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5/6 that goal difference decides Premier League relegation

| 22.05.2011

With only one point separating the five teams hoping to avoid filling the two remaining Premier League relegation spots, 5/6 seems a decent price that goal difference will end up sending at least one team down to the Championship.

There are numerous final-day permutations that could result in different combinations of teams going down, with Wigan and Blackpool currently occupying the relegation places.

However, with Birmingham also on 39 points, the obvious way that goal difference will decide who is relegated is if all three teams collect the same result on the final day of the season.

The logical result that the three will share is defeat, as they all face away games that look tough on paper.

Blackpool easily have the hardest task away at Manchester United, while Birmingham will need to be at their best to get a result at Tottenham.

Wigan are perhaps the most likely to avoid defeat at Stoke, although the hosts are unbeaten in their last eight league games at the Britannia Stadium.

Wolves and Blackburn are the other two teams who could still go down and they face each other on the final day of the season.

If the pair draw then the only way they could influence relegation in terms of goal difference is if they both face the drop because the three teams below them all win.

Meanwhile, if there is a loser in Wolves’ clash with Blackburn, then goal difference could be a feature in two ways.

Firstly, if at least two of the teams below them draw or if one of them share the points and another wins.

There are also numerous permutations that would see goal difference have no bearing on which teams are relegated from the Premier League and it is 5/6 that this is the case.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.