Which Premier League clubs have the hardest run-ins? How Burnley, Fulham and Sheffield United compare in relegation dogfight

Burnley have 12 games to accumulate enough points and retain their Premier League status – but how does their run-in compare to their relegation rivals?

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:24 pm
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

With a dozen games left to play, Sean Dyche’s men sit nervously in the relegation picture with 28 points from their 26 games so far.

Just five points separate the Clarets in 15th and Fulham, managed by Scott Parker, in 18th, who are unbeaten in five matches.

The Cottagers' upturn in form has made things very interesting. Indeed, West Brom are also showing signs of a possible revival.

Average league position of remaining opponents: 9th. Remaining fixtures: Manchester United (H), Tottenham (A), West Brom (H), Everton (A), Chelsea (H), Southampton (A), Leicester City (A), Manchester City (H), Sheffield United (A), Aston Villa (H), Arsenal (H), Liverpool (A).

All eyes are on each relegation-threatened club’s remaining fixtures – which includes Crystal Palace, Southampton, Burnley Brighton, Newcastle, Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United.

So, who has the hardest run-in on paper? We’ve worked out the average league position of Burnley and their rivals’ remaining opponents – and it’s to say, there isn’t much in it at all.

Average league position of remaining opponents: 11th. Remaining fixtures: Everton (A), Sheffield United (A), Manchester City (A), Brighton (H), Burnley (H), West Brom (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester City (H), Liverpool (A), Fulham (H), Leeds (H), West Ham (A), Tottenham (A) - date TBC.
Average league position of remaining opponents: 10th. Remaining fixtures: Leicester City (H), Arsenal (H), Everton (A), Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Fulham (A), Leeds (H), Liverpool (H), Sheffield United (A).
Average league position of remaining opponents: 10th. Remaining fixtures: Leicester City (H), Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Sheffield United (A), Leeds (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Manchester City (H), Arsenal (A).
Average league position of remaining opponents: 11th. Remaining fixtures: West Brom (A), Aston Villa (H), Brighton (A), Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester City (A), Manchester City (H), Sheffield United (H), Fulham (A).
Average league position of remaining opponents: 9th. Remaining fixtures: Tottenham (H), Liverpool (A), Manchester City (H), Leeds (H), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Manchester United (A), Newcastle (H).
Average league position of remaining opponents: 9th. Remaining fixtures: Everton (H), Newcastle (H), Crystal Palace (A), Chelsea (A), Southampton (H), Leicester City (A), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Liverpool (H), West Ham (H), Leeds (A).
Average league position of remaining opponents: 11th. Remaining fixtures: Aston Villa (H), Southampton (H), Leicester City (A), Leeds (A), Arsenal (H), Wolves (A), Brighton (H), Tottenham (A), Crystal Palace (H), Everton (A), Newcastle (A), Burnley (H).