Winning the Premier League is extremely hard, but for some clubs, staying up and avoiding relegation is an almost equally hard achievement.
So instead of betting on which team is going to scoop the land’s top honors, you can choose to bet on which team is going to end up in the red zone.
Obviously, teams that were promoted from the Championship are usually the favorites, but sometimes a few of them do manage to stay up.
This season, Brentford, Norwich, and Watford were all promoted from the Championship and are the favorites to go down by default.
The likes of Newcastle, Burnley, Southampton, and Crystal Palace are also relegation favorites because of their lackluster showings in the 2020/21 season. If you’re interested in this market, read on for our EPL relegation betting preview.
Three teams are relegated from the Premier League each season. At the end of the 38-game season, the three teams with the least number of points are relegated to the championship.
So if a team finishes in the 18th, 19th, or 20th position, then they are “rewarded” with relegation.
Of course, no team ever wants to go down, but the reality is that some teams aren’t good enough to compete in the Premier League.
Most of the time, teams that fail to invest in the transfer market, especially newly promoted teams, struggle to stay up.
Teams with inexperienced coaches and players also face the threat of relegation more often than not.
Norwich – To no one’s surprise, the Canaries are once again relegation favorites. Despite winning the Championship last season, it seems that Norwich will be in the red zone for a large part of the season.
They lost Emi Buendia to Aston Villa, who was instrumental in guiding the Canaries back up after their 2019/20 relegation.
Teemu Pukki is once again their main threat, but the Finland regular doesn’t have a Premier League proven backup to help him score the goals that Norwich badly needs to stay up.
Watford – The Hornets are back in the Premier League after one season in the championship. Before their last relegation, they had stayed up in the Premier League for five years and had almost become a league regular before their form suddenly dipped.
Watford finished second in the Championship last season and the Hornets have managed to keep a large part of the squad that helped them achieve automatic promotion, including in-demand Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegalese winger scored 13 goals for Watford in the Championship and was their leading goalscorer.
Since he already has a lot of Premier League experience, he’ll be an integral part of Watford’s squad and may help the Hornets stave off relegation.
However, they have an inexperienced coach at the helm. Xisco Munoz doesn’t have any experience coaching in the Premier League, which could be a cause for concern.
Brentford – Brentford earned entry into the Premier League after defeating Swansea 2-0 in the Championship play-off final.
The last time that they played in England’s top flight was 75 years ago, so it’s fair to say that the team has a lot of adjusting to do if they want to stay up in the Premier League.
They’ve kept most of their important players and have strengthened the squad a bit with the signings of Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic and Frank Onyeka from FC Midtjylland.
While it doesn’t seem like they’ll be at the foot of the table, they may still have to deal with the threat of relegation. So their most realistic target this season is to avoid dropping back down to the Championship.
Newcastle United – Newcastle avoided relegation last season, but it seems that their problems were postponed to this season.
With Steve Bruce still at the helm, it seems unlikely that they’ll avoid the drop unless they make a major managerial change.
They still have Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, two talented forwards who can easily change games, and they also signed Joe Willock on a permanent deal after his impressive loan spell.
Aside from that, the Magpies have made no major signings and may ultimately struggle to survive this season.
Southampton – The Saints have been in the Premier League since their promotion in 2012, but they’ve recently had to deal with the threat of relegation in the past few seasons.
They finished 15th last season and conceded more goals than any other team, apart from the relegated West Bromwich Albion.
The Saints also lost Danny Ings to Aston Villa and Jannik Vestergaard to Leicester. Though they’ve made several signings, it seems likely that Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team will still struggle this season.
Crystal Palace – After Roy Hodgson’s departure at the end of last season, Patrick Vieira was appointed to manage the team. Despite having a stellar playing career, there are a lot of questions regarding Viera’s appointment.
Before his appointment, he most recently managed Ligue 1 side Nice but was sacked at the end of 2020. So he has a lot to prove in his first Premier League managerial stint. For now, his main aim is to improve on the club’s 14th-place finish.
But with a lot of departing players, it seems that Vieira’s side may struggle to stay in the league.
Burnley – Burnley finished just above the relegation zone last season, which is a shock given that the team finished seventh in the 2017-18 season.
In recent years, they have lost their defensive edge, which almost made them suffer relegation last season.
After being inactive during the summer transfer window, it seems as though Burnley may suffer their first relegation since the 2014/15 season.
|2020/21||Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United|
|2019/20||Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich City|
|2018/19||Cardiff City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town|
|2017/18||Swansea City, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion|
|2016/17||Hull City, Middlesbrough, Sunderland|
|2015/16||Newcastle United, Norwich City, Aston Villa|
|2014/15||Hull City, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers|
|2013/14||Norwich City, Fulham, Cardiff City|
|2012/13||Wigan Athletic, Reading, Queens Park Rangers|
|2011/12||Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers|
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