Robbie Savage and Richard Keys predict Premier League bottom three

BT Sport presenter Robbie Savage before the match

Swansea City, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Burnley and Watford feature.

BT Sport presenter Robbie Savage before the matchBT Sport presenter Robbie Savage before the match

Former player and current pundit Robbie Savage believes Swansea City, Middlesbrough and Hull City will be relegated from the Premier League this season as he wrote in his weekly Mirror column.

As we enter the opening weekend of the Premier League, spending and big-money deals has been the real highlight this summer with even the so-called unfashionable clubs making a splash.

Middlesbrough, under the guidance of Aitor Karanka, have been one of the most active clubs in the market and have brought in the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Marten de Roon, Victor Valdes and Antonio Barragan.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka before the matchMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka before the match

But Savage still feels Boro lack quality, and tips them to go down with SwanseA and Hull.

“Karanka did a super job to take Boro up after the heartbreak of Wembley 12 months earlier, and Negredo is a good acquisition up front, but I’m not convinced they have the quality to stay up,” Savage wrote in his column for the Mirror.

Of the Swans, he added: “I fear the exit of skipper Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew will be too great a handicap.”

Savage’s assessment of Hull, which came before their opening-day win over defending champions Leicester, was even more damning, predicting the Tigers to finish rock bottom.

He said: “Going down. No manager, one fit central defender and no improvement on the side who came down in 2015. Absolute shambles - has there ever been a club less prepared for a season at this level?”

Hull City's Harry Maguire applauds the Hull fans at full time

Another pundit, Richard Keys, has also predicted his bottom three via his blog, and like Savage he also sees Hull and Swansea suffering relegation to the Championship this term.

His third team, however, is Watford, a surprise inclusion considering their vast improvements over the past 18 months while adding Burnley will struggle but ultimately survive.

Troy Deeney scores the second goal for Watford

“At the bottom I can’t see anything other than a struggle for Hull. Burnley have got their work cut out too, but I think they will survive,” Keys wrote in his blog.

“If you’re looking for a couple of surprise strugglers try Swansea and Southampton. I don’t think Guidolin will last very long at Swansea. I think Watford are in for a long season as well. You can’t keep changing managers like they do and keep dodging bullets.”

Burnley manager Sean DycheBurnley manager Sean Dyche

Surprisingly, both Savage and Keys have predicted Burnley to survive whereas most Premier League observers would perhaps have tipped the Clarets for the drop due to their lack of spending.

Hull are also standouts for the drop, yet the Tigers’ opening day 2-1 win at home to Leicester City showed they have the fight to stay up and there is still plenty of quality at the KC Stadium.

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