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The relegation equation

Filed: Saturday, 5th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Tired of trying to work out the different permutations already? Hopefully this will help ...

Following today's results - and confirmation of Sheffield United's 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa - Wigan and Charlton are the only two clubs left relying on the results of others to avoid relegation.

West Ham, Sheffield United and Fulham all have their destiny in their own hands - although any final day slip-up could prove the difference between survivial and relegation.

Sheffield United's defeat at Villa Park this evening means that the Blades would slip below Wigan on goal difference should the Latics win next weekend's clash - good news for any West Ham fans worrying about the possibility of a Northern pact.

The Hammers will however need to avoid anything other than a narrow defeat as goal difference could still prove vital come the final minutes of next week's games.


Fulham will go down ...

1. If (a) they lose to Middlesbrough and (b) West Ham beat Manchester United and (c) Sheffield United beat Wigan and (d) Charlton win their last two games (goal difference).

Fulham will definitely stay up ...

If they avoid defeat against Middlesbrough.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United will go down ...

1. If (a) they lose to Wigan and (b) West Ham avoid defeat at Manchester United.

2. If (a) Charlton win their last two games and (b) they lose to Wigan.

3. If (a) they draw against Wigan and (b) West Ham win at Manchester United and (c) Charlton win their last two games.

Sheffield United will definitely stay up ...

If they beat Wigan.

West Ham United

West Ham will go down ...

1. If (a) they lose at Manchester United and (b) Charlton win their two remaning games and (c) Wigan beat Sheffield United.

2. If (a) they draw at Manchester United and (b) Sheffield United avoid defeat against Wigan and Charlton win their two remaning games.

West Ham will definitely stay up ...

If they beat Manchester United.

Wigan Athletic

Wigan will go down ...

1. If they fail to beat Sheffield United.

2. If (a) they beat Sheffield United and (b) West Ham draw at Manchester United.

Charlton Athletic

Charlton will go down ...

1. If they fail to win both of their two remaining games.

2. If West Ham beat Manchester United and Sheffield United beat Wigan (and a draw will almost certainly suffice).

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by Marcus Griffin
09:26AM 7th May 2007
''It's a lot better, we are playing to our true potential - I already have my Great Escape 2007 t-shirt design ready ...''

by Mangrove Nick
05:08AM 7th May 2007
''This time last year we were headed into the FA Cup and looking forward to playing in Europe, we went on to be winning the FA Cup with mins. to go, and in extra time was still winning when with mins. to go the inexplicible happened we stuffed up a clearance, gave the ball to Gerrard and the rest is history. Since then we have gone downhill fast, but to win 6 out of our last 8 games gives us hope. Go the Irons , beat MU, you done it at home now do it again and prove all the pundits wrong. ''

by Mr Turk
01:40PM 6th May 2007
''I cannot believe WHU are still in with a shot at safety after I personally wrote us off after the Watford home match. We're taking all the seasons hopes into the last game for the fourth year on the trot. Nerves are on edge again. Common the Irons. Imagine a Tevez/Ashton strike force next season - the carrot is there. Great job to Curbs and the lads to have kept going so far. One more to win! Fingers crossed ...''

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