While it’s usually quite difficult to figure out the logistics of who’s going to be relegated so early on in the season, this campaign appears to be somewhat different. Newcastle, Huddersfield and Cardiff are all stuck to the bottom of the table with no wins in their first eight games, and that’s got to be something that worries all three clubs respectively.
Interestingly enough, though, if we had to hang our hat on three teams to be relegated, we wouldn’t include all of the above examples. Huddersfield and Cardiff almost certainly feel like concrete relegation contenders and it doesn’t feel like there’s going to be much that’s going to alter that, given the quality in their ranks in comparison to the rest of the division.
For Newcastle, though, it feels like there’s a silver lining – and that silver lining is Southampton. While the Magpies have been poor they seem to possess enough quality to drag themselves out of their current situation, whereas for the Saints, it feels like the problem lies with the manager.
Mark Hughes has long since been described as a boss who is past his best, and he seems to have proven that time and time again over the course of the last few years. While we’re confident that there are still some clubs that he could do a decent job at, those clubs aren’t in the Premier League.
We believe that Southampton will hold onto Hughes for too long and wind up regretting it, as they’ll get rid of him when there isn’t enough time left for an incoming manager to generate any real kind of change. Either way, it’ll be fascinating to see how it all plays out from now until May.
Which three clubs will experience relegation from the English Premier League this season?