Matt Holland selects his three teams to go down this season

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Aston Villa, Sunderland, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Swansea City make up the relegation favourites.

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Matt Holland feels Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sunderland will suffer relegation this season, backing Bournemouth and Newcastle United to survive.

With the Premier League title race currently closely contested at the top of the table, barring Aston Villa, the same can be said in the fight for survival as only a few points separates five key contenders.

Asked to predict who he feels will suffer relegation this season, Holland feels Villa are already doomed and sees Sunderland and Norwich joining them due to their lack of goal threat.

“My heart says Bournemouth will survive, and I really hope they do,” Holland told Breathe Sport.

“Sunderland fans and Big Sam, I’m sorry but I just don’t feel you have enough goals in the team to survive. Norwich, yes I’m ready for the barrage of abuse from the Canaries.”

“And Aston Villa, I’m afraid, you just look doomed.”

Bournemouth boosted their chances of survival by following up their 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 home win over Manchester United.

The Cherries moved above Swansea who lost to Manchester City, while Norwich remain one point above the drop zone thanks to a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

The Canaries have a decent record at Carrow Road, yet their lack of firepower upfront is a big worry for boss Alex Neil with only four goals scored in their last seven games.

January can’t come soon enough for Norwich, and the same could be said of Sunderland who disappointingly lost 1-0 to Watford at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats had their chances, but again a lack of creativity is holding them back and unless Sam Allardyce invests in January, Premier League survival looks a tall order.

Aston Villa host Arsenal at Villa Park on Sunday looking for their first victory since the opening day. With just six points from 15 matches, they find themselves eight points adrift of Norwich and safety.

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