Take four Sky Sports pundits and ask them which three clubs will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Not exactly showing the most imagination between them they have named five clubs as the ones to go down this time.

The two clubs who finished fourth and fifth bottom of the Premier League last season, along with the three promoted teams.

So who voted who…

Paul Merson:

“I think this is a massive jump up for Huddersfield.

“They have a massive pitch and play at a high tempo; playing that tempo in the Championship, you get the ball back very quickly, but if you go and press Man City they will just knock it around you and be away on goal.

“I just see Brighton as a nice place to go for away teams. You’re not going to go there and think: “Oh my God, I don’t fancy this.”.

“As for Watford, Marco Silva has brought in Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah and he’s putting two players in their midfield that haven’t played much top-flight football.”

Bottom three: Watford, Brighton, Huddersfield

Phil Thompson:

“Huddersfield may have signed 11 players but still I still expect them to have a tough experience along with Brighton. Both will just look to enjoy it and play their football like Bournemouth did.

“As for Burnley, the selling of Andre Gray didn’t sit well as he scored a lot of goals. Now they need to replace those goals. They’ve brought in a bit of strength with Jack Cork but I just wonder whether they can repeat their home record.”

Bottom three: Brighton, Huddersfield, Burnley

Matt le Tissier:

“It’s going to be a big struggle for Huddersfield. They’ll be well organised but whether they’ve got the quality to score enough goals is the big factor.

“Again I think goals may be a problem for Brighton without many proven Premier League goalscorers in there.

“I did take Watford out of my picks because I think Andre Gray is a good signing for them and could make the difference. I think they had to spend a lot of money and I still think their defence lacks quality.

“I considered throwing in Burnley but they made a fool me last season and I’m going to put faith in Sean Dyche’s ability, but if they repeat their away form then they’ll struggle.”

Bottom three: Huddersfield, Brighton, Watford

Charlie Nicholas:

“The three that have come up will be in the mix and I think West Brom could struggle if they can’t get players in, but I think Tony Pulis will make signing to keep them safe.

“Watford will be in the fight as well if Troy Deeney isn’t performing and Burnley will be be in the mix as Sean Dyche doesn’t seem aware that there’s a transfer window.

“There’s no chance they can be as good at home, but I also don’t think they could be as bad away.”

Bottom three: Newcastle, Brighton and Watford

I make that a relegation consensus of:

4 Brighton

3 Huddersfield

3 Watford

1 Newcastle United

1 Burnley

I suppose to be fair, when you look at who was relegated last season, it was Sunderland who ended fourth bottom in 2015/16 and two promoted teams – Middlesbrough and Hull. The other promoted club, Burnley, ending the season in 16th place – level on points with 17th positioned Watford.

Bournemouth bucked the trend by going from 16th in 2015/16 to 9th in 2016/17, although that is very deceptive as Bournemouth only got four more points (46) to finish seven places higher as a very strange compact bottom half of the table saw only six points separate 10 clubs from 8th to 17th.

When you see Watford spending £52m (£38m net) already, including £18.5m on striker Andre Gray, you do have to be concerned, when Rafa is at war with Mike Ashley and Newcastle have spent only £31m (£17m net) so far.

Let’s hope Charlie Nicholas is the one that has got it wrong this time.



  • Mrkgw

    No surprise from Nicholas then.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Unfortunately Newcastle United are always going to be involved in relegation battles constantly with Ashley at the helm.

    • HarryHype59

      That is the essence of the problem!

  • Steve Pearce

    You lake of scum are disrespecting our team its fans and indeed the people of Newcastle! Day after day we are served up with this torrent of negativity. Well maybe after tomorrow you will have something worthwhile to write about…

  • Gary Morson

    Charlie Nicholas is a total tool who flopped in English football and only looked half decent in the 2 team Scottish league of amateurs.

  • Marveauxless

    In 2014 Nicholas predicted that Arsenal would win the league and that Theo Walcott would be the Premier League’s top scorer; 12 months and 5 goals from Theo later showed exactly how much Charlie Nicholas knows about football

  • Cuh736

    Who in their right senses thinks Newcastle will be relegated? Total rubbish.

    Bottom 3: Hull, Swansea, Burnley

    • jazzmaster1997

      well hull can’t get relegated – theyre in the championship.

      • Cuh

        Didn’t know

    • Kev-82

      Well apart from the obvious that Hull aren’t even in the league, I think we will be in the mix for relegation with our lack of first team improvements. I think it will be 3 from Newcastle, Brighton, Huddersfield, Burnley & Watford (throw in Swansea if Sigurdsson goes) which is exactly what these pundits are predicting.

    • Jezza

      Who in their right senses thinks Hull will be relegated? They are not even in the Premiership.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Oh Dear

        • Cuh

          My bad lol

      • Cuh

        Wow. My bad, I honestly didn’t know that. Only team I know got relegated was Sunderland. Didn’t watch the PL last year

    • Red Ray

      My bottom 3:

      PGS, Celtic, Gordon Ramsey and Santa

    • HarryHype59

      I would say there is a 50:50 chance of us going straight back down.

  • Wor Lass

    We`re a promoted team and we haven`t significantly strengthened so we are almost guaranteed to struggle somewhere between lower mid-table and the relegation spots. Some late signings could still improve the outlook and a couple of the new lads might turn out to be gold (and we do have Rafa) but, as it stands, even one or two more injuries on top of Gayle, Yedlin and Lascelles and we`re snookered. These pundits aren`t being anti Newcastle or overly negative, they`re just being realistic and dispassionate.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Come January the Fat Lad may have to sell 40 or 50 million rolls of wallpaper to cover the cracks in the squad

      • Wor Lass

        That amount wouldn`t cover the crack in his ass!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          I`m banned from the chron again 😂😂😂

          • Wor Lass

            Their loss!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            It`s HP as soon as i post he flags it
            😀

          • Wor Lass

            Yeah, he sometimes gets in there before me! Ha ha!! Sounds like some sort of revenge could be on the cards.

  • Desree

    Not one of our squad is a proven (consistent) premier league player. Rafa has not been backed. The owner has a track record of not investing in the team. My money is on Newcastle. And I think every fan deep down knows that Benitez is not being backed. Fair enough Andre Gray is a lot of money. But to not buy a striker is insane.