Sunderland Have only 1 in 3 Chance Of Staying Up
Much is made of where teams are placed in the Premier League after the busy festive period around Christmas and new year.
However, can you get any pointers or conclusions after only five matches?
Well it certainly would appear so judging on these stats that the excellent Sporting Intelligence (see the illustration) have come up with.
They looked at teams who struggled early on in the season and who had one or zero points after the opening five fixtures.
The question is – where have clubs ended up finishing in the Premier League when they had such a desperate start?
Well the biggest success story is actually Newcastle United. The desperate final days of Ruud Gullit’s reign ended up with that shocking defeat to the mackems and the dropping of Duncan Ferguson & Alan Shearer, Gullit resigned and left United with a miserable one point from the opening five matches.
That of course led to the appointment of Sir Bobby Robson and the rest as they say is history, his first match was a narrow defeat at Chelsea but his home saw his United side knock eight past Sheffield Wednesday.
That season Newcastle recovered to finish an eventual 11th in the table but they are in a small minority.
Since the inception of the Premier League, seventeen clubs have found themselves with only one or zero points after five games and of the seventeen only six have survived, including Sir Bobby’s team.
You might have noticed a certain red and white striped team are currently rock bottom with only one point from five matches.
You can still almost double your money if you get in quick and back the mackems to be relegated but don’t delay. I fancy after Liverpool’s visit this afternoon, our friends will be one point from six matches and I bet even fewer have survived from that position.
Sunderland will be long odds on if they get beat by the scousers so invest now and enjoy watching them suffer this afternoon.
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