In order of their finish in the last season’s Premier League, these 17 teams remain in the most coveted division of English football, and will be joined by three more teams which were promoted from the Championship last season.
West Brom had a slump from August until March, when Alan Pardew was sacked, for Darren Moore to take over. Although they had a late surge, taking points over Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, it was too little too late, as the damage had already been done for the Baggies.
But West Brom’s strife notwithstanding, the first team to be mathematically relegated from the Premier League was Stoke City. Despite possessing some quality players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Kurt Zouma and Joe Allen, Stoke never found any consistency, and not even a managerial change – which saw Paul Lambert take over from Mark Hughes – could save them from relegation.
Swansea were alive till the penultimate game of the season, which was a straight relegation playoff against Southampton. Manolo Gabbiadini’s second-half goal sealed the Welsh side’s fate, as they too dropped to the second division.
Wolves won the Championship last season, comfortably fending off their competition to return to English football’s top flight after a gap of six years, having been relegated in 2012. With their new owners bankrolling coach Nuno Esprito Santo’s desire to have a competitive squad, Wolves have made a string of top-quality signings in this transfer window, having signed various Portuguese players represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes.
Both Fulham and Cardiff return to the Premier League for the first time since 2014, when both finished as the bottom two clubs in the league. Cardiff finished 2nd, as new manager Neil Warnock lived up to his promise to owner Vincent Tan, and brought the Bluebirds back to the top flight.
Fulham played among the most attractive football in the Championship last year, as manager Slavisa Jokanovic galvanised a young side to get themselves to the Premier League. Fulham made the playoffs, having finished 3rd in the 46-game season. They made it to the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the playoff final at Wembley Stadium.