Swansea: Eagles could be dragged in – Clement

With three games of the season remaining, Swansea and Hull appear locked in a battle over the final relegation spot with Middlesbrough set to join already-relegated Sunderland in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

But Clement feels Sam Allardyce’s Palace – who are six points better off than the Swans with a far superior goal difference – are still in the relegation mix given their closing fixtures against Manchester City, Hull and Manchester United.

“Palace have more of a cushion than Hull have,” Clement said ahead of Swansea’s home game with Everton on Saturday.

“But the fact they have to play both Manchester teams and Hull at home as well puts an interesting twist on it.

“I look at Hull, our biggest rival, and their game against Sunderland on Saturday and it is difficult to know which way that will go.

“One team desperate for the points, the other one playing for pride at the end of the season.

“Then they have a really tough game away to Crystal Palace and another one against Tottenham on the final day.

“There are a lot of possibilities, but we are just focusing on beating Everton and keeping the pressure right on Hull.”

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