10 Premier League teams that can face the drop
All eyes are on the clock as the 2019/20 season of the Premier League kicks off on Friday 9th. Favourites Liverpool will take on Norwich City at Anfield ending the summer break. However, as each team start their race to the top, who’s Premier League chances are already over?
What is relegation?
Besides “penalty shoot-out” relegation is the worst word in football. In short, it is like a demotion for a team, manager and it’s players. No team that has clawed their way to the Premier League, Championship or League One wants to be pushed back.
What happens to relegated teams?
Usually, when a team is relegated they are demoted to the league below. For example, a team relegated from the Premier League will play their next season in the Championship, England’s second tier. Other than being hugely disappointing to fans several other things can happen to relegated teams. Firstly, a harsh look at the manager is always on the cards. Secondly, funding will be an issue as the team will be less likely to receive sponsorship offers. Lastly, sales for match tickets and team merchandise will drop. Top players might also opt to leave the club, making a push for a swift return to the Premier League a tougher task.
How long are teams relegated for?
Teams that have been relegated must stay in the league below for an entire season or more, unless they can finish in the top sports of their new division. Each league will have a different set up in terms of designated promotion sports, but as a general rule, the league winners always get promoted. At the end of that season, they will have the chance to be promoted back to the next league. It is not uncommon for lower teams to bounce between the Premier League and Championship, however many teams fail to return to the top-flight after many seasons.
Who will be relegated in the 19/20 Premier League?
Every year, 3 out of the 20 teams competing in the Premier League are relegated. Last season Huddersfield, Cardiff City and Fulham were all relegated. Now, Lenny and his team of experts will reveal the 10 teams most likely to say goodbye to the Premier League next year.
Aston Villa 2/1
Birmingham based team Aston Villa are hoping to make a successful return to the Premier League this season. After a three-season absence club owners and management will be desperate to beat the drop and stay in the top level of English football. For manager Dean Smith it will be his first shot at Premier League management. Aston Villa have invested heavily in their squad, however with a largely inexperienced manager and a tough start, Aston Villa have an uphill struggle to stay up.
Known as the clarets, Burnely is one of the founder members of the football league. However, despite quite a rich history, Burnely’s latest performances have been somewhat underwhelming. This season will be their fourth in the Premier League, and Sean Dyche has done well, even leading his Clarets to Europe last season. Under his guidance Burnley will always be tough to beat, however, they will need to start this term better than they did last year to avoid any relegation fears.
Southampton has spent the last two seasons fighting off relegation. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is proving popular with fans and players which is cause for some optimism. Performance has always been a struggle for Southampton and the Premier League demands performances. Whether new players Charlie Austin and Shane Long can bring the firepower needed remains to be seen.
Bournemouth continued to prove they have what it takes to play in the big leagues. Finishing in 14th place was enough to silence some of Eddie Howe’s critics. All due credit, however, goes to the dynamic duo of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser. Can they continue to carry the rest of The Cherries is the question? With the load getting heavier due to David Brooks’ injury, Bournemouth may struggle to stay afloat this season.
Crystal Palace 9/2
Crystal Palace is in the middle of a media storm thanks to Wilfried Zaha. After being denied a transfer after the window closed Zaha is said to be very unhappy at the club. This kind of tension has a bad way of infesting locker rooms and causing problems with other players. Last season Crystal Palace scraped their way to 12th spot. This season Roy Hodgson may find Crystal Palace struggling just to stay in the Premier League.
There is no doubt that Rafa Benitez was one of the hardest working coaches in the league. Beloved by fans and players Benitez leaves big shoes to fill. So far new manager Steve Bruce has been met with a terrible response. Club owner and businessman Mike Ashley also continues to cast a shadow of St James Park. Rumors are rife that many season tickets remain unsold. This alone will be enough to shake the confidence of the players, which may land Newcastle in hot water. They have a tough opening game, and Bruce will need to chalk up the points quickly before fear grips St James Park.
Watford had somewhat of a disastrous end to last season, winning just 3 of their last 11 games. To add insult to injury the final match against Manchester United ended in a 6-1 defeat. Javi Garcia should be counting his lucky stars he’s not sat at home looking at a P45. New additions Danny Welbeck and Ismaïla Sarr may have come too late to save things at Vicarage Road.
Norwich – 11/10
1st place in the Championship brings Norwich back to the big leagues. After a three-season absence, rivals will be eager to see what kind of football Norwich are capable of. Daniel Farke has packed his team with young and ambitious players. We wonder if the reality of what it means to play in the Premier League has hit home. If it hasn’t David Farke and his team are in for a rude awakening. Failure to stand their ground and forge a new Premier League home means only one thing: relegation. They will, however, be able to rely on the flying-Finn upfront: Teemu Pukki who was top-scorer in the Championship last season with 29 goals. If he can find the same form, Norwich might have a lifeline.
Brighton – 13/8
Brighton as a city is a true gem. Brighton & Hove Albion FC is more of a pebble from one of its stony beaches. Last Season The Seagulls avoided relegation by just two points. Despite this manager, Chris Hughton was pushed out for Graham Potter who won fans over with his fluid style of football at Swansea, where he was praised for the way he handled such a young team. Fresh from Swansea, Potter is facing an uphill battle to keep his new team in the safety zone.
Sheffield – 8/11
Sheffield’s journey to the top is the stuff of dreams. In three years Chris Wilder a Sheffield local took his boyhood club from League One to the Premier League. Last season, Sheffield finished in 2nd place in the Championship clinching their Premier League return. Are they ready to take on the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, and Man Utd? All signs point to no. Meaning that Sheffield is likely to yo-yo at the end of the 19/20 season.
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