LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07:  Denis Odoi and Marcus Bettinelli of Fulham react after the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Arsenal FC at Craven Cottage on October 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

7 Teams to Concede the Most Premier League Goals After 9 Games

After Fulham's 4-2 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday heaped further pressure on manager Slavisa Jokanovic, scrutiny and criticism towards their increasingly leaky defence has followed - and for good reason.

The Cottagers have conceded 25 goals in their first nine Premier League games - including nine in their last two outings.

Such a dreadful record is surely the worst defensive start since the league's inception in 1992, isn't it? Well let's find out as we look at the seven teams who have endured defensive shockers to open up the season... and see whether or not they survived relegation or not.

7. Swindon (23)

1993/94 Season - (P9 W0 D3 L6 Conceded 23)

Go back 25 years and you'll find Swindon Town mixing it with the Premier League big boys, having been promoted via the old First Division playoffs.

The Robins' experience in the top flight got off to a shocking start though, as they shipped 23 goals in their opening nine league games - finding themselves bottom of the table as a result. Things wouldn't improve and they would eventually be relegated - which is the last time we've seen the County Ground boys in the top flight.

6. Derby (23)

2000/01 Season (P9 W0 D5 L4 Conceded 23)

The first story of success (and by success, we mean eventually staying up) leads us to Derby County and a trip back to the 2000/01 season.

The Rams had been a Premier League outfit for five seasons, but got off to a nightmare start to the 00/01 campaign - failing to win in their opening nine fixtures. In that series of fixtures they conceded 23 times, though they did battle their way to five points because they too knew how to find the back of the net.

They would pull their socks up before the season's end though, steadying the ship enough to avoid relegation - albeit ending up in 17th place with 42 points.

5. Barnsley (23)

(1997/98 Season - (P9 W2 D0 L7 Conceded 23)

Another team on the bandwagon of one-season Premier League wonders is Barnsley - who rocked up in the top flight ahead of the 1997/98 campaign.

The Tykes put up a decent fight in their bid to stave off relegation, but were guilty of haemorrhaging a bucket-load of goals early on in the campaign. They too shipped 23 goals, but had a slightly better record than Swindon and Derby in doing so - it was to little avail in the end though as they gallantly went down at the end of the season.

4. Bolton (24)

2011/12 Season (P9 W2 D0 L7 Conceded 24)

Our next defensive disaster candidates are Bolton Wanderers, who endured a torrid start to the 2011/12 campaign.

The Trotters won only two of their opening nine league games - losing the other seven in the process of conceding 24 goals. Leaking five against Man Utd and Chelsea didn't help their cause - and they would ultimately pay for their woeful start, succumbing to relegation at the end of the season.

They haven't been back in the top flight since, with their exile from top-tier football now approaching seven years.

3. Sheffield Wednesday (24)

1999/2000 Season (P9 W0 D1 L8 Conceded 24)

Boy oh boy was it a shocking start to the 1999/2000 Premier League season for Sheffield Wednesday.

One point, eight games lost, three goals scored and 24 whacked in at the wrong end - far from ideal you might say. The Owls' abysmal start was so catastrophic that they never recovered, with relegation confirmed come the end of the season.

Like so many before them on this list, they have yet to re-emerge in the top flight despite flirtations with the Championship playoffs.

2. Fulham (25)

2018/19 Season (P9 W2 D1 L6 Conceded 25)

Entertainment galore. That's what you've been pretty much been guaranteed watching Fulham under Slavisa Jokanovic.

The Serbian boss loves to play expansive, attacking football - regardless of whether or not the opposition have superior qualities or not. It worked to good effect in the Championship, but this season's 'we'll score more than you do' card seems to have been played once too often already.

Another away loss this past weekend at Cardiff has their tally already up to 25 goals conceded - and having scored just 11, they have some serious tightening up to do over the coming weeks.

1. Southampton (26)

2012/13 Season (P9 W1 D1 L7 Conceded 26)

Whilst Fulham's record is pretty bad, it still doesn't topple the impressive efforts of Southampton during the 2012/13 season.

The newly promoted Saints were unfortunate to come up against quality opposition in the beginning of the season - playing Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal early on. They were subjected to a few hammerings as a result - with their 4-1 defeat at West Ham the fourth time they had conceded three or more in their opening nine fixtures.

They learnt from those early-season experiences though, conceding just 34 in their remaining 29 league games - having shipped 26 in their first nine. They comfortably survived the drop as a result - and have remained a Premier League outfit ever since.