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The battle to avoid Premier League relegation 2023/24 promises to be fierce, with a number of sides tipped to be involved in the demotion dogfight.
The three teams that finish below the dreaded dotted line will go down to the Championship, a fate every team in the top flight will be desperate to avoid.
Which three clubs will drop out of the Premier League in 2023/24? Check out the odds below, before we consider that very question.
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Luton Town, the Championship play-off winners in 2022/23, are the favorites to go down with the best online sportsbooks. They are followed by Sheffield United, the team who came second in the second tier last term.
Bournemouth have been tipped to struggle despite their overachievement last season, while Championship winners Burnley would no doubt settle for 17th place.
Nottingham Forest and Everton could be involved in another fight at the wrong end of the standings, while the likes of Brentford, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be striving to avoid being dragged into the basement battle.
Given that Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are virtually guaranteed to stay up, 23 percent of the rest of the Premier League will be relegated in 2023/24.
The Premier League is played on a double round-robin basis. Each team in the division plays every other side home and away, giving a total of 38 matches.
Three points are awarded for every win and one point for every tie. At the end of the campaign, the three sides with the fewest points are relegated.
As a result of this format, there is no fixed date when Premier League relegation is announced – that moment is simply confirmed when it is no longer mathematically possible for a team to finish 17th or higher.
The earliest confirmation of relegation from the Premier League came when Derby County’s fate was sealed on 29 March 2008.
Relegation ends a club’s participation in the Premier League. A team that is relegated will spend the following season in the Championship, the second tier of English soccer.
Relegation is an important part of the English soccer system, which makes it a key point of difference with MLS in the United States.
It is seen as essential to sporting integrity within the English soccer pyramid, and the vast majority of supporters of Premier League clubs would oppose the removal of relegation, even if it benefited their team.
The presence of relegation also makes the Premier League more entertaining. Because the division lacks a play-off system, the majority of clubs would have nothing to fight for if the threat of demotion was abolished. Relegation battles are sometimes even more dramatic and engaging than title races.
Southampton were the first team relegated from the Premier League in 2022/23. Previously heralded as a model club, the Saints went through three different managers - Ralph Hasenhuttl, Nathan Jones and Ruben Selles - on their way to the Championship.
Leeds United and Leicester City were relegated on the final day of the campaign. The Whites returned to the second tier after three years in the Premier League, while Leicester suffered a shock demotion.
Number of Relegations
West Bromwich Albion
Queens Park Rangers
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Forty-two clubs have been relegated since the Premier League was launched in 1992, with a total of 91 demotions in that time. Three teams have been demoted in each season with the exception of 1994/95, when four went down. Eight teams have never been relegated from the Premier League, including Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford. The six other sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – have participated in all 30 Premier League seasons to date. Three Premier League title winners have been relegated. Blackburn Rovers finished in the bottom three in 1998/99, just four years after being crowned champions. Leicester City went down in 2022/23, while Manchester City were relegated before they won the title.
The Premier League was called the Premiership for sponsorship reasons between 1993 and 2007. It has been known as the Premier League ever since.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Premier League on NBC, Peacock Premium, and fuboTV. Kick-off times usually range from 7.30 AM to 3.00 PM.
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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