The relegation battle: The run-ins of every team involved compared

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We’ve compared the run-ins of Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Swansea City, Leicester City and Bournemouth to see which of the relegation battles have the toughest run-ins.

Earlier this week we compared the run-ins of the teams competing for a top-four place in the Premier League – and now we’ve looked at those at the opposite end.

Bottom club Sunderland are six points away from safety with 11 matches to play, while 14th-placed Bournemouth are the same margin above the drop zone.

We analysed the remaining fixtures of the seven clubs most in danger of going down to see whose future looks bleak and who has reason to be cheerful.

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Sunderland

Remaining fixtures (Current league position): Burnley (12), Watford (13), Leicester (15), Manchester United (6), West Ham (11), Bournemouth (14), Hull (18), Swansea (16), Chelsea (1), Arsenal (5), Middlesbrough (19)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 11.8

Middlesbrough

Remaining fixtures: Manchester United (6), Swansea (16), Hull (18), Burnley (12), Arsenal (5), Bournemouth (14), Manchester City (3), Chelsea (1), Southampton (10), Liverpool (4), Sunderland (20)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.9

Hull City

Remaining fixtures: Everton (7), West Ham (11), Middlesbrough (19), Manchester City (3), Stoke (9), Watford (13), Southampton (10), Sunderland (20), Crystal Palace (17), Tottenham (3)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 11.2

Crystal Palace

Remaining fixtures: Watford (13), Chelsea (1), Southampton (10), Arsenal (5), Leicester (15), Liverpool (4), Burnley (12), Manchester City (3), Hull (18), Manchester United (6), Tottenham (2)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 8.1

Swansea City

Remaining fixtures: Bournemouth (14), Middlesbrough (19), Tottenham (2), West Ham (11), Watford (13), Stoke (9), Manchester United (6), Everton (7), Sunderland (20), West Brom (8)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 10.9

Leicester City

Remaining fixtures: West Ham (11), Stoke (9), Sunderland (20), Everton (7), Crystal Palace (17), West Brom (8), Watford (13), Manchester City (3), Bournemouth (14), Arsenal (5), Tottenham (2)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.9

Bournemouth

Remaining fixtures: Swansea (16), Southampton (10), Liverpool (4), Chelsea (1), Tottenham (2), Middlesbrough (19), Sunderland (20), Stoke (9), Burnley (12), Leicester (15)

Average league position of remaining opponents: 10.8

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Given they still have all of the top six still to play, Crystal Palace have the toughest run-in – a worrying thought as they stand only one point above the relegation zone.

Sunderland and Hull may currently find themselves above the relegation zone, but if you’re looking for an odds comparison service, consider the fact that both have – on paper, at least – easier remaining fixtures than their rivals.

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