With three rounds of games remaining in the Premier League season, Dale Johnson assesses the teams battling to avoid the drop with just two points separating five teams for 18th place.
ASTON VILLA Position: 14th Points: 35 Remaining fixtures: West Ham (h), Southampton (a), Burnley (h)
Aston Villa's position looks relatively comfortable after victory at home to Everton at the weekend. They now top the mini-league of five teams hoping to avoid relegation and have the comfort of two relatively...
In recent Premier League campaigns, we've been treated to some outstanding end-of-season drama.
Sergio Aguero's 94th-minute winner against QPR to seal the 2011-12 title for Manchester City was the most incredible clincher in the Premier League era, while other run-ins have also been memorable: Chelsea sealed the title in 2009-10 with an 8-0 victory on the final day, and Manchester United's 2013 triumph was clinched with a Robin van Persie strike that was voted goal of the season.
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In the age of tactical flexibility and squad rotation, Chelsea's title has been built on old-fashioned principles. Jose Mourinho has stuck to the same 4-2-3-1 framework throughout the campaign and has used the same players: three are ever-presents in the Premier League, 10 have started at least 26 games and an 11th, Diego Costa, would surely have done likewise but for injuries and suspension.
Chelsea's triumph has been based on key performers playing key roles and, tactically, six men have been particularly...
Arsenal will close the season with their captain lucky to be amassing any more than 10 appearances this campaign.
Mikel Arteta, the 33-year-old Spaniard has struggled with injuries this season. The greater sadness comes from the fact that even when he does play, he slows the flow and struggles to maintain intensity during weeks with three games in it.
His tenure as the leader of Arsenal is coming to a close, so all eyes are focused on who will take responsibility for the new season.