The Premier League season is well underway and with a lot of sides surprising us so far, who are favourites 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!
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?
Norwich – 1/4 – 1 point – 20th.
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 had a very tough start to the season, playing Liverpool, Man City, Leicester and Arsenal in their opening seven. So far they have just got one from their seven games but are only three points from safety. It’s going to take a big turnaround for them to survive, but it’s not over, yet.
Newcastle – 8/11 – 3 points – 19th.
It’s been a bad start to the season for Steve Bruce and his side. At one point last year they looked as if they would be in a relegation fight, but good form towards the end saw them finish 12th. Many fans don’t feel Bruce is the right man for the job as it stands and they would be doing a lot better without him.
Bruce has the backing of the owner Mike Ashley and it looks like he will stay in charge. On paper though, Newcastle’s team is more than good enough to be in the Premier League and that’s when it comes back to the manager and not getting the most out of his side.
Newcastle, like Norwich, are without a win this season. They have drawn three of their games, but haven’t managed to get one over the line. Their start hasn’t been too difficult, playing just one of the “top six” sides in Man United. The rest of their games have been against sides around them and losing to them could come back to haunt them at the end of the season.
Watford – 5/6 – 7 points – 15th.
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.
Watford didn’t start the season that badly, with seven points so far but have already got rid of manager Xisco Munoz. He came to Watford last season and managed to get them into one of the automatic promotion places, despite not having much experience as a manager. It was a surprise to see him go already, in what wasn’t that bad of a start.
Claudio Ranieri is said to be next in line for the job, a man with lots of Premier League experience. He has had some very good times in the top flight and some very bad so it’ll be interesting to see how this one goes!
Burnley – 11/10 – 3 points – 18th.
The Clarets have been in the Premier League for now their sixth season in a row. They aren’t the most entertaining side to watch, but Sean Dyche has made them hard to beat and this has done well for them so far.
This season though, they have just three points from three draws. They played Norwich last weekend, who have conceded 16 already this season, but ended up drawing 0-0. This has been an issue for Burnley for a few seasons now, their lack of goals. This could be the season where they come short if they don’t start finding the back of the net more.
Burnley have a tough run of games coming up and will need to find form at one end of the pitch at least otherwise they will be in a relegation fight.