Premier League relegation odds
Since Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest became the first club to drop out of the newly branded top flight in May 1993, there have been 63 subsequent relegations from the Premier League in its short history.
Of the current crop of Premier League teams, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Norwich, Hull, West Brom, Newcastle, Southampton and Manchester City have all fallen through the relegation trap-door at least once.
The most Premier League relegations any team has suffered is four
Palace are the team with the most Premier League relegations on their CV after tumbling downwards in 1992/93, 1994/95, 1997/98 and 2004/2005.
Sunderland, Birmingham and Forest each have three Premier League relegations to their names, but none of them have been as unlucky as the south London outfit.
The Eagles also hold the dubious distinction of gaining the most amount of points – 49 in the 1992/93 campaign – while still dropping into the second tier.
The fewest number of points achieved by teams that avoided relegation was 35 – posted by Hull in the 2008/09 campaign and by West Ham the following season.
The lowest points any team has achieved over a Premier League season is 11
Although they were run close in 2009/10 by a Portsmouth side docked nine points for going into administration, Derby’s 11-point ‘haul’ in 2007/08 is still the lowest recorded over a season by a Premier League team, followed by Sunderland’s tally of 15 two years earlier.
The Rams’ record-breaking (for all the wrong reasons) campaign also featured an all-time high negative goal difference of -69, which was 44 goals worse than fellow demotees Reading.
Bryan Robson’s West Brom broke a much-repeated hoodoo in 2004/05 when they managed to avoid relegation by a point, despite sitting at the bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day.
No team had managed to avoid the drop in such circumstances before then and none has since, with Reading the latest side to feel the Championship’s icy hand on its shoulder after spending the festive season rooted to the foot of the top flight.