Every season, we are astounded that the level of quality that the Premier League presents us. The sheer pace and physicality makes it the most watchable, and the most watched, league in the world.
However, there are always three teams that are just unable to keep up with the rest and suffer the calamity of relegation. The clubs that are eventually sent down to the Championship can usually be spotted reasonably early on in the campaign and this season is no different. So which teams will it be in season 2014/15?
1 - Newcastle
Newcastle have come a long way since the 2011/12 season. This was their best season to date, with the Magpies finishing in 5th place, and qualifying for the Europa League. Three seasons later, they are in jeopardy and without a win in seven games, including a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Southampton.
They should have beaten Crystal Palace and Hull City at home, but drew to both of them along with away draws to Aston Villa and Swansea. A 2-0 loss to Manchester City is an expected result. The club is without any attacking threat and are clearly missing Loic Remy after he returned to parent club QPR, and then left for Chelsea.
New signing Remy Cabella has not impressed since moving from Ligue 1 club Montpellier, and dispute between manager Alan Pardew and club chairman Mike Ashley shows that the club is falling apart from the inside out. Predicted to finish 18th and take the drop once again.
2 - Crystal Palace
The Eagles last season almost single-handedly ended Liverpool's hope of a first Premier League title, after scoring 3 goals in 8 minutes to rescue a point against the Reds. However this year they have not continued their end of season form that saw them avoid relegation, and look like taking the drop this year.
Losses to West Ham and Hull City are not what the London club were looking for. Losing to Arsenal was not the end of the world, however the draws to Newcastle and Burnley show that they are not better than the other clubs predicted to get relegated.
The only thing currently keeping them out of the drop zone is back-to-back victories against Everton away and Leicester at home. Should finish second to last and back in the Championship after lasting two seasons since their promotion in 2013.
3 - Burnley
Burnley's first seven games this year have been hard to watch for their fans. They did not expect a win on opening day to title threats Chelsea was to be expected, but a loss the next week at home to Swansea was a very winnable game.
They picked up their first point against Manchester United with a goalless draw, but their performance showed promise and many thought this would be the start of something. However, they drew 0-0 again to fellow relegation battlers Sunderland and Crystal Palace.
Still without a goal, they were hammered 4-0 by West Bromwich Albion. A fixture versus Leicester was a must win if they were to show they were Premier League quality. It took a Ross Wallace free kick in the 95th minute to earn them a point, but coming into the international break without a win shows that they are not ready for the top flight, and are predicted to finish bottom.
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