Sheffield United, Burnley and Luton remain winless since their promotion to the Premier League following the weekend’s games.
It’s only the second time the trio of promoted sides have gone winless after playing at least five games, and with these teams making up the current relegation zone, the PA news agency looks at the history of slow starts for Premier League newcomers and what it means for them prospects for survival.
The wait continues after Blaydes’ beating
— Newcastle United (@NUFC) September 25, 2023
Newcastle set a Premier League record with eight of their players scoring in a stunning 8-0 demolition of Sheffield United on Sunday, leaving the Blades bottom on goal difference with all three teams qualifying promotion, had one point each.
Luton opened their account the previous day, albeit via a controversial penalty against 10-man Wolves, while Burnley’s only point came last Monday in a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest. On September 2, the Blades beat Everton 2:2.
While the game against Newcastle was the South Yorkshire team’s sixth game of the season, Luton and Burnley only played five games after their first game of the season was postponed due to renovation work at Kenilworth Road.
Only once, in the 2004/05 season, have all three sides lost after five games – and even then Norwich and West Brom each had three draws on the board, with Crystal Palace trailing by a point.
Palace and Norwich were duly relegated that season, but West Brom survived with a final-day win over Portsmouth – the other team relegated were Pompey’s bitter rivals Southampton.
Indeed, of the 17 promoted teams who have gone five games without a win before this season, the Baggies are the only ones to avoid relegation. Bryan Robson’s side also became the first in Premier League history to remain standing after being bottom at Christmas, a position they still held going into that final game.
More pain ahead?
All three teams are still a long way from the record winless start for a promoted side, with Swindon taking until their 16th game to get into the win column in the 1993–94 season.
Town finished that season bottom of the 22-team table with five wins and 30 points from 42 games, which remains their only campaign in the top flight.
It took Norwich 14 games into the aforementioned 2004–05 season to break the duck, albeit with eight draws along the way, and 11 en route to another relegation in 2021–22.
Three other teams – Watford in 2006-07, Reading in 2012-13 and Burnley in 2014-15 – went 10 games without a win after promotion.
The early season form of this season’s bottom three is fueling talk of Derby’s record low Premier League points total – 11 in 2007-08 – indeed Luton were identified in some quarters as a candidate for an undesirable record before the season even began.
But even the Rams won their sixth game of that damned season, 1-0 against Newcastle, before failing to win the rest of the way – an ongoing 32-game run that remains a Premier League record more than 15 years later.
The Blades have already gone longer without a win, while their counterparts may be looking to the rescheduled meeting on October 3 to keep their names out of unwanted company.