50% of Premier League Clubs are Relegation Candidates

An international break is a perfect time to take a step back and look at the Premier League season thus far. Without a doubt it’s been one of the most exciting ones in several years. Despite this, the number of teams that are playing like relegation candidates is perhaps greater than ever.

Take a look at the following table and count how many clubs have been below-par and should be concerned with relegation this season:

By my count, it’s 50% of the clubs in the league — from positions 11 down to 20, beginning with Newcastle United and ending with Derby County.

Tottenham should climb to safety under the leadership of Juande Ramos but until Spurs begin winning matches against clubs other than Derby and Wigan, the jury is still out.

West Ham United, despite being on the same number of points as Newcastle, are on their way up, while the Toon need to be deeply concerned with their current form and new injuries (Michael Owen, for example).

Reading, last year’s Wigan Athletic and a favorite of many neutral fans last season, is definitely in trouble and may continue to slide if their defenders keep letting goals in.

The clubs that are used to being in the bottom half of the table that have improved this season are Man City, Aston Villa and West Ham (all with recently new managers).

So while a lot of supporters and pundits comment about how this season is more improved than previous ones, it begs the following question: Has it only seemed to improve because the race between The Big Four is tighter than before? Based on the above findings, I’m confident that the answer is yes.

4 thoughts on “50% of Premier League Clubs are Relegation Candidates”

  1. There is no way that 10 Premiership clubs are relegation candidates, that’s ludicrous. Realistically, there are only 4-6(Derby, Wigan, Bolton, Boro, possibly Birmingham, and possibly Sunderland). Newcastle won’t be going down, neither will Reading or Fulham or any of the other teams you listed outside of the current bottom six.

  2. although i agree 10 clubs are contenders, you should divvy up the others into sections as such:

    wigan, bolton, and boro are bona fide contenders for the drop. (i would include derby in that list but they’ve already been relegated). it all depends on who does just enough in january to survive.

    birmingham, sunderland, fulham, and reading wont get relegated, but their poor periodic performances will give their fans heart attacks and spells of depression along the way.

    newcastle and tottenham will have disappointing seasons. again.

  3. MJ:

    It’s unlikely that tams like Newcastle would go down, but I would definitely not count out any of the teams in the bottom ten. They’ve all looked terrible, at times, this season and have played like relegation candidates.

    The Gaffer

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