The Premier League relegation battle just got even more interesting as nine teams fight to avoid the drop. With only five points separating them and 23 games still to play, the excitement and absurdity promised in this mini league has already been delivered in the Wolves vs Leeds match.
The fixture saw six goals, two red cards, and a total of 34 shots with both teams showing reckless abandonment and disregarding their concerns about a double damaging defeat. While Leeds managed the game perfectly, Wolves struggled to keep up, losing two players to red cards, and ending the game with frustration.
The defensive shape and discipline of Leeds impressed throughout the game, but Javi Gracia was also praised for his tactical decisions which ultimately led to their victory. A replacement player scored the third goal just seconds after coming on, while a combination of Crysencio Summerville and Rodrigo scored the final two goals in stoppage time.
The win gives Leeds a two-point cushion in the table of results between the nine teams, with Forest currently top with 18 points and West Ham, Bournemouth, and Southampton bottom with 14 points each.
The absurdity of this mini league is what makes it so entertaining, and with so much still to play for, momentum and impetus are certain to change hands each week. The final day promises to be a seminal event with Everton hosting Bournemouth, Leicester visiting West Ham, and Crystal Palace facing Nottingham Forest.
The excitement and intensity of this relegation battle might even overshadow the intense fight for the title and European qualification. As wheat and chaff ought to have been distinguished by this point, there is still everything to play for, and the unpredictability of each game makes every result even more thrilling.
In a season where anything can happen, the Premier League relegation battle is just one example of the excitement and unpredictability that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. With 23 games still to play, fans can expect even more absurd fun as the nine teams continue to fight for their Premier League survival.