The English Premier League is the biggest league in world football. With first-tier clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, several clubs compete for the title every season. However, an even fiercer battle takes place at the bottom of the league every season as every other club fights to avoid being in the bottom three who are automatically relegated down to the Championship. At the end of last season, Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich were relegated back to the Championship while Leeds, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham replaced them after being promoted to the Premier League. Here are our Premier League predictions for the relegation battle in the 2020/21 season.
Premier League 2020/21 relegation predictions
Fulham manager Scott Parker has a difficult job on his hands to keep Fulham in the Premier League this season. Fulham are just outside the relegation zone after taking just four points from their opening eight games and there remains a fair chance that the will be relegated back to the Championship at the end of the season. Former Liverpool vice-captain and analyst Jamie Carragher doesn’t believe that Fulham have a chance. “Fulham are going down – I’ve never been more certain about anything in my life.”
The Cottagers have endured a horrible start of the season and history shows that a freshly promoted team starting the season with four consecutive losses almost always results in relegation back to the Championship. Can Fulham turn things around, surprise everyone and stay in the Premier League following their promotion via the play-offs in August?
West Brom were promoted last season in second place behind Championship winners Leeds United, after having spent two seasons in the Championship. Together with Fulham, the bookies consider West Bromwich to be one of the biggest candidates to lose the Premier League relegation battle this season and we can’t leave them out of our predictions.
Can West Brom escape the old cliché and avoid yo-yo-ing straight back into the Championship in their first year back in the Premier League? After conceding 15 goals in the first four games, the Baggies showed themselves to be very weak defensively, though they have managed an improvement since with just two more goals conceded in the following four matches. Manager Slaven Bilic hoped to strengthen his squad before the transfer deadline closed in October but the squad was only really reinforced in the offensive department with the signing of Karlan Grant. Where will West Brom finish this season? Can they avoid relegation?
Burnley’s business in the transfer window was heavily criticized and their lack of spending suggests that they will struggle to avoid relegation to the Championship this season. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Premier League relegation battle will be even more intriguing as most teams have suffered losses since the outbreak of the virus.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has worked wonders on a shoe-string budget with The Clarets in recent years but is facing a very difficult task this season. Important players like Jeff Hendrick and others left the club and, because of a lack of transfer activity, were not replaced properly. Dale Stephens’ arrival from Brighton is the only major addition to the squad and, the question remains if this will be enough to fight off Premier League relegation this season.
Chris Wilder led Sheffield United to ninth in the Premier League last season but the club is still seen as one of the candidates to relegate to the Championship. The team could have secured a place in Europe, had it not been for three losses in their last three games and could be fighting a whole different battle this season.
The Blades lost their first four games and started the new season the same way they ended it before the summer break, uninspired and unable to score goals. Football journalist Adrian Durham tips Sheffield United to be relegated from the Premier League and insists captain Billy Sharp is not good enough to carry the team to a safe place this season. Despite being backed by a Saudi billionaire, the club could very well be playing second-tier football in 2021.
Though Newcastle are relatively comfortable in mid-table at the moment with 13 points from their opening eight fixtures, they are still tipped to be in trouble at the end of the season. Finding a suitable balance between attacking and defending will be crucial to Newcastle’s hopes of survival this season.
The Magpies are expecting a lot from reinforcements Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) and Jamal Lewis (Norwich) with Wilson already scoring six Premier League goals in his four eight appearances for Newcastle. Can star player and France youth international Allan Saint-Maximin lead his teammates to the safe zone and avoid relegation?
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