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New boys struggling early doors in the Premiership

Football News 24/7

The three sides promoted from the championship last season have had mixed starts to their respective returns to the Premier League. 

Whilst West Ham, making an immediate return to the top flight since relegation, are sitting comfortably in 7th place, with seven points from a possible twelve, the other two teams have not been faring quite so well.

After a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of a rampant Arsenal at the weekend, Southampton are rooted to the bottom of the table, with four straight losses. However, the alarm bells might not be ringing quite yet at St. Mary's since the south coast side have had to play not only the Gunners but both the red and blue sides of Manchester in their opening four games.

Reading have had a similarly tepid start to the season, with a 1-1 draw with Stoke on the opening day still their only point to date. 

Compared with the promoted sides of last season, who all survived the drop, this season has seen a return to the norm in some respects, as rarely do all three sides avoid going straight back to the championship.

At this point last season, Norwich, Swansea and QPR all had points on the board, and none were in the drop zone. Although QPR only survived on the last day of the season, both Swansea and Norwich finished on a more than respectable 47 points.

The season has barely got under way, and all three sides have had some tough matches already, but the only predictable aspect of this league is it's un­pre­dic­ta­bili­ty, and it is by no means certain that these sides stay in the league will be a short one. 

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