There is not much time left in the new Premier League season, and all participating teams are in preparation mode.
Different sides have different ambitions every season, and it wouldn’t be any different in 2019-20. Some sides are preparing intending to challenge for top honours while some are busy drawing up plans to avoid relegation.
In this feature, we will explore the top candidates for relegation according to the betting market.
Promoted sides are always favourites for relegation, and it’s not a surprise to see Sheffield United top the list of relegation candidates this season. The Blades earned direct promotion after getting the best of Leeds United in the race for the runner-up spot in the Championship. United are back in Premier League following a gap of 13 years. Their last stay in the top tier lasted only a single season, and bookies are backing the history to repeat.
Bookies have given Sheffield United no chance to survive relegation as they are available at 4/5 or lower odds in relegation market.
Norwich City are back in Premier League after winning the Championship last season. The Canaries will feature among the top clubs after spending three seasons in the second tier. Like Sheffield United, even their last stay in Premier League was just a season long.
Under the management of German boss Daniel Farke, Norwich played some impressive football last season. However, they have stayed away from spending money in the market, and the betting market reckons that Premier League football would be a step too far for Farke’s players.
The Canaries are available at around even odds with most bookmakers.
Brighton & Hove Albion
This is going to be a huge season for the Seagulls. They were terrible in the second half of the last season and barely escaped relegation. The South Coast club have changed manager during the summer. Brighton have appointed Graham Potter, who is a talented manager but rather inexperienced at this level. The club has also spent significant money on signing Leandro Trossard. Would it be enough?
Bookmakers don’t think so as Brighton are available at less than 2/1 odds in the market.
Burnley were sensational in 2017-18, but their form went downhill last season. The Clarets were involved in the relegation battle last season, and Dyche hasn’t managed to improve his squad much in the market so far. Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters have been the only significant arrivals so far, but bookmakers don’t think that these signings are going to make much difference.
In the betting market, the Clarets can be backed at 2/1 odds to suffer relegation.
Newcastle United have let go Rafa Benitez and have appointed Steve Bruce in his place. This move hasn’t gone down well with the fans as it could have serious repercussions for the club.
Bruce is not really known for managing top clubs, and his appointment doesn’t speak of ambition at all.
Fans of the club are genuinely worried, and it’s no wonder that the Magpies are one of the favourites to suffer relegation at 9/4 or lesser odds.