Norwich City season predictions: Canaries will end up falling just short of survival

Norwich City

As soon as the euphoria of promotion wore off, Norwich fans started to ask whether they could survive in the top flight this time around.

Norwich fans enjoyed victory in the richest game in football when they saw off Middlesbrough in the play-off final, but now they have a task on their hands to tread water in the Premier League.

Alex Neil has a tough task on his hands and will be thoroughly tested but he has managed a solid summer in the transfer market and the Canaries will have a fighting chance of survival.

Prediction: 19th.

Billy Hawkins: A lack of strengthening will cost Norwich, despite the impressive Alex Neil in charge.

Michael Stevenson: The Canaries have failed to add real quality this summer and are the weakest of the three promoted sides; set to go straight back down.

Lewis Doe: Difficult to see how Norwich can compete with some of the teams in the division. Could be a very long season for them.

Tim Poole: Norwich were an established Premier League team only a couple of years ago, there’s no reason why they can’t stay up.

Stephen Pickering: The Canaries should have enough experience and quality to keep above the bottom three next season. Alex Neil could prove to once again be the difference, as he was last season. Key player: Nathan Redmond

Che Thomas: Norwich went down just over 12 months ago with virtually the same group of players, and I don’t think they have strengthened sufficiently to ensure they steer clear of relegation under Alex Neil. Cameron Jerome, a very good Championship striker, is only a reasonable Premier League forward, and I think that will be a problem throughout the team, even if I can see Nathan Redmond impressing.

Mathew Nash: There is plenty of Premier League experience in this Canaries side. The downside, most of them have been relegated before. Not enough quality to remain.

Olly Dawes: Alex Neil was a perfect appointment for Norwich, and whilst he took the Canaries up through the play-offs, he is still lacking a little quality to avoid relegation. The Scot will look to prove everybody wrong though this season.

Chris Linnell: The top-flight new boys have experience of this division from their previous endeavour – one expects them to beat the drop by a whisker.

Damien Lucas: Nowhere near well equipped for the top flight, the Canaries suffer the all too familiar feeling of the dreaded drop earning the unwelcome tag of whipping boys along the way.

Freddie Shires: Alex Neil will earn plenty of plaudits for his management over the course of the campaign but the Canaries will end up falling just short of survival.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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