We’re tracking this season’s Premier League relegation odds and following the form of the six teams rated most likely to struggle in the top flight.
All three promoted clubs managed to survive last term but a couple of the newcomers are among the favourites to go straight back down this time.
There is also a team which finished in the top seven last season included in our list!
The Bluebirds produced plenty of fight but created little when beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth on their Premier League return and would have lost by more had Neil Etheridge not saved a first-half penalty.
Manager Neil Warnock refused to be downbeat and urged his players to have more belief about competing in the top flight ahead of hosting Newcastle next up.
He said: “I thought we grew into it in the second half and if Sean Morrison’s a little bit more agile, that would have been a good equaliser and it would have been interesting for the rest of the game.”
The Terriers were handed a tough start against Chelsea and ultimately went down 3-0, but had given as good as they got before going behind to N’Golo Kante’s scuffed 34th-minute volley.
Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie’s header hit the inside of a post as David Wagner’s side responded well, but the Blues proved too strong as the game wore on.
“We had a very good first half, but we know that Chelsea, when you face a team like this, they are very clinical,” Mounie said.
“You have to use your chances and luck wasn’t on our side unfortunately, so we keep going and keep working, it’s only the first game.”
Town now travel to Manchester City, though!
Chris Hughton’s side slipped to third favourites in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds following a 2-0 defeat at Watford.
Albion’s defending let them down badly, although a 26th-minute injury which forced captain Bruno off didn’t help their cause.
Hughton was clearly frustrated and declared: “I have no complaints with the result. I thought we lost to the better side in most departments.
“It’s a concern. We can’t have any complaints about new players settling in because, apart from Bernardo, it was last season’s team.”
Brighton’s next two matches are against Manchester United and Liverpool.
Hornets midfielder Roberto Pereyra went some way to filling the void left by Richarlison’s switch to Everton when bagging a brace against Brighton.
Vicarage Road boss Javi Gracia said: “We played really well, not only with the ball but without the ball, with quick reactions after losing it. We played as a team.
“We need to improve many things, it’s only three points, but starting this way is very important for the club, the players and the supporters.”
Big-spending Fulham were taught a painful lesson when going down 2-0 to Crystal Palace on home turf, despite enjoying 66 per cent of the possession.
With six of their 12 new signings in the starting line-up, the Cottagers played some nice football but failed to produce a cutting edge up front.
Slavisa Jokanovic said: “Some of these new players have only had two training sessions. We’ll work hard and adapt ourselves for the games ahead.”
However, facing Tottenham at Wembley is a tough next test.
It seems strange to see the Clarets quoted at such a short price in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after finishing seventh last term and they kicked off the new campaign with a solid 0-0 draw at Southampton.
Midfielder Jack Cork went closest to breaking the deadlock, coolly slotting home early on only to be judged offside in a contentious call.
Coming just three days after a Europa League tie in Istanbul, Sean Dyche declared: “I thought their work ethic and desire was outstanding.”
Burnley will entertain Watford at Turf Moor in the second round of fixtures.
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