In this post, we explain the football expression ‘The run in’, which is usually mentioned at the end of the football season. Thank you to Chris for the suggestion. The run in

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
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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)

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