Phil Thompson is worried for Hull City, Sunderland and Crystal Palace in their fight for Premier League survival.
Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports that he is currently predicting that Hull City, Sunderland and Crystal Palace will be the ones to suffer relegation from the Premier League this season.
The three clubs currently occupy the places within the relegation zone, but with seven sides all within seven points of each other while the bottom five are separated by just three points, it is proving extremely difficult to predict which teams will be playing in the Championship next term.
But Thompson has tentatively suggested that the current bottom three could well be unable to get themselves out of trouble come the end of the campaign.
“Sunderland will go down this season in my opinion. To win a game 4-0 then go and lose the next one 4-0 says there’s too much uncertainty in that team. They needed to build on that momentum and the opposite happened, which is worrying,” he told Sky Sports.
“Palace looked shocking against Stoke. They’re so poor at both ends of the pitch and they’re not that good in the middle so I certainly worry for them.
“Then I’ve gone for Hull. Squad-wise they are probably not strong enough. Marco Silva has done extremely well but I’m not sure they’ve got enough.”
He later added: “We’ll probably all be picking three different teams next week!”
Sunderland have won just one of their last 10 in all competitions and their hopes of survival seem to almost solely rest on the shoulders of Jermain Defoe. If he gets injured, Thompson will surely be a lot more convinced that the Black Cats will be playing in the second tier next term.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace’s current form is almost more troubling. They have won just one league game since drawing with Hull in early December, and have lost to two of their relegation rivals Swansea and Sunderland since they dropped points against the Tigers.
And if Sam Allardyce’s men fail to beat Middlesbrough at Selhurst Park this weekend, then it would also be extremely difficult to see them pulling themselves out of trouble.
It is perhaps Hull’s inclusion that is arguably the most surprising despite their current position in the table. Marco Silva’s arrival has given the Tigers a new lease of life and the fact they still have to face all five of the sides around them should surely give them an excellent chance of survival.