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Coral’s 10 worst-ever Premier League sides as Swansea and co stutter

Holly Thackeray | 18 November 2016

Top 10 worst-ever Premier League teams

As we swiftly approach the midway point in the current Premier League season, marked by Christmas and New Year, the relegation dogfight is already in full swing.

Forget the title race, the drop zone is where the most fierce battles are fought on a weekly basis. And, Coral are offering awesome special odds of 7/2 for current bottom three Sunderland, Swansea City and Hull City all to be relegated this season.

Sunderland are in the Premier League relegation zone.

Sunderland are in the Premier League relegation zone.

Sunderland looked as good as sunk but snatched a surprise first win of the season on Saturday, though this still leaves them on only five points from 11 games, with a goal difference of -12 after leaking 21.

That kind of form does not bode well, with the Black Cats rock bottom and already six points from safety – plus a whopping 21 away from league leaders Liverpool. Though, the Mackems (13/8 to finish bottom) are now joined by Swansea (3/1 for last place), who also have only one win to boast but stay away from the basement due to having scored once more.

Could these two confidence-lacking teams be in contention for the PL’s worst-ever team tag? It’s still too early to say. But here at Coral our writers have compiled a list of 10 top-flight stories the Swans and Sunderland won’t want to emulate…

Derby County – 11 points (2007/08)

It is, of course, Derby who claim the thorny crown of lowest points tally in Premier League history, with an awful haul of only 11.

That’s not the kind of history any club imagines making but, luckily for the Swans and Sunderland, they need only seven points more to avoid sharing that worst-ever team title.

Robbie Savage was skipper as Derby recorded only 11 points.

Robbie Savage was skipper as Derby recorded only 11 points.

The Rams’ creaky rearguard conceded 89 times, on their way to recording a solitary win success and finishing a shocking 25 points from safety.

Neither promotion hero Billy Davies or relegation escape artist Paul Jewell could save the sinking Midlands ship as they lost 29 matches and fell straight back through the trap-door to the second tier.

Sunderland – 15 points (2005/06)

The Black Cats have held the honour of worst in PL history before, however, and fans will still have 2006 fresh in their thoughts when contemplating the current crop.

Are Sunderland in 2005/06 one of our 10 worst-ever Premier League teams?

Are Sunderland in 2005/06 one of our 10 worst-ever Premier League teams?

Mick McCarthy and later Kevin Ball were in charge of the poisoned chalice, as the infamous relegation dodgers succumbed to the drop in 2006 after just three victories.

In the end a humongous 23 points off staying up, misfiring frontmen Andy Gray and Jon Stead famously scored only a single league goal each. If Derby lacked defence, Sunderland showed you also require top-draw strikers to survive.

Aston Villa – 17 points (2015/16)

It’s recent history here, as Villa paid the price just last term for selling top stars Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.

Aston Villa could not stop the rot.

Aston Villa could not stop the rot.

Punters will remember that transfer flops such as Rudy Gestede and a wantaway owner saw the side become real Villans – conceding 76 times in a remarkable capitulation. The shambles saw Villa win three matches, regardless of Tim Sherwood or Remi Garde being in charge.

Portsmouth -19 points (2009/10)

Seaside club Portsmouth really went through the ringer in 2010 and today have fallen all the way down into League Two. How the mighty have fallen!

Avram Grant tried to keep Pompey up.

Avram Grant tried to keep Pompey up.

The rot began for Pompey with off-pitch problems, and the resulting sales of big name stars like Peter Crouch, which eventually saw the Fratton Park outfit docked nine points after going into administration and failing to pay player wages.

Sunderland – 19 points 2002/03

Also stinking up the place on 19 points were, yes you guessed it, frequent relegation flirters Sunderland.

Kevin Phillips could not save a Sunderland side in shambles.

Kevin Phillips could not save a Sunderland side in shambles.

Earning the Mackems a second mention is the abysmal 2003 campaign, in which they won four, finishing 25 from safety. We wish we could say there wasn’t a pattern…

Watford -24 points (1999/2000)

Back at the turn of the Millennium, Watford were the English top-flight’s whipping boys. In the Premier League for the first time, they can perhaps be forgiven for winning five wrangles and ending 12 points from 17th place. Though, we’re not sure Hornets fans would agree.

Watford went down in 2000.

Watford went down in 2000.

Watford legend Graham Taylor was in charge back then for his third stint and avoided the chop for another term after this.

QPR – 25 points (2012/13)

The stories that could be told at Loftus Road! Did too many egos spoil the broth? Neither Mark Hughes nor Harry Redknapp could rescue the hapless Hoops, who tumbled into the second tier 14 points from safety.

QPR found cash could not save them.

QPR found cash could not save them.

There was plenty of outrage as QPR scraped four victories and finished bottom, following splurges on star names and high wages. Remember Loic Remy anyone? A 5-0 opening day drubbing spelled trouble and it only got worse from there.

West Bromwich Albion – 26 points (2002/03)

Although much sturdier these days under Tony Pulis’ stewardship, in the days of Gary Megson as gaffer things were a lot more unpredictable.

Gary Megson was relegated with West Brom.

Gary Megson was relegated with West Brom.

The Baggies won six but lost 24, to end the term 18 points from survival. They finished 19th thanks to Sunderland’s implosion – but the fact that Danny Dichio and Scott Dobie were their top league scorers on five apiece said it all.

It was, however, Albion’s first return to the top-flight since 1985/86, and they returned from whence they came quickly.

Ipswich Town – 27 points (1994/95)

Back in the days of 22 teams in the PL, seven wins and 29 losses racked up for the Tractor Boys. Though, it was how many they conceded (93!) that did the most damage.

Defender Claus Thomsen was Ipswich's top scorer...

Defender Claus Thomsen was Ipswich’s top scorer…

Claus Thomsen, the Danish defender, top scored for his team that term, which should tell you all you need to know about about the form of forwards such as Lee Chapman. Going through three gaffers probably didn’t help either!

Swindon Town – 30 points (1993/94)

As Swindon’s first and only PL stint it’s tough to be too harsh, as they triumphed in five of 42 games back then.

Lawrie Sanchez was with Swindon Town - the PL's leakiest ever side.

Lawrie Sanchez was with Swindon Town – the PL’s leakiest ever side.

Their claim to fame is 100 goals leaked, which goes down as the most in Premier League-era history. An unfortunate legacy…

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