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Premier League relegation prediction

Tuesday 2nd August 2016
As the season opener draws closer the excitement begins to build, three months of waiting will be finally over on the 13th of August when the Premier League finally kicks off once again.

Therefore, it's time to put my neck on the line and talk about my predictions for the 2016/17 Premier League season. This article will cover the six teams I feel will be in a relegation battle in the Premier League and where I feel they will finish this year.

Unfortunately, I am not expecting any shocks but I'm sure that some of you will disagree with my choices ! So, let's begin....

20th- Hull: I am sure that many will agree. Hull just don't have the squad to compete this year in my opinion. The departure of Steve Bruce was a huge loss and that could rattle the squad as the new season approaches. It was completely unexpected and may cause some serious damage. Abel Hernandez will be the main man for the Tigers and Robert Snodgrass will want to show what he can do after being cruelly ruled out through injury the last time Hull were in the top flight. Many believe Hull should not have been promoted in the first place and with that in mind, I can only see them finishing rock bottom. Sorry Hull fans !
19th-West Brom: After numerous seasons in the Premier League I think West Brom's time is over. Tony Pulis has somewhat struggled in recent times and I think that this will continue. They have struggled to buy this summer and their squad is not strong enough to compete. Matt Phillips is a good addition but with Berahino almost guaranteed to be leaving and Diafra Sakho being his possible replacement, you do wonder if West Brom is a somewhat sliding club. A year in the Championship could do them good as they try to improve a seriously ageing side.
18th- Burnley: I like Burnley and have a soft spot for them as a club. I feel that Sean Dyche has done a wonderful job at Turf Moor but like the season before last, I do think it will be a bit too much. Andre Gray is by far their most influential player. Much like Danny Ings two seasons prior, you would like to think that he can get into double figures this campaign. I feel that their defence is weak, with Ben Mee being their stand-out player. Yes, they do have an England international in goal, but is that enough to keep them up ? I don't think so.
17th- Crystal Palace: Some may be shocked by this choice but I feel that Palace will struggle. On paper, their squad is very strong. The additions of Steve Mandanda and Andros Townsend will help the team dramatically. However, does the arrival of Townsend mean that either Bolasie or Zaha are out the door soon? If either of them were to leave it would cause a gaping hole. Alan Pardew has been good at Palace for the spell he has been in charge, but now I think he will struggle. At the end of last season, they couldn't get a goal, let alone a win. A tough season for Palace and Pardew will move on.
16th- Watford: After a strong first season in the division, Watford will survive once again. Last season they died down a little bit at the end of the campaign but never the less they deserved to stay up. It was important to keep both Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, as the two work excellently together. However, the change in the manager so surprisingly may cause some problems to begin with. Jerome Sinclair will be a huge player. As a Liverpool fan, I was upset to see him go. He is a huge talent and can fit in well when either Deeney or Ighalo are out injured or when being rested. The only weakness with Watford is their defence. Even though the club bought in Kasabele I see it still as a weak area.
15th-Sunderland: They always manage it and once again I predict them to do the same. Sunderland will stay up. This season it will be easier, however. David Moyes has superb pedigree. Many will laugh at him for his wretched time at Manchester United but, his time at Everton proved that he was a quality manager. Signings have been hard to come by for the Black Cats so far this summer but if Jermain Defoe is kept fit throughout the campaign the Sunderland will have no problem finding the net. Wahbi Khazri will also be influential and he is my shout to be the unknown player of the season.
So, those are the six teams I feel will be involved in the relegation battle this season. If you are wondering who I feel will be in top six I will talk about that in my next article. And, if anyone one is wondering, I think that Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, Swansea and Southampton will all sit comfortably in mid-table, with Leicester, Stoke, Everton and West Ham occupying 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th respectively !
Jamie Britt
Liverpool FC fan, official club member. Liverpool and the Premier League is my thing but I take a serious interest in European as well as lower league football ! Still waiting for Liverpool to win a league title.....!!

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