Swansea? Newcastle? Stoke? Who’s going down this season?

The 2017/18 Premier League campaign is well underway. Here’s our prediction on who’s for the drop, and who isn’t…

Huddersfield Town – 11th – 23 Points

Newly promoted Huddersfield Town were favourites to be relegated at the start of the season. With a squad lacking in Premier League experience, many were fearing the worst but David Wagner’s shrewd business in the transfer market has worked wonders. The former United States international brought in Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounié who have scored 13 Premier League goals between them. Wagner’s biggest problem will be keeping an already thin squad fit and fresh for the duration of the season.

Our verdict: Safe

Brighton & Hove Albion – 12th – 21 Points

The first half of the season can be deemed a success for Chris Hughton and his Brighton squad. The Seagulls have notched up vital wins against relegation rivals West Brom, Newcastle United, West Ham, Swansea City and Watford. Not only this, they have also conceded the fewest goals out of every team in the bottom half, conceding just 25 goals so far this campaign.

Our verdict: Safe

Stoke City – 13th – 20 Points

So far this season Stoke City have conceded 41 goals, more than any other team in the Premier League. There has been constant speculation surrounding the future of Mark Hughes which hasn’t done the Staffordshire club any favours. However, four points out of a possible six against relegation rivals has lifted spirits, giving the side much needed confidence. The Potters will be hoping to kick on, aiming to replicate last season’s form which saw them go unbeaten in the Premier League in January.

Our verdict: Safe

Southampton – 14th – 19 Points

Southampton have won just one of their last eleven games and are edging closer to the relegation zone. Argentinian Mauricio Pellegrino has found life in the Premier League tough to say the least, winning just four of his 20 league matches so far. The loss of Virgil van Dijk will add to those growing relegation worries but the Saints have strength in depth with a number of talented players in their ranks.

Our verdict: Safe

Newcastle United – 15th – 18 Points

Following an impressive title winning season in the Championship under Rafa Benítez, supporters of Newcastle United were full of optimism going forward. However, they have struggled to find their feet and have won just twice in their last 15 matches. The Magpies have three crucial games over the coming weeks, games which could ultimately define their season.

Our verdict: Safe

Crystal Palace – 16th – 18 Points

After an abysmal start to the season under Frank de Boer, the Eagles have turned their season round in remarkable fashion. The appointment of Roy Hodgson at the helm has rejuvenated the side, leading them on a run which has seen them lose just twice in their last twelve outings. With a talented squad at his disposal, the former England manager will have no problem steering the club away from relegation.

Our verdict: Safe

West Ham United – 17th – 18 Points

Since the appointment of David Moyes at the London Stadium, West Ham’s form has remained largely unchanged. This season under Slaven Bilić, the Hammers averaged 0.81 points per match whilst under David Moyes they currently average 1.00. The Scotsman will need to address their defensive frailties quickly. So far they have conceded 38 goals, the second most in the league with only Stoke City conceding more.

Our verdict: Relegated

AFC Bournemouth – 18th – 17 Points

After an impressive 9th place finish last season, all associated with AFC Bournemouth will be bitterly disappointed with how the current campaign has begun. The Cherries find themselves in the bottom three and are struggling for consistency. Eddie Howe and his coaching staff can take solace from the fact that the squad from last season remains largely intact along with the acquisition of Jermaine Defoe, Nathan Aké, Jack Wilshere and Asmir Begović.

Our verdict: Safe

West Bromwich Albion – 19th – 15 Points

The Baggies kicked off their season in style with two wins in their opening two games, but that was as good as it got. Since then they have failed to win a single Premier League game and have claimed just 9 points out of 54 on offer. As a result, manager Tony Pulis was sacked with many supporters citing his negative brand of football for the abysmal form. Without a goal scorer or a creative spark, supporters of the West Midlands club will be fearing the worst.

Our verdict: Relegated

Swansea City – 20th – 13 Points

For supporters of Swansea City it couldn’t be any tougher right now. The club have failed to replace key players which kept the side in Premier League last season and they are reaping what they sow as a result. They have won just once in their past twelve games and have conceded 23 goals in the process. The appointment of Carlos Carvalhal, a manager with no Premier League experience, will do little to ease the growing anxiety around the Liberty Stadium.

Our verdict: Relegated

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