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Few Surprises At The Bottom Of The Premier League

8:36 am, Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season were QPR (20th), Burnley (19th) and Hull City (18th)  and they were followed by Aston Villa (17th), Sunderland (16th) and Newcastle (15th).

Take the bottom three clubs out and half way through the season the teams who finished just above the bottom three are now the bottom three clubs.


Mike Ashley – big money given out last summer
It hasn’t helped yet

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

So it wouldn’t have taken a genius to predict that Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle would be struggling this season with relegation and that’s what has happened.

But that has come after Newcastle spent a massive £52M on new players in the summer and that still has to pay off for the club, although Gini Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba have been two of our best players this season.

This is the third time in four seasons we are struggling and it’s now going to take a monumental effort for Newcastle to survive this time around – especially after we flirted with relegation last season after being 9 points better off at this stage last season.

We don’t have the points  at the moment (17 in 19 games) and we will have to earn them with a side that looks far too inconsistent to pick up too many wins against the lesser clubs.

The alarming thing for Newcastle this season is we seem to turn up against the top sides and play near our best – but we don’t do that against ordinary sides and often lose those games to clubs around us in the league.

That’s a way of minimizing the points we pick up.

Far better give our best displays against sides we can beat – but we are not doing that.

That’s one big concern at the moment and we have shown that in the last three games we’ve played and picked up only a single point against Villa, Everton and West Brom.

Here’s the latest betting from SkyBet on which clubs will be relegated this season.

Aston Villa 1/20
Sunderland 1/7
Newcastle 8/11
Norwich 11/4
Swansea 4/1
Bournemouth 5/1
West Brom 15/2

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Prediction · Premier League · Press

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Dec 30, 2015 at 8:38 AM


    It’d be a nice gesture, so we can forget about that then.

  • 2 cyprus // Dec 30, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Optimistic message alert, move on if you are squeamish.

    I’ve seen us play well against quite a few teams this season, meaning that we can. We’ve beaten the best, so we can compete. NO result is assured this season, meaning we could start picking up points.

    Keep the faith. There’s no choice.

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    it’s the cheap shoes illustration I gave ages and ages ago. We are like a man faced with buying a couple of pairs of expensive shoes or a dozen pairs of very cheap ones, and we go for the latter.

    Now we have 8 pairs of worn out shoes and four serviceable ones, not really any decent ones. Serves us right for being cheapskates.

  • 4 lesh // Dec 30, 2015 at 8:54 AM


    You’re right, it’d take a very big and brave Ashley to welcome Keegan and his crew back to SJP.

  • 5 Roosta // Dec 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Prem survival is the name of the game Q another scene of joyous jumping around, and the big cheesy grins from messers MA and LC probability around mid May i would say.

    We really don’t deserve prem survival at this moment in time, literally the same craic as last year, it’s fcukin deplorable.

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