Premier League 2

Battle for PL2 Division 1 safety in focus

21 Mar 2018
Demetri Mitchell, Manchester United

Man Utd and Sunderland occupy the relegation places, but five other teams can still be caught in what promises to be an exciting finale

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Three-time Premier League 2 champions Manchester United are battling to maintain their Division 1 status, and they are one of seven teams who could yet be relegated in what promises to be a close contest to beat the drop.

Man Utd's 2-0 defeat by title challengers Swansea City leaves them five points adrift of safety ahead of a home encounter with Sunderland, who occupy the other place in the relegation zone. 

We look at Man Utd, Sunderland and the five other clubs yet to secure their safety.

The battle against relegation

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
6 Manchester City MCI 22 +10 30
7 Everton EVE 22 -4 30
8 Chelsea CHE 22 -1 29
9 Tottenham Hotspur U21 TOT 22 -10 26
10 Derby County DER 22 -12 24
11 Sunderland SUN 22 -20 22
12 Manchester United MUN 22 -18 20

To play: DER (A), TOT (H), LIV (A)

A run of three successive victories was halted by a defeat at second-placed Arsenal, but the Blues should only need two more points to secure their status.

West Ham United

To play: MCI (A), EVE (A), DER (A), ARS (H)

West Ham, promoted from Division 2 last season, have won once in their last five outings but can all-but guarantee safety with one more victory.

Manchester City

To play: EVE (A), WHU (H), MUN (H), TOT (A)

Consecutive victories have eased Manchester City's concerns, and two wins from their last four matches would be enough to secure safety.

Derby County

To play: CHE (H), TOT (A), WHU (H), LEI (A)

Derby, who finished with back-to-back wins to avoid relegation last season, have only won one of their last five matches and most recently suffered a 4-0 home defeat to relegation rivals Man City.

Tottenham Hotspur

To play: DER (H), CHE (A), MCI (H)

Spurs have moved out of the bottom two thanks to a five-match unbeaten run, with a north London derby victory over Arsenal one of three wins in that sequence.


To play: MUN (A), LEI (H), SWA (A)

The Black Cats have lost three of their last five matches, but they won their last outing against Everton.

After their trip to Old Trafford, Sunderland will hope for more success against those vying for the title, as they face two of the top three teams.

Manchester United

To play: SUN (H), MCI (A), EVE (H)

Man Utd won 2-1 at title-chasing Liverpool on 9 March. But if Derby County avoid defeat against Chelsea on 31 March, it will mean United must not lose at home to Sunderland six days later to have a chance of staying up.

Also in this series

Part 1: PL2 Division 2 promotion race in focus
Part 3: PL2 Division 1 title race in focus

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