Who are the Favorites to Be Relegated from the Premier League this Season?

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By Joseph Plunkett

It feels rather harsh discussing relegation from the Premier League when we are just one game into the new season. However, with the financial muscle England’s top division now holds, never has relegation been such a feared fate among the twenty competing clubs than it is today. The price of failure, capable of ruining clubs, has never been higher.

So, who’s considered fodder for staying up with the big boys and who, after just one week, is already fighting for their lives?

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Liverpool Send Danny Ings to Southampton in 11th Hour Deadline Day Move

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A player moving FROM Liverpool TO Southampton, and not the other way around? Yes, it actually happened, and it happened on summer transfer window deadline day 2018. Ings had been long linked with a move down to the south coast, but the switch didn’t get over the line until the very last minute.

News of the deal, which is a season long loan move that becomes a permanent transfer next summer, didn’t break until a couple hours after the window officially shut.

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’18-19 Premier League Predictions: Man City Champs, Liverpool 2nd, United 3rd

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The new Premier League season kicks off in earnest this weekend, and Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the curtain raiser tomorrow night. Will we finally see a repeat league champion? It hasn’t happened since a Cristiano Ronaldo led United side accomplished the feat in 2008-09, the final year of a three peat for Sir Alex Ferguson’s juggernaut.

Looking at the record setting season that Manchester City just accomplished, plus the fact that they have strengthened this off-season, we’re picking Pep Guardiola to accomplish something that no one has been able to do in close to a decade.

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2018 Russia World Cup: Comprehensive Preview Guide

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The 2018 Russia World Cup is going to be a very compelling tournament, as there are several countries with favorable odds of winning it all. This tournament is expected to generate record setting numbers all across the board, in every metric that measures the visibility of a sporting event.

So let’s get right to it, here are links to some of The Sports Bank’s more compelling 2018 Russia World Cup feature articles.

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Tottenham, Southampton Reportedly Targeting Xherdan Shaqiri

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Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City’s top scorer last season, has officially confirmed that he’ll be leaving the now relegated Potters this summer. In an interview with Swiss outlet Aargauer Zeitung, the stellar winger made it known that will not be playing football in England’s second-tier next year.

He also expressed his desire to stay in the England, but with a Premier League team, as he does not want to ply his trade in the Championship come 2018-19. Now it’s just a matter of speculating on where that will be, and there are lots of football betting odds out there in regards to the transfer market; as summer transfer window action is always high.

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Tottenham Transfer Talk: Gareth Bale, Christian Pulisic, Alex McCarthy

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It promises to be a very exciting summer transfer window at Tottenham Hotspur, with plenty of potential comings and goings. So, let’s take a spin through the latest transfer rumors and gossip making the rounds on the internet today.

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Southampton FC Give Manager Mark Hughes a Three Year Extension

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Manager Mark Hughes was rewarded today, via a three contract extension, for saving Southampton FC from relegation. The south coast club was dangerously residing in the drop zone until very late in the season, causing all kinds of anxiety for the team and their supporters.

In the end though, Hughes led Saints to a 17th place finish, the final safety spot, as they finished the season with 36 points, three ahead of now relegated Swansea City. Thus, Southampton FC announce a new deal for their 54-year-old boss.

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FA Cup Semifinal Chelsea vs Southampton: Suspension/Injury Report

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Chelsea and Southampton will tangle for the second weekend in a row, and this time the stakes are very different. Saints are running out of time and chances to secure Premier League safety, while Chelsea are close to seeing the sun set on their top four finish hopes. Both however, can still acquire a trophy this season, if they win here and then beat the Manchester United-Tottenham Hotspur winner in the final.

Let’s look at the availability situation for both sides.

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Chelsea and Southampton FC Starting XI Predictions (FA Cup Semifinal)

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Chelsea and Southampton will clash for the second time in just eight days when the two sides meet on Sunday in Wembley Stadium for an FA Cup semifinal clash. The Blues came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat the Saints 3-2 this past Saturday at the St. Mary’s. Chelsea leads the all time series between the two clubs 43-30, with 28 draws.

This will be the last chance for both clubs to get their first trophy of the season, so expect this clash to be very competitive. Let’s look at who both sides could field in their respective first teams.

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Antonio Conte Angered By Chelsea’s Lack of Desire in First Half

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he was angered and disappointed by his side’s lack of “desire” and “will to fight” in the first half, but also pleased by their reaction in the second half. Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea fell behind 2-0 to Southampton, a very proud club that is having an awful season, and in serious peril of being relegated.

The Blues got a double from striker Olivier Giroud, who moved from rival Arsenal in January, and essentially completed the final phase of his move to Stamford Bridge today. Chelsea got a third goal from Eden Hazard, and went on to win 3-2. They still remain all but eliminated from the top four race, but at least they showed signs of a team, in the second half at least, fighting for something substantial.

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Liverpool FC Top Premier League Agent Fee Spending at £26.8m

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For the first time ever, Premier League clubs in total spent more than £200 million on agent fees. Leading the way to the £211,011,187 mark was Liverpool Football Club, at just shy of £26.8 million. The Football Association released the numbers today which cover the period of Feb. 1 2017 to Jan. 31 2018, taking in the last two transfer windows.

The reigning league champions, Chelsea, were second followed by this year’s champions-in-waiting Manchester City. Coming in fourth was Manchester United, a.k.a. Mino Raiola FC.

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United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Southampton Receive FA Cup Draws

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Chelsea was able to finish off Leicester City 2-1 in extra time tonight, and with that result, complete the quarterfinal round of the FA Cup. Once the Sunday evening clash between the sides that comprise the last three Premier League title winners was complete, the FA Cup semi-final draw was held.

The results: Manchester United will face Tottenham, and Chelsea were drawn against Southampton.

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