champions1995 Posted July 28, 2009 Share Posted July 28, 2009 I know the new Premier League season is not yet underway, but I still believe that a Relegation Watch Thread is appropiate as it can be used to record everyone's opinions and predictions on which teams are going to struggle and which teams could suffer relegation. There are already several teams who look more vulnerable than others (the likes of Portsmouth and Hull), which have been talked about frequently on other threads, so I believe this thread will be perfect to record everyone's views as the season progresses. As for myself, below are some of the teams who I believe may be involved in a relegation battle this season. Hull - Only one new signing, lack of quality in both defence and up front (second worst defence in the league last season as well as a lack of goals), dreadful home form, Bullard's not fit until October/December time, and they only recorded one win in their final 21 league games. Portsmouth - Only one new signing, plenty of departures (not all first team players mind), real lack of quality throughout the team, and struggled last season. Also, is Paul Hart the right man to guide Pompey to top flight safety? I'm not sure. Stoke - Second season syndrome, not many signings, teams may become familiar to the way they play and they probably won't be as good at home. Wigan - New manager, poor end to last season (3 wins in final 18 games), key player Valencia has now left to Man Utd, lack of goals last season (34 - joint second worst in division), and have signed unexperienced Premier League players (McCarthy, Scotland, Gomez). Burnley - Promoted club, less time for preparation due to Play Offs, their manager has no Premier League experience whatsoever, some of their new signings have no or little Prem experience (Fletcher, Easton, Mears,Eckersley), may not have the quality of players required. Birmingham - Promoted club, scored the least amount of goals in the top 8 last season and may lack quality up front, unattractive football (even their own fans complain), may not have the quality of players required. Wolves - Promoted club, conceeded quite a number of goals for a title winning club last year, McCarthy's got a dreadful past in the Prem (two stints with Sunderland - just 2 wins), may not have the quality of players required. These are some of my thoughts as to which and why some clubs may struggle. What are your thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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