The relegation battle is always the most annoying and stressful procedure for all the candidates’ fans. Premier League is no exception and with Fulham being comfortable in the middle of the Premier League 2022/2023 standings, the question is “Are Southampton and Bournemouth already relegated?”. It is yet to be seen whose team (who flirts almost every year with this situation) luck will run out this season.
Southampton’s squad is on a level that could stay in the league quite easily. Raphael Hassenhult though had no other fresh ideas, leaving its team’s flaws wide open both defensively and offensively. His replacement, Nathan Jones, thought that he is the ideal candidate for that position, but after the World Cup the Saints lost to Brighton and West Ham, being currently at the bottom of the standings. A defeat from the 10-men Wolves at Saint Mary’s Stadium led to Jones’s departure and made the team’s odds fall to 1.12.
Bournemouth is the other huge upset of the season, but the Cherries try to rise to the occasion, fighting hard for their survival. A season full of ups and downs started with losses from Manchester City, and Arsenal and a disappointing performance at Anfield when Liverpool beat Scott Parker’s side 9-0. Gary O’Neil managed to gain some points in the middle of the first round, also winning against Nottingham Forest. The great run of six unbeaten matches came to an end, with the team losing 9 of its last 13, sitting in 19th position. They are the second favourite for relegation at 1.16.
Everton’s future is surely brighter after the appointment of Sean Dyche. Frank Lampard’s days were few, as the Toffees were unable to find momentum, win some points and stay safe in the standings. The English legend has been sacked after a disappointing defeat from another challenger, West Ham. His replacement, Dyche, seems to be the right fit at the moment, due to his stability and calmness. A 1-0 against the league leaders, proved that the best is yet to come for a team that stands 18th but improved its odds to 1.87.
Jesse Marsch has also been sacked recently, with Alferd Schreudder being the first candidate to become his replacement at Leeds. The team sits just one point above the relegation zone, proving that there is still life in them after the double encounter against Manchester United, where they brought a 2-2 draw in Old Trafford, losing 0-2 at home, despite their hard-fought spirit. The next coach could invest and build in these last performances, keeping the club safe from any new adventures. Leeds’ odds to be relegated are currently at 2.45.
Next on the list is of course Nottingham Forest at 2.65. Steve Cooper tries to avoid relegation, but at the same time, he wants to produce modern ideas, with his players fighting not only for points. Sometimes, this is very hard, considering all these new entries the team has since last year, so the British coach surely needs time to adjust. It seems that somehow he figured it out, as Forest lost just three of its last 12 games, being currently 14th, six points above the relegation zone.
The last team that faces a huge danger is West Ham. David Moyes continues to remain a huge favourite on the list of the next Premier League manager to leave, keeping the Hammers low in the standings, despite their roster. The team is always in trouble, winning just once in its last 10 encounters (Lampard’s Everton), but the draws against Newcastle and Chelsea prove that its odds (which are at 4.60) seem reasonable.
Other teams should also be that anxious. The Wolves are at 6.05, but Lopetegui and the recent roster improvements keep the team safe. Scoring three against Liverpool at Molineux is always something to brag about. Crystal Palace may not have won any of its last five, but Vieira built a team that should not be worried. Bookies have the Londoners at 7.50. Last but not least, Leicester City should not be a member of this conversation. The poor start in the season, in addition to the lack of squad strengthening, made the fans frustrated. The team’s odds are at 8.35.
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