Which team battling Premier League relegation has the toughest run-in?

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A total of 11 teams are still nervously looking over their shoulders in the Premier League – but who out of the likes of West Ham, Newcastle United and Stoke City has the toughest run-in to the season?

This term’s relegation battle is likely to go down to the wire with every team up to 10th-place Bournemouth all fighting to beat the drop.

We’ve compared the remaining 11 fixtures for every club to see which teams have the toughest run-in and who, on paper at least, looks to have the easiest remaining games.

Bournemouth

Remaining fixtures (current league position): Newcastle (13), Leicester (8), Tottenham (5), West Brom (20), Watford (11), Crystal Palace (15), Liverpool (3), Manchester United (2), Southampton (18), Swansea (16), Burnley (7)

Points required: 9

Average league position of remaining opponents: 10.7

Watford

Remaining fixtures: Everton (9), West Brom (20), Arsenal (6), Liverpool (3), Bournemouth (10), Burnley (7), Huddersfield (17), Crystal Palace (15), Tottenham (5), Newcastle (13), Manchester United (2)

Points required: 10

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.7

West Ham

Remaining fixtures: Liverpool (3), Swansea (16), Burnley (7), Southampton (18), Chelsea (4), Stoke (19), Arsenal (6), Manchester City (1), Leicester (8), Everton (9), Manchester United (2)

Points required: 10

Average league position of remaining opponents: 8.5

Newcastle United

Remaining fixtures: Bournemouth (10), Liverpool (3), Southampton (18), Tottenham (5), Huddersfield (17), Leicester (8), Arsenal (6), Everton (9), West Brom (20), Watford (11), Chelsea (4)

Points required: 12

Average league position of remaining opponents: 10.1

Brighton

Remaining fixtures: Swansea (16), Arsenal (6), Everton (9), Leicester (8), Huddersfield (17), Crystal Palace (15), Tottenham (5), Burnley (7), Manchester United (2), Liverpool (3), Manchester City (1)

Points required: 12

Average league position of remaining opponents: 8.1

Crystal Palace

Remaining fixtures: Tottenham (5), Manchester United (2), Chelsea (4), Huddersfield (17), Liverpool (3), Bournemouth (10), Brighton (14), Watford (11), Leicester (8), Stoke (19), West Brom (20)

Points required: 13

Average league position of remaining opponents: 10.2

Swansea City

Remaining fixtures: Brighton (14), West Ham (12), Huddersfield (17), Manchester United (2), West Brom (20), Everton (9), Manchester City (1), Chelsea (4), Bournemouth (10), Stoke (19)

Points required: 13

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.8

Huddersfield Town

Remaining fixtures: West Brom (20), Tottenham (5), Swansea (16), Crystal Palace (15), Newcastle (13), Brighton (14), Watford (11), Chelsea (4), Everton (9), Manchester City (1), Arsenal (6)

Points required: 13

Average league position of remaining opponents: 10.4

Southampton

Remaining fixtures: Burnley (7), Stoke (19), Newcastle (13), West Ham (12), Arsenal (6), Chelsea (4), Leicester (8), Bournemouth (10), Everton (9), Manchester City (1), Swansea (16)

Points required: 14

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.5

Stoke City

Remaining fixtures: Leicester (8), Southampton (18), Manchester City (1), Everton (9), Arsenal (6), Tottenham (5), West Ham (12), Burnley (7), Liverpool (3), Crystal Palace (15), Swansea (16)

Points required: 15

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.1

West Brom

Remaining fixtures: Huddersfield (17), Watford (11), Leicester (8), Bournemouth (10), Burnley (7), Swansea (16), Manchester United (2), Liverpool (3), Newcastle (13), Tottenham (5), Crystal Palace (15)

Points required: 20

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9.7

Toughest runs

According to current league positions, Brighton have the toughest remaining fixtures, followed by West Ham and then Stoke.

Bournemouth and Huddersfield can take some comfort in knowing they have slightly easier run-ins than their rivals.

However, each club has a number of relegation six-pointers which could drastically change the make-up of the league table.


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