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Premier League: Relegation candidates

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Manchester City's plundering of Newcastle United all but finished an exciting opening weekend of the new season of the English Premier League. In spite of just playing one game, there are three teams who might end up fighting for the relegation places if they do not make some fast changes either to their squad or tactics.

1. Hull City Tigers

New boys Hull City were given a difficult trip to the Stamford Bridge on day one. It was all dominated by the comeback of "The Special One" - Jose Mourinho. Although only winning 2-0, Chelsea seemed like they could have been leading 6-0 in the first half.

Most of it was due to defensive and goalkeeping blunders from Hull City. They were lucky to move into half time just two goals down. They weren't really organised properly and the best teams make it hurt. Their defenders were all over the place, often playing a very high defensive line.

A very high defensive line, against one of the best attacking teams in England and at their home - not really a great tactic, Steve Bruce. Frank Lampard was just floating high lobs to Fernando Torres who easily slipped through on goal twice which resulted in him being bundled down twice, for a penalty and a free-kick. Steve Bruce needs to really work on his team in the coming weeks, else it could be back down to the Championship for his Tigers.


2. Cardiff City

The second Welsh team in the Premier League seemed like it could make the Welsh derby against Swansea City extremely interesting with players like Craig Bellamy, Gary Medal, Peter Whittingham and Fraizer Campbell among their squad.

However, they seemed lacklustre against a West Ham United side. Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan came out with expert finishes that highlighted the game, however Cardiff  showed no signs of a fight. They were easily pushed over by West Ham United and one can pity them when put up against a Manchester team or Chelsea. Manager Malky Mackay does have a lot to think about before playing Roberto Martinez's Everton next weekend.


3. Sunderland

Although I don't think that they will get relegated, their performance against Fulham was disappointing. A lot was expected from their new signings Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini, Cabral, they didn't come up with the goods.

Jozy Altidore, coming back from an international hat-trick against Bosnia showed his moments of brilliance but could not put the ball in the net. The defending was weak against the set piece in which Pajtim Kasami scored.

Paulo Di Canio, known for his public displays of joy and anger seems likely to pull this Sunderland out of the mess from last week, however, they could see themselves close to the relegation spots, having just escaped relegation last year by three points.


Close Competitors for a poor weekend:

Stoke City, Swansea City, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion - however Swansea City, Arsenal and West Brom will definitely brush this past and come back to their usual habit of winning primarily due to their managers.

An honourable mention to Crystal Palace who played their hearts out against a strong Tottenham Hotspur side. They are definitely the underdogs this season.

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