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The Premier League’s three promoted teams are falling into trouble

After starting so brightly, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton have picked up just one win between them since Christmas

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport Network

The congested winter period often proves decisive in the Premier League, with so many games crammed into so few days. The teams who are expected to struggle like to start the campaign well but it’s not uncommon for newly promoted sides to hit the ground running and then falter once their squad becomes stretched by injuries and fatigue. The experience of the three sides promoted to the Premier League this season is proving to be no different.

Things looked very rosy for Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton before the last international break, in early November, after 11 rounds of fixtures. Brighton were eighth in the table after their 1-0 away win at Swansea; Huddersfield had just beaten West Brom to join Brighton in the top half of the table; and Newcastle were just one point further back. It looked as if all three might stay up – something that has only happened twice in 25 seasons of the Premier League.

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