Burnley’s 3-0 defeat at Arsenal means that, more than a quarter of the way through the season, they have failed to win any of their ten Premier League matches.
There is a real danger that they could fail to win a match this term as, despite having a fine manager in Sean Dyche and showing excellent battling qualities for an hour against the Gunners, the Clarets simply are not good enough to survive in the Premier League.
There will be some much-needed respite for the Lancastrians later this month when there is another break from Premier League action. That will give everyone the chance to indulge in some more international football betting but when the domestic season gets underway again, will Dyche’s men prove to be the worst top-flight team in the 23-year history of the Premier League? They have some stiff opposition.
Burnley have picked up four points so far which puts them on course to secure 15 in the 38-game campaign. Amazingly that would be better than Derby County’s tally of just 11 points in 2007/08.
A side that came up through the Championship play-offs the previous season was simply out of their depth in the top-flight under the guidance of Billy Davies and then Paul Jewell.
Jon Macken was top-scorer with four goals, while a 5-0 home drubbing to West Ham was probably the low point of a cataclysmic season, although a 6-2 home loss to Arsenal and 6-1 defeat at Chelsea pushed it close.
The only victory came against Newcastle United and it has arguably taken the Rams six years to recover from such a humiliating campaign.
Sunderland won only three games in 2005/06 as they managed a paltry total of just 15 points.
At the time it was the worst ever season in Premier League history, surpassing the Black Cats’ own miserable record of 19 points just three years earlier.
Howard Wilkinson and then Mick McCarthy had presided over Sunderland’s disastrous 2002/03 campaign but the current Ipswich Town manager had incredibly managed to guide the Wearsiders to the Championship title in 2004/05 when they racked up 94 points.
However, they were once again out of their depth in the Premier League in 2005/06, losing 29 games, including a 4-1 drubbing to Newcastle.
McCarthy was replaced by Niall Quinn before Roy Keane was installed as manager and it has been a rollercoaster at the Stadium of Light ever since.
The Hornets are making a bold bid this season to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2006/07 but seven years earlier they had endured a dreadful campaign, winning six games and picking up 24 points as they made an immediate return to the Championship.
Graham Taylor did guide Watford to early-season victories against Liverpool and Chelsea to raise optimism at Vicarage Road, but it proved to be a false dawn as they finished 12 points away from safety.
A 5-0 defeat at Wimbledon, who also finished in the bottom three, proved to be the nadir for a side that was always struggling to stay afloat in the Premier League.