Just before the Premier League hits the hectic Christmas schedule, the league table starts to take shape and allows people to truly see who's going to be struggling and which teams will be happy to settle for mid-table mediocrity.
The battle to avoid the trapdoor took fresh twists prior to this international break, and with Everton's recent 10-point deduction, they will be seen as a potential favourite to now be relegated into the Championship.
However, the relegation tricast bet will still mainly have all three newly promoted clubs in there given their squads and results this season. The question is, however, the order in which the three demoted sides will be ranked come the evening of 19th May.
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Everton's point deduction shakes things up
The Toffees have been slapped with a mammoth 10-point deduction by the Premier League for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, and this has seen them drop into the bottom three on a measly four points, meaning they are now joint bottom alongside Burnley.
While Everton are now joint-bottom, they have already won four games this term under Sean Dyche and as long as they can keep talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit then they should have no problems getting their heads back above water.
Sheffield United starting to show some fighting spirit
After going 10 league games without a win, Sheffield United have now picked up four points from matches against Wolves and Brighton, and that's seen them move to within a point of Luton Town in 17th.
The Blades will need to maintain this fighting spirit if they are to have any chance of maintaining their Premier League status, but given that they have still notched just one win in 12 league matches, they may do well to finish best of the rest in the bottom three.
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Sheffield United, Luton, Burnley (8/1)
This order of relegation would appear to be a solid bet, given the form of all sides involved and how their squads have all struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League after taking the Championship by storm last season.
Sheffield United could be the most likely to survive, given they have a decent amount of Premier League experience in their squad, but with funds not being widely available in the summer, the January transfer window is unlikely to help out Paul Heckingbottom, so he will be fighting a major uphill battle next year.
Then again, the Blades finishing bottom, followed by Luton and Vincent Kompany's Clarets, have odds which remain firmly in the realms of reality. This looks to be a likely outcome for teams going down. However, the order is certainly up for debate as the season heads into a very busy and crucial festive period.
Burnley, Luton, Sheffield United (20/1)
Burnley were lauded for their style of play under Kompany and many had high hopes for them coming into the season. However, their unwillingness to compromise on their style of play is costing them dearly and has them staring down the barrel at an immediate relegation.
Luton are finding out firsthand how big the gap is between Premier League and Championship quality. With just a single win to their name and with a limited transfer budget to be available in January, they could continue to fall away.
Luton, Burnley, Everton (40/1)
Having Everton going down is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility given their 10-point deduction, however, with Dyche in the dugout and some top-class Premier League calibre players firing this term, it is difficult to see them not save their season.
Just one win could see them move onto the same points as Luton in 17th, and with Manchester United up next, the Toffees could certainly achieve that feat next week.
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