How does City’s run-in compare to their rivals?

PUBLISHED: 15:32 02 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:59 02 March 2020

City have been beaten by Watford, West Ham, Brighton and Aston Villa this season. 
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City have been beaten by Watford, West Ham, Brighton and Aston Villa this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City have 10 games to pull off their ‘little miracle’, but how does their run in compare to that of the their relegation contenders?

Potter took over from former City boss Chris Hughton last summer and is hoping to keep the South coast club in the Premier League. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/PA ImagesPotter took over from former City boss Chris Hughton last summer and is hoping to keep the South coast club in the Premier League. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/PA Images

15th - Brighton & Hove Albion

Head coach: Graham Potter

Remaining fixtures: Wolves (A, 7th March), Arsenal (H, 14th March), Leicester City (A, 22nd March), Manchester United (H, 4th April), Norwich City (A, 11th April), Liverpool (H, 20th April), Manchester City (H, 25th April), Southampton (A, 2nd May), Newcastle United (H, 9th May), Burnley (A, 17th May).

Potter on survival chances: "I am confident. I believe in the players, I believe in what we are trying to do. "We need a bit of luck, we need something to fall our way, I guess.

"But there are some qualities there which have been good over the past few weeks, even though results haven't been so positive," speaking to the Argus.

David Moyes is the man tasked with ensuring survival at the London Stadium. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire/PA ImagesDavid Moyes is the man tasked with ensuring survival at the London Stadium. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images

16th - West Ham United

Manager: David Moyes

Remaining fixtures: Arsenal (A, 7th March), Wolves (H, 15th March), Tottenham Hotspur (A, 20th March), Chelsea (H, 5th April), Newcastle United (A, 10th April), Burnley (H, 18th April), Norwich City (A, 25th April), Watford (H, 2nd May), Manchester United (A, 9th May), Aston Villa (H, 17th May).

"We need to show better quality with the ball, when we have the opportunities. The attitude has been spot on. In good spirits. We're confident and have a good chance of winning," The Scot explained to the Romford Recorder.

"We all need to be together. We need it. My message to them is positive, be with the team, stick with them. The team needs you badly."

Pearson has completed the great escape with Leicester City, can he do it again with Watford? Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA ImagesPearson has completed the great escape with Leicester City, can he do it again with Watford? Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images

17th - Watford

Head coach: Nigel Pearson

Remaining fixtures: Crystal Palace (A, 7th March), Leicester City (H, 14th March), Burnley (A, 21st March), Southampton (H, 4th April), Chelsea (A, 12th April), Norwich City (H, 18th April), Newcastle United (H, 25th April), West Ham (A, 2nd May), Manchester City (H, 9th May), Arsenal (A, 17th May).

"There are days that things can feel as though events are conspiring against you," Pearson told the Watford Observer.

"We've got the tools, what we've got to do is make things happen ourself and so there are going to be occasions when we're not at our best and things don't go our way, we've just got to be able to deal with it, it's as simple as that really."

AFC Bournemouth's stability under Eddie Howe is being tested this season.
 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdAFC Bournemouth's stability under Eddie Howe is being tested this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

18th - AFC Bournemouth

Manager: Eddie Howe

Remaining fixtures: Liverpool (A, 14th March), Crystal Palace (H, 14th March), Wolves (A, 22nd March), Newcastle United (H, 4th April), Manchester United (A, 11th April), Tottenham Hotspur (A, 18th April), Leicester City (H, 25th April), Manchester City (A, 2nd May), Southampton (H, 9th May), Everton (A, 17th May).

"We are not where we want to be in the league - it's going to be very tight. It's going to be a real battle," Howe told the Bournemouth Echo

"But certainly I am seeing signs that the team is in a much better place and ready for the challenge that lays ahead."

Aston Villa haven't kicked on under Dean Smith in the Premier League. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA ImagesAston Villa haven't kicked on under Dean Smith in the Premier League. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images

19th - Aston Villa

Head coach: Dean Smith

Remaining fixtures: Sheffield United (H, TBD), Leicester City (A, 9th March), Chelsea (H, 4th March), Newcastle United (A, 21st March), Wolves (H, 4th April), Liverpool (A, 12th April), Manchester United (H, 19th April), Crystal Palace (H, 27th April), Everton (A, 2nd May), Arsenal (H, 9th May), West Ham (A, 17th May).

"We were written off after last week (2-0 loss) at Southampton. We expected a reaction today and we got that. We were taking on one of the best teams in the world," Smith said via the Evening Express.

"You can't hide away that we're in the bottom three now. If we play like we did today, then we'll get out of the relegation zone."

Daniel Farke is looking to complete a 'little miracle' by keeping City in the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke is looking to complete a 'little miracle' by keeping City in the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

20th - Norwich City

Head coach: Daniel Farke

Remaining fixtures: Sheffield United (A, 7th March), Southampton (H, 14th March), Everton (H, 21st March), Arsenal (A, 4th April), Brighton and Hove Albion (H, 11th April), Watford (A, 18th April), West Ham (H, 25th April), Chelsea (A, 2nd May), Burnley (H, 9th May), Manchester City (A, 17th May).

"I am pleased with our path, our direction but we have to keep going. When you work with unity and fighting spirit and the right tactical approach then you have a chance.

"We are not even speaking about winning seven out of 10. We can't judge our players and our situation on relegation."

** Fixtures in bold are games between a side in the bottom five at present

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