LEEDS and Burnley will go into the final day with their Premier League futures.
Both clubs are locked in on 35 points going into the final weekend of the season – where the Whites travel to Brentford and Burnley host Newcastle.
Leeds are back in just their second season in the Premier League after struggling for 18 years in the Championship.
They fired manager Marcelo Bielsa back in March and replaced him with American Jesse Marsch.
But he couldn’t stop the team’s collapse into the bottom three.
Similarly, just last month, Burnley fired Sean Dyche – after ten years at the club.
Leeds boast the likes of England international Kalvin Phillips, Brazilian sensation Rafinha and Patrick Bamford.
So it seems like they have enough around them to stay awake.
While Burnley are seasoned pros at staying in the league – on a budget since 2016.
But better teams have perished – as the following list shows.
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Newcastle – 2008-09
THE 2008/09 season was a complete disaster for the Toon.
As they dismounted, Newcastle had seen FOUR Different managers scrape together only seven wins.
Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and club legend Alan Shearer all took over as club directors.
But it was Shearer – who had vowed to keep the Magpies alive – who oversaw the eventual and somewhat inevitable decline, finishing in 18th place just one point from survival.
For a team the size of Newcastle and with a squad consisting of Michael Owen, Damien Duff, Nicky Butt, Obafemi Martins, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Mark Viduka, competing in the Championship was completely alien.
They would win the league and go straight back to the Premier League but for such a strong side it was remarkable to go down.
MUCH like Newcastle, Leeds fell into the group of clubs ‘too big to go under’.
But in 2004 the Elland Road giants slipped out of the top flight and didn’t return for 16 years – during which time they even slipped into League One for three seasons.
In 2003/04 Leeds won just eight games and scored a league-high 79 goals en route to 19th place in the Prem while the club found themselves in financial turmoil.
The Yorkshire side also had a strong squad – with players like Viduka, Paul Robinson, Nicky Barmby, Alan Smith, Aaron Lennon and James Milner in the books.
Westham – 2002-03
EVEN the magic 40-point mark wasn’t enough for the Hammers in 2002-03.
To date, West Ham’s tally of 42 points this year is the highest for a relegated team.
For context, the East London giants also secured 42 points and finished 13th in 2017-18.
But for a team featuring Jermain Defoe, Paolo di Canio, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Les Ferdinand, David James, Trevor Sinclair and more that goes under? Insanity.
Ultimately, the star-studded team finished two points behind Bolton in 17th place.
Even more bizarre, it took West Ham two tries to get back into the big time and eventually scraped through the Championship play-offs despite finishing sixth.
In 1993-94 Blackburn won the Premier League Cup. In 1997-98 they finished sixth.
And early in the 1998/99 season they were called upon to challenge for a second title, now under Roy Hodgson.
Rovers boasted the likes of Duff, Stephane Henchoz, Chris Sutton, Kevin Davies, Tim Sherwood and Tim Flowers.
Despite this, Blackburn finished the season in 19th place after winning a dismal five games.
Hodgson was sacked in the middle of a disastrous season with no player in the squad scoring more than five league goals.
Middlesbrough – 1996-97
EVEN the exploits of Juninho and Fabrizio Ravanelli couldn’t save Boro in 1996-97.
The Italian striker has scored 31 goals in all competitions – including a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool on day one – while the Brazilian midfield magician was in full swing behind him.
Nonetheless, Middlesbrough slipped to the second tier after finishing two points behind safety.
After a strong start to the season – three wins and just one loss in the first six games – Boro failed to win a single game between September 21 and December 26.
Under player-manager Bryan Robson, Middlesbrough finished 19th, a point behind Sunderland in 18th and two points behind Coventry and Southampton, who just survived.
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