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Premier League Relegation: Fulham’s relegation back to Championship confirmed

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Update: 11.05.21

 

Fulham’s 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley last night confirmed the inevitable and the Cottagers now find themselves resigned to life back in the Championship. The West London outfit hauled themselves into the Premier League at the end of last season courtesy of a play-off final win over local rivals Brentford, however they have found themselves very much out of their depth in the top-flight and as the season progressed it was becoming increasingly obvious that they would be involved in a relegation scrap towards the end. The Cottagers will now be joining West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the second tier next season, however manager Scott Parker will be confident of steering his men straight back up at the first time of asking, assuming he’s still in charge.

Over the course of the campaign, Fulham have lost just over half of their league games while they have drawn no less than twelve, more than any other side in the top-flight this season. Just five Premier League wins have come their way since the start of the campaign, the same as each of the other two relegated sides, West Brom and Sheffield United, while they have scored just 25 goals along the way, less than any other top-flight side with the exception of the Blades.

The Cottagers will now need to regroup ahead of the new season and make a bid for promotion straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and they will surely be priced-up as one of the favourites to do just that. Watford and Norwich City have secured promotion back to the top-flight after just a single season in the second tier and there is certainly no reason why Fulham can’t do the same at the end of 2021/22.

 


 

Update: 06.05.21

 

Just four games are left to play in this season’s Premier League campaign and Fulham are edging ever closer to the Championship. Indeed the Cottagers are realistically destined for the drop and few believe that they will mount a late great escape, especially since they have collected just a single point from their last six matches. Most bookies now go 1/50 that Fulham return straight back to the second tier at the first time of asking following their promotion via the play-offs at the end of 2019/20. They will join West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the Championship, the former mathematically still in with a chance of securing Premier League safety but realistically destined for the drop, the latter having succumbed to the inevitable some weeks ago.

Until relatively recently, Newcastle United were odds-on to be relegated to the second tier but Steve Bruce’s men have shown real signs of improvement in recent weeks. The Magpies lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal in their last outing but this came on the back of a decent run during which the Tyneside outfit bagged two wins and two draws from four matches. The likelihood of the Magpies dropping down to the Championship now looks extremely remote given that nine points separate them from Fulham and the bookies go 25/1 that they find themselves in the second tier.

The only other side not mathematically guaranteed Premier League safety as we head into the final four rounds of fixtures are Burnley who sit level on points with Newcastle United. Sean Dyche’s men have been very much a mixed bag in recent weeks but they all-but-assured themselves of another season in the top-flight thanks to a 4-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers in late April, the bookies going 25/1 on the Clarets dropping down a division.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/50 –  Fulham

25/1 –  Newcastle United

25/1 –  Burnley

 


 

Update: 29.04.21

With just five games of the Premier League campaign left to play, at least for most teams, it has become clear who is going to be dropping down to the Championship next season. The likelihood of any late escape is extremely looking remote given that third-from-bottom side Fulham are seven points adrift of 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion. Indeed Sheffield United have already waved goodbye to the Premier League and West Bromwich Albion will likely be next to make the drop, only a handful of bookies offering odds on the Baggies with William Hill going 1/200 that they find themselves in the Championship next term.

As for Fulham, they are huge odds-on at 1/16 to be relegated down to the second tier at the first time of asking following their promotion via the play-offs last season. Newcastle United have been around the danger zone for much of the season but some positive results have boosted their cause and also eased the pressure on under-fire boss Steve Bruce. Brighton & Hove Albion also drifted dangerously close to the drop zone but they too look safe from the threat of relegation with some bookies going as high as 29/1 that they find themselves in the Championship next term.

Burnley and Southampton are also relatively safe from the drop with the Clarets a general 35/1 punt in the ‘Premier League Relegation’ market and Southampton around 66/1 with many firms.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/16 –  Fulham

20/1 –  Newcastle United

20/1 –  Brighton & Hove Albion

35/1 –  Burnley

66/1 –  Southampton

 


 

Update: 14.04.21

West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United have almost certainly resigned themselves to their likely fate, both sides almost certain to drop down into the Championship at the end of the season. The big question is who will join them in the second tier for 2021/22 and while Fulham looked as though they might haul themselves out of the bottom three, they have hit some abysmal form and relegation looms large at Craven Cottage.

Scott Parker’s men have lost each of their last four games and they now sit six points adrift of safety. Indeed the West London outfit have never been far from the drop zone this term the bookies now go a general 1/5 that they too find themselves back in the Championship next term.

