The Premier League returns on the 12th September and the fight to avoid relegation starts from game one, but who are the favourites to go down?
After a six week break, the Premier League is starting up again on September 12th. For football fans all around the world and most clubs, this is a great outcome. However, for clubs who are favourites to go down its an exciting but challenging time too!
It’s important that teams get off to a good start and don’t fall away early. Confidence can be huge in the Premier League and if teams are near the bottom early on, it can seem a huge ladder to climb to get back out of the relegation spots.
Relegation from the Premier League can really damage clubs. Portsmouth and Sunderland are just two examples of this. After being relegated they both found themselves in League One and in great financial difficulty.
Relegations Odds (Paddy Power)
Fulham – 10/11
The team who no one saw coming up, are the favourites to go straight back down. Fulham got into the Premier League through the play-offs, after finishing fourth in The Championship. They were relegated from the Premier Leauge in 2018/19 when they finished bottom on 26 points.
Fulham will need to bring in some big names if they are to have any chance of staying up. They have kept hold of their star striker Mitrovic and have brought in one player so far. Fulham aren’t the biggest club and in London, so there are far more attractive clubs to sign for.
We don’t see Fulham having enough to stay up unless Scott Parker has a real good go in the transfer market.
West Brom – 11/10
The Baggies finished second place in The Championship last season, so will naturally be one of the favourites to go down. They were last in the Premier League in 2017/18. They are a well established Premier League side having spent eight seasons there before relegation.
They haven’t brought in any new faces yet, other than signing Matheus Pereira on a permanent. They do however have a lot of experienced Premier League players in their side like Charlie Austin, Kieran Gibbs and Chris Brunt.
We see West Brom having a better chance than Fulham staying up, however, it is still a big ask for them to not go straight back down.
Aston Villa – 17/10
Aston Villa managed the great escape last season. They looked dead and buried at one point but a good run in their last eight games saw them stay up by one point. Surely by now they will have learned from their mistakes and will improve on last season.
Villa hasn’t brought a single new player into the club yet but has managed to keep hold of star man Jack Grealish, for now. If he stays this will be a huge boost for the club.
However, they were still lucky to stay up last season. Villa do have a chance of staying in the Premier League again but Dean Smith needs to wisen up and improve on some simple mistakes his side made last year.
Crystal Palace – 2/1
Hodgson’s side came 14th in the Premier Leauge last season, finishing nine points ahead of the bottom three. It wasn’t a season that’ll live long in the memory of Palace fans as this was their lowest finish since 2015/16.
This season it looks like Wilfried Zaha could be out the door, with the winger looking for his big move away. Last season he chipped in with a combined nine goals and assists. This was nearly a third of the 31 goals that Palace managed all season.
If Zaha was to leave this would be a huge miss for Palace and one that could see them in a relegation fight towards the end of the season.
Newcastle – 2/1
At the end of last season, rumours were circulating that Newcastle was in line for a huge financial takeover. One so big that they were being linked with the very best players in the world. However, much to the disappointment of their fans, this has fallen through now.
Last season they came 13th, so its a surprise to see them as one of the favourites for the drop. They haven’t lost any big names yet and have brought in Jeff Hendricks on a free from Burnley.
Steve Bruce will be looking to add some more players to his squad, but we think they should be playing Premier League football again in 2021/22!