The race for survival in the Premier League has once more recommenced with teams desperate to avoid the ignominy of relegation to the Championship.
Last season saw Norwich City and Watford relegated, whilst Burnley’s six-season stint in the division finally came to an end.
The Premier League’s new boys Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Fulham will all be looking to avoid dropping straight back down to the second-tier.
Survival is worth upwards of £100 million per year, and here 101 Great Goals looks at relegation odds for 20223/23 from the Premier League and which teams are favourites to go down.
Can Scott Parker avoid a third consecutive top-flight relegation?
Scott Parker is back in the Premier League after guiding Bournemouth to automatic promotion.
The Cherries finished runners-up in the Championship to end their two-season stay in the second tier.
They are now back in the big time and they will be aiming for another long stay in the division.
However, that has not gone to plan yet, despite winning their opening game, having conceded 16 goals in three games, albeit against the top 3 sides in the Premier League. Having parted ways with Parker, they have since managed to take five points from a possible 9, leaving them 12th in the Premier League at present.
Their hopes of avoiding a third consecutive top-flight relegation are not particularly fancied, however, with Bournemouth favourites to face the drop at 1/2.
Nottingham Forest back in the big time
Nottingham Forest are finally back in the Premier League for the first time since 1999.
But they are not being given much hope of staying there as they are second-favourites to face the drop at even odds, even with a record number additions to their side and more to come in January.
But despite being strongly tipped to go straight back down, the City Ground is likely to be a very tough place to go next season.
They picked up their first points of the season with a 1-0 win over West Ham, but it was far from a convincing performance, and a draw with Everton has followed, along with defeats to Tottenham, Manchester City and Bournemouth.
With just four points on the board after seven games, the bookies still back them to be relegated, offering odds of 4/7 for them to go down.
Can Fulham finally end their relegation-promotion cycle?
Fulham dominated the Championship last season by amassing 90 points and scoring 106 goals.
Meanwhile, five of the 11 players in the Team of the Season were players from the west London club.
Aleksandar Mitrović spearheaded the Cottagers’ title charge netting a stunning 43 goals in 44 league matches, and has began in the same vein, with two goals against Liverpool to grab a draw for the Cottagers.
He netted his third to grab a 90th-minute winner against Brentford, taking Fulham to 5 points after three games, but even his fourth in as many games could not prevent them falling to their first defeat of the season against high-flying Arsenal. Victory in midweek was followed by a defeat at the hands of Tottenham.
Fulham remain on song, with the Cottagers currently in the dizzying heights of sixth place and Mitrovic second only to Erling Haaland in the golden boot race.
Their last two spells in the top flight have seen them relegated on both occasions and they will be hoping that they can make it third time lucky this season and stay in the top flight.
Marco Silva’s side are valued at 5/1 to once again be relegated to the Championship, with their results meaning a slight increase on the 6/5 that was being offered ahead of a ball being kicked.
Brentford looking to avoid second-season syndrome
Brentford managed to mark their first top-flight campaign in 75 years by securing survival.
The Bees even made a late push for the top half and ended the season with an impressive 13th place.
Towards the start of the year, the west London club looked like they were heading for the drop, however, the signing of Christain Eriksen in January transformed their fortunes.
The Dane played an integral role in helping Brentford finish 13th, and they will need to find a way to cope without him.
A staunch recovery from 2-0 down on the opening day of their season saw them rescue a point against Leicester City. Then, they demolished Manchester United 4-0 in extraordinary circumstances. Mixed form has seen them win, lose and draw in their last four outings, and their mixed form has seen the bookies price them at just 9/2 to go down.
Leeds United expecting more this season
Leeds United defied the odds on the final day of last season to remain in the Premier League.
The North Yorkshire club won away at Brentford whilst Burnley were unable to match their result.
Therefore, on the final day, Leeds leapfrogged the Clarets to maintain their top-flight status.
But, having now lost two key men in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, they were 11/4 to suffer relegation before the season started.
And despite a strong start (It took until the fourth game of the season for them to suffer their first defeat), they have taken just one point from their last three games, leaving them with eight points from 18. Leeds are considered 9/2 to go down this season.
Southampton on the slide?
Tottenham found Southampton light work on the opening day of the season, and in truth the youthful south coast side do seem somewhat lightweight, lacking cutting edge at the top of the pitch for all their endeavour.
They will have to hope that the young stars that they have brought in over the summer can hit the ground running, with the bookies offering odds of 9/4 for them to be in the Championship next season.
Leicester City in disarray
One side expected to do much better this season had been Leicester City, yet after 8 games of the season they find themselves bottom of the Premier League with just a point to their name, and Brendan Rodgers on the verge of being sacked.
It remains to be seen whether or not the quality in their squad can pull them out of the rut they find themselves in, but the bookies are doubtful, offering odds of 15/8 to see them relegated this season.
Everton to drop out?
Another side currently looking somewhat lightweight heading into the new season are Frank Lampard’s Everton. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin still sidelined and Richarlison now a Tottenham player, it is hard to see where the Toffees’ goals will come from at the moment.
The Toffees held on resolutely for a draw in the Merseyside derby, and picked up their first win of the season against West Ham, having also managed 4 stalemates so far. They are 11/4 to be relegated.