‘Usual Suspects’ Already Battling At The Bottom of the EPL Mountain


After 11 matches the Premier League table is beginning to take shape, and though it remains a little early for panic stations to be deployed, there is a hint of familiarity about the sides already battling for top flight survival.

Between them, the bottom seven of Crystal Palace, Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town have combined for just eight victories from 75 matches.

They have claimed just 42 points between them and their combined goal difference reads -90 – that compares unfavourably to last season where them bottom seven already had 64 points and a superior goal difference of -69 after 11 games.
While 27 games remain for most of the teams, none of the seven will be close to comfortable with their start.

“Results will come,” Roy Hodgson, whose Crystal Palace side sit 14th, said after his side were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea on Sunday.

After 10 games, Newcastle United were one of two sides – with basement dwellers Huddersfield Town – without a win, but a nervy 1-0 victory against Watford on Saturday saw them climb out of the relegation places.

“After 10 games (without a win), that was important for us,” manager Rafa Benitez told the BBC.


Cardiff City were many people’s tip for an instant return to the Championship – and though manager Neil Warnock has been happy with his sides effort, passion and commitment – it already looks like a long season ahead.


That resilience will be needed on Monday, when bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield host 19th-placed Fulham in a game that could already be considered a relegation six-pointer.

Victory for either side, even at this fledgling stage of the Premier League season, would be huge.


Abideen Owolabi

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