Nine teams split by six points: inside Premier League’s tight relegation scrap | Premier League

12 Crystal Palace Pl 25 Pts 27 GD -11

With only six points separating the bottom nine, Palace are closer to 20th-placed Bournemouth than 11th-placed Aston Villa. Ominously, Patrick Vieira’s young side have developed downward momentum and have gone nine league games without victory. They are seeking their first win of 2023 and continue to miss last season’s Chelsea loanee midfielder Conor Gallagher. Vieira, ever sensible and intelligent, reacted to the concession of seven goals in two games against Tottenham and Chelsea at the turn of the year by swapping a high press for cagey,…


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