Football Language: The run in
This phrase can usually be heard towards the end of the football season and refers to the last few games of the season – not a fixed number of games. Depending on the opponents that a team has to play their last few matches can be described as being an easy run-in or a tough run-in. The media like to talk about the run-in and often make predictions on where a team will finish based on their run-in.
Example: Premier League run-in: Man City close on title, top four still in balance (ESPN.co.uk Headline March 25th 2018).
Example: 10 Premier League games to go: Which teams have the toughest and easiest run-ins? (Telegraph March 2nd 2018)