Top Flight Troubles: The 10 Clubs With the Worst Premier League Win Ratio After 100+ Games

49 teams have played at the highest level of English football since the Premier League was introduced before the 1992/1993 season.

Some clubs have only enjoyed a single season in the top tier, while some have enjoyed the highs and lows of promotion and relegation countless times.

Some teams bounce back, and some drift off into obscurity - while some have been around to enjoy the ride every step of the way.

In recent years, the gulf in class has begun to narrow with the influx of money into the game. But which 10 sides have continually struggled to win in the top flight despite appearing for a significant amount of time?

We look at the worst performing sides among those that have at least 100 Premier League games under their belt..

10. Birmingham City

Win Ratio 27% (Played 266 Won 73 Drawn 82 Lost 111)


The Blues hold the distinguished honour of having experienced more promotions and relegations than any other side in English football league history.

After first achieving promotion to the Premier League in 2002, Birmingham attempted to establish themselves at the highest level. They fared well in their first three seasons, ensuring mid-table stability. 

It all came crashing down though in the 2005/2006 season as the club were relegated back to the second tier. Two further promotions and two subsequent relegations have followed, with the Blues now struggling at the wrong end of the Championship.

9. Crystal Palace

Win Ratio 27% (Played 336 Won 92 Drawn 85 Lost 159)

The Eagles currently share the record for most promotions to the Premier League, and most relegation's from the top flight.

They have reached the promised land four times, but have historically struggled to make an impression at the highest level, winning just over a quarter of the games they have played.

Palace are currently enjoying a lengthy run in England's top tier, having returned after winning the Championship playoff final in 2013.

8. Sheffield United

Win Ratio 26% (Played 122 Won 32 Drawn 36 Lost 54)

The Blades were one of the founding members of the Premier League, with striker Brian Deane scoring the first goal in the competition's history.

The steel city side did not last long though, after suffering relegation in 1994. They spent 12 years outside the top flight before earning promotion under Neil Warnock.

The Blades were relegated back to the Championship after one season, and as yet, they are yet to return.

7. Derby County

Win Ratio 26% (Played 266 Won 68 Drawn 70 Lost 128)

Derby went down in history during the 2007/08 season after enduring the worst Premier League season on record.

The Rams captured only 11 points during that infamous campaign, winning just one league game all season. That rather spoilt their overall Premier League record, which has seen the East Midlands side contest seven seasons at the highest level.

Supporters have seen their side come close to returning many times, but play-off disappointment and late season collapses have prevented a return to Premier League football.

6. Burnley

Win Ratio 25% (Played 138 Won 35 Drawn 32 Lost 71)

The Clarets look to have found some stability this season, with the Lancashire side riding high under Sean Dyche.

It hasn't always been easy though at Turf Moor, with the club suffering two previous relegations over the past decade, the Clarets enjoying just a 25% win percentage across their three-and-a-half top flight seasons.

They have bounced back though, and slowly look to be building the infrastructure capable of surviving at the highest level.

5. West Bromwich Albion

Win Ratio 25% (Played 442 Won 109 Drawn 126 Lost 207)

Another perennial yo-yo club, the Baggies have been relegated from the Premier League on three separate occasions. Albion are in their twelfth season in the top flight, but have won just a quarter of the 442 games they have played so far.

They are facing another relegation scrap this season, with new head coach Alan Pardew desperately trying to overturn a nightmare start. 

Four promotions within a decade have shown that Albion are too good for the Championship, but their record in the top flight leaves a lot to be desired.

4. Sunderland

Win Ratio 25% (Played 608 Won 153 Drawn 159 Lost 296) 

With the most Premier League experience on this list, Sunderland are able to boast a record of 16 seasons in the modern top flight.

The Mackems have been promoted and relegated from the Premier League four times though, and the statistics don't look favourable with an average of one win in four games.

Last season's disastrous campaign condemned fans to another season of Championship football, and now they face an uphill battle to avoid relegation to League One after a dreadful season thus far.

3. Watford

Win Ratio 23% (Played 176 Won 41 Drawn 40 Lost 95)

The Hornets have developed quite the reputation in recent years for sacking managers, particularly since the Pozzo regime took over at Vicarage Road.

Having been promoted to the Premier League three times, they clearly possess the abilities and confidence to bounce back from relegation, but have a pretty poor record in the top flight.

Having dismissed Marco Silva during the past week, Hornets fans will be hoping rookie Premier League manager Javi Gracia can revive their dwindling fortunes this season.

2. Hull City

Win Ratio 22% (Played 190 Won 41 Drawn 48 Lost 101)

Five seasons, three promotions and three relegations. It's been a rollercoaster ride in the top flight for Tigers fans, whose experiences of Premier League football appear all too short.

With an average win ratio of just over one in five games, the statistics indicate that Hull are yet to make the investments necessary to compete at the highest level.

With that said, they enjoyed a glorious run to the FA Cup final under Steve Bruce and even sampled UEFA Europa League football three seasons ago. They couldn't maintain it though, and the Tigers were relegated last season.

1. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Win Ratio 21% (Played 152 Won 32 Drawn 40 Lost 80)

Four seasons of Premier League football is all Wolves fans have to show for three different promotion campaigns.

Swift relegations have followed at Molineux, with supporters left frustrated with the club's inability to maintain their top flight status. They possess a winning ratio of just 21% in the Premier League era, losing over half of their games.

A turning point is on the horizon though, as with fresh financial backing and a top class coach in charge, Wolves are running away with this season's Championship