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Premier League Odds: Who will be bottom at Christmas?

 

Update: 01.09.21

As we head into the international break, only three sides have yet to get off the mark in the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City and Arsenal all sitting pointless at the foot of the table.

Norwich City were always expected to take a while finding their feet back in the Premier League but to be fair, more was expected from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal. The Gunners have been decimated by injuries in the early stages of the campaign but few anticipated them failing to find the back of the net in their opening three matches. The big question is, will Mikel Arteta’s men still be at the foot of the table at Christmas? We look at the leading contenders in the betting market.

 

Norwich City  –  11/4

After three Premier League games, Norwich City have failed to get any points on the board. The Canaries opened their account with a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool at Carrow Road and this was followed by a 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City, a tough start if ever there was one. They lost by a single-goal margin at home to Leicester City last time out but to fair, these were always going to be testing assignments against sides which will likely feature in the top-six battle towards the end of the season. Nevertheless the bookies go a general 11/4 that the Canaries are at the foot of the table at Christmas and thus far they have done little to silence their doubters.

 

Watford  –  5/1

Watford have managed to collect three points from their opening three Premier League games, a decent start for a side many expected to struggle from the outset. They launched their campaign with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa although subsequent league defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion (2-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (1-0) have resulted in the odds on them being bottom at Christmas being shortened to 5/1.

 

Newcastle United  –  6/1

The Magpies have picked up just a single point from three Premier League outings and while unpopular manager Steve Bruce managed to steer his side clear of relegation in the latter stages of 2020/21, it is likely that the Tyneside outfit will be amongst the battlers against the drop at the tail-end of the current campaign. Indeed having lost to West Ham United (2-4) and Aston Villa (2-0) in their opening two games, it is no surprise to see the Magpies sitting as third favourites to be bottom of the table at Christmas.

 


 

Update: 25.08.21

We’re now approaching the third round of 2021/22 Premier League fixtures and already there have been a few surprises along the way, not least Arsenal’s inability to collect any points or find the back of the net in their opening two league games. 

West Ham United have got things off to a great start and they currently sit in pole position after two games while the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion remain unbeaten.

At the opposite end of the table, Arsenal, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers remain pointless after two outings, two of these sides featuring at the top end of the ‘Bottom at Xmas’ betting market.

 

Norwich City  –  11/4

Norwich City ran riot when thrashing Championship side AFC Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup last night but their Premier League results leave plenty to be desired. The newly-promoted East Anglians have admittedly had an extremely tough opener to their league campaign with games against Liverpool and Manchester City, however the manner in which they collapsed against these two sides will perhaps be a cause for concern. The Canaries will be expected to fare better against the lesser teams in the top-flight but the bookies nevertheless believe that they will be bottom of the table at Christmas.

 

4/1  –  Burnley

Burnley are one of the five sides yet to collect any points in this season’s Premier League campaign, the Clarets leaking two goals in each of their opening two games against Brighton & Hove Albion (1-2) and Liverpool (2-0). Sean Dyche’s men are up against Leeds United and Everton in their next two outings and it’s hard to envisage them collecting maximum points in either off these matches, the bookies going just 4/1 that they find themselves at the foot of the table at Christmas.

 

5/1  –  Newcastle United

Steve Bruce managed to steer his men clear of the relegation zone towards the closing stages of the 2020/21 campaign, however he is still a man under pressure. Things haven’t got off to a great start this time around with the Magpies losing their opening two games against West Ham United (2-4) and Aston Villa (2-0). The question is, will they be bottom at Christmas? If so, will Steve Bruce still be in the dugout? The answer to the latter question is almost certainly easy to answer!

 


 

Update: 17.08.21

Two of the sides previously tipped to be bottom of the Premier League table at Christmas enjoyed wins at the weekend and as such the betting market has shifted somewhat.

The 2021/22 Premier League is now underway and with just one round of fixtures having been played, we have already witnessed one or two upsets. Amongst the sides expected to battle it out for the league title, defending champions Manchester City suffered a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, while of the sides expected to be amongst the relegation battlers, two managed to upset the form book and return to the dressing rooms with three points in the bag. Clearly this has had an effect on the betting markets and we take a look at the latest odds for who might be foot of the table as we hit Christmas.

 

Norwich City  –  3/1

Norwich City were always going to have a tough opening game against Liverpool and it came as no surprise when the Canaries were thumped 3-0 by the 2019/20 Premier League champions. The Championship winners are back in the top-flight after just a single season and the general consensus is that they will be bottom of the division at Christmas and facing relegation just a few months’ later. Their opening performance did little to allay these predictions.

 

Newcastle United  –  6/1

Steve Bruce managed to lift his side clear of relegation in the final few weeks of the 2020/21 campaign with some strong performances towards the end of the season, however the Magpies struggled in the early part of the campaign and most pundits predict that this will once again be the case in the early half of 2021/22. Newcastle went down 2-4 at home to set Ham United in their season opener and the bookies go 6/1 that they find themselves at the foot of the division come December 25th.

 

Crystal Palace  –  6/1

Patrick Vieira is in charge of Crystal Palace following the departure of Roy Hodgson at the close of last season and he is favourite to be the first managerial casualty of the new Premier League campaign. This doesn’t exactly bode well for the new Eagles boss and his tenure got underway in dismal fashion when his side lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in their season opener. Indeed Palace are one of the favourites to be relegated this season and going on their opening-weekend performance, it would be no surprise were they to be at the foot of the table at Christmas.

 


 

29.07.21

The 2021/22 Premier League is fast approaching and we take a look at the likely strugglers towards the end of the year.

Now that the European Championships are well out of the way, we can start to look at the fast-approaching 2021/22 Premier League campaign and with the action now just two weeks away, thoughts turn to the sides most likely to be struggling from the outset. Clearly most pundits expect the newly-promoted teams to find the going tough from Day One and generally the sides who sit bottom of the table at Christmas tend to be battling against relegation in the closing weeks of the campaign. The big question is, who will be at the foot of the table as we hit the festive period?

 

Watford  –  3/1

Watford clinched one of the automatic promotion places at the end of 2020/21 with four points separating them from third-placed Brentford, however few expect them to fare well in the top-flight this coming season. For a start, Xisco Muñoz is widely expected to be the first managerial casualty in the Premier League in 2021/22 and the Hornets are favourites ton be sitting at the foot of the table at Christmas.

 

Norwich City  –  10/3

Having dropped down from the Premier League at the close of 2019/20, it was no huge surprise to see Norwich City bounce straight back up to the top-flight as champions just twelve months later. The Canaries are fast turning into a yo-yo side and many expect this to continue next term. Indeed having stormed to the Championship title at the end of the last campaign, the bookies go just 10/3 that Daniel Farke’s men find themselves bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

 

Brentford  –  7/2

Never before have Brentford kicked a ball in anger in the Premier League and given that they are something of an unknown quantity in the top-flight, there is always a possibility that they will hit the ground running. Indeed this is going to be something of an adventure for the Bees and the same was also said about AFC Bournemouth’s foray into the Premier League, the Cherries being the last promoted side to the top-flight never to have been in the Premier League. The South-coast outfit then stayed in the top-flight for several seasons before finally being relegated and the same may prove to be the case with Brentford. Nevertheless many expect them to struggle initially and the bookies have them chalked in as third favourites to be bottom at Christmas.