As the new season is fast approaching, we have taken a look at the Premier league to see which teams are in risk of relegation to the Championship next season. To see what the bookies are thinking, we have asked Mark
Who will be relegated is always one of the outright markets that attracts most attention from punters. The reason being is that if the winner of the Premier league normally can be chosen between two or three clubs, decide who is going to be relegated is a much more difficult task as many more teams can be unexpectedly involved in that race.
Being relegated could spell disaster for clubs and we have had some very fresh examples with Wolves and Blackburn Rovers who were unable to perform the following season. As a result, the odds are much more interesting in this market and if you get it right you could potentially pocket a significant profit come May.
When you look at this market the first teams to consider are the three promoted clubs from the previous year. This season it is easy to see that they might be seriously struggling to adapt to the new glamorous life of the Premier league. Cardiff City made some investments during the summer and can count on the core squad that dominated the Championship in the last term. In particular, new recruit Andreas Cornelius could prove very effective for them as he is a very young and promising striker. Having said that, they still need more investment to improve the chances of remaining in the Premier league but they are slightly in better shape than the other two sides that have made it from the Championship.
Crystal Palace and Hull City are in my opinion a very safe bet to be relegated as they have not got the quality or strength in depth to deal with the Premier League. In attack they are decent but the main problem will be in defence.
Palace are 4/7 were down and Hull are at 4/6 and in my opinion that is easy money.
The third side that I will pick is Norwich City: although they have made some significant investments in the summer I don’t think that new additions Leroy Fer, Ricky van Wolsfwinkel and Gary Hooper with easily adapt to the Premier league even if they are decent players. If they start well the Canaries could finish in the top half this season however if they go into a run of bad results they might have a very difficult life also considering that they are not so strong in defensively.
The current price for them to be relegated is at 7/2 and in my opinion this is a very big price for them ending in the button three. If you fancy Norwich to perform, then my suggestion would be to try West Brom at 9/1: last season they did very well but I’m not convinced about their transfer campaign and in my opinion they lack goal threat so they may well be struggling as well.