This is not the kind of headline you’d usually see around this time of the league. The Premier League is just five games old and all the excitement is just about to kick off. Hat-tricks are being scored, red cards being given and of course the managers have added their off-the-pitch drama.
It’s the perfect time for teams to gather every point they can lay their hands – or feet – on. Teams like Manchester United and Manchester City already got the memo and they’re on a roll, avoiding defeats in all their games.
But the same cannot be said about the clubs currently occupying the bottom three positions on the Premier League table. West Ham, AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have all struggled to keep up since the new Premier League campaign resumed.
- West Ham
They’ve only managed one win in their last 5 games, with three being defeats and the only draw coming in their Gameweek 5 meeting with West Bromich Albion. Slaven Bilic needed an Obiang and Ayew to come to his rescue in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
He’s been tethering on the edge of being sacked since the season began and it won’t be a surprise if he gets booted out, should the results continue to follow this trend.
- AFC Bournemouth
Next on the list is Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth. Getting their first win in the game against Brighton & Hove Albion brought a huge relief to everyone involved, most especially the manager. He was not in the way of getting sacked, but then again, the pressure was on.
With their first now in the bag, they will be looking to improve on a not-so-good record that had seen them go on a 4-game losing streak. And it’s an improvement that Eddie Howe will be desperate for as he’s not interested in returning to the English Championship anytime soon.
- Crystal Palace
The last club of focus in this article, since the season began, the Eagles have been so poor that it helped them to set a new record. With their defeat at the hands of Southampton, they became the first Premier League side to lose their opening five games without scoring – conceding 8 goals in the process.
De Boer got sacked after the first four games. Roy Hodgson is the new gaffer in charge and he has already started his campaign with a defeat at the hands of the Saints.
Looking ahead to their next fixtures, things might just go from bad to worse for Crystal Palace. Their next opponent comes in the form of a red-hot Manchester City side that has managed to score 11 goals in their last 2 Premier League games without conceding a goal. Then they visit Manchester United and then welcome Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
Out of these three, which club do you think will survive this early scare and remain in the Premier League at the end of the 2017/2018 season? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment. We will love to hear from you.Tags: premier league relegation, relegation