Four Premier league clubs who have survived after just three points from first eight games

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New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has a better than even money chance of keeping the club up this season, according to statistics.

In the last 10 seasons, seven clubs, including the Black Cats, have been on just three points or less after the opening eight games of the season.

And four of those clubs – Everton (2005/06), Tottenham (2008/09), Crystal Palace and Sunderland (2013/14) – managed to avoid the drop that season despite a poor start.

The last club that didn’t survive the drop after taking just three points from their opening eight games was Queens Park Rangers, who finished bottom of the Premier League in 2013.

Another coincidence in Big Sam’s favour is the fact that Tottenham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace all changed their managers in October of the season they stayed up.

So with Allardyce appointed, could Sunderland become the first club in Premier League history to stay up for a second time only having taken three points from their opening eight games?

Newcastle are also struggling without a win as Steve McClaren’s reign as Magpies boss comes under fire.

Here is how the four clubs who beat the drop finished in the Premier League:

Everton (2005/06)

Eight games: 3 points

End of season: 50 points

Final position: 11th

Tottenham (2008/09)

Eight games: 2 points

End of season: 51 points

Final position: 8th

Crystal Palace (2013/14)

Eight games: 3 points

End of season: 45 points

Final position: 11th

Sunderland (2013/14)

Eight games: 1 point

End of season: 38 points

Final position: 14th