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Can Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City avoid relegation?

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Every Premier League season, the bookmakers nine times out of ten will have the three teams that have just come up as the three teams most likely to be relegated, with this season being no different.

Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich will all be hoping they can bring their great form in the Championship in to the Premier League.

They will all be aware there is a big step up in quality awaiting them and it is important for all three to improve their squads if possible in order to achieve Premier League safety.

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Bournemouth

Bournemouth enjoyed a phenomenal season in the Championship in just their second season in the division.

They ended up winning the league on the last day of the season and were the highest scorers in the league and it was thanks to the fire power they had up front with strikers Callum Wilson and Brett Pitman as well as Yann Kermorgant and Matt Richie that put them ahead of the pack.

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There are doubts as to whether or not Bournemouth can make the step up to compete with the majority of their squad not having any Premier League experience. It is crucial for any newly promoted Premier League team that they hit the ground running, and for Bournemouth this is no different.

They begin the campaign with a home tie against Aston Villa and it is these games, at home to potential relegation candidates, that Bournemouth will feel they have to win in order to stand a positive chance of staying in the division.

Like every team in the Premier League, Bournemouth will be hoping to improve their playing squad. It is no secret that the payments clubs receive when they are promoted to the Premier League are high, therefore the money is there if the club feel it is necessary to bring in players they feel will strengthen their squad.

Bournemouth have already signed Tyrone Mings from Ipswich for a reported fee of £8 million which would be the clubs record signing. They have also signed the experienced Sylvain Distin on a free transfer. Distin has an enormous amount of Premier League experience and will no doubt be a great influence for some of the younger players in Bournemouth's squad.

At the age of 37, Distin is not getting any younger and may not have the legs that he did a few years ago at Everton, however he is still a great signing for Bournemouth and will bring something new to the club.

Bournemouth also have the highly-rated Eddie Howe as their manager. Howe is one of the most respected English managers in the game currently and is destined for big things, whether that is at Bournemouth or elsewhere. New signing Tyrone Mings has highlighted Eddie Howe as one of the major reasons as to why he chose to move to the club.

He was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "The manager had a big impact on my decision to come down here. He is probably one of the most exciting young English managers.

"To come and work for him and learn new ideas and different aspects of the game, positionally and tactically, I think is really going to benefit me and my game. I think it will bring me on a long way."

Bournemouth face a difficult challenge in the Premier League, however if they carry on with their attacking, exciting football, they can give any of the teams in the league a run for their money.

A couple more signings may be required to shore up the squad, however if the club sticks together and has confidence, there is no reason as to why they cannot stay up.

Watford

For a couple of seasons now, Watford have been attempting to achieve promotion to the Premier League, coming extremely close in the 2013/14 season after just missing out in the play off final against Crystal Palace.

In 2012 Watford were taken over by the Pozzo family, the wealthy Italians already own Serie A side Udinese and Spanish club Granada and Watford have benefited from this by gaining many players on loan from both clubs since the takeover.

Watford, similar to Bournemouth, relied heavily on their fire-power up front to guide them in to the Premier League. Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and Odion Ighalo all enjoyed terrific seasons for the Hertfordshire club, scoring multiple goals between them in order to cement Watford's place as runners up in the Championship.

Of the three teams that have been promoted, Watford arguably has the greater finances to invest in the squad, and with the Pozzo family' connections to Granada and Udinese, Watford have the opportunity to improve their squad greatly if need be.

Watford have already agreed a club record £7 million fee with Genoa for winger Diego Perotti and it does not look like the summer spending is going to end there with the club always looking to improve. With Craig Cathcart and Gabrielle Angella both signing new contracts at the club this week, Watford have a strong core ready for the Premier League.

With captain Troy Deeney leading the line, they have a player who works incredibly hard for the team and will score you goals. Deeney is yet to have a chance to apply his trade in the Premier League so far in his career so this upcoming season will be a new and challenging task for him, however it something he will no doubt relish.

It will be interesting to see how Watford line up in their first game of the season away at Everton on August 8 with new manager Quique Flores likely to bring some new faces in to the club.

It is also yet to be seen whether or not Flores, who has managed Atletico Madrid, will alter the playing style of Watford which earned them so much success last season under Slavisa Jokanovic.

One thing is for sure: Watford fans are in for an exciting ride in the Premier League, with many backing them to have the greatest chance out of all three promoted sides to stay in the division.

Norwich City

Norwich City did not start the 2014/15 season as well as they would have liked under manager Neil Adams. When Adams resigned in January, the club had only won three times since November and were sitting seventh in the Championship, eleven points behind leaders Bournemouth.

However, the appointment of Alex Neil as manager later that month, revitalised Norwich who started to put back to back wins together and begin a real charge for promotion, eventually finishing third in the Championship and winning the play offs after defeating both Ipswich and then Middlesbrough in the final.

Norwich have a strong squad with many having Premier League experience. in part due to the fact that Norwich bounced back straight to the Premier League after being in the Championship for just one season.

In Cameron Jerome, Norwich have a striker who has scored goals in the Premier League before and with the assistance of strikers Gary Hooper and Lewis Grabban, Norwich have a strong strike force. Nathan Redmond is an exciting player who will no doubt relish the opportunity to show off his talent in the Premier League, and with the experience and talent of Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan, Norwich have a squad capable of staying in the Premier League.

Norwich manager Alex Neil has been preparing his squad for life in the Premier League with a trip to the national football centre.

Neil told reporters: “We wanted to go to a place where your sole focus is on getting yourself in the best possible shape that you can.

"You go there to train and work hard. We will be together for 24/7 for the next five days, so it’s about getting the players in good shape and getting their minds focused.

“It’s about spending a bit of time together as well.

“I think it’s important – after we won the play-off final, everyone shot off in their own direction to enjoy their summer.

“It’s important we get that unity back together as well. Everyone’s in great spirits because of the way we ended last season and the fact that we’re in the Premier League looking forward to those games.”

Of course the club will be looking to improve by bringing in some new players, and with Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu already signed, it is something the club will look to push on with.

Norwich have reportedly made an enquiry for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede and if they were to sign him, Norwich would no doubt be further strengthening their strike force.

Norwich have a great chance of staying up in the Premier League. They have only been out of the division for one season so know exactly what to expect, and in Alex Neil they have a level-headed manager who will no doubt get his players ready for the enormous challenge awaiting them.

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