Fulham and Sheffield United misplaced once more to take an undesirable place on a listing of golf equipment which have made the worst begins to a Premier League season.
Scott Parker’s facet stay rooted to the underside of the desk, degree on factors with Sheffield United and Burnley, who’ve solely performed 4 occasions and face Tottenham on Monday.
It’s nonetheless early within the season, so do the Londoners and the Blades have hope – or does historical past recommend they’re doomed already?
What do the numbers present?
The unhealthy information for the duo is that solely two sides have fared worse after the primary six video games of a Premier League marketing campaign.
Crystal Palace misplaced all six of their opening matches three seasons in the past however managed a exceptional restoration beneath Roy Hodgson to not solely keep away from relegation however end in eleventh place.
Within the 2009-10 marketing campaign, Portsmouth additionally misplaced their opening six matches and picked up simply seven wins to complete rooted to the underside of the desk, an enormous 16 factors from security.
An additional 11 groups have claimed a solitary level from their opening six top-flight video games and of these sides, solely Sunderland (2013-14), Newcastle (1999-00), Southampton (1998-99) and Blackburn (1996-97) managed to remain up come Might.
Talking after the loss to Palace, supervisor Scott Parker advised BBC Match of the Day: “That is simply the place we’re. This staff is studying in regards to the dynamics and the superb margins of this division.
“I see large enhancements, this can be a younger staff enjoying towards a staff established on this division and who know their method round it.
“I hate shedding and we have to choose up wins fast.”
The place can enhancements be made?
The Cottagers have conceded 14 targets to this point regardless of having had extra possession towards 4 of the six sides they’ve confronted.
Towards Palace on Saturday, Fulham had 66% of the ball but didn’t win the sport.
Captain Tom Cairney, who netted a shocking, long-range comfort within the recreation, stated: “It has been the story of the season. We have dominated possession in video games and had extra pictures, however we can not seem to preserve groups out.”
On the prime finish of the pitch, Cairney’s injury-time strike prevented the prospect of going three house video games with out scoring however their profligacy in entrance of purpose has seen Fulham convert simply 5 of their 76 pictures this time period.
Sheffield United, in the meantime, have scored a joint-low three targets to this point this marketing campaign, though they did look extra just like the facet who impressed final season in Saturday’s loss at Anfield.
Supervisor Chris Wilder stated: “I assumed we did sufficient to get a consequence from the sport. It was extra like us, extra aggressive and extra aggressive.”
Relegation six-pointer developing?
Fulham’s subsequent fixture is big, internet hosting fellow strugglers West Brom on Monday, 2 November.
With two attracts and three losses, the Baggies haven’t made the perfect of begins on their return to the highest flight and head to Brighton this Monday in the hunt for their first win.
Sheffield United face a frightening house match towards Manchester Metropolis subsequent up.
The worst Premier League begins in historical past…
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