Premier League Relegation Odds
|Sheffield United||4/5||Black Type|
|Aston Villa||5/2||Black Type|
No less than half of the twenty teams in the top flight are trading at single-figure odds as we approach the big kick-off, with the bookmakers deciding that the so-called Big Six are completely safe along with Everton, Leicester, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It means that the Premier League Relegation betting market is going to be a typically lively affair, with Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield the teams who failed to beat the drop twelve months ago, although it seems harder to pick the relegated trio this time around.
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Sheffield United Market Leaders for the Drop
The Blades are back in the big time and they owe everything to the managerial expertise of Chris Wilder who has steered his boyhood club from League One to the Premier League in a relatively short space of time. Sheffield United finished second in the Championship to pinch an automatic promotion berth and they’ll be determined to make a decent fist of things.
The Yorkshire outfit have been unable to splash substantial amounts of money in order to stave off the threat of relegation, although the recent acquisition of Ollie McBurnie from Swansea City illustrates that the Blades mean business, while Lys Mousset has arrived from Bournemouth and there’s also been the capture of QPR star Luke Freeman.
However, it’s hard to see them out of the equation as far as relegation is concerned and that is borne out by the 4/5 with Black Type about Sheffield United going back down at the first time of asking. It looks like a tall order for Wilder’s men to finish above three other teams in the division, with this being their fourth Premier League season since its inception.
Norwich City Also Odds-On to Go Down
There’s no denying that Norwich were the surprise package in the Championship last season, with the Canaries initially getting off to a poor start before putting together a run that propelled them to the upper reaches of the division and they were then able to get the job done and win the title against all the odds.
Daniel Farke is tasked with the tricky assignment of keeping the East Anglian outfit afloat in this cut-throat division, with the German having kept the faith with the majority of the squad that helped the club achieve promotion and that means persisting with star striker Teemu Pukki.
The Finn scored 29 goals for City in the Championship last season, while Josip Drmic, Ralf Fahrmann and Patrick Roberts have been recruited over the summer, although odds of EVS with Betfair for Norwich to be relegated suggest that this could be an uphill struggle for a club whose modest transfer budget puts them at an immediate disadvantage to several other teams.
Aston Villa Spending Big Bucks to Stay Up
It’s often the case that the Championship club who achieves promotion through the play-offs is the team who is shortest-priced to go down from the Premier League the following season. However, Aston Villa have gone on a spending spree which means that the Midlands outfit are trading at around 5/2 to go down from the top flight.
Dean Smith has certainly been backed in the transfer market, with loan stars Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi arriving on permanent deals, while Wesley Moraes has been signed for a jaw-dropping £22 million from Club Brugge and is going to be flanked by signings such as Douglas Luiz and Trezeguet.
It’s worth noting that Fulham spent a similar amount twelve months ago before struggling to accrue points in the Premier League although the Cottagers failed to put enough emphasis on the defensive part of the team and the same accusation can’t be levelled at Villa after recruiting Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, Ezri Konsa and Matt Targett.
Burnley Also Trading at 2/1 for Drop
If you’ve been a Burnley backer for relegation over the past few seasons, then you will have done your dough – plain and simple. Sean Dyche’s team looked to be in hot water last season after a dalliance in the Europa League saw their Premier League performances drop off a cliff.
However, a couple of mini-revivals from the Clarets saw them comfortably escape from the drop and the Lancashire outfit are trading at 2/1 with Ladbrokes for relegation this time around which suggests they are more likely to retain their top-flight status than return back to the Championship.
Burnley boast a never-say-die attitude and the supporters will be delighted to see Jay Rodriguez back at Turf Moor, while Ashley Barnes remains an unsung star of this hard-working team which also sees Ben Mee and James Tarkowski prosper as a solid central defensive partnership.
Newcastle Heavily Backed for Relegation
Before Rafael Benitez decided to leave Newcastle United in search of Chinese pastures new, you could have backed the Magpies at odds of 5/1 to be relegated at the end of the 2019/20 Premier League season although the Tyneside outfit are now less than half that price, trading at 9/4 with Bet365.
Steve Bruce has recently swapped Sheffield Wednesday for Newcastle, with the new manager having obvious affiliations with the club although the bookies are far from convinced that he’s the man to steer them well clear of the drop zone.
Ayoze Perez and Jose Salomon Rondon worked brilliantly as a strike partnership last term, although both players have since left the club and there’s now a heavy reliance on new signing Joelinton to plunder goals alongside Miguel Almiron if Newcastle are going to remain clear of the drop zone.
Bournemouth and Southampton Next in the Betting
Bournemouth enjoyed a flying start to the 2018/19 season, with the Cherries banking plenty of early points before going off the boil and they might consider themselves fortunate that some of the clubs below them in the table were so off-colour that they didn’t need a big points total to stay afloat.
Eddie Howe hasn’t made big steps towards bolstering a leaky defence, although full-backs Jack Stacey and Lloyd Kelly could make an immediate impact and Nathan Ake is expected to improve in the central defensive position in order to allow the team to prosper.
As for Southampton, they are also trading at best price 11/2 for Premier League relegation, although one might argue that the Saints are on an upward trajectory under Ralph Hasenhuttl whose record from December 2018 involved eight wins and eight draws (as well as nine defeats).
The Austrian has signed Che Adams from Birmingham and he can hit the ground running alongside Danny Ings, while Moussa Djenepo can also be an attacking weapon and Nathan Redmond was completely transformed under the new manager and played like someone who was reborn.
Palace and Watford Could Also Get Sucked In
Crystal Palace’s 2019/20 season hinges strongly on whether the services of Wilfried Zaha can be retained, with the Eagles hoping to stave off the advance of Arsenal and Everton by slapping a massive transfer fee on their prize cow.
If Zaha was to depart Selhurst Park, it might be difficult to see where goals will spring from, even if Christian Benteke has the potential to plunder after previously doing well at Aston Villa, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also left for Manchester United and that will rob the London club of an attacking and defensive outlet.
As for Watford, the concern is that the Hornets have failed to strengthen since finishing eleventh last season and it doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to consider that Javi Gracia’s side might start falling short to the extent that a battle against relegation is on the cards.
They say that you should never rest on your laurels, although the fact that Craig Dawson is the only arrival of note at the time of writing suggest that there’s a big reliance on the talented Gerard Deulofeu to make things happen, while Troy Deeney failed to reach single figures last season and the team could be short of firepower.