The Premier League season starts tonight and with three new teams coming up, are they the favourites to go down next season?
Playing in the Premier League is a fantastic achievement for any club. It’s the best league in the world with the best players in the world. However, for clubs who are favourites to go down, it’s not always an enjoyable experience as it can be a long season trying to stay up!
Staying up in your first season back in the Premier League is a huge achievement. It can propel you to the next level and before you know it, you can become an established Premier League club, look at Leicester for example!
Relegation from the Premier League can really damage clubs. Portsmouth and Sunderland are just two examples of this. After being relegated they both found themselves in League One and in great financial difficulty.
Norwich, West Brom and Brentford are the three new sides to come up into the Premier League, but are any other sides looking like better chances for the drop?
Watford – 10/11
The Hornets finished second in the Championship last season, seven points behind Norwich. They spent just one season out of the Premier League, coming straight back up after relegation. Watford are an experienced Premier League side recently, having spent five out of the last six seasons in the top flight, but it doesn’t surprise us that they are the joint-favourites currently.
Xisco Munez is the current head coach at Watford. He came in on the 21st of December and managed to guide his new side to promotion. However, he is only 40 years old and last year was his first season as a manager, so managing in the Premier League could be a big ask. Watford have made 13 signings so far, which include Josh King and Danny Rose, two players with top-flight experience. Players like Foster, Deeney, Cleverley and Grey are still at the club who were all there when Watford was last in the Premier League.
They have a squad of experienced players but may still be lacking some real Premier League quality. Watford plays Villa in their opening game and don’t face any of last seasons top six in their opening seven games. A good start is key but is their manager that makes us worry about their survival.
Norwich – 10/11
Now, despite winning the Championship by six points, it doesn’t surprise us that Norwich are one of the favourites to go down. The last three times they have come up to the Premier League, they have gone straight back down. However, last season was the highest amount of points they have ever won in their history, so things might be different?
Daniel Farke is still in charge of Norwich and has been since 2017. He has Premier League experience but only one season. Norwich have been active in the transfer market so far, bringing in 12 players, with Billy Gilmore on loan the most well known. Krul, Aarons, Puki and Cantwell are still at the club, but Buendia has moved to Aston Villa who will be a huge loss for them.
Norwich have been very unlucky with their fixtures at the start of the season. In their first six games, they take on Liverpool, Man City, Leicester, Arsenal and Everton. They won’t be expected to get a lot from this and as we’ve seen before it’s very hard to stay up after a bad start in the Premier League. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them fighting for survival again this season.
Brentford – 5/4
Coming up through the playoffs last season is Brentford. They beat Swansea 2-0 in the final to put them into the Premier League for the first time in their history and the first time in the top flight since 1946!
Brentford’s manager, Thomas Frank, has been in charge at the club since 2018. Prior to this, he was the manager at Brondby and then the Denmark youth teams. Brentford are yet to bring in any big names players but have brought in players doing well in other leagues. They have managed to keep hold of Ivan Toney though who has scored 59 goals in his last two seasons for Brentford. He is a real prospect and they are excited to see what he can do in the Premier League.
The Bee’s campaign starts with a home fixture against Arsenal. They also take on Liverpool and Chelsea in their opening eight games but other than that it’s an okay start. We do worry for Brentford though given that they have never played at this level before and their current squad. They need to invest some money before the season starts.
Crystal Palace – 8/5
Despite finishing 14th in the Premier League last season, Palace are still the favourites from last season top-flight sides to go down. They have been in the Premier League for the last eight seasons, but have recently parted ways with Roy Hodgson as the manager who had done a very good job at keeping them up.
Patrick Viera is in charge now, which is an interesting appointment. He wasn’t their first choice as Palace tried to get Nuno Espirito Santo to take over but he has gone to Spurs. It’s been a fairly quiet transfer window for Palace, but so far they have managed to keep hold of Zaha who is linked with a move away every summer. Unfortunately though, Eze is out for the majority of the upcoming season after picking up a knee injury in training and he will be a big miss for his side.
Palace have made some good signings this summer that could keep them up. Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher has joined on loan whilst they have signed defender Andersen who impressed on loan at Fulham last season. Viera doesn’t have the easiest of start at his new club. They play Liverpool, Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs before the end of October.
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