The middle. No spot in a European tournament. No worries of relegation. There’s nothing sexy about it.

Unless you think $2.6 billion is sexy. That’s the total television revenue that the 20 Premier League teams split up last season. (Now that’s sexy.)

SiriusXM FC pegged Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Hull City, Stoke City, Swansea City and Sunderland as the teams who’ll miss out on Europe, but who will for the most part, avoid sweating it out in the relegation zone. Neil Barnett and Janusz Michallik took a closer look at each team on The Football Show Tuesday morning.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was kind enough to call in from England to examine his club in detail with Barnett and Michallik. Poyet – who garnered plenty of attention as a studio analyst for ESPN during the 2014 World Cup – took over the club in October 2013 after a horrendous start to the season. The club appeared doomed for relegation.

“It was a long, long season and a very difficult one,” Poyet told Barnett and Michallik. “But at the end, we achieved what the chairman asked me to do.”

Sunderland staved off relegation, finishing in 14th place, five points clear. They also made a bit of history, reaching the final of the League Cup, now known as the Capital One Cup, which the club hadn’t done since 1985. If that wasn’t enough, Poyet became the first manager to defeat Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea’s home venue) since Mourinho began managing in the Premier League – a streak of 77 games.

If Sunderland is going to repeat any of the “special moments” Poyet referenced on air, they’ll have to receive more (than the one goal he scored in 31 Premier League games last year) from U.S. Men’s National Team star striker, Jozy Altidore.

The Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton, a lifelong Crystal Palace supporter, delved into the expectations at Selhurst Park for the upcoming season after last year’s 11th-place finish.

A bit of hope for Palace fans: In more than two decades of managing in England, Tony Pulis has never managed a club that has been relegated.

Speaking of relegation, Hull City just finished in 16th place in their first season back in the Premier League after a three-year absence. Graeme Bailey, Sky Sports senior reporter, heaped praise on manager Steve Bruce, who could find himself on the sidelines for the English national team if all goes well over the next couple of years.

From a club looking at a top-12 finish to one that may struggle mightily, Michallik laid out the prospects for Leicester City’s season:

“They’ll finish in the bottom three.”

Barnett didn’t offer much hope for the club either, and the outlook is bleak.

The same can’t be said for Stoke City, a club that has never finished worse than14th place – though never better than ninth, as they did last season – since a promotion to the Premier League in 2007.

Both hosts agreed a quick start would be critical for Stoke City to avoid unnecessary pressure to perform. They will rely upon a USMNT stalwart in Geoff Cameron.

“A player that can play in a number of positions […] he’s obviously capable of playing as a center half, even a defensive midfielder,” Michallik said.

For all the positive press that Altidore receives, and the accolades given to Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey when they played for Everton and Fulham respectively, you can make the case that Cameron is the first American in a long time to truly make his mark in England’s top flight.

After all that, the best of the bunch might be Swansea City. Folks will be quick to point out the losses of goalkeeper Michel Vorm (now with Tottenham), attacking Spanish midfielder Michu (Napoli) and defender Ben Davies (Tottenham), but there’s plenty of firepower left in that lineup. Wilfred Bony, for example, scored 16 goals last season, and will be featured in English manager Gary Monk’s side.

Monk should know how to use his players wisely, as he just wrapped up a playing career at the club. The center back appeared in 226 matches from 2004-2014 for Swansea City. He’s seen the club grow into what Bailey calls “one of the best footballing clubs in the country.” The pressure is still on for Monk, though. If he fails, “clubs will be less inclined to take a risk on someone homegrown.”

Don’t miss a preview of the Premier League clubs who will be vying for a spot in the Europa League on Wednesday, followed by a preview of the UEFA Champions League contenders on Thursday and Friday.

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