So, West Ham are down, but as we approach the last game of the season, the last two places are up for grabs. Wigan and Blackpool currently occupy those spots, each on 39 points. Birmingham join them on 39, while Wolves and Blackburn are above them, with a point more. Any of these teams can go down.
Blackpool will seem to have the hardest job though, facing Manchester United in the final game. However, with Man Utd in the Champions League Final facing off against Barcelona, they may well play a weaker side, giving Blackpool a major chance. Although this is against the rules (FA regulations say that the strongest side must always be fielded) and if this does happen, with Blackpool picking up a win or draw lifting them out of the zone, then expect fury from the teams that do get relegated. This could be Blackpool's lifeline.
Wigan are away to Stoke, who are a tough team. They recently got beaten in the FA cup final (By Manchester City and their Millions) by a close encounter, and were seen off by a 1-0 victory to the Blues. Personally, I feel Wigan will lose, unless N'Zogbia, their talisman, can come up with something special.
Birmingham are another team with a hard fixture. Tottenham away is always tough, even for sides in the top half of the table. After this League Cup win against Arsenal, they've suffered numerous defeats and have seen the team slide down the table. Tottenham will be looking for a win at home, and hoping that they don't suffer more defeats, which have seen them fall out of the Champions League spots, and are only just clinging on to a Europa League hope. However, they've struggled for goals in the second half of the season, and therefore could struggle here.
Lastly, Wolves and Blackburn meet. This will be the most interesting game, as either side, could fall at the final hurdle. This will be a must win for both teams, who've struggled throughout. Howeverm Wolves have been enjoying wins over the past two weeks, winning 3-1 against WBA and Sunderland. This could give them the momentum to beat Blackburn, and I'm sure they will edge out a 1-0 win.
My predictions are as followed: I think Blackpool could find a draw, or even a win, and move out of the bottom 3. Sadly, Wigan will get beaten and they fully deserve to go down. With their small attendances, they won't even be missed. The final place will be claimed by Birmingham, who've struggled all season, and Tottenham will be going all out to ensure a Europa League spot.
These are just my opinions, what are yours?