After seven rounds of matches, the relegation situation is taking shape in the Premier League. While Crystal Palace's historic awfulness takes the headlines, there are plenty of others looking over their shoulders, including recent champions Leicester and Everton who, after a summer of spending, would have aspired for the top four.
ESPN FC assesses the bottom 10 clubs' credentials in reverse order (20-11).
Ask people working in football for their opinion of Stoke City manager -- and former Manchester United striker -- Mark Hughes, and you tend to get a positive response.
Those who know him talk of a decent man who is straight to deal with. Few would have selected him from the United dressing room of the late 1980s and early 1990s to be its most successful manager, but he's managed in the top flight for far longer than his teammates.
"Mark Hughes has flourished, although -- because he was such a quiet...
After a breathless opening fortnight, the Premier League now goes on hold to make way for another raft of World Cup qualifiers. So how did your team do? Iain Macintosh grades the entire division.
MANCHESTER UNITED: A+
Perfect. An entirely unblemished record. Admittedly, this entirely unblemished record has been secured against some of the weaker teams in the league, but that's hardly their fault. Besides, if we all insist that the beauty of the Premier League is that, "anyone can beat anyone," then...
When Darren Fletcher unexpectedly departed West Bromwich Albion this summer for Stoke City, West Brom manager Tony Pulis had an ideal replacement in mind. In Gareth Barry, 36, three years Fletcher's senior, Pulis signed just about the only player who might replicate his dependability and experience in central midfield.
"There was a big void when we lost Fletch, and Gareth will fill that void," Pulis said after Barry was signed last week. Between them, two of the Premier League's most...