Some interesting stats have been thrown up by Martin Tyler when it comes to Premier League clubs and their survival chances.
The question asked about those clubs in the Premier League era who have failed to win in any of their opening 10 (or more) matches.
In his regular Sky Sports column, Martin Tyler was prompted by somebody asking about Huddersfield and Newcastle United.
The two clubs going into this weekend’s matches with an identical record so far of three draws, seven defeats and no victories.
The quick answer being that of 11 clubs in the Premier League era not having a win in their first 10 games, only three ended up not relegated.
Not the greatest of odds…these were Everton in 1994/95, Blackburn in 1996/97 and Derby in 2000/01.
It gets even worse when you look at it since the Premier League clubs went from having a 42 game season to a 38 match one.
Swindon went down in 1993/94 after not winning any of the first 10, whilst Everton survived in 1994/95.
However, from 1995/96 clubs had four less matches to turn it around and only two of the nine managed it.
As for two clubs not winning any of their first 10 games in the same season, that happened only once before and that was 2012/13, when QPR and Reading ended up both relegated…
Sunderland are one of the clubs who failed to win any of the first 10 games, they did so in 2016/17 and ended the season rock bottom.
Martin Tyler column for Sky Sports:
‘Newcastle and Huddersfield haven’t won after 10 games in the Premier League – how many clubs have done this and stayed up?’
‘Before this season, there had been 11 teams to have started the season without a win from the first 10 games, and only three of them avoided relegation.
Everton finished 15th in the 1994/95 season despite not winning any of their opening 12 games in a 42-game season.
Blackburn managed even better in 1996/97 as they ended the season in 13th place, having not won until their 12th game of the season.
Derby also avoided relegation in 2000/01, finishing 17th after failing to win until their 12th match.
However, teams have usually found it hard to recover from 10-game winless starts.
Swindon (1993/94), Watford (2006/07), QPR (2012/13) and Sunderland (2016/17) all finished bottom while Norwich (2004/05), Reading (2012/13) and Burnley (2014/15) ended second from bottom.
Manchester City were also relegated on goal difference in 1995/96 after not winning of their opening 11 matches.
There has only been one other season when two teams have failed to win in their first 10 Premier League games – 2012/13 when QPR finished bottom and Reading finished second bottom.’