After seven gameweeks of the 2023/24 Premier League season, we already have a good idea of who will be scrapping it out for survival in the second half of the campaign.
The relegation places are currently occupied by Burnley, Bournemouth and Sheffield United, with it very possible all three sides will remain there come gameweek 38.
Despite not being in the bottom three at present, Luton are still among the favourites to be relegated. The Hatters’ only win after seven games came against a struggling Everton team and they have already lost to a 10-man Wolves and Burnley this season.
With Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United to play in the next five gameweeks, it is expected Luton will drop back into the relegation zone very soon.
Given Luton’s lack of transfer funds, their only realistic way of changing their fate would be to sack manager Rob Edwards, who is currently 11/1 with Betfair to leave his post next.
After dominating in the Championship with some lovely, attacking football, Burnley were tipped by many be the standout side from the newly promoted sides.
However, after seven games, the Clarets have won just one match, which came against the aforementioned Luton Town on October 3.
Burnley have scored the joint-second-lowest goals in the division this season and have the second-worst defence of all 20 teams in the top-flight.
But despite the horrific start, you can still back Vincent Kompany to be the next Premier League manager sacked at 25/1 with Betfair.
Derby County 2.0?
The final two sides currently in the relegation zone are well on course to match or even surpass the lowest-ever points total garnered by one team in a Premier League season. Derby County secured just 11 points during the 2007/08 campaign to finish dead bottom of the division.
And right now, both Bournemouth and Sheffield United are in the midst of a worse start to the campaign than Derby. The Rams had four points to their name after seven games of 2007/08, whilst Bournemouth currently have three and Sheffield United have just one.
Both sides are the only two teams without a single win this term, whilst the Blades have scored five and conceded 19 to hand them the worst goal difference in the PL.
As a result, it is not at all surprising that Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom is the clear favourite to be sacked next with odds of 4/6 with Betfair. Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola can also be backed at 11/1 to be the next Prem boss let go.