- Bolton, this is an obvious choice, they won their opener big over QPR but have sputtered to 6 straight losses since. 2 years ago, I believe they were in the red zone and hired away manager Owen Coyle from Burnley. Burnley without Coyle went into a tail spin and Bolton preceded to move up into safety. It's hard to feel pity for the Wanderers.
- Blackburn, 1 win against Arsenal of all teams, memorable one at that. Blackburn during the International break went to tour the land of its owners, India. Blackburn defeated FC Pune 3-0. Somehow, I think this tour will lift the Rovers up some but again, letting Allardyce go has not endeared me to the ownership of the team. Still, I think Blackburn will be playing better.
- Wigan, one can't help but think Wigan will again make the great escape out of relegation. Manager Roberto Martinez seems to be a standup guy but Wigan really needs to start playing up better and not have predictably poor performances reminding one of the mediocrity that another onetime Premier League team has shown, West Ham. It's almost seems that if one is going to see poor performances week in and week out, perhaps they belong in the Championship.
- Queen's Park Rangers, QPR has had some good showing but has lost games vs. Bolton, Wigan and Fulham by an aggregate of 12 goals against, zero goals for against Bolton (4-0), Wigan (2-0) and Fulham (6-0). I think this shows that despite having Joey Barton, Sean Wright Phillips and a number of other good players, they may be the weakest of the 3 newly promoted teams. Anyteam that loses in this manner is suspect. Swansea on the other hand, has started out the season with 4 clean sheets at home, an EPL record. Norwich City likewise, played at OT vs. Man Utd. very competitively and reminded me of Blackpool's form last season, playing an attractive game even in not winning.
- Sunderland, the Black Cats at 1 win, 3 draws and 3 losses are showing some stability, this really continues from last season where Sunderland seem a poor team but still a cut above the bottom dwellers.
- West Brom, the Baggies got off to a slow start and their fans will hope that is all it is. In their last 4 games they have 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss. West Brom seem one playmaker away from a more secure position.
These are the teams susceptible to the drop, I firmly believe Wolverhampton have played mostly close games, losing to QPR 0-3 at home but besides that, they have a GD, goal differential of -4. I don't think they will have much trouble staying up, maybe be a bottom 6 or 7 team at season's end. Fulham likewise is now playing good football, amazingly blasting QPR 6-0. Everton I tell everyone is not as weak as some make them out to be. All the same, Everton is a question mark and perhaps others are right in that they are in for a dismal year. They do not seem to have a real go-to guy but have had acceptable performances in most games.
I view these teams after 7 games. This means that even 20% of the season has not been played so their can be a lot of change. We will see how this post looks in a few months time. All of the teams from 7th place with Aston Villa to last place have 2 wins or less.