The Biggest Battle this season is the Relegation Battle

As we stand, QPR sit bottom of the table with no wins from 16 games. They have some real talent in their squad with the likes of Adel Taraabt, Estaban Granero and Djibril Cisse lining up in attack. So how can it be that with these three in attack they have only managed 13 goals this season? And with Julio Cesar in goal and have conceded 29 goals (nearly 2 per game).

To me it doesn’t add up. Harry Redknapp, although only recently taking over from Mark Hughes, is a Proven Premier League manager. I know he will need time but surely if Mark Hughes could’t form a side out of this strong line up they have to win a game, then old ‘Arry couldn’t either?

The next 3 games will be vital for them, with Fulham (home), Newcastle (away) and West Brom (home), these are must win games for QPR and could make or break their season.

Just above them is Reading with only 1 win in 16. Sure enough Reading have scored more goals than QPR (19), yet they have conceded more too (31). The promotion from Championship to the Premier League has sure been a struggle but they have a real test on their hands as they face a gruesome trio of games. Arsenal (home), Manchester City (away) and then Swansea (home). 3 games even the top flight Premier League teams would be concerned with. If Reading can take 3 points points from these 3 grames, that would be a great feat in itself.

Wigan currently sit in 18th, shared on points with Aston Villa and Southampton. They again have strong attacking potential with Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo spearheading their attack. They managed to just keep themselves away from the relegation battle last season, and only just. Manager Roberto Martinez, who remained at Wigan despite an approach from Liverpool at the end of 2011/12 season, has a great attribute in that when the times get tough, he can work wonders with his squad. Another tough 3 games ahead, with Norwich (away), Arsenal (home) and Everton (away). There is a real possibilty that unless Aston Villa and Southampton take no points from their next 3 games, they could remain in the bottom 3.

Aston Villa and Southampton take 17th and 16th place retrospectively. Southampton are on a great run at the moment, and have a less frightening 3 games coming up compared to Villa. The Saints play Sunderland (home), Fulham (away) and Stoke (away), a possible climb up the table is on the cards. Villa, however, will be very cautious with their next 3 games. Liverpool (away), Chelsea (away) and Tottenham (home). A possible 0 points in 3 games would be a very likely outcome.

Taner Mehmet

 

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