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 followed up a 2-0 loss at Bournemouth by drawing 0-0 at home to Newcastle in a game which could have gone either way late on.
City will be disappointed they were unable to make their pressure and extra man count after Magpies substitute Isaac Hayden was shown a straight red card on 66 minutes.
However, Cardiff were relieved to escape with a point when Neil Etheridge saved a stoppage-time penalty from Kenedy.
The Terriers were handed a daunting start and must now recover from a 3-0 home loss to Chelsea and a 6-1 thrashing at Manchester City.
Defender Tommy Smith said after the Etihad Stadium drubbing: “It was a tough day but we were playing Man City. I think it would have been a tough day for the majority of teams in this league.
“The first two games of the season have not been kind to us. It was tough but the manager has just said the season starts with Cardiff next week now. We’ll look forward to that and try to put this to bed.”
The Cottagers are still pointless following a 2-0 defeat by Crystal Palace and a 3-1 loss against Tottenham but can take heart from the way they played in both fixtures.
Fulham were bang in contention at 1-1 at Wembley until Kieran Trippier fired in a superb 74th-minute free-kick and Harry Kane wrapped things up soon after.
Trippier said: “I think it was a crucial time to get a goal, because they were getting on top of the game. They had scored and gained a lot of momentum, but I think my goal threw them a bit.
“Fulham are a very good side and pass it well. I think they will do really well this season.”
Sean Dyche’s side exceeded expectations last season but the reward of qualifying for the Europa League is threatening to prove a poisoned chalice.
The Clarets will have been content with an opening draw at Southampton but losing 3-1 to Watford on home turf was a big setback.
Two more European ties with Olympiacos come either side of an important trip to Fulham and Dyche may have to decide where his priorities lie.
The Seagulls secured their safety by beating Manchester United in May and should be on a high after repeating the trick in their first home match this term.
Brighton bounced back from a 2-0 loss at Watford in fine style, with Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross on the scoresheet in a 3-2 success.
Murray hailed Albion’s summer transfer business, stating: “I think we have a lot more strength in depth – and we have probably got more belief.”
The Magpies have slipped into the six shortest-priced teams in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds due to Watford kicking off with a couple of wins.
Newcastle showed spirit in a 2-1 home loss to Tottenham and could have snatched a last-gasp victory at Cardiff but for Kenedy’s penalty being saved.
A draw in Wales wasn’t too bad, though, after being reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes still to play and defender Paul Dummett said: “We’ve got to look at a point as a positive.”
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