Huddersfield and Fulham look destined for relegation from the Premier League this season but as many as six teams are battling to avoid joining them in the second tier.
Just three points currently separate Crystal Palace in 13th place and Southampton, who occupy the final relegation position, with Brighton, Burnley, Cardiff and Newcastle sandwiched in between those two teams.
Saints (9/2 To Be Relegated) had looked like they were going to pull clear of the relegation battle after enjoying an uplift in form following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment as manager in December, but late goals have proved their undoing over recent weeks.
They have conceded in stoppage time in each of their last two games, with Burnley grabbing an equaliser earlier this month and Cardiff snatching a winner last time out.
Newcastle (11/2) are the side that currently sit directly above the relegation zone and only goal difference is keeping their heads above water.
Rafael Benitez’ side do have a game in hand on all the teams around them, although there are no guarantees they will get anything from that fixture – which sees them visit Wolves on Monday night.
Recent back-to-back wins have boosted the Magpies survival hopes and 16th-place Cardiff (10/11) have also claimed consecutive victories to ease their relegation fears.
Neil Warnock’s side have certainly shown plenty of heart and spirit during what has been a difficult time for the club off the pitch, but, on paper, their squad seems to be a lot weaker than their relegation rivals.
Two points above Cardiff sit a couple of sides in contrasting form, as Burnley (7/2) appear to be moving in an upward trajectory – they are unbeaten in seven – while Brighton (15/2), who lost to the Clarets last time out, have been sucked into the relegation battle after winning just one of their last 11 league games.
Like Brighton and Burnley, Crystal Palace (16/1) are also on 27 points and they are another team that have produced some eye-catching results of late, while the January addition of Michy Batshuayi looks a shrewd piece of business.
All six sides look like they could be involved in the relegation battle for the rest of the season, with Cardiff, due to the quality of their squad, and out-of-form Brighton perhaps looking the most vulnerable at this stage.
Odds subject to change