in-hand Bolton, no matter what. “My preference would be to have points on the board. I think that’s better than having games in hand.” It is, of course, but getting the points is the tricky part. Remaining schedule: Chelsea, Stoke City and Man City.
(33/34/-28) Odds, 6/4. A draw against Swansea and then a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa led Bolton Manager Owen Coyle to announce that his players are “masters of their own destiny.” Whether they are or not, Bolton still has a game in hand on their rivals and has lost only twice since the beginning of March. Remaining games: Sunderland, Tottenham, West Brom and Stoke City.
(34/35/-26) Odds, 3/1. Lost by 2-1 to Fulham after defeating Manchester United and Arsenal in consecutive weeks. But still has plenty of meat lagging behind them. Remaining schedule: Newcastle, Blackburn and Wolverhampton.
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