We’re only nine matches into the Premier League season, but teams are already being sucked into the dreaded relegation places.
As the league heads into the hectic festive period, the last place you want your side to be is at the bottom of the table while you’re trying to enjoy your Christmas dinner.
We check out the three current teams occupying the relegation spots and analyse their chances of beating the drop.
|Premier League Relegation|
|Sheffield United FC|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|Newcastle United FC|
|Brighton & Hove Albion FC|
Sheffield United – 8/11 at bet365
Just one point from nine matches for United and his side is already detached at the bottom of the table, the vultures are beginning to circle for Blades boss Chris Wilder.
He may have led them to the dizzy heights of 9th last season but he needs results now, and fast.
United face fellow strugglers West Brom this weekend and defeat against the Baggies could well spell the end of Wilder’s reign at Bramall Lane.
The Blades were as big as 5/1 at the start of the season for relegation but it would take a brave man to back them to survive from here.
West Brom – 2/5 at Paddy Power
West Brom still haven’t clinched a win this season although they have performed admirably in defeat against both Spurs and Manchester United in recent weeks.
Performances don’t always make points though and Slaven Bilić would no doubt take scrappy wins over classy defeats.
Bilić will have this weekend’s clash against bottom club Sheffield United pencilled in as a must-win before a tricky run of matches including trips to Anfield and the Etihad.
Three points over the Blades could well kick-start West Brom’s season and see them moving up the table – a loss though, and it’s back to the drawing board for Bilić.
Fulham – 1/3 at bet365
Scott Parker’s side were the favourites for the drop at the start of the season and nothing much has changed to convince us that they’re not destined for a short stay in the Premier League.
They finally got their first win of the season at the start of the month against West Brom but it’s been slim pickings otherwise.
Things don’t get much easier for the Cottagers, with their next three matches against Leicester, Manchester City, and Liverpool.
Fulham’s survival probably relies on whether striker Aleksandar Mitrovic can rediscover his form – he’s only bagged twice so far this season when so much more was expected.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.