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The Premier League's relegation battle

Updated: March 9, 2012, 9:56 AM ET
By Jacob Nitzberg, ESPN Stats & Information

The race at the top of the Premier League table appears to be down to just the two clubs from Manchester, but the race to avoid relegation has five teams within two points of the bottom. This weekend's matches could prove crucial, as four of the teams square off in two head-to-head matchups. Using ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI), we calculated each team's offensive and defensive ratings and simulated each matchup 10,000 times. Let's take a look at how the outcomes will affect each team's chance ...

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