The Great Survivors

They were tipped for the drop last season but managed to escape the dreaded clutches of relegation. Can they do it again this year?

West Bromwich Albion
Last season West Brom defied everyone’s expectations and actually looked safe for the majority of the season, even pushing for a mid-table finish. But after their 30th league match of the campaign, the Baggies never won another game and almost cost them their place in the top flight. Their main failing was a basic inability to find the back of the net, with the second lowest goal haul in the league. At the other end of the field though, it was the Baggies’ rock solid defence that kept them out of the clutches of the Championship. They conceded just 48 goals last season, with new signing Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans playing a key role. If the Baggies can find a way to contain rivals as they did last season – and crucially, find more goals – West Brom should be safe.