With the conclusion of the Premier League season having finally happened after an 11-month calendar, now could be an apt time to take a look at just how those in the bottom half of the division managed to get on and what improvements they could make next year.
Indeed, this is the kind of thing fans will be looking for as a betting guide is something that many will turn to when looking to place wagers on the action in the future.
Following their 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester City, many would have predicted the Saints to taste the dust and fall down to the Championship. However, Ralph Hasenhuttl proved why he should be kept on and engineered a respectable finish of 11th, whilst players looked to be playing some of the best football Southampton have seen for a while.
The Toffees will be disappointed to have finished outside the top half once again, especially as Carlo Ancelotti was brought in to try and bring the good times back to Goodison Park. He’s certainly improved them since Marco Silva, though, so maybe a full season in charge will get the Toffees back to where they ought to be.
A club that looked to be in crisis at the start of the season, the Magpies proved everyone wrong as Steve Bruce guided them to a rather successful campaign. The takeover collapse will have hurt, but Newcastle can not afford to rest on their laurels if they want to improve on their 2019/20 standing.
Considering Roy Hodgson’s side found it difficult to score goals, a finish of 14th is not entirely that bad. The restart did not help Crystal Palace as the Eagles found it difficult to pick up any real form, but they remain in the division, which is all that counts.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Graham Potter’s first season in charge of the Seagulls would have been to ensure they stay in the Premier League and he managed to achieve that. The club put in some top performances, however consistency is likely going to be the aim of the game for the 2020/21 campaign.
West Ham United
The Hammers had finished 10th last season and would have been looking to push on with European football in mind. However, their very Premier League status was actually in doubt as they continued to flirt with relegation and required David Moyes to save them once again. Questions might start being asked about the owners, once again.
The Villans saved themselves by the skin of their teeth as they stayed up by a single point. After having spent a huge amount of money on transfers that did not quite work out, Dean Smith’s side will need to be a little better with who they decide to pursue as they will not want another battle at the bottom.
The Cherries were relegated despite having recorded an impressive win against Everton on the final day and have since seen Eddie Howe depart from his managerial role. They could be in for a tough time in the Championship.
Where do you begin? Nigel Pearson appeared to be guiding Watford to the great escape before he was inexplicably sacked and replaced by Hayden Mullins for the final two games. That decision backfired as they could not get the points necessary and will likely see a number of their stars leave.
Perhaps only ever in the Premier League to make up the numbers, the Canaries did not spend much to put up a fight and were effectively relegated before the Coronavirus helped them to keep their Premier League status (in theory) a little longer.