Here at the Football Faithful HQ, we’ve been looking at which Premier League clubs are enduring their worst starts to the season.
The big-six currently make up 1st-6th in the table, so none of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United are underperforming enough to make our list.
The sides in the bottom-half of the division are another story, however, with five clubs having already lost 10 or more games from 16 played while four clubs have conceded 30 or more goals.
Here are the five clubs suffering their worst-ever starts in the Premier League.
Neil Warnock’s Cardiff side are currently 14th in the Premier League with 14 points to their name this season, three fewer than they had in 2013/14 (16 games, 17 points) when they suffered relegation to the Championship.
The Bluebirds are currently four points clear of the relegation zone, but they have lost 10 games already and have shipped 30 goals in the process. Despite the sluggish form, it’s worth noting that it’s only Cardiff’s second-ever season in the Premier League.
After finishing seventh with 54 points last season, a lot was expected of Sean Dyche’s Burnley side this campaign. However, the Clarets have fallen apart in 2018/19 and find themselves flirting with the relegation zone. Burnley are currently 17th in the table with 12 points from 16 games, having lost 10 matches already while conceding 32 goals for their troubles – two goals-per-game on average.
Their woeful start to the season eclipses 2014/15 where they’d managed only 15 points after 16 games in the Premier League. Dyche was rightly praised for Burnley’s overachieving last season, but he may find his job under threat if his side fail to turn things around soon this time out.
Huddersfield are only in their second Premier League season, but they haven’t registered a points tally as low as 10 after 16 games in any division since 2000/01 where they had only seven points from a possible 48. As for present day, David Wagner’s men are really struggling.
Town are currently 18th in the table with 10 defeats to their name already and only 10 goals scored. They’re eight points and six places worse off than last season and could find themselves in a dogfight for survival unless Wagner can stop the tide of defeats.
Southampton recently parted company with manager Mark Hughes after their woeful start to the campaign, with the Saints currently 19th in the Premier League table with only nine points to their name. They have picked up just one win all season and have conceded 30 goals in what has been a sobering start to the season for Saints fans.
Southampton have one less point than the ill-fated 1998/99 season (16 games, 10 points) that saw them eventually relegated, so they’re in grave danger of the drop unless new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl can get them moving up the table sharpish.
Fulham are another side who have sacked their manager after a disappointing start to life back in the Premier League. Slavisa Jokanovic was replaced by Claudio Ranieri but their fortunes haven’t dramatically improved just yet. The Londoners are 20th in the table with nine points, having suffered 11 defeats and conceded a staggering 40 goals.
Their paltry tally of nine points is worse than the 2013/14 season (16 games, 13 points) that saw them get relegated to the Championship. Fulham have made history for the wrong reasons this season and look set to be in a fight to stay up. They’re only three points adrift of safety, but the Cottagers’ woeful defensive record will be a worry – Fulham are conceding 2.5 goals-per-game on average.