As ever, relegation threatened teams may or may not take appropriate action to stave off the threat. With the Premier League TV revenues escalating ever higher, who has done enough in the January window? 

We can look back to the famous season when Norwich sacrificed 7th place at Christmas and were relegated. The fight for survival may have been fuelled by complacency from dizzy heights. Here we try to take a look at all potential candidates with 14 games to go. 

Every team in the top 4 is already statistically safe. ManU in 5th are only a win away, West Ham a point behind them have shown a blend of flair and steel under Bilic. Liverpool have shown inconsistency under Klopp. 

We would love to start with Southampton. Although at times they have not lived up to last season’s heights, the £4m capture of Austin as well as the return of Fraser Forster, with 4 clean sheets in 4 games, leaves them well placed. 

Stoke, also active in the window have the bottom 3 plus Swansea at home. Although Watford have 5 of the top 8 away, Playing Sunderland and Villa at home leave them with few extra points to find for safety. Everton put themselves closer to safety last night. 

Our starting point then is:

Crystal Palace 31 points
Even 7 games ago, they were as high as 5th. With 2 goalless draws preceding a run of 5 defeats, it could be argued that the Eagles have crash landed. A repeat Pardew’s last 14 games in his last full season at Newcastle (W3 D0 L9) would put his new side bang on 40 points. 

The only signing has been Adebayor, who Pardew said he would handle like Ben Arfa, the player he famously ostracised at Newcastle. With 2 home games against bottom half clubs, and 2 away in the North East where he fared less than well for the Magpies and against Sunderland, the odds of up to 100/1 may be worth a flutter. 

Chelsea 29 points
At the start of the season, all of the clubs below them would have been delighted to be in touching distance of Chelsea at this stage. Unbeaten in 10, they would seem to be on the path to recovery. 

West Bromwich Albion 29 points
Tony Pulis is known as an escapologist in these situations. This time it looks to be quite formidable, having added 2 reserve midfielders from Spurs to his squad on loan. The key could well prove to be in giving Berahino a shop window for his talents, after all, West Brom are 2nd lowest scorers in the league. 

With the top 4 away from home to come, as well as six 6 pointers, this could prove to be Pulis’s toughest challenge yet. Having said that, 6 pointers are his speciality. 

Despite some question marks over their 2 signings, having 5 of the top 6 at the Bridge and 5 of the bottom 6 away should see them comfortably continue to climb up the table. 

Bournemouth 28 points
With a watchable brand of football, Eddie Howe is a refreshing young change to the fossilised nature of English managers in the Premier League. After a stunning start, Callum Wilson’s injury left the Cherries goal shy, unable to gain a win in 8 games. 

The sensible addition of Afobe has provided some of the goals to contribute to a 50% win ratio since that poor run of results. Howe should be backed, as he has been by his Chairman, to avoid the same fate as others like Boothroyd, Dyche and a stream of managers who have not survived more than a year in the top flight. 

Swansea City 26 points
With only 4 home games against clubs in the bottom half of the table, one of them being Chelsea, the two big games to come are way at Bournemouth and Newcastle. 7 points out of the last 9 suggests that in their new manager, they may be able to escape by adding steel to their style. 

They of course lost Shelvey in the transfer window, potentially adding goals through Paloschi. With 5 away games against top half opponents remaining, home form will be critical. 

Norwich 23 points
Having shown some promise early in the season then around Christmas, the Canaries have the rest of the season has been characterised by naivety with a young Scottish manager. With only 2 wins against teams in the top 14, it is hard to see where they will get more a few more victories. 

The transfer window arrival of Naismith suggested a useful addition with the Middlesbrough born Jarvis and Chelsea’s Bamford who impressed on loan at Middlesbrough. Potentially their most influential signing of their campaign is in the directors’ bow with left winger, Ed Balls.
 

Newcastle United 21 points
After a sorry start, McClaren’s long term future in top flight English football depends on his new signings. Shelvey has already impressed for the Magpies with Townsend having impressed in his fledgling England career. Frankly, the strikers need the ammunition they can provide. 

Last night against Everton cast doubts. Whilst he never achieved what Sir Bobby did as England manager, McClaren’s formation and coherence reminded us of Sir Bobby’s reported favourite singer here. 2 wings and no target man for a while might have proved sheer genius – but it didn’t. 

There are 5 winnable home games beckoning with points on the road being at a premium having already lost 9 out of 12 away, scoring only 6 times in the process. It could be that McClaren’s successor will be left with the task. If he stays we look certainties for the chop. 

Sunderland 19 points
One of the biggest yoyo teams of the Premier League years, the Mackems have developed a habit more recently of avoiding disaster with a new manager. With Allardyce at the helm, he brings his own experience of relegation dogfights. 

Depending on signings from overseas in this window, a daunting fixture list sees only 2 clearly winnable home games. They will depend on playing both Newcastle and Norwich away whilst also improve their record against the top 15. 

Aston Villa 13 points
Despite Reni Garde coming in to organise performances that have improved, the lack of signings and challenging fixture list means that they will do well to break 30 points. 

The Banks family are noted for their West Midlands beer and the song that they have been practising for their unique Villa tributes for between now and the end of the season and can be seen here. 

Verdict
It now appears that both Villa and Sunderland have far too much to do between now and the end of the season. 

The number of 6 pointers should make for an exciting finale to the season particularly among the birds. The Eagles will generate interest unless they can pick up form. South Wales will see some very squeaky swans aswimming. The Throstles should just have enough with the Magpies having stolen a match during the window. 

Sadly, the Canaries seem most likely bankers to break into song with Villa and will have to watch out for Black Cats in the Championship – unless Ashley sticks with McClaren.