Premier League Relegation Odds
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Norwich City remain doomed in the eyes of the bookmakers and a solitary point on the board makes for grim reading as we head into the international break. The Canaries are currently keeping the faith with Daniel Farke and their odds about a return to the Championship are really short.
Watford and Burnley are also odds-on. The Hornets do have two wins on the board although they recently parted company with Xisco Munoz and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri who was unable to keep Fulham afloat despite his previous heroics with Leicester. The Clarets are without a win and they might struggle to finish above three other teams.
Newcastle are regarded as the most vulnerable of the other teams although their odds have taken a walk in this market after the takeover, with Crystal Palace and Southampton both having the potential to get sucked into a dogfight. Every other team are trading at double figure prices, although Leeds have shortened since the season began.
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Newcastle No Longer Odds-On After Takeover
Newcastle United were odds-on for Premier League relegation a couple of weeks ago, although the Tyneside club are now in the hands of a rich Saudi Arabian consortium. This means that their chances of top-flight survival have drastically improved, with plenty of money reported to be available in January as the north-east outfit look to reshape their squad.
The Magpies are likely to be imminently operating under a new manager and he will have his eyes set on signing a number of fresh faces, although Newcastle could still be engaged in a relegation scrap and they are currently without a win during the 2021-22 campaign.
Can Norwich City Avoid Another Relegation?
Norwich took little time in regaining their Premier League status after landing promotion from the Championship once again last season, with the Canaries now making another attempt to stay afloat in the top flight. Daniel Farke will have taken plenty of key learnings from his experience two seasons ago although the bookies make it a likelihood that they will be relegated.
It's been a difficult start for the East Anglian side who lost their first six matches of the campaign, although a goalless draw at Burnley has steadied the ship. Farke will now hope that an easier run of fixtures can get the team back on track although the bookies take a dim view of their prospects.
Watford Sack Munoz and Hire Ranieri
It didn't take long for Xisco Munoz to get his marching orders at Vicarage Road. Owner Gino Pozzo has quickly moved to recruit Claudio Ranieri, with the Italian something of a risky appointment despite the fact that he won the Premier League title with Leicester. It hasn't stopped the Hornets from trading at odds-on to go down.
Ranieri has been involved in a relegation scrap before when taking brief charge of a Fulham side that ended up going down. Watford currently sit fifteenth in the table with seven points on the board and perhaps they have the potential to stay afloat.
Will Burnley Make their Usual Great Escape?
Plenty of punters have lost money backing Burnley to be relegated over the past few seasons, although the Clarets have always demonstrated that they've had enough to clamber over the other teams in peril and ensure their top-flight status for another season. However, perhaps this is the campaign where their luck runs out.
There seems barely any money to spend at Turf Moor and Sean Dyche is coming to the end of his contract at the Lancashire club. They say if you stand still, then you go backwards in the Premier League and it's asking a lot for this modest squad to avoid an obvious relegation scrap, with the team having just three points on the board after seven games played.
Southampton Draw Specialists in the Premier League
Southampton are struggling this season. On the one hand, they have already faced Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. On the other, they have four points from seven games played and that clearly isn't the sort of ratio that will keep the Saints afloat in the top flight.
Ralph Hasenhuttl retains confidence in his squad of players and there are reasons for optimism, with the team having enjoyed a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium. They do appear to be short of goals, although Adam Armstrong is a quality operator, with James Ward-Prowse knocking on the door for England and they might just have enough.
Vieira Gets Off to a Solid Start with Crystal Palace
There were plenty of eyebrows raised when Crystal Palace decided to replace Roy Hodgson with Patrick Vieira over the summer, with the latter seeing the Eagles thrashed at Stamford Bridge in their opener, although the team have since kicked on and landed seven points.
The 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur has been the highlight result so far, although there was lots to like about both the 1-1 draw against Brighton before an excellent comeback to draw 2-2 against Leicester. The future currently looks bright based on early evidence.
Wolves Going Well Under Lage
Nuno Espirito Santo steered Wolverhampton Wanderers into the Premier League and then steered Wolves to top-half finishes on two occasions, although the Midlands club dipped last term and they now have Bruno Lage at the helm. Little is known about whether he will get the same tune out of a similar group of players, with Raul Jimenez having just found the net although scoring goals has been an issue.
After wins over Southampton and Newcastle, the bookies think there's only a remote chance that Wolves will get sucked into a battle against the drop. The loan signing of Hee-Chan Hwang from Leipzig looks to have been an inspired one and the South Korean bagged a brace against the Magpies.
Leeds Could Also Be Vulnerable
Leeds United managed to break their duck just before the international break when securing a 1-0 win over Watford, with Marcelo Bielsa's side finally finding a way to keep a clean sheet although the Yorkshire side have still only averaged less than a point per game thus far.
Leeds are certainly finding it hard to get the wins on the board, although the return of Patrick Bamford from injury should make the Whites more potent. The bookies are as short as 8/1 that United drop down into the Championship.
Brentford Set to Be Best Promoted Team
Brentford have had several near-misses before finally sealing promotion to the EPL last May, with Thomas Frank guiding them to the promised land and they are regarded as having a much better than 50% chance of remaining in the top flight. The Bees opened with a 2-0 win over Arsenal and they haven't looked back.
Incredibly, the Bees sit seventh in the table after securing twelve points and that has included a 3-3 draw with Liverpool and a 2-1 win at West Ham, with the London side not looking as though they're going to get sucked into a relegation battle right now.