Former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer said on the Football Tonight show on BT Sport 1 on Friday night (December 18) that Aston Villa, Norwich City and Bournemouth will get relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
Palmer, who also played for West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest among other clubs, has backed Sunderland to retain their top-flight status for next season.
"Villa are not looking too clever at the moment," said the 50-year-old. "Sunderland, although I would never go against Big Sam. There is a long way to go. Bournemouth still have a lot of work to do for me.
"Aston Villa, Bournemouth and I think still maybe Norwich will go. I fancy Sam to get them out of there."
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier League, Villa find themselves at the foot of the table.
Remi Garde’s side have picked up just six points from 16 games so far this season and look doomed.
Sunderland are currently second from bottom in the standings with 12 points, while Norwich are two points ahead in 18th.
Bournemouth are as high as 14th in the table with 16 points, but the Cherries are very much in danger of going back down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Newcastle United in 15th and Swansea City in 17th are also among the relegation candidates.
It is too early to predict which sides will finish in the bottom three, although Villa do look almost a certainty.