Newcastle United have eased their relegation worries on the back of some decent form. The Magpies beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor in their last outing and prior to this they had lost just one of their five. Steve Bruce’s men have opened up a six-point gap between themselves and the bottom three and they enjoy a game-in-hand over 18th-placed Fulham. From being odds-on for the drop only a couple of weeks ago, the Tyneside outfit are now a general 4/1 to find themselves in the Championship next term.

Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion are the only other sides which could be realistically be dragged into a late-season relegation battle, however the bookies don’t feel this is likely with most firms going 12/1 and 40/1 respectively on the Clarets and the Seagulls.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/5  –  Fulham

4/1  –  Newcastle United

12/1 –  Burnley

40/1 –  Brighton & Hove Albion

 


 

Update: 26.03.21

 

West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United are realistically destined to be plying their trade in the Championship next season, however as we rapidly head towards the closing stages of the 2020/21 campaign, it’s still unclear as to who will be joining them in the second tier.

As things stand, Fulham remain in the relegation zone but they sit just two points behind Newcastle United in the league table. The Cottagers have played one game more than the Magpies but they have been grinding out some decent results in the past few weeks, most notably wins over Everton and Liverpool, both on Merseyside. Scott Parker’s men have lost just three of their last nine outings and of these defeats, only one was by more than a single-goal margin. As such, the bookmakers generally favour Fulham’s chances of escaping the drop this season with most firms going odds-against at 5/4.

Not so Newcastle United who are now odds-on with all UK bookmakers to drop into the Championship at the end of the season. Steve Bruce finds himself under ever increasing pressure as his side edge ever closer to the bottom three. A weekend 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion was described by many pundits as the Magpies’ worst performance for many years and should they continue in a similar vein over the coming weeks, then it’s entirely conceivable that they will find themselves in the second tier next term.

A considerable distance behind in the market are Burnley at odds of 16/1 while Brighton & Hove Albion are 20/1 to be relegated.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/200 – Sheffield United

1/200 – West Bromwich Albion

4/5  –  Newcastle United

5/4  –  Fulham

16/1 –  Burnley

20/1 –  Brighton & Hove Albion

 


 

Update: 16.03.21

Newcastle United have now gone odds-on to be relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

It’s now realistically certain that both West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United will drop down to the Championship at the close of the 2020/21 campaign, however the big question is, who will join them in the second tier next season? As things stand, it’s starting to look extremely possible that it will be Newcastle United.

The Magpies sit two points clear of 18th-placed Fulham in the Premier League table as things stand and they do enjoy a game-in-hand over each side in the bottom three, however Newcastle United’s recent form makes for grim reading with just a single win from their last seven outings. In contrast, Fulham have bagged themselves three wins in their last seven and on the back of this form they have almost closed the gap between themselves and Steve Bruce’s men.

For the first time this season, most of the bookmakers are all going odds-on for Newcastle United to drop down to the Championship at the end of the season although you can still back them at odds-against with BetVictor who are going 11/10.

As far as Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion are concerned, they are 1/200 and 1/100 respectively for the drop, while Fulham are a general 6/4 to find themselves straight back in the second tier at the first time of asking. Completing the top-five in the betting are Brighton & Hove Albion at 10/1 while Burnley are now out at 16/1 following some solid recent performances.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/200 – Sheffield United

1/100 – West Bromwich Albion

11/10 – Newcastle United

6/4 –   Fulham

10/1 –  Brighton & Hove Albion

16/1  – Burnley

 

Update: 11.03.21

 

Following their 5-2 thumping at the hands of Manchester City last night, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be anxiously looking over his shoulder as the relegation zone moves into view. The Saints currently sit in 14th position in the Premier League table with just seven points separating them from the bottom three and given that they have only managed a single win from their last eleven league games – this coming against rock-bottom side Sheffield United – with ten defeats coming their way during this time, it’s becoming clear that the latter half of the campaign is going to be nerve-wracking for the south-coast outfit.

Clearly there’s plenty of time for Hasenhuttl to turn things around and the seven point gap between themselves and the drop zone is a relatively comfortable cushion, however with the likes of Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion picking up points over the last few weeks there’s clearly little room for complacency.

