The Premier League is five games in and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet but whos favourite for the drop?
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!
It’s important that teams get off to a good start and don’t fall away early. Confidence can be huge in the Premier League and if teams are near the bottom early on, it can seem a huge ladder to climb to get back out of the relegation spots.
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.
Relegations Odds (Paddy Power)
Fulham – 2/7
The team who no one saw coming up, are the favourites to go straight back down. Fulham got into the Premier League through the play-offs, after finishing fourth in The Championship. They were relegated from the Premier Leauge in 2018/19 when they finished bottom on 26 points.
Fulham have started the season very poorly with just one point in five games. They lost their first four games and already it seems inevitable they’ll be back in the Championship next season. They didn’t buy particularly well in the window and have one of the weakest squads in the league.
We don’t see Fulham having enough to stay up unless Scott Parker can turn his side around soon and get them out of the bottom three before the gap gets too big.
West Brom – 4/9
The Baggies finished second place in The Championship last season, so will naturally be one of the favourites to go down. They were last in the Premier League in 2017/18. They are a well established Premier League side having spent eight seasons there before relegation.
They didn’t bring in any marquee signings, other than signing Matheus Pereira on a permanent. They do however have a lot of experienced Premier League players in their side like Charlie Austin, Kieran Gibbs Branislav Ivanovic and Chris Brunt.
West Brom have drawn two out of five games so far, losing the other three. Like Fulham, they need to get some points on the board soon, before its too late
Burnley – 11/10
Last season Burnley finished tenth in the Premier League and were never one of the favourites to go down. This is their fifth consecutive season in the top flight and their lowest finish was 16th in 2016/17.
They currently sit 18th in the league with just one point from four games. Goalscoring has been their biggest issue so far, with just three goals this season. On top of this, they are missing key defenders in Ben Mee and Jack Cork, Burnley need them back as soon as possible before they find themselves in a relegation fight.
However, Burnley are full of experienced Premier League players and some exciting young prospects. We think once they have a full squad back they will find themselves climbing out of the bottom three.
Sheffield United – 7/5
Now, this is one certainly no one saw coming. Chris Wilder’s were the surprise package last year in their first season back. They finished in ninth place, just five points of a Europa League spot. However, this season has been much the opposite.
The Blades are 19th in the Premier League, with just one point from four games. They have had some big injuries early on that has really affected them.
Last season Wilder surprised the league with his style of play. He used three at the back, and they would overlap and make attacking runs. Unusual, we know, but this worked. However, now it seems teams have worked them out and it’s showing in their results. Chris Wilder is going to need to find an alternative way of playing to get his side going again.
Newcastle – 3/1
At the end of last season, rumours were circulating that Newcastle was in line for a huge financial takeover. One so big that they were being linked with the very best players in the world. However, much to the disappointment of their fans, this has fallen through now.
Last season they came 13th, so its a surprise to see them as one of the favourites for the drop. They are 13th again currently but can’t find any consistency. Newcastle have won two, lost two and drawn one. They cant afford to lose nearly have their games otherwise they will be in a relegation fight come May.