The season is well and truly underway and after eight games there are some teams already in desperate trouble. While there is still enough time to rectify their seasons and climb out of the relegation zone, a number of teams are not looking good at all. Here is a look at the favourites to get relegated as it stands. All odds are from Paddy Power.
Burnley 4/7: The Clarets are going straight back down to the Championship, according to the bookies at least. They started off the season with a narrow loss against Swansea but picked up a fine win over high flying Liverpool in their second game. That win brought much excitement and optimism that they would be able to hold their own against England’s top teams. It didn’t last long though as Burnley have only picked up four points from their last six matches. They are 14th on the log which doesn’t sound too bad but they are only one point above Stoke City, who currently occupy 18th spot.
Burnley were promoted into the premier league in both the 2009/10 and 2014/15 seasons but went straight back down to the Championship on both occasions. There is a lot of work for manager Sean Dyche to do if he has any hope of keeping Burnley up in the premier league come next season.
Sunderland 8/13: It comes as a surprise that the Black Cats aren’t first on the list to get relegated this season. They have made a horrendous start to the season under new manager David Moyes and are still yet to pick up a win. They have only managed two draws and are rock bottom of the table. In the last two seasons they have finished 16th and 17th which is a worrying site.
Their reliance on striker Jermaine Defoe is clear for all to see and it looks like all their hopes rest on him at the moment. Something has got to change and quick for the Black Cats or this time they will definitely drop out of England’s top tier.
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Hull 8/11: The Tigers also got off to a really solid start this season despite a lot of negativity around the club. They beat the reigning champions Leicester City in their opening game which would have brought back a lot of confidence but since then they have only picked up four more points.
To make things worse for the club they were on the end of an absolute hammering in their last game. They were thrashed 6-1 by Bournemouth which is a result that would have destroyed their confidence. Hull have to pick themselves up quickly or else they will be in some real trouble. It is imperative that they club make some signings in January to at least give them a chance of staying up.
Also consider: At odds of 13/8 Swansea are in trouble. They are 19th on the log and have only picked up one point from their last seven games. New American manager Bob Bradley quickly needs to rectify things. Middlesbrough are 2/1 to go down despite their good start to the season. They made some top signings in the summer but they have dropped badly in recent times. West Brom are at 11/2 to get relegated and despite manger Tony Pulis always being able to pick up results when needed; the pressure is truly on this season. Stoke at 6/1 picked up a much needed win against Sunderland and while they are still in the relegation zone, should have enough over the course of the season to stay up.