Paul Merson is amongst the Sky Sports pundits who have been giving their predictions as to who will be relegated from the Premier League.
Joining him were Phil Thompson, Matt le Tissier and Charlie Nicholas.
Recent seasons have shown a decreasing number of promoted clubs being instantly sent back to the Championship, meaning it becomes ever harder to predict.
Recent times have seen the average drop to only one of those coming up, going straight back down, and indeed last season all three (Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield) survived.
This time, Cardiff City are doomed according to the Sky Sports pundits, all four thinking they are nailed onto go back down.
Huddersfield are the choice of three of the four, despite never ever really looking in trouble last season and another summer where they have shown ambition in the transfer market.
Watford are the other club to get more than one vote, whilst Bournemouth, Fulham and Newcastle are each the pick of only one of the four.
Charlie Nicholas states that ‘Newcastle are right on the edge of it’ and unsurprisingly points to transfer market failures as a big concern, though he does pick out loan signing Kenedy as a positive.
He points to the positive that have been holding the club together despite Mike Ashley, though fears it could all be falling apart…’The only thing keeping this club together is the relationship between the fans and Rafael Benitez, but I genuinely hope I’m wrong with fearing it could all fall apart.’
I think Charlie Nicholas very much sums up the feelings of Newcastle fans, let’s hope though that the three other pundits are better at predicting the future.
Sky Sports pundits make their relegation predictions:
Watford, Huddersfield, Cardiff
Cardiff, Newcastle, Fulham
“Cardiff have failed to get anybody of significance in. The facts are Fulham and Wolves have spent big and some of the sides around the relegation battle are spending a decent amount and Cardiff can’t get anyone in. You have to spend significant amounts to get your targets and they look well detached from the rest of the pack right now.
“Newcastle are right on the edge of it with what has been going there this summer.
“They did well to get the money they did for Aleksandar Mitrovic but they still can’t get quality in, although I do like Kennedy.
“The only thing keeping this club together is the relationship between the fans and Rafael Benitez, but I genuinely hope I’m wrong with fearing it could all fall apart.
“The other one for me is Fulham as I think they need another striker and I’m not sure their defence is of high enough standard.”
Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth
Matt Le Tissier:
Cardiff, Huddersfield, Watford