THEY are not dead and buried yet.
But for my money, Cardiff City and Fulham are heading for the Championship.
That leaves only one of the three relegation places up for grabs — if that is the right way of putting it — and I don't see Swansea City filling it come May 11.
They are still down there in the battle right now, and mathematically they will be in it for a while yet.
But I think Swansea have got their confidence back, and there is momentum at the Liberty now too.
This may sound strange to people who have not played the game, but I can see that things have changed when the players are warming up.
All of a sudden, the zip and the spark is back.
Six weeks ago, it looked as though the players were going through the motions.
Garry Monk has brought intensity and brightness, and I think the impact he has had will carry Swansea through until the end of the season.
Neither Cardiff nor Fulham have any momentum, and it's going to be incredibly difficult for them to find it now.
I see Crystal Palace staying up.
Then I look at Sunderland and wonder about them. They have games in hand, but do you really want games in hand at this stage of the season?
The pressure to win them is huge.
On current form, however, I would say the last relegation place is between Norwich City and West Brom, who Swansea play next.
That is another big game, and Albion will come here in shaky form.
Swansea have to capitalise on that, particularly after the break they are currently enjoying.
The draw with Palace last weekend showed that everyone needed a breather.
Things have been very positive since Garry took over, but Swansea ran out of steam against Palace.
The players looked mentally tired as well as physically worn out — but to be fair, they didn't half dig in during a difficult second half.
A couple of months ago, Swansea would have ended up losing that game.
But they kept on scrapping right to the end and I thought Ben Davies, in particular, was magnificent in the closing stages.
His attitude, the way he battled after moving into central defence, was wonderful.
It was almost like he became a man last weekend.
Palace had struggled in the first half, but they really put Swansea under pressure when they reverted to Tony Pulis-type after the break.
I call it alehouse football — the sort of thing you would see on the parks — when teams try to get it from back to front as quickly as possible.
I am not knocking the approach. It can be effective, as we saw last Sunday.
Swansea were hanging on in the last 20 minutes, which was the result of their fatigue and Palace's change of tactics.
It is understandable that the Swansea lads were flagging.
It has been a very tough spell with one game after another, and it will be great for everyone to get a rest.
Swansea should be in much better shape by the time West Brom arrive — although the Baggies might have noticed a chink in the armour.
Not for the first time, Swansea struggled to cope when Palace pressed them high up the field and launched the ball forward at every opportunity.
West Brom, and a few others, must have noticed as much.