PREMIER LEAGUE 2016/17 RELEGATION BETTING PREVIEW
As you would expect, the three teams who won promotion from the Championship last season are the bookies’ favourites to go straight back down.
Teams promoted from the Championship have a better record of staying up than many expect. Of the 71 promoted clubs since the start of the Premier League in 1992/93, 40 survived their first season, with 31 relegated straight back down.
Hull City are yet to make any positive moves in the transfer market, with their only business being to let striker Sone Aluko and right back Ryan Taylor leave on free transfers, The Tigers have only 13 senior players in their roster and 4 of them are out through injury. Manager Steve Bruce walked away from the club late last month, leaving Mike Phelan to take the reins temporarily.
Burnley are another team expected to struggle in the top flight this year. Their only arrivals have been Johann Berg Gudmudsson and Nick Pope, both from League One outfit Charlton who were relegated from the Championship last season. Maybe it's not enough to avoid to come back down.
Middlesbrough look to have invested enough to avoid going straight back down. The additions of Alvaro Negredo, Viktor Fischer, Victor Valdes and Marten De Roon should help the Teesiders achieve their mid-table goal.
Swansea have seen Andre Ayew, Alberto Paloschi, Eder, and Bafetimbi Gomis leaving the club, meaning that new signing Fernando Llorente is the only available striker in the squad. If they don’t bring in a big name striker capable of finding the back of the net they will definitely be in the mix to go down.
Bournemouth did better than expected in their debut year as they secured survival almost two months before the end of season. They signed six new players - defenders Smith from Liverpool and Ake from Chelsea, midfielders Ibe from Liverpool, Cook from Leeds and Hyndman from Fulham, and forward Mousset from Le Havre. Callum Wilson in totally fit and this will be a huge boost for the Cherries.
Sunderland feared of relegation for the whole time last season. During the summer coach Allardyce took over English national team and instead of him Scott Davis Moyes become Sunderland’s coach. They Black Cats amassed fewer than 40 points in each of the last four seasons, each time narrowly escaping the drop.
Crystal Palace were third last October, but only managed six wins for the rest of the campaign – eventually finishing 15th with a -12 goal difference and just five points clear of relegation. Steve Mandanda from Marseille, Andros Townsend from Newcastle and James Tomkins from West Ham are the new faces at Selhurst Park. We don't expect the Eagles to be involved in a releagation battle this year.
Watford were also very disappointing with the way they ended the season so there is a real chance that a poor start this term will see their odds for relegation tumble. New manager Walter Mazzarri has no Premier League experience and come from disappointing campaigns at Inter Milan. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo will shoulder much of the responsibility for whether or not Watford stay up or go down this season.
West Brom secured their survival last season earlier than usual and ended at for them solid 14th place despite losing 5 and drawing 4 in the last nine rounds. Sessegnon and Anichebe left the club, while Matt Philips is the only notable addition to the squad. Continuity for Tony Pulis' men will be the key to avoid relegation this year.
2016/17 PREMIER LEAGUE RELEGATION BEST ODDS
2016/17 PREMIER LEAGUE RELEGATION PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Hull City to be relegated||1.67|
|Swansea to be relegated||4.50|
|Hull to finish bottom||3.25|
|Middlesbrough to stay up||1.50|
|Burnley/Hull/Swansea relegation treble||34.00|
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