There may have only been seven matches played this season in the Premier League (six if you’re Manchester United or Fulham), but there are some unlikely names assembling in the bottom half dozen of the table. While Newcastle residing in the lower half of the table isn’t a great surprise this term, to see the Magpies joining Tottenham at the very foot of the division is something of a shock. Will they still be there come May?
In addition, Everton might have finished in fifth place last season, although surely that’s already out of the question after losing three of their four league matches at Goodison Park to date. On Sunday, they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Newcastle, although Sky Sports report that David Moyes still expects to see more home wins than defeats this term.
“There were signs we were playing better today. If something goes against you it can easily knock you,” he continued.
“Overall our record at Goodison is fantastic. I can tell you that before the end of the season we’ll win a lot more than we lose.”
A lot has been made of Everton’s decision to sell Lee Carsley to Birmingham in the summer, although it’s surely not the only reason why the Toffees are struggling at the moment. Their only victories have been away from home, at Stoke and West Brom, and Toffees fans must surely be concerned that their team are shipping so many goals at the back.
Who do you think will be relegated this season? Despite beating Arsenal 1-0 a few weeks ago, Fulham seem to be in all sorts of trouble, while Bolton are many people’s tip to go down, although a 3-1 win at West Ham was deserved and points to better times ahead for the Lancashire club. Will West Brom and Hull eventually slip back down the table, and are Stoke nailed-on for the drop?