The bookies continue to shorten the odds on Southampton finding themselves in the Championship next season with some firms going as low as 40/1. Sheffield United remain huge odds-on favourites at general odds of 1/100 while West Bromwich Albion come in next at 1/50. Newcastle United complete the top three in the betting market at a price of Evens while Fulham are a 9/5 punt for the drop on account of their much-improved form over the past few weeks.

Elsewhere, Brighton & Hove Albion are around 5/1 with most firms to drop down into the Championship while Burnley are a 13/2 shot for relegation.

 

 

Update: 09.03.21

Newcastle United find themselves just a single point above the relegation zone.

In their weekend meeting with relegation-strugglers West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United failed in their bid to collect all three points in the West Midlands against a Baggies outfit which have generally been abysmal this season and on the back of this poor result, most leading bookmakers go Evens that Steve Bruce’s men find themselves in the Championship next season. These are even slimmed odds than Fulham who remain in the bottom three in the Premier League despite winning at Anfield on Sunday.

Indeed this much-needed win for the Cottagers further compounded the misery at St James’ Park and the Magpies’ precarious position has only served to pile even more pressure on under-fire boss Steve Bruce. The Newcastle boss has never managed to win over the Toon Army faithful and the bookmakers make him favourite in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market at odds of 7/4.

On the back of their excellent victory at Anfield, Fulham’s odds on relegation have drifted and they are now out at 15/8 to make an immediate return back to the Championship at the end of the season. Indeed the Cottagers are now just a single point away from the safety zone although they have played more matches than some of their fellow relegation battlers.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/100 – Sheffield United

1/66 –  West Bromwich Albion

Evens – Newcastle United

15/8 –  Fulham

5/1  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

7/1  –  Burnley

33/1 – Crystal Palace

66/1 – Southampton

 

Update: 23.02.21

While West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United remain clear favourites to be relegated to the Championship this season, the odds on Newcastle United joining them in the second tier have been slashed following a string of hugely disappointing results. Available at as much as 5/1 for the drop just a few weeks ago, Steve Bruce’s men are now as low as 6/4 to drop down into the Championship. Indeed since their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, the Magpies have been the most heavily backed side for the drop and the picture is looking increasingly grim for the Tyneside outfit with star player Callum Wilson currently sidelined due to injury. This leaves Newcastle with a real lack of threat in front of goal and with just three points separating them from the bottom three, the Magpies cannot afford many more slip-ups in the weeks ahead.

Fulham are getting ever closer to escaping the bottom three in the Premier League table, the Cottagers collecting seven points from their last three matches and narrowing the gap between themselves and Newcastle to just three points. Nevertheless compared to the Magpies, Scott Parker’s men have a tougher set of fixtures in the coming weeks and this will possibly give Newcastle some breathing space as the business end of the campaign fast approaches.

These two sides meet on the closing day of the season and should their fate not be decided by that point, then this could be a massive match.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/50 –  West Bromwich Albion

1/50 –  Sheffield United

4/5  –  Fulham

6/4  –  Newcastle United

7/1  –  Burnley

 

Update: 18.02.21

The 2020/21 Premier League campaign is hurtling towards the business end and both West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United look destined to drop down into the Championship. Sam Allardyce is the man in charge of the Baggies and despite having been in the hot-seat for just a few weeks, he is one of the favourites in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market thanks to his failure to turn things around at the Hawthorns.

West Brom sit second from bottom in the Premier League table as things stand with just two points separating them from bottom side Sheffield United and the West Midlands outfit are without a win in six league games. A 1-1 draw at home to second-placed Manchester United last weekend was a decent enough result but it has done nothing to convince the bookies that a late great escape is on the cards, some firms now going as low as 1/40 that they find themselves in the second tier next term.

Sheffield United remain at the foot of the league table as things stand although with just two points separating them from the Baggies, they might avoid the ignominy of finishing in 20th position. With relegation to the Championship very much on the cards for the Blades, the club board are clearly looking to next season and it would appear that they deem boss Chris Wilder to be the best man to steer them straight back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Fulham are the only other side at odds-on for the drop, Scott Parker’s men third from bottom in the league table with six points separating them from 17th-placed Newcastle United. Clearly there is plenty of time for the Cottagers to save their top-flight status but the bookies are far from convinced with most firms going 1/2 that they drop straight back down at the first time of asking.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/33 –  West Bromwich Albion

1/25 –  Sheffield United

1/2  –  Fulham

2/1  –  Newcastle United

8/1  –  Burnley

 

Update: 10.02.21

While Sheffield United have been picking things up of late, West Bromwich Albion have been struggling badly. The Blades got the better of the Baggies earlier this month with a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane and just a single point now separates the two sides at the bottom end of the Premier League table.

West Brom’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur extended their winless run to five games and even the arrival of Sam Allardyce has done nothing to improve matters. Indeed Big Sam is now favourite in the Premier League Sack Race betting market despite being in the job for only a few weeks.

The odds on the Baggies being relegated straight back down to the Championship at the first time of asking have been slashed to just 1/25, this sending them ahead of relegation rivals Sheffield United in the betting market. The Blades are now as low as 1/20 for the drop although some firms go 1/12 that they find themselves in the second tier next season.

Fulham are the only other side at odds-on in the market, the Cottagers now eight points adrift of safety and a 1/4 punt to be relegated.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/25 –  West Bromwich Albion

1/20 –  Sheffield United

1/4  –  Fulham

3/1  –  Newcastle United

5/1  –  Burnley

12/1 –  Crystal Palace

25/1 –  Brighton & Hove Albion

 

Update: 28.01.21

Sheffield United may be ten points away from safety at the foot of the Premier League table but they boosted their chances of top-flight survival with a shock 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last night. Prior to this result, the Blades had won just a single league game since the start of the season – this being against fellow strugglers Newcastle United – and few believed that they would manage anything from their trip to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Nevertheless goals from Kean Bryan (23) and Oliver Burke (74) were enough to secure all three points and lift Chris Wilder’s men to within three points of second-from-bottom side West Bromwich Albion in the league table.

The bookmakers reacted by lengthening the odds on Sheffield United dropping down to the Championship at the end of the season although at a best price of just 1/8, they remain massive favourites for the drop. West Bromwich Albion are next in the market at a general 1/6 while Fulham complete the top three at odds of 4/6.

Newcastle United’s woes have resulted in them climbing up to fourth position in the ‘Premier League Relegation’ betting market with some firms going as low as 6/5 on the Magpies, while Brighton & Hove Albion come in next at a general 5/1.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/10 –  Sheffield United

1/6  –  West Bromwich Albion

4/6  –  Fulham

11/8 –  Newcastle United

5/1  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

6/1  –  Burnley

10/1 –  Crystal Palace

 

Update: 26.01.21

Sheffield United grabbed themselves a morale-boosting win at the weekend when they edged past Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup, however their Premier League struggles have yet to come to an end. The Blades have managed just a single league win this season and this came against a woefully poor Newcastle United outfit, therefore it’s clear that Chris Wilder’s men are going to have a battle on their hands if they wish to avoid the drop.

Relegation to the Championship is starting to look a sure thing, United now sitting six points behind second-from-bottom side West Bromwich Albion and twelve points adrift of safety. Wilder’s men have made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup and a decent cup run may prove to be something of a consolation in what has otherwise been a dreadful season, however it remains to be seen whether the Blades boss can save his position on the back of this.

The bookies go a general 1/20 that Sheffield United drop down to the Championship at the end of the season while West Bromwich Albion are a 2/9 punt to return to the second tier at the first time of asking. Similarly, Fulham are also odds-on at 4/6 for the drop while Newcastle United and a much-improved Burnley complete the top-five at odds of 7/4 and 4/1 respectively.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/20 –  Sheffield United

2/9  –  West Bromwich Albion

4/6  –  Fulham

7/4  –  Newcastle United

4/1  –  Burnley

5/1  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

12/1 –  Crystal Palace

 

Update: 22.01.21

While Sheffield United look destined to drop down into the Championship at the end of the season, Burnley have boosted their chances of top-flight survival thanks to a surprise 1-0 win at Anfield last night. The Clarets have been struggling for much of the season and they remain dangerously close to the danger zone, however last night’s win was their third in six outings and arguably their most impressive. Indeed this was Liverpool’s first home defeat since April 2017, Ashley Barnes scoring a late penalty to secure the three points and end Liverpool’s 68-match unbeaten league run at Anfield.

On the back of this excellent win, the odds on Burnley dropping down into the Championship have drifted somewhat with most firms now going 4/1 that they find themselves plying their trade in the second tier in 2021/22. Indeed the Clarets now sit behind Newcastle United in the betting market, the Magpies continuing to struggle as the business end of the campaign fast approaches.

West Bromwich Albion and Fulham also find themselves in the danger zone, neither side managing to find their feet in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship at the close of last season. Both sides are odds-on for the drop with the Baggies a 2/9 shot for relegation and Fulham a general 4/6 punt.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/20 –  Sheffield United

2/9  –  West Bromwich Albion

4/6  –  Fulham

2/1  –  Newcastle United

4/1 –  Burnley

5/1  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

12/1 –  Crystal Palace

 

Update: 19.01.21

Sheffield United’s win over Newcastle United gave them their first Premier League victory of the season, however the South Yorkshire outfit still sit firmly at the foot of the Premier League table with a full six points separating from West Bromwich Albion who enjoy a game-in-hand. The win over the Magpies proved to be a temporary blip in what has otherwise been an utterly dreadful season for the Blades and it was followed by a convincing 3-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

On the back of this latest defeat – United’s 16th from 19 league outings – the bookmakers have further shortened the odds on the Blades dropping down to the Championship at the end of the season, most firms going 1/20 that they find themselves in the second tier next term.

West Bromwich Albion boosted their chances of escaping the drop when they edged past local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers to the tune of 3-2 in the West Midlands derby last time out, however the Baggies remain second from bottom in the Premier League table with five points separating them from safety and the bookies go 1/4 that they drop straight back down at the first time of asking.

The only other side odds-on for the drop are Fulham who were edged to a 1-0 defeat by Chelsea last time out. This disappointing result ended a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League although they have failed to win in the league since they beat Leicester City in late November. On the back of this latest defeat, the bookies go a general 4/5 that the Cottagers find themselves back in the Championship after just a single season in the top-flight.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/20 –  Sheffield United

1/4  –  West Bromwich Albion

4/5  –  Fulham

9/4  –  Newcastle United

5/2 –  Burnley

5/1  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

12/1 –  Crystal Palace

 

Update: 13.01.21

We confidently predicted that Sheffield United would get their first win of the 2020/21 campaign against Newcastle United last night and so it proved, Billy Sharp scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to give the Blades all three points and move them to just three points behind West Bromwich Albion.

This win will have been a huge boost to a Blades side which had previously collected just two points since the start of the campaign, however Chris Wilder’s men remain firmly at the foot of the table with nine points separating them from safety as things stand. Not only that but they have played at least one game more than the sides immediately above them in the Premier League table and the bookies are still very much of the opinion that they will be plying their trade in the Championship next season.

Priced at 1/33 for the drop prior to the meeting with Newcastle United, Wilder’s men are now 1/16 for the drop, this effectively meaning that the bookmakers feel that it is now half as likely that they will drop into the second tier as it was prior to last night’s match. There can be no doubt that the much-needed win will have boosted confidence in the Blades squad, however this was perhaps one of their easiest challenges of the campaign and it’s just going to get harder from this point onwards.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/16 –  Sheffield United

1/6  –  West Bromwich Albion

4/5  –  Fulham

3/1  –  Newcastle United

10/3 –  Burnley

7/2  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

9/1  –  Crystal Palace

 

07.01.21

To say that this has been a very hard season for Sheffield United would be a massive understatement, the Blades looking out of their depth and collecting a measly two points from their seventeen league outings. Manager Chris Wilder is a man under pressure to turn things around, however the likelihood that he will actually be given a chance to do so is particularly slim given that he is huge odds-on favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.

As things stand, the Blades sit twelve points away from safety and even their most ardent fans have resigned themselves to the fact that Championship football will be coming their way next season. That may be no bad thing given that their last Championship campaign was certainly far more enjoyable than this one and at odds of 1/33 on the Blades going down, few really believe that they can avoid the drop.

West Bromwich Albion are another side looking into the relegation abyss, the Baggies now under the guidance of Sam Allardyce following the recent sacking of Slaven Bilic. West Brom sit second from bottom in the league table with just eight points to their name and the bookmakers go a general 1/8 that they find themselves straight back in the Championship at the first time of asking.

Completing the bottom three in the Premier League are Fulham, the Cottagers showing signs of improvement in recent weeks but still unable to haul themselves out of the relegation zone and odds-on at 4/5 to be relegated back down after just a single season in the top-flight.

 

Premier League Relegation Odds from BetVictor

 

1/33 –  Sheffield United

1/8  –  West Bromwich Albion

4/5  –  Fulham

7/2  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

7/2  –  Burnley

4/1  –  Newcastle United

9/1  –  Crystal Palace