As far as antepost football betting is concerned, you generally have to back the exact winner in order to make a profit, although that’s not the case when it comes to the relegation betting market.
That is because three teams come down from the Premier League every season and there’s therefore the potential to back more than one club to suffer the drop and win with different bets, with a trio of clubs certain to be lining up in the 2021-22 Championship twelve months down the line.
West Brom and Fulham Favourites for Relegation
It’s usually the case that the promoted clubs are somewhere near the head of the Premier League relegation betting market, at least until a ball has been kicked. Therefore, West Brom and Fulham being stationed at a shade of odds-against is hardly a surprise and it’s going to be a tough challenge for the Baggies and Cottagers to finish above at least three other sides.
Slaven Bilic’s side finished second in the Championship last term and Matheus Pereira remains their only permanent signing this summer, with the current squad possibly not good enough to remain among the big boys, especially with a lack of firepower.
Meanwhile, Fulham might have Aleksandar Mitrovic but there isn’t a huge amount of goals from other parts of the squad and there’s a feeling that Josh Onomah might not be able to terrorise opposition defences in the same way that he did in the Championship.
Bookies Expecting Villa, Palace and Newcastle to Struggle
If West Brom and Fulham are the warm favourites to go down, then Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are next in the pecking order at around the 2/1 mark.
The Villans stayed up by the skin of their teeth last term and Dean Smith’s side will continue to rely on new England international Jack Grealish for inspiration, with John McGinn the other star turn in midfield although there’s currently a lack of goals in the team.
The same could be said of Crystal Palace who have recently acquired Eberechi Eze who should dovetail nicely with Wilfried Zaha, although Jordan Ayew continues to carry the can in terms of trying to score goals