Premier League relegation: The players who might save their club from the drop

A look at the potential heroes in the battle to avoid the bottom three and some saviours from previous campaigns

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With the title race seemingly over and the fight for loads of money (i.e. the top four) difficult to get enthused by, the relegation battle promises to provide the most excitement in this season's Premier League run-in.

With just eight games of the campaign left, to varying degrees every team inside the bottom half of the table is still fearing for their survival.

For those who beat the dreaded drop come May, history tells us among them will be some heroes. Players who score vital goals, inspire those around them and refuse to accept their fate will be among the icons of the 2012/13 season.

Here, we take a look at the potential heroes this season, and then look back at some of the saviours of previous years...  Click HERE to launch our guide