Ranking every PL club by the difficulty of their end of season run-in

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We’re approaching the final stages of the 2020-21 season and, while the title is heading to Manchester City, there is still plenty to play for.

At this stage of the year, clubs fighting at the top and bottom of the league are desperate to play clubs with nothing to play for. Those with easier run-ins will feel hopeful about the final two months, while others won’t share the same optimism.

We’ve ranked each Premier League club on the difficulty of their run-in, from easiest to hardest, using the current league positions as our basis.

20. Arsenal 

Fixtures: Liverpool (H), Sheffield United (A), Fulham (H), Everton (H), Newcastle (A), West Brom (H), Chelsea (A), Crystal Palace (A), Brighton (H)

Average difficulty: 13.4

19. Wolves

Fixtures: West Ham (H), Fulham (A), Sheffield United (H), Burnley (H), West Brom (A), Brighton (H), Tottenham (A), Everton (A), Manchester United (H)

Average difficulty: 12.2

18. Liverpool

Fixtures: Arsenal (A), Aston Villa (H), Leeds (A), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A), Southampton (H), West Brom (A), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H)

Average difficulty: 12.1

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17. West Ham

Fixtures: Wolves (A), Leicester (H), Newcastle (A), Chelsea (H), Burnley (A), Everton (H), Brighton (A), West Brom (A), Southampton (H)

Average difficulty: 12.1

16. Burnley

Fixtures: Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Fulham (A), Leeds (H), Liverpool (H), Sheffield United (A)

Average difficulty: 11.8

15. Sheffield United

Fixtures: Leeds (A), Arsenal (H), Wolves (A), Brighton (H), Tottenham (A), Crystal Palace (H), Everton (A), Newcastle (A), Burnley (H)

Average difficulty: 11.8

14. Leeds

Fixtures: Sheffield United (H), Manchester City (A), Liverpool (H), Manchester United (H), Brighton (A), Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), Southampton (A), West Brom (H)

Average difficulty: 11.1

13. Manchester United

Fixtures: Brighton (H), Tottenham (A), Burnley (H), Leeds (A), Liverpool (H), Aston Villa (A), Leicester (H), Fulham (H), Wolves (A)

Average difficulty: 11.0

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12. Tottenham

Fixtures: Newcastle (A), Manchester United (H), Everton (A), Southampton (H), Manchester City (A), Sheffield United (H), Leeds (A), Wolves (H), Aston Villa (H), Leicester (A)

Average difficulty: 10.8

11. Southampton

Fixtures: Burnley (H), West Brom (A), Tottenham (A), Leicester (H), Liverpool (A), Fulham (H), Leeds (H), West Ham (A)

(The home match against Crystal Palace is to be re-arranged)

Average difficulty: 10.7

10. Fulham

Fixtures: Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Manchester United (A), Newcastle (H)

Average difficulty: 10.5

9. Chelsea

Fixtures: West Brom (H), Crystal Palace (A), Brighton (H), West Ham (A), Fulham (H), Manchester City (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (H), Aston Villa (A)

Average difficulty: 10.3

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8. Everton

Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Brighton (A), Tottenham (H), Arsenal (A), Aston Villa (H), West Ham (A), Sheffield United (H), Wolves (H), Manchester City (A)

Average difficulty: 10.2

7. Manchester City

Fixtures: Leicester (A), Leeds (H), Aston Villa (A), Crystal Palace (A), Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A), Brighton (A), Everton (H)

Average difficulty: 10.1

6. Newcastle

Fixtures: Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (A), Manchester City (H), Sheffield United (H), Fulham (A)

Average difficulty: 9.3

5. Leicester

Fixtures: Manchester City (H), West Ham (A), West Brom (H), Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A), Chelsea (A), Tottenham (H)

Average difficulty: 8.8

4. Aston Villa

Fixtures: Fulham (H), Liverpool (A), Manchester City (H), West Brom (H), Everton (A), Manchester United (H), Crystal Palace (A), Tottenham (A), Chelsea (H)

Average difficulty: 8.5

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3. Crystal Palace

Fixtures: Everton (A), Chelsea (H), Leicester (A), Manchester City (H), Sheffield United (A), Aston Villa (H), Arsenal (H), Liverpool (A)

(The away match with Southampton is to be rearranged)

Average difficulty: 8.4

2. West Brom

Fixtures: Chelsea (A), Southampton (H), Leicester (A), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Liverpool (H), West Ham (H), Leeds (A)

Average difficulty: 8.4

1. Brighton

Fixtures: Manchester United (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Sheffield United (A), Leeds (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Manchester City (H), Arsenal (A)

Average difficulty: 8.1


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