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Premier League Relegation: All three newly-promoted sides backed for the drop

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All three newly-promoted sides backed for the drop

Norwich City, Watford and Brentford all managed to haul themselves up to the Premier League at the end of the 2020/21 Championship campaign but most pundits expect them to have a tough time in the top-flight next term.


Relegation Odds


Norwich City  –  10/11 for relegation in 2021/22

Norwich City were dominant in last season’s Championship campaign and it was no surprise when they finished in pole position and earned for themselves a place in the Premier League. The Canaries had been relegated from the top-flight just twelve months earlier and from the outset they had been favourites to limit their stay in the second tier to just a single campaign by winning the Championship title.

Nevertheless the bookmakers make Daniel Farke’s men odds-on favourites to be relegated from the Premier League at the close of 2021/22 with most firms going 10/11 that this proves to be the case.


Watford  –  Evens for relegation in 2021/22

Watford joined Norwich City in the two automatic promotion places at the end of last season with four points separating them from third-placed Brentford in the league table. The Hornets are also expected to find life tough back in the top-flight and the general consensus is that they will be battling against the drop in the latter stages of the campaign.

With this in mind, it’s no huge surprise to see Watford priced as joint second-favourites to return straight back down to the Championship at the first time of asking.


Brentford  –  Evens for relegation in 2021/22

Brentford won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history courtesy of their Championship play-off final victory over Swansea City and manager Thomas Frank will clearly be aiming to keep them there for more than just a single campaign. The Bees finished third in the final Championship table and given that they finished seven points clear of fourth-placed Swansea City, it was perhaps just deserts that they beat the Swans at Wembley to secure promotion to the top-flight.

Life is certainly going to be tough for the West Londoners next term and while optimism will doubtless be high, the bookmakers feel that their stay in the Premier League will be a brief one with most firms going Evens that they suffer relegation next May.



To Finish Bottom Odds


With the bookies predicting that all three newly-promoted sides will suffer relegation straight back to the Championship at the first time of asking, it should come as no surprise to learn that these three teams are the three favourites to finish the 2021/22 campaign at the foot of the Premier League table. Watford are 7/2 favourites to end the season at the bottom of the top-flight while 2020/21 Championship title winners Norwich City aren’t too far behind at 4/1. Of the three promoted teams, play-off winners Brentford are the side deemed least likely to finish at the foot of the table at odds as high as 5/1. Indeed some pundits believe that the Bees will ‘do a Bournemouth’ and stay in the top-flight for more than a single season. Indeed the Cherries were the last promoted side never to have been in the Premier League before and they stayed there for several seasons.

Of the rest, Crystal Palace are tipped to struggle with most firms going around 6/1 that they finish at the foot of the division. The Eagles are now under the guidance of new manager Patrick Vieira and he is one of the favourites on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market. Burnley are the only other side in single figures to finish the season at the foot of the Premier League table, the Clarets an 8/1 shot to finish 20th. Elsewhere, Southampton and Newcastle United can be backed at 12/1 apiece while Brighton & Hove Albion represent excellent value at 20/1 in this market.


To Finish Bottom of Premier League Odds


7/2  –  Watford

4/1  –  Norwich City

9/2  –  Brentford

6/1  –  Crystal Palace

8/1  –  Burnley

12/1 –  Newcastle United

12/1 –  Southampton

20/1 –  Brighton & Hove Albion