Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports that Aston Villa, Sunderland and Norwich City will get relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
“I think it will be a tight relegation battle and go right down to the wire,” said the former England international attacking midfielder. “I think two of the current three will go down, with Swansea dropping below Newcastle.
“The big issue for the three I've picked is the lack of prolific goalscorers. Jermain Defoe is probably the only one from the three sides that stands out but Sunderland are too weak at the back.”
A footnote added: “Le Tiss predicts: Aston Villa, Sunderland and Norwich.”
Aston Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just 12 points from 22 matches.
Remi Garde’s side are as many as 10 points behind 17th-placed Swansea City and look set for relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.
Sunderland are currently second from bottom in the standings with 18 points from 22 games, while Norwich are just two points above the drop zone in 16th.
The Black Cats are defensively weak, and that is the major issue that manager Sam Allardyce needs to sort.
Newcastle are third from bottom, but they have some good players like Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Swansea, like Newcastle, have some decent players, but they are not safe yet, and neither are Norwich, who got promoted from Championship at the end of last season.