State of Play: How things stand in the Premier League relegation race with eight matches to play

AS Mauricio Pellegrino became the ninth Premier League manager sacked, the top flight’s unprecendented eight-way relegation race took another turn.

Southampton, now managerless after axing Pellegrino, have registered just five victories all season – an utter disaster as they’ve slumped this term and risk relegation after finishing eighth last season. The decision to sack Claude Puel at the end of last term has backfired spectacularly,

Club legend Matt Le Tissier told Sky Sports: “We’ve been a fairly negative side, not on the front foot that much, and certainly not scoring the amount of goals to take us to a good position in the league.

“Whenever a manager goes that long, winning one game in 17, I think everybody understands in football these days that the guy is under serious pressure.”

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With eight games to play in the Premier League, we are no closer to a definitive answer as to who will live to fight on in 2018-19.