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EPL 2017/18: Five biggest contenders for relegation

Conor O'Hara
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West Ham United v Stoke City - Premier League
West Ham United spent heavily in the summer but have sturggled to perform on the pitch

With Christmas, and the turn of fixtures quickly approaching, in this slideshow I will be taking a look at which teams, I believe, are looking most likely to take the plunge.

I know it's early to make such statements and predictions, but this is the time of year when the Premier League table truly starts to take shape.

#5 West Ham United

West Ham have had an awful start to the season, to the surprise of many considering their performance in the summer transfer window.

With the likes of Joe Hart, Marco Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Pablo Zabaleta joining the Hammers, there is no doubt that bigger things were expected of the club. With Hernandez having only netted four times this term and Arnautovic yet to register a single goal OR an assist, to say they've been disappointing would be an understatement. Oh and just to top it off, Hart has as many assists as Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell. Unfortunately for him, he has also conceded 26 goals in 13 Premier League appearances.

I, along with many others, believe West Ham have just enough to stay afloat this season. With the squad they've got, to get relegated would be shambolic, to say the least. Having said that, being in the relegation zone coming up to Christmas is never ideal, and some teams can never find their way out.

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