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Robbie Savage: Who will survive Premier League relegation battle?

Robbie Savage: Who will survive Premier League relegation battle?
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All of the teams near the bottom of the Premier Ryan Clady Jersey League lack a bit of quality - they would not be down there otherwise. But, at this stage of the season, what they need is character, and some of them do not have enough of that either. From my time with Birmingham, Blackburn and Derby, I know what it is like to be in a battle to stay in the top flight - what teams need to stay up and what the signs are that they won't. With 15 games to go and the pressure increasing, there are only six points separating the bottom eight teams and it seems there is at least one vital relegation clash every weekend. For each of the clubs fighting for survival, I have looked at everything from current form and who they signed in January to who they have to play in May. This is who I think will stay up, and which teams are heading for the Championship. With the huge amounts of TV money you get for being in the Premier League, I am surprised more teams did not gamble and spend more money in January, or at least bring more players in. The right January signing can make all the difference - it did when I was at Birmingham and we signed France's World Cup-winning striker Christophe Dugarry in our first season in the top flight. He was the biggest reason we stayed up. Eagles boss Alan Pardew has not signed a player like Dugarry but he needed more firepower and he got it with Yaya Sanogo and Shola Ameobi both arriving. Marouane Chamakh is also back from injury, and he and Sanogo are already scoring. On top of that they have got Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup. Add a new manager in Pardew, who has already Marques Colston Jersey got them winning again, and there is no way they will go down. Run-in: Palace play Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in May, but they should already be safe by then. Looking at the table, the three teams in the bottom three have 19 points or fewer, and I cannot see any of them taking more than 13 points - four wins and a draw - from their last 15 games. That means 33 points will be enough to stay up this season, the fewest since 2010 when teams needed 31 for safety. Run-in: Sunderland still have to play six of the other seven teams in the bottom eight, and only one of those games is away from home. Sunderland have not won enough games this season but to get to 33 points they only need three wins and a draw. Defoe will help get the wins they need. They have gone 612 minutes without scoring a league goal but every time I see a Villa team sheet and they are at home, I think they might nick something. There is no such thing as being too good to go down but, of all the teams fighting the drop, Villa have the most quality in their squad. Run-in: Villa play Chelsea on Saturday but, after that, they do not have any really difficult fixtures left at home: Stoke, West Brom, Swansea, QPR, Everton, West Ham and Burnley are the other teams who have to come to Villa Park. As a player at Birmingham and Blackburn, when we http://www.bearsshop.us.com/Kyle_Fuller_Jersey were fighting the drop we always targeted certain games that we thought we could win. I am sure the Villa players will know about that run of home matches and think they can get enough from it to stay up - four wins from those seven games would probably be enough. To get them, they need their fans to be behind them - at this stage of the season in a relegation fight, you need them more than ever. Out of all the teams at the bottom, there is the most discontent among some fans at Villa Park - mostly against the owner Randy Lerner and manager Paul Lambert. Instead of any negativity, they need to give their players as much help as they can. I played under Tigers boss Steve Bruce in a relegation battle at Birmingham and he will be trying to keep morale high on the training ground. No matter how bad results are, you need the players to still go in and enjoy training every day and Bruce will make sure of that. If it gets to the stage where players don't want to go in, then that is it - game over. It was like that for me at Derby the year we went down as the worst Premier League side in history Run-in: While Burnley are playing the teams at http://www.titans.us.com/Jake_Locker_Jersey the top of the table, Hull will take on the sides who are around them at the bottom - they play Aston Villa, QPR, Sunderland and Leicester in the space of a month from next week onwards. But, whoever the opposition, their problem will be winning enough games to get them to safety - they have only won nine of their last 48 Premier League games, which is why they are in so much trouble in the first place.

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