5 clubs who could be at risk of surprise Premier League relegation

A quintet of Premier League clubs look the most likely to be joining the promoted teams in a relegation battle in 2023/24 – will this be Everton‘s year for the drop?

The action is nearly upon us again following a lengthy summer that has dragged on without domestic action to treasure.

While Liverpool will hopefully be focusing on a Premier League title challenge, there is also sure to be plenty of drama at the other end of the table to keep an eye on.

Here’s what fans of the five clubs we believe will be looking nervously over their shoulders had to say ahead of the new campaign.



BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 11, 2023: Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke (C) is challenged by Liverpool's Diogo Jota (R) during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season: 15th

TIA predicted finish: 17th

The view from Bournemouth

Tom Jordan (@TomJordan21)

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 11, 2023: Bournemouth's goalkeeper Norberto Murara Neto celebrates at the final whistle after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season was… a rollercoaster! Starting the season with Scott Parker at the helm, he was quickly removed after his distasteful comments following the 9-0 defeat at Anfield and in came the rookie, Gary O’Neil.

It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done despite being written off by everyone.

This season will be… intriguing. Another new gaffer in the highly-regarded Spaniard Andoni Iraola.

I’m sure we’ll be tipped for the drop again from the outside, but if we get to grips with the new style then we could surprise a few.

Our key player is… Philip Billing. He offers us goals from midfield and was so crucial to our survival last time out.

As much as Dominic Solanke is our man leading the line, he’s not your typical free-scoring centre-forward, so goals from midfield are pivotal and Billing always offers us that.

We’ll finish… 14th. It’s really hard to say, but I do anticipate us improving and we’ve recruited better than plenty of those teams in and around us, so I’m quietly confident we’ll be OK.

Liverpool will finish… 3rd. A real shake-up in midfield was probably needed, the signings are exciting and I can see Darwin Nunez thriving this season.

Not quite a title challenge, but comfortably in the Champions League spots for me. My tip is that you’ll win the Europa League.


Crystal Palace

Cheick Doucoure of Crystal Palace

Last season: 11th

TIA predicted finish: 15th

The view from Crystal Palace

Robbie Scotcher (@RobbieScotcher)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 15, 2022: Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season was… typical Palace. We started hoping for a top-half finish and played really well up until the World Cup, which I totally forgot happened until I had a look back.

Then we didn’t win a game for months and after an utterly dismal performance against Brighton, the Patrick Vieira revolution was over and we got Roy Hodgson back, sitting in 11th for the rest of the season.

Everyone wanted Vieira to work out, but we had started to stagnate. Roy brought Eberechi Eze back into the side and we played some great football. Seeing him make his England debut was a huge highlight, especially after such a bad injury.

This season will be… interesting. Roy has said his aim is a top-10 finish, but we’ve always stated the aim was just to avoid relegation.

We have a good squad, but we still need a striker. But my hope is that we play some good football, avoid the drop and beat Brighton.

Our key player is… not Wilfried Zaha!

And that’s all you’ll hear from every pundit, commentator and journalist. It’s sad to see him go, but I hope we push on and maybe become a more balanced side.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 23, 2022: Crystal Palace's Marc Guéhi during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In Marc Guehi and Joachim Anderson, we’ve got the best centre-back partnership we’ve ever had. Cheick Doucore will be vital in the holding role and I think it’s going to be a big season for Eze, who has had a great pre-season.

We’ll finish… 11th.

Liverpool will finish… 3rd. It’s so competitive for the top four spots, so it’s hard to pick.

I think Nunez will have a great season, as will Trent Alexander-Arnold. You’ve got to be challenging for the title, but I think City will win it.



Last season: 17th

TIA predicted finish: 13th

The view from Everton

Joe Thomas (@joe_thomas18)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, February 13, 2023: Everton's manager Sean Dyche (R) shakes hands with Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 242nd Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season was… difficult, to say the least. It started reasonably well and when Everton played Crystal Palace off Goodison Park in October there was real hope of progress.

But within a month the project had run out of steam and unlike Wolves, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, the building blocks for recovery were not put in place across December and January.

Disappointment then turned to disaster on and off the pitch, but Sean Dyche somehow chartered a way to survival.

This season will be… tough, but I think Everton will emerge from it stronger.

The squad is threadbare and reliant on the fitness of too many key individuals. The players will be fit, disciplined and completely tuned into the battle ahead, though.

I think there is a greater chance of teams who aren’t Everton getting left behind this year and also that the Blues will benefit from knowing the starting point of this campaign is a relegation fight.

There will be no naivety and that will give them a headstart on a handful of others who perhaps don’t yet know that they could struggle.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 31, 2022: Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin lines-up before the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Everton FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Our key player is… Dominic Calvert-Lewin. If he plays 25 or more games this season, Everton will be fine. If his injury misfortune persists, then it will be a struggle.

The final weeks of this transfer window have to be about reducing the immense burden on his shoulders.

We’ll finish… 15th.

Liverpool will finish… 4th.



LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 3, 2023: Fulham's Harry Wilson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season: 10th

TIA predicted finish: 12th

The view from Fulham

Kyle Bonn (@the_bonnfire)

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 7, 2022: Fulham's head coach Marco Silva during the Football League Championship match between Sheffield United FC and Fulham FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season was… excellent. So many things went right for Fulham, from a management standpoint, a form standpoint and a luck standpoint.

Marco Silva got way more things right than wrong, the squad was pieced together better than any of Tony Khan’s previous attempts at the English top flight and they had many things go their way.

I fear that they hit their ceiling in year one back in the Premier League, but more on that in a bit.

This season will be… nervy.

I’m not ready to say Fulham will be involved in the relegation battle – there are about five teams decidedly worse and at least three more you could make the argument – but it certainly won’t be better than last year from a results standpoint, and after finishing 10th, anything below can get a bit dicey.

So many things went right last season that it’s hard to imagine they are able to produce a similar list of accomplishments again.

Joao Palhinha must stay healthy and out of disciplinary trouble, Bernd Leno must find a way to replicate his incredible season and Silva must continue making magic – and those are just the most notable of them.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 6, 2022: Fulham's João Palhinha during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Our key player is… Leno. As much as people love to trumpet Palhinha, who is an absolutely wonderful player, the most important individual in this team is unquestionably the goalkeeper.

Last season, Fulham conceded the highest expected goals in the league, and the only reason nobody knows that or talks about it is because of Leno, who saved the defensive line from further punishment on multiple occasions.

We’ll finish… 13th or 14th.

There’s very little chance they can replicate last season’s performance with the squad they’ve got at the moment – it would require so much going right at the same time, in terms of various individuals hitting last year’s heights.

Liverpool will finish… 4th.

I think it’s crazy to think they’ll challenge for the title, as bookmakers have them third favourites, but I do think they will enjoy a significant return to prominence.


Nottingham Forest

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 20, 2022: Nottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Nottingham Forest FC at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season: 16th

TIA predicted finish: 18th

The view from Nottingham Forest

Matt Davies (@MattDavies_NP)

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 22, 2022: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) shakes hands with Nottingham Forest's manager Steve Cooper after the FA Premier League match between Nottingham Forest FC and Liverpool FC at the City Ground. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season was… all about staying in the league. With 30 signings and the second-worst injury record in the league, that was always going to be tough.

Considering all three promoted teams stayed up at the expense of more established sides, it was a big success.

This season will be… another battle, but hopefully more comfortable in the end. Luton and Sheffield United look poised to struggle and there are a clutch of other clubs that haven’t really improved.

Our key player is… Morgan Gibbs-White. He was Player of the Year and our whole attack is built around the attacking midfielder.

We’ll finish… 15th. We finished 16th last season, so only a one-place rise, but it will hopefully be a more comfortable run-in if a couple of strong signings are made.

Liverpool will finish… 3rd. It looks like a season of transition in the midfield and tactically with Trent playing an inverted role.

They seem poised to score a load of goals through Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo and Nunez, however – the latter could be key if he can finish those big chances.