Throughout the summer, fans of every club can look to the coming season with optimism.

Unfortunately the euphoria of promotion can easily give way to the heartbreak of relegation, while even clubs that have been in the Premier League for decades are not immune. 

In this article I take a look at the clubs that could go down come May next year, and predict the positions that each club will fill.

16th: West Bromwich Albion

A controversial choice perhaps, given West Brom's unforeseen success during last season.

However, much of the Midlands club's league success last season was founded on an improbable run of results in the early season, much like that of Norwich City. If such a run does not materialise next season, West Brom's results even if they can stay at last season's level of quality would see them finish lower than 12th.

Furthermore, the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie, along with their significant goal tallies could see West Brom become a lot less potent in attack, and could therefore be involved in a dogfight. For me, they still have the quality to escape though.

17th: Fulham

The West London club have rested mid-table for many years now, and rarely become involved in a relegation scrap. 

However last season there were ominous signs that next season may not be so comfortable. At one point there was relegation talk, but as Fulham strung together some wins soon afterwards, this was forgotten.

Despite good transfer business, Fulham seem like they could easily become distracted and allow a bad run of results to happen too easily, potentially spelling trouble come the business end of the season. Like West Brom though, they seem to have too much quality for relegation, though it could be close. 

18th: Crystal Palace

Expect the Eagles to put up a valiant fight in the Premier League next season. This may not be enough to save them though - parallels can be drawn with another attacking, Ian Holloway managed team that ended up relegated despite wowing the division with some scintillating football - Blackpool, who ultimately finished 19th despite being 12th in January during the 2011/12 season. 

Even with the departure of Wilfried Zaha, players like Glenn Murray, Jonathan Williams and Yannick Bolasie mean that the Eagles are not short of attacking threat. Defensively though, Palace are suspect, leaking more goals than any other top-ten team in the Championship last year. 

In the ruthless Premier League, this may prove to be the flaw that sees them relegated. 

19th: Stoke City

New manager Mark Hughes has vowed to transform the Potters into a stylish attacking force, after the highly physical model they have employed in previous seasons was slated by many fans and journalists. 

This metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly may prove to be overly ambitious however, as the players that Stoke have are simply not cut out for tippy-tappy passing football, however much training they have. Without serious money being spent on recruits, the task of transforming the Potters looks impossible, and consequently the team will suffer. 

20th: Hull City

Last season, Hull sneaked automatic promotion despite looking less promising than several teams that made the playoffs. 

They were outscored by 15 teams in last season's Championship, including all the top-half of the table and even, bizarrely, relegated Peterborough.

Serious cash will be needed to provide an attack capable of breaking down Premier League defences, with the names of Danny Graham and Nicklas Bendtner being mentioned by some sources. 

However with a midfield that looks seriously short of flair and a less-than-prolific strike-force, Hull City may struggle to make an impact in the Premier League next season. 


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