Premier League Run In: Clubs With The Easiest Remaining Fixtures as Final Weeks Count Down

Premier League Run In: Clubs With The Easiest Remaining Fixtures as Final Weeks Count Down

Martin Moses
updated at March 29, 2024 at 6:26 AM
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  • The Premier League run-in will officially begin this weekend
  • Liverpool have the 'easiest' fixtures among title contenders
  • Both the title race and relegation tussle are yet to be settled

The 2023/2024 Premier League season is set to return this weekend after the international break for one last hurrah, with no positions settled despite Arsenal and Liverpool angling to break Manchester City's dominance at the top.

The relegation battle equally got interesting after Nottingham Forest were docked four points.

Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will also square off for the UEFA Champions League spot, which could rise to two depending on how the remaining English teams in the European competitions perform.

Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Premier League run-in, 2023/2024 Premier League title race.
Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta will face off on March 31 when Manchester City host Arsenal. Photo by Robin Jones.
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In what is called the run-in, the fixtures are set to come in thick and fast until May 19, when all positions will be settled. No team can afford to drop points at this crucial stage of the season.

The first mouthwatering clash will occur this weekend when Manchester City hosts Arsenal. There will be a couple of other exciting games down the road, including the North London derby, City's visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Liverpool's return to Old Trafford.

The run-in: Premier League remaining fixtures

Sports Brief has previously explained how Ange Postecoglou's Spurs could determine the Premier League winner.

Ahead of the start of the run-in, the Premier League has released a list of the clubs with the easiest to hardest fixtures on paper. They reached that conclusion by calculating the average points of the remaining opponents a team is yet to face.

Newcastle United have been adjudged to have the easiest remaining fixtures with the average points of the teams they are yet to play standing at 33.5. Eddie Howe could use a late surge in form to improve on the Magpies' current 10th place.

On the other end, Brighton and Hove Albion have the most challenging fixtures, with Roberto De Zerbi's next opponents having an average of 45.1 points. This is equivalent to playing a seventh-placed side until the end of the season.

Of the current big three, Liverpool have the easiest fixtures, followed by Arsenal, with Manchester City having the hardest of the trio.

Clubs with the easiest remaining fixtures of the EPL 2023/2024 season.

Rank

Team

Avg. points of remaining opponents

1

Newcastle United

33.5

2

Everton

34.2

3

Brentford

35.4

3

Nottingham Forest

35.4

5

Burnley

35.8

6

Fulham

35.9

7

Sheffield United

37.0

7

Manchester United

37.0

9

Chelsea

38.0

10

Spurs

38.8

11

Liverpool

38.9

12

Bournemouth

39.1

13

Manchester City

41.0

14

Wolves

41.5

15

Arsenal

42.3

16

West Ham

43.2

16

Luton

43.2

18

Aston Villa

44.8

19

Crystal Palace

44.9

20

Brighton

45.1

You can find the current Premier League table here.

Analysing remaining fixtures of EPL's top three

Sports Brief also previously gave a breakdown of how the remaining matches of Arsenal, Man City, and Liverpool will affect the Premier League title chase.

Only one point separates them ahead of the last 10 games of the season, with the only fixture among them being the Gunners' visit to the Etihad on March 31.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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