West Ham and Bournemouth in trouble, Wolves and Sheffield United for top four? The difficulty of every Premier League club’s run-in

The title race may be over, but it’s still all to play for in the final third of the Premier League campaign.

We know Liverpool will win their first top-flight trophy for 30 years, however so many other questions remain unanswered.

Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top of the table
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Will Sheffield United qualify for the Champions League? Will West Ham get relegated?

We’ll have to wait until May 17 to find out the answers for sure, but with the help of Soccer Stats, we can begin to speculate.

Sometimes all you need is a kind run of fixtures to climb up the table. String together a couple of wins and suddenly everything looks a little rosier.

We’ve ranked every Premier League club based on the difficulty of their remaining fixtures, which helps paint a clearer picture of the task at hand for each team.

So, who has the most difficult remaining fixtures? Here’s the table, with ’20’ being the easiest and ‘1’ the hardest. West Ham and Bournemouth fans, look away now…

How is it calculated?

Soccer Stats adds up the points per game of all remaining opponents and averages it out to give a score.

The higher the number, the more difficult the remaining fixtures.

What’s more, it distinguishes between home and away points, to give a more accurate reflection on the remaining matches.



20. Southampton

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.20
Fixtures: Burnley (H), Aston Villa (H), West Ham (A), Newcastle (H), Norwich (A), Southampton (A), Watford (A), Man City (H), Everton (A), Man United (A), Brighton (H), Bournemouth (A), Sheffield United (H).

19. Wolves

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.21
Fixtures: Leicester (H), Norwich (H), Tottenham (A), Brighton (H), West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H), Aston Villa (A), Brighton (H), West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H), Aston Villa (A), Arsenal (H), Sheffield United (A), Everton (H), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H), Chelsea (A).

17= Sheffield United

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.28
Fixtures: Brighton (H), Aston Villa (A), Norwich (H), Newcastle (A), Man United (A), Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), Wolves (H), Chelsea (H), Leicester (A), Everton (H), Southampton (A)

17= Liverpool

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.28

Fixtures: Norwich (A), West Ham (H), Watford (A), Bournemouth (H), Everton (A), Crystal Palace (H), Man City (A), Aston Villa (H), Brighton (A), Burnley (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A)

Liverpool have one of the easier run-ins
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13= Burnley

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.29
Fixtures: Southampton (A), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (A), Tottenham (H), Man City (A), Watford (H), Crystal Palace (A), Sheffield United (H), West Ham (A), Liverpool (A), Wolves (H), Norwich (A), Brighton (H).

13= Man City

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.29
Fixtures: West Ham (H), Leicester (A), Arsenal (H), Man United (A), Burnley (H), Chelsea (A), Liverpool (H), Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Brighton (A), Bournemouth (H), Watford (A), Norwich (H).

13=  Leicester

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.29
Fixtures: Wolves (A), Man City (H), Norwich (A), Aston Villa (H), Watford (A), Brighton (H), Everton (A), Crystal Palace (H), Arsenal (A), Bournemouth (A), Sheffield United (H), Tottenham (A), Man United (H).

13= Chelsea

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.29
Fixtures: Man United (H), Tottenham (H), Bournemouth (A), Everton (H), Aston Villa (A), Man City (H), West Ham (A), Watford (H), Crystal Palace (A), Sheffield United (A), Norwich (H), Liverpool (A), Wolves (H).

Chelsea’s run gets better towards the end of the season
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12. Tottenham

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.32
Fixtures: Aston Villa (A), Chelsea (A), Wolves (H), Burnley (A), Man United (H), West Ham (H), Sheffield United (H), Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Arsenal (H), Newcastle (A), Leicester (H), Crystal Palace (A).

11. Newcastle

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.33
Fixtures: Arsenal (A), Crystal Palace (A), Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Sheffield United (H), Aston Villa (H), Bournemouth (A), West Ham (H), Man City (A), Watford (A), Tottenham (H), Brighton (A), Liverpool (H).

10. Arsenal

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.39
Fixtures: Newcastle (H), Everton (H), Man City (A), West Ham (H), Brighton (A), Southampton (A), Norwich (H), Wolves (A), Leicester (H), Tottenham (A), Liverpool (H), Aston Villa (A), Watford (H).

9. Crystal Palace

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.41
Fixtures: Newcastle (H), Brighton (A), Watford (H), Bournemouth (A), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H), Leicester (A), Chelsea (H), Aston Villa (A), Man United (H), Wolves (A), Tottenham (H).

Palace must be careful not to slip into a relegation battle
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8. Brighton

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.44
Fixtures: Sheffield United (A), Crystal Palace (H), Wolves (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (A), Man United (H), Norwich (A), Liverpool (H), Man City (H), Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Burnley (A).

4= Everton

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.46
Fixtures: Arsenal (A), Man United (H), Everton (H), Liverpool (H), Norwich (A), Leicester (H), Tottenham (A), Southampton (H), Wolves (A), Aston Villa (H), Sheffield United (A), Bournemouth (H).

4= Manchester United

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.46
Fixtures: Chelsea (A), Watford (H), Everton (A), Man City (H), Tottenham (A), Sheffield United (H), Brighton (A), Bournemouth (H), Aston VIlla (A), Southampton (H), Crystal Palace (A), West Ham (H), Leicester (A).

4= Aston Villa

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.46
Fixtures: Tottenham (H), Southampton (A), Leicester (A), Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A), Wolves (H), Liverpool (A), Man United (H), Crystal Palace (H), Everton (H), Arsenal (H), West Ham (A).

Can Grealish guide Villa to safety?
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4= Norwich

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.46
Fixtures: Liverpool (H), Wolves (A), Leicester (H), Sheffield United (A), Southampton (H), Everton (H), Arsenal (A), Brighton (H), Watford (A), West Ham (H), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Man City (A).

3. Watford

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.48
Fixtures: Man United (A), Liverpool (H), Crystal Palace (A), Leicester (H), Burnley (A), Southampton (H), Chelsea (A), Norwich (H), Newcastle (H), West Ham (A), Man City (H), Arsenal (A).

2. West Ham

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.54
Fixtures: Brighton (H), Man City (A), Liverpool (A), Southampton (H), Arsenal (A), Wolves (H), Tottenham (A), Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A), Burnley (H), Noriwch (A), Watford (H), Man United (A), Aston Villa (H).

1. Bournemouth

Average points per game of remaining opponents = 1.64
Fixtures: Burnley (A), Chelsea (H), Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H), Wolves (A), Newcastle (H), Man United (A), Tottenham (H), Leicester (H), Man City (A), Southampton (H), Everton (A).


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The title race may be over, but it’s still all to play for in the final third of the Premier League campaign. We know Liverpool will win their first top-flight trophy for 30 years, however so many other questions remain unanswered. Will Sheffield United qualify for the Champions League? Will West Ham get relegated? We’ll […]

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