BBC Pundit Chris Sutton backs Bournemouth to compete best of promoted sides this season

Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City will be hoping to avoid a swift return to the Championship.

Former Norwich City striker Chris Sutton believes Bournemouth have the best chance of staying up of the three newly-promoted clubs, citing their energy behind his reasoning to the BBC.

Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth all won promotion to the Premier League displaying fast, attacking football which proved far too good for a number of Championship clubs.

However, the riches in the Premier League mean the teams which struggled last season - Leicester City, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Sunderland – have all been able to invest heavily this summer.

It makes gaining promotion and staying up an extremely tough ask, yet of the trio, Sutton has pinpointed Bournemouth as the most likely to stand up to the challenge.

“I think with the energy they have, I give Bournemouth the nod over the other two promoted sides to have the best chance of staying up,” he explained.


The Cherries have been busy this summer, bringing in seven new players and smashing their club record transfer fee for former Ipswich Town full-back Tyrone Mings.

They play at a high tempo, with plenty of effort and energy and that was on show against Aston Villa in their opening Premier League match as they put the visitors under plenty of pressure.

However, after failing to make their early dominance count, their frailties at the back appeared and they were ultimately downed 1-0, with Rudy Gestede rising highest to head home a Villa corner.

Norwich City:

The Canaries have been the quietest of the promoted sides in the transfer market this summer, though with the backing at Carrow Road, they will be hoping their home form can keep them up.

Alex Neil’s men have goals in them, though question marks remain about their ability at the back as Crystal Palace took advantage of some slack defending to beat them 3-1 in the season opener.


Arguably the team given the least chance, Watford made a number of signings in the summer and their extraordinary scouting system has been overlooked. They have the makings of a decent team.

The Hornets opened their Premier League account with a very credible 2-2 draw at Everton, and repeat performances of that ilk will see them safely stay up.

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