The relegation trapdoor has already claimed two teams – who will be next?
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Huddersfield secured a second season in the Premier League by clinching a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Laurent Depoitre capitalised on a kind bounce following a long ball by Aaron Mooy to fire home the opener in the 50th minute before a clearance struck Marcos Alonso’s head and went into the net for a bizarre equaliser.
Huddersfield’s goal came under constant attack in the closing stages and they had to survive six minutes of injury-time, but resolute defending preserved their top-flight status for another year.
The outcome in west London spells all but finalises the identities of the teams relegated for the 2017-18 season, with Huddersfield pulling clear of trouble.
Stoke’s demise was confirmed following their defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday and they will be joined in the Sky Bet Championship next season by West Brom.
In theory Southampton could join them, but Swansea are the more likely third team to tumble out of the elite. Swansea must win against Stoke on Sunday and hope Southampton lose to Manchester City, with a 10-goal swing in the Welsh team’s favour, for Saints to go down.