A Look at Life In the Premier League For the New Boys!

Salaar ShamsiSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2009

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Burnley Manager Owen Coyle celebrates with Brian Jensen at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor on August 23, 2009 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The new season brought the likes of Burnley, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers to English football's top flight.

Here we look at how the new boys have come to terms with life in what is arguably the world's most competitive league.



Lets look at Owen Coyle's Burnley first, who came to the Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the playoff final at Wembley.

Burnley's opening game ended with a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.

The Clarets' home season got off to the best possible start, with a shock upset against the reigning champions Manchester United , defeating them at Turf Moor courtesy of a typical Robbie Blake strike.

The honeymoon continued when David Moyes' Everton visited Turf Moor and returned to Merseyside empty handed. Wade Elliot's strike giving Burnley six points from their first two games.

Consecutive away defeats at Chelsea and Liverpool were expected but still brought the high-flying Clarets crashing down to earth.

A surprising 3-1 win back at home over Sunderland was followed by a shocking 5-0 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Burnley have been brilliant at home, winning all three home games against Manchester United, Everton, and Sunderland. However, they have been quite poor on their travels and have been thrashed in each of their away games; but lets not get too critical because they've only played away at Chelsea, Stoke, Tottenham, and Liverpool.

I'm expecting them to be this season's surprise package like Hull City last season and Reading in the season before last.

Burnley, who made eight new additions to their squad in the summer including the arrivals of David Nugent, Tyrone Mears, Andre Bikey, and Steven Fletcher, are reasonably well placed in midtable with nine points from seven games.


Birmingham City

Nobody knows getting into the Premier League and going down to the Championship better than Birmingham City.

Alex McCleish's side have had an indifferent start to their season.

The Blues made several signings in the summer including star Ecuadorian striker, Christian 'Chucho' Benitez, Cardiff's Roger Johnson, and ex Rangers' skipper Barry Ferguson.

A 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on the opening day of the season was followed by 1-0 win at St. Andrews against Portsmouth and a frustrating 0-0 draw against Stoke City.

Aaron Lennon's stoppage time winner at White Hart Lane meant a final score of 2-1 and Birmingham returned home without a point.

A home defeat to local rivals, Aston Villa, was followed by an away victory against Hull City courtesy of a towering header by Gary O'Connor but another defeat to Bolton means Birmingham need to be a lot more consistent if they are to avoid the drop again.

The Blues are in 14th place with seven points from seven games.


Wolverhampton Wanderers

Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers, who won the Championship signed nine new players over the summer including Chelsea's young defender Micheal Mancienne (on Loan), Sunderland's Greg Halford, and Reading's Kevin Doyle.

Wolves got their season under way with a 2-0 defeat to West Ham but wins against Wigan and Fulham mean the Molineux faithful are believing in their troops despite defeats to Blackburn and Manchester City.

They now travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland in Sunday's only Premier League game.


Most Likely to become a part of the Top 10: Burnley

Most Likely to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth: Birmingham City

Most Likely to get relegated: Wolves