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07 Aug 2018 by TSZ

Four Premier League Clubs That Could Struggle In 2018-19

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The Premier League is becoming ever more competitive and the dogfight to avoid relegation is no exception. That scrap for survival is almost like a mini-league within the division that lies at the zenith of English football.

While a cursory glance at the betting tells you promoted Cardiff City are hot favourites to drop straight back down to the Championship, fellow climbers Wolves aren't among those reckoned in trouble and neither are Southampton, who had a close shave last season.

Like play-off winners Fulham, some eye-catching signings and hungry talents at Molineux could be enough to keep them up and out of danger, but what about the sides that look like they'll struggle? We've picked out four for you to consider and debate here...

Burnley

It may be that the further Burnley progress in their first European campaign for half a century, the more likely they are to suffer domestically. Sean Dyche has already bemoaned the lack of transfer activity at Turf Moor despite being previously content with working on a shoestring budget.

The job he has done with the Clarets is excellent and finishing seventh in the Premier League last term was above and beyond everyone's expectations. Dyche in a way is a victim of his own success, however, as the only way from there is down for Burnley and they're best-priced at 4/1 to go down this season.

Crystal Palace

After losing their first seven Premier League games without scoring, Crystal Palace pulled off a great escape under Roy Hodgson to end their last campaign in a very flattering 11th place. Finishing top of the bottom half doesn't tell the full story, however, as just four points separated 10th from 15th in the table.

If you take out mercurial wide talent Wilfried Zaha, plus the penalties and free-kicks scored by Luka Milivojevic last term, then their next highest Premier League goalscorers were on five. Although the Eagles have bolstered their midfield with the signings of Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham and former Schalke starlet Max Meyer on a free, the latter is a big gamble on huge wages.

Without more goals from open play and midfield or if Christian Benteke continues to struggle for form, Palace could easily struggle - especially if Zaha doesn't build on his best season at Selhurst Park. They looked overpriced at 5/1 in the Premier League betting on relegation with bet365.

Huddersfield Town

Second season syndrome used to be a thing. Whether you believe in it or not is another matter, but Huddersfield had a flirtation with the drop that will be hard to avoid again - given the strength and potential of two teams that have come up from the Championship. You could say the same of Brighton & Hove Albion too.

David Wagner may be on a hiding to nothing by staying with the Terriers now, so if a decent job comes up in his native Germany he could be forgiven for taking it. Should he leave West Yorkshire, then Town would likely be in further trouble and are as short as 11/10 to lose top-flight status.

Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez is not a happy bunny on Tyneside because Newcastle seem to be standing still on the transfer front after finishing a very creditable 10th last term. The Toon Army have seen just four fresh faces arrive at St James' Park with a week of the window left, but two of those were at the club last season.

A £7,000,000 outlay on signings when they've raised around six times that in sales - including £22,000,000 from Aleksandar Mitrovic to Premier League rivals Fulham - means Benitez has a point. Unpopular owner Mike Ashley should've learned from previous mistakes as the Magpies have twice been relegated from the Premier League on his watch before. It's 5/1 to happen a third time this term.

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