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Premier League 2013/14: Relegation candidates

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Can Norwich & Villa stay away from the drop zone? (©GettyImages)
Can Norwich & Villa stay away from the drop zone? (©GettyImages).

There is no doubt that the step up from the Championship to the Premier League is huge, and for the likes of Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff City, remaining in England's top division will be no easy task. 

Money, however, is often not enough to ensure survival - highlighted by the performances of QPR last season. 

The Hoops could not avoid finishing bottom despite a multi millionaire chairman splashing millions of pounds in 2012/13 season, alone.

Here, we take a look at the five main contenders for relegation next season:

Crystal Palace

The last time the Eagles gained promotion, via the play-offs, they ended up in an epic relegation dog-fight - resulting in relegation at the hands of Charlton. 

Losing the talented Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United and prolific scorer Glenn Murray to injury will not help Palace's survival chances, and key players need to be signed if Ian Holloway's men wish to remain in the Premier League. 

Hull City

Despite achieving automatic promotion last season, goals were rare for the Tigers - scoring the fewest amount of goals of any team in the top half of the Championship last season. 

Having an experienced top flight manager in Steve Bruce is a bonus, but similar to Crystal Palace, relegation seems more than possible even before the season has started. 

Cardiff City

The winners of the Championship certainly seem the most likely to remain in the top flight, after a very successful campaign last year and funding from a billionaire owner, who is clearly willing to spend. 

This is Cardiff's first season in the Premier League, and being a promoted club means they are obviously looked at for relegation, however I believe they will survive, at least another year.

Aston Villa

A less than convincing performance last season from Paul Lambert's men puts Villa in the frame for relegation. Survival would not be possible without their leading goalscorer, the prolific Christian Benteke. 

Their defence seemed, at times, laughable and must be improved if they wish to remain in the top flight. Villa do posses a very young squad with obvious talent, and with some more defensive stability Villa could perform well next season.

Norwich City

A strong 11th place last season may make relegation seem unlucky for the Canaries, however their lack of a standout goalscorer may make it difficult for them to score against some of the best teams. 

Signings are essential and a standout talisman is needed if Norwich wish to be playing Premier League football next season.

Other Candidates

Southampton

Sunderland

Stoke

 

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Cardiff City
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Aston Villa
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