BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 15: WBA supporters celebrate at the end of the Barclays Premiership match between West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth at The Hawthorns on May 15, 2005 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

7 of the Greatest Escapes From Almost-Certain Premier League Relegation

As we reach the final day of the Premier League season, there are still two relegation spots yet to fill for a pair of unfortunate sides. 


Stoke City have confirmed they will be playing in the Championship next season and could be joined by any two of Swansea City, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, and Huddersfield Town .


After looking dead and buried, West Brom have clawed their way back to within a chance of avoiding the drop. Darren Moore is performing miracles with the Baggies after picking up points against Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hostpur.


If West Brom did do the unthinkable and managed to avoid relegation, it would surely go down as one of the greatest relegation escapes even seen in the Premier League.


But how would it compare to others in the history of the league?


Here are seven of the greatest escapes from Premier League relegation.

7. Portsmouth (2005/06)

The 2005/06 Premier League season was a turbulent one for Pompey fans. With the club struggling in the relegation zone as early as November, the club sacked manager Alain Perrin. 


Just over a year after he left the club, Harry Redknapp was brought back to take charge of Portsmouth, leaving bitter rivals Southampton in the process. By February and with ten games to go, Portsmouth were eight points adrift of safety and looked down and out. 


But a run of form which included a streak of six games without defeat saw Pompey turn their eight point deficit into a four point cushion above the relegation zone. They survived the drop with a game to spare, losing to Liverpool at home on the final day. 

6. West Bromwich Albion (2004/05)

They've done it once, can they do it again?


In 2005, West Brom became the first team in Premier League history to avoid relegation after being bottom of the table at Christmas. This was also the first time in the Premier League that no club had already been relegated heading into the final day of the season. 


With ten games to go, the Baggies were five points adrift of safety and were facing a run in which included all of the eventual top four of that season. 


Managing a draw with Manchester United and a win against Everton, the Baggies needed to beat Portsmouth on the final day. 


They beat Pompey 2-0 thanks to goals from Kieran Richardson and Geoff Horsfield - cue the celebrations and pitch invasions. Even the Pompey fans were celebrating, as victory for West Brom meant their rivals Southampton were relegated. 

5. Fulham (2007/08)

Fulham avoided the drop in 2008 by the skin of their teeth, staying up on goal difference alone. 


Roy Hodgson took the reigns in the December after the departure of Laurie Sanchez. With ten games remaining, the Cottagers needed to bridge a six point gap to stay up. 


Three wins in their final three games did the trick, the turning point being a 92nd minute winner from Diomansy Kamara to beat Manchester City. Danny Murphy scored the winning goal against Portsmouth on the final day, which meant their goal difference kept them up at Reading's expense.

4. Wigan Athletic (2011/12)

It was in this season that Wigan gained the reputation as giant killers as the Latics survived relegation despite an incredibly difficult run in. 


In their final ten games, Wigan managed to win away to Liverpool, beat Manchester United for the first time in their history, win away to Arsenal for the first time, and smash Champions League chasing Newcastle United 4-0 to register their largest ever Premier League victory. 


After spending most of the season in the bottom three, Wigan's incredible run saw them climb to 15th and seven points clear of the relegation zone. 

3. Everton (1993/94)

Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League, but came daringly close to the drop in 1994 in just the second ever season of the modern top flight. 


Legendary Toffees manager Howard Kendall had left the club in December after guiding his side to a run of seven matches without a win. Mike Walker was brought in to turn Everton's season around, but left it until the final day to confirm the club's safety. 


On the last day of the season, Everton were 2-0 down to sixth place Wimbledon and looked doomed to relegation. Barry Horne had brought the Toffees level in the second half, but were still down as Sheffield United were leading against Chelsea. 


The Blades needed just a draw to stay up, but were wrongly informed by the touchline that they needed to push for a winner. Chelsea fought back and scored a winner late in injury time, while Graham Stuart scored a winner for Everton. The Toffees would survive, while Sheffield paid the price.

2. West Ham United (2006/07)

An incredible story, made all the more memorable by the controversy surrounding it. 


It was a dramatic season for West Ham. Eggert Magnusson had bought the club in November 2006 and swiftly sacked manager Alan Pardew, leaving the club teetering on the edge of the relegation zone. 


Alan Curbishley was appointed, but initially did little to steady the ship. With ten games to go, the Hammers were rock bottom of the league and a whopping ten points adrift of safety. 


But seven wins out of ten changed all that as the Hammers managed wins against Arsenal and Everton, and beat Manchester United on the final day. 


Carlos Tevez scored the winner against United to confirm West Ham's stay in the Premier League. Sheffield United, Charlton, and Watford would go down. The Blades eventually took the Hammers to court over breaching third party ownership laws in the signings of Tevez and Javier Mascherano. West Ham were forced to pay £20m in compensation but luckily avoided a points deduction. 

1. Leicester City (2014/15)

In the space of 18 months, Leicester City went from bottom of the Premier League table to the very top. 


Bottom at Christmas in 2014, Leicester looked dead and buried with ten games to go as they found themselves seven points adrift of safety. 


Seven wins out of their last nine helped the Foxes stay up in what turned out to be one of the most crucial moments in the club's history. After defying the odds at the bottom of the table, they would be defying the odds at the top the following year. How different things could have been if Leicester were relegated that year.