Who are the contenders for Premier League relegation in the 2022/2023 season?


The new Premier League season kicks off on the 5th of August, which will be music to the ears of football fans around the world. Indeed, the planet’s most competitive league is set to start up once more, going on for the next nine months and four seasons before finishing in late May.

There will, of course, be highs and lows and everything in between as the best players do battle week in and week out. With this in mind, we look at who might find themselves on the wrong end of the table when the warmth of the 2023 spring arrives.

What The Odds Are Saying
To begin with, it’s worth looking at what the Paddy Power Premier League betting markets predict in order to get a better idea of what the latest odds are in terms of relegation. Perhaps it won’t come as a surprise to see that all three promoted teams are the favourites to make an immediate return to the Championship with Bournemouth at 4/9, whilst Nottingham Forest and Fulham are both priced at 11/10 to go down.

Fulham are, of course, the perennial yo-yo club so, in this respect, you would expect to see them being tipped to not overstay their welcome in the Premier league. However, this prediction piece will swim against the current and say that the Cottagers would have learned their lessons from two seasons ago and after storming to the Championship title, it’s clear to see that the much-needed confidence at Craven Cottage has returned courtesy of manager Marco Silva.

Yes, Fulham will avoid relegation this season but three teams will fall through the trapdoor and into the second tier of English football. Who will the unfortunate trio be?

Scott Parker took Bournemouth up from the Championship after being appointed in the summer of 2021. Crucially, however, Parker arrived on the south coast having just overseen Fulham’s relegation from the top-flight as manager.
In this sense, you could argue that Parker is still unproven in the Premier League and after a miserly approach to this summer’s transfer market where the right additions haven’t been made, it seems only a matter of time before the Cherries drop back into the Championship.

Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, have gone on a recruitment spree but it has come at the cost of the core of the team that helped the club achieve a promotion that was 23 years in the making. It’s this ruthless attitude towards the stalwarts who delivered promotion that manager Steve Cooper may come to regret and you only need to look at Fulham’s disastrous blueprint in 2018 to better understand how much trouble Forest may be in.
The Cottagers spent over £100 million in the 2018 summer window and for all intents and purposes, completely disposed of their promotion-winning team only for relegation to follow nine months later.

Brentford were unable to keep hold of Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen who singlehandedly kept the Bees up last season after the club initially offered him a short-term deal to the end of the season. Before Eriksen’s cameo in February, Thomas Frank’s men hadn’t won a Premier League match in seven weeks and looked destined for a certain relegation.

Yes, Eriksen helped Brentford avoid disaster but with the Dane now at Manchester United and the Bees facing the possibility of the dreaded ‘second-season syndrome’, relegation now looks a distinct possibility for Frank’s men.


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