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Cryptic Kris: Predicting the Premier League's Relegated Sides

Thursday 19th January 2017
It remains to be seen if my last set of predictions are set to become fact or fiction but I enjoyed looking into my crystal football so much that I'm having another go.

This time, I'll be looking at who's going to be leaving the Premier League this season and why – it isn't quite as obvious as you might think I can assure you.

Sunderland – 20th

David Moyes' side might be improving ever so slightly week by week but they haven't got any financial clout in this vital transfer window as far as I can gather. There have been some musings over Robbie Brady potentially switching to the club in the next week but what a foolish move that would be for a very under rated player.

Relying so heavily on Jermain Defoe didn't work for Tottenham when he was in his striking prime so I just can't see it happening for Sunderland now he's deep into the twilight of his career. Who else will save them? Seb Larsson? Adnan Januzaj? I don't think so.

The rest of the league will leave Moyes and Sunderland behind – it makes me sad that Big Sam worked so hard to keep them up only to see his good work undone in less than a season.

Hull City – 19th

The ridiculous dismissal of Mike Phelan followed by the appointment of Marco Silva has me incensed with rage quite frankly. Phelan knows the Premier League like the back of his hand and could've steered into the skid with a bit of money this January. His links to strong academy teams would've offered so much loan potential that money might not have even been required.

Alas, Silva is now in charge and the Tigers secured a convincing victory over Bournemouth last weekend – riding a wave of excitement more than managerial improvement I can tell you. When a club changes manager, the new starter generally gets the best from his players as they look to impress; once they're on the first team sheet they relax back into mediocrity and that's the end of the story.

I can't see Hull surviving but I can't see them propping up the table. I can see them begging Steve Bruce to come back when he inevitably falls on his face at Villa in April however.

Swansea City – 18th

The laughing stock of the Premier League: Swansea City haven't looked a side capable of performing in the top flight since they booted Michael Laudrup out in favour of then club captain Garry Monk. There was an air of the Arsenal passing style about Swansea during Laudrup's reign that has completely fallen to pieces as the players are forced to adapt to a new system every few months as the revolving door of managers continues to turn.

How the hell the Welsh club could appoint the virtually unknown Francesco Guidolin and the Premier League's first American manager in Bob Bradley is beyond me. What did they think would happen? Rousing success? The Premier League title in their hands? Surely not!

Lethargic players, iffy transfers and yet another tactical system to adapt to leaves Paul Clement with utterly no hope of surviving or maybe even winning again this season. Clement's a great manager for Swansea to bring in and I think a few too many draws will just edge it for Crystal Palace ahead of the Swans.

Think I'm wrong? Let me know in the comments and I'm happy to discuss your thoughts!
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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