So it was Norwich City, Fulham, and Cardiff City that were resigned into the Championship as a result of their Premier League relegation. Unfortunately the fans of said clubs will not get to watch their teams battle it out during the Premier League 2014/15 season.
But naturally the discussion turns to who will be relegated after the 2014/15 EPL season? Given the competitive nature of the competition witnessed last season there is no reason to think things will be any different. It lends itself to a number of clubs being bunched together at the bottom of the ladder and battling relegation.
As is often the case, the clubs that were fortunate enough to come up from the Championship will be favorites to be relegated again. The three sides promoted to the Premier League for the upcoming season include QPR, Burnley, and Leicester City. Harry Redknapp’s QPR are back in the Premier League after a one year absence. Burnley are back for the second time in five years, and 2013/14 Championship winners Leicester City rejoin the top flight for the first time in ten years.
The early money is on Burnley to drop out of the Premier League this season. They are paying 8/13 with Coral. Queens Park Rangers are second favourites in the relegation betting market with odds of 7/4 at Coral.
Of the other sides that competed in the Premier League last season, the two clubs that will likely struggle throughout the course of the season will be West Brom and Aston Villa. Both teams just managed to survive relegation in the 2013/14 EPL season and suffered with consistency.
West Bromwich announced the signing of their new coach Alan Irvine, whose most recent coaching experience includes managing Sheffield Wednesday, which ended in relegation that year and his sacking. As for Villa, their club owner had come out and said the club was up for sale, and hence limited funds have been made available for new signings. So not a great deal is expected from a very young and inexperienced Villa squad.