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Fulham, Cardiff both relegated

Jamie McDonald

After one surprising result and two decidedly not surprisingly results, we have our first confirmed relegations of the Premier League season. Sunderland continued their bizarre run by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, and with Fulham and Cardiff City losing to Stoke and Newcastle respectively, that duo are now Championship-bound.

Cardiff's fate it more immediately relevant to Chelsea, who travel to Wales on the final day of the season, a match that could still matter in the title race (if we get favours from other teams, at any rate). Facing already-relegated opposition makes it far more likely that we'll take three points in our last game, although as Sunderland showed us the other week that won't matter unless we can also beat Norwich on Sunday -- and the Canaries will definitely be fighting since they're still in with a shot.

Fulham, on the other hand... well, it will be a bit strange not having them in the league, and Craven Cottage is certainly an easier away day for Chelsea supporters than most. The Cottagers have been around  in the league for more than a decade, but thanks to the gulf in finishing positions we never managed to get a decent rivalry going despite being in close proximity and Clint Dempsey's flailing elbows, so... uh, I guess whatever. Seeya!

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