Shearer: Pool face toughest challenge

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Alan Shearer was in Blackpool today to unveil his new waxwork at Madame Tussauds and took the opportunity to give his thoughts on Pool’s survival prospects.

Here is our simple guide to the Seasiders’ survival, well, as simple as we can possibly make it

DJ Campbell scoring against the Champions in the fixture at Bloomfield Road

DJ Campbell scoring against the Champions in the fixture at Bloomfield Road

Two relegation places undecided, five teams fighting to avoid them and just one point separating them all going into the final round of Premier League fixtures.

It couldn’t be tighter ... or more complicated. So here’s a Seasiders survival guide, put as simply as we can, ahead of their visit to Manchester United on Sunday.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that if teams finish level on points and goal difference, the number of goals scored will prove decisive.

This could save Pool, who have scored far more than anyone else in the relegation frame.

SUNDAY’S KEY MATCHES: Man Utd v BLACKPOOL, Stoke v WIGAN, Tottenham v BIRMINGHAM, WOLVES v BLACKBURN.

IF POOL WIN...

They will stay up unless Wigan win (at Stoke) by a margin at least two goals better than Pool, AND Birmingham win (at Spurs) by the same margin as Pool or better. But if Wolves and Blackburn draw, Pool will be safe no matter what Birmingham and Wigan do.

IF POOL DRAW...

They will stay up as long as Birmingham lose and Wigan fail to win. Even if one of those results goes against Pool, they will still survive if Blackburn beat Wolves by two.

IF POOL LOSE...

They will still stay up as long as Birmingham lose by a wider margin than Pool and Wigan lose too (Pool can afford to lose by one goal more than Wigan but no more than one).