Each season, the teams promoted from the Championship are cited as the favourites for the drop from the Premier League table, but as the season progresses there are always twists and turns that surprise fans. For those who like to gamble on the outcome, both for the winners and the losers of the league, but today we’re focusing on the losers getting tips from Infogol as to what teams look most likely to be relegated this season.
David Wagner did a great job last season keeping Huddersfield up and received a well-deserved contract extension for the feat. But with the team looking too comfortable at the bottom of the table, it’s becoming an increasing fear for Terriers fans that Huddersfield will be won’t see out a second year in the Premier League. The club scored just 28 goals last season and if they want to avoid relegation, they’ll need to significantly up their scoring output over the upcoming games to be in with a chance.
Aaron Mooy has followed up his sterling season last year with a string of excellent performances, but ultimately Huddersfield simply suffer from a lack of true Premier League quality. To stay up this year Wagner needs to avoid deviating too much from the approach that kept them up last year and, realistically, bring in a goal scorer in the January window.
Southampton have something of a reputation as a selling club, and this season it has really caught up with them. The team has been struggling for the past few seasons, but arguably this is by far the weakest squad they’ve had since 2013. In the past, the team has had an air of fearlessness about them but that seems to have dissipated after a dismal 18 months and a series of poor results.
Their lowly position cost Mark Hughes his job, but despite their reputation, Southampton do have the talent to survive if they can pull together. Newly appointed boss Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to find a way to reinvigorate their passion for the game in order to reduce the risk of them descending from the League entirely.
It all started so promisingly for Fulham, but early looks can be deceiving in football. The signings of Alfie Mawson, Jean-Michael Seri and Andreas Schurrle were considered real coups, as was their retention of highly rated full back Ryan Sessegnon. And when Serbian striker Mitrovic’s goalscoring prowess appeared to have successfully transferred from Championship to Premier League level, many analysts were considering Fulham likely for a top half finish.
But while on paper they look equipped enough to survive, they need to do better to thrive at this level. Recent performances simply haven’t been good enough to see them through to survival. Their defence is the leakiest in the division and, perhaps more crucially, the team seems devoid of leaders and players with the gumption to take them by the scruff of the neck and will them to success.