Premier League Relegation
At the start of the season the newly-promoted teams are usually backed to drop straight back down to the Championship. This season’s new teams: Hull, Middlesbrough and Burnley, have made decent starts to the 2016/17 campaign while some of the league’s longer surviving teams are in trouble at the bottom of the table.
1. Hull City 1/7
Despite all the negativity surrounding the club at the beginning of the season they got off to a wonderful start. In their opening league game they beat champions Leicester City much to the surprise of everyone. Then, in their second game, they recorded a fine victory away to Swansea. All of the worries at the club were forgotten despite a lack of signings in the summer and the resignation of manager Steve Bruce. However, since those opening two weeks Hull have looked very poor and have now dropped deep down into the relegation zone. There is much hard work ahead for the club if they are to avoid dropping back down to the Championship next season.
Another major problem for the club is their inexperienced squad and with a few players out with long-term injuries they may find themselves short throughout the course of the grueling season. Come January, it’s imperative that the club spends some money on a number of players to help them push on and stay up in the Premier League.
2. Sunderland 8/15
The Black Cats are lingering in dangerous territory and the same thing has been happening to the club for the past few seasons. At the moment with the way things are going it looks like this could finally be the season that Sunderland go down. They have fared slightly better in recent weeks and it looks like at long last like David Moyes is getting something from his team.
At home though they haven’t been good enough. They have played at home against West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace and those are three games that they would have targeted to get three points but failed to do. The Black Cats at least are now showing a bit of fight but they are going to need a lot more if they are to avoid relegation.
3. Burnley 3/1
Their start to the season hasn’t been a bad one but the bookies are still backing them to go down. They lack some high-profile players which can get the team going but have managed to pick up some fine wins. They beat both Liverpool and Everton which would have given them much confidence. For Burnley though they have to make sure that they beat the other teams around them and make the most out of the so called easier games.
They have already played against Hull City and that ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw. Playing against these ‘lesser’ sides at home have to be games where you claim all three points. It’s going to be a long season for them but they can take confidence from their solid performances against the Reds and the Toffees.
4. Swansea 8/14
It’s been a difficult start to the season for the Swans and their poor form has resulted in the sacking of two managers already. First, Francesco Guidolin was relieved of his duties and then American Bob Bradley didn’t last much longer as he was sacked after just a couple of games in charge.
They have been on the end of a few hammerings in recent weeks and at the moment the only place Swansea look like going is down into the Championship. The Swans have a lot of work ahead of them if they wish to avoid relegation but should just have enough to avoid the drop.
5. Middlesbrough 5/1
They have picked up a number of fine results thus far including a great point away to Arsenal and Manchester City. Middlesbrough so far have gone through stages of brilliance but also patches of really poor form. They dropped valuable points at home against Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace. They will need to make sure they are winning these games if they are to stay up in the Premier League.
They did sign a number of top players in the transfer window and these players offer a lot of hope to the rest of the squad. The likes of Alvaro Negredo and Victor Valdes are imperative to their hopes of challenging the top teams in England.
There is still a long way to go but looking at how Middlesbrough have performed so far they should be in the Premier League come next season.