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Blackburn, Wolves, Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan are all fighting to stay in England's top flight and their fate will be decided at the weekend

ANALYSIS
By Jonathan Birchall

With five teams still fighting to save themselves from relegation with only one game to go, the last day of the Premier League season is going to be all about the fight at the bottom of the table.

Blackburn, Wolves, Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan are all within a fighting chance of saving themselves from the dreaded drop but with so many possibilities on a day that's sure to have it's twists and turns, the fate of each side could come down to as little as goal difference - remarkable considering that this battle began all the way back in August.

The question is now who will be joining West Ham, who were relegated last weekend, in the Championship next season.

Here's how the table looks going into the final day:

BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

 

P W D L GD Pts
15 Blackburn 37 10 10
17 -14 40
16 Wolves 37
11
7
19 -19 40
17 Birmingham 37 8
15
14 -20 39
18 Blackpool 37 10
9
18 -21 39
19 Wigan 37 8
15
14 -22 39
20(R)
West Ham 37 7
12
18 -24 33

Goal.com have calculated all the potential possibilities for the five teams battling to avoid the Premier League trap door below, showing how each club can save themselves or see their top division status taken from under their feet.

  15th
Blackburn
Last week: 15th
40 points
Last week: 39 points
GD -14
Last week: -14

How they can survive: 
  • Pick up a win away to Wolves
  • Draw and one of Birmingham, Blackpool or Wigan fail to win.
  • Lose by less than seven goals and two of Birmingham, Blackburn and Wigan fail to win

How they could go down:

  • Draw and Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan all win.
  • Lose by seven goals and one of Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan win.
  • Lose by less than seven goals and two of Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan win.
Next match: Wolves (a)

Form: DLLWDD


  16th
Wolves
Last week: 17th
39 points
Last week: 36 points
GD -19
Last week: -21

How they can survive: 
  • Win at home to Blackburn.
  • Draw and two of Birmingham, Blackpool or Wigan fail to win.
  • Lose by one goal and two of Birmingham, Blackburn and Wigan fail to win.

How they could go down:

  • Draw and two of Birmingham, Blackburn and Wigan win.
  • Lose by two clear goals and Birmingham and Blackpool draw their games.
  • Lose by four clear goals and two of Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan draw.
  • Lose and two of Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan win.
Next match: Blackburn (h)

Form: LDLDWW

  17th
Birmingham
Last week: 15th
39 points
Last week: 39 points
GD -20
Last week: -18

How they can survive
  • Win and Wolves and Blackburn draw.
  • Win with a better goal margin than Blackpool (by one goal) and Wigan (by two goals)
  • Draw and Blackpool and Wigan don’t better Birmingham’s result.
  • Draw and one of Blackpool and Wigan don’t better Birmingham’s result and Wolves lose by two goals or more.
  • Lose and Wigan and Blackpool also lose by at least the same number of goals.

How they could go down:

  • Win and Blackpool better their result.
  • Win and Wigan better their result by two goals.
  • Draw and Blackpool and Wigan win.
  • Draw and Blackpool or Wigan win and Wolves only lose by one goal.
  • Lose by one goal more than Blackpool or two goals more than Wigan.
Next match: Tottenham (a)

Form: WLLDLL

  18th
Blackpool
Last week: 18th
39 points
Last week: 36 points
GD -21
Last week: -22

How they can survive:
  • Win and one of Birmingham and Wigan lose or draw.
  • Win and Wolves and Blackburn draw.
  • Draw and Wigan and Birmingham lose.
  • Draw and one of Wigan and Birmingham lose and Wolves lose by two or more goals to Blackburn.
  • Lose and Wigan lose and Birmingham lose by a goal more than Blackpool.

How they could go down:

  • Win and Birmingham pick up three points and Wigan win by two goals or more than what Ian Holloway’s side manage.
  • Draw and Birmingham fail to lose.
  • Draw and Wigan win.
  • Draw and Wolves don’t lose by two or more goals.
  • Lose by the same number of goals as Birmingham and Wigan lose by two less goals.
Next match: Manchester United (a)

Form: LLDDDW

  19th
Wigan
Last week: 19th
39 points
Last week: 36 points
GD -22
Last week: -23

How they can survive:
  • Secure victory and both Birmingham and Blackpool fail to win.
  • Win and Wolves and Blackburn draw.
  • Draw and both Birmingham and Blackpool lose.
  • Lose and Birmingham lose by two more goals than Wigan.
How they could go down:
  • Win and Birmingham and Blackpool also pick up three points and the Wolves - Blackburn clash does notend in a draw.
  • Draw and either Birmingham or Blackpool pick up a point and Wolves don’t lose by four goals.
  • Lose and Birmingham and Blackpool manage to lose by less than two goals.

Next match: Stoke (a)

Form: LWLDDW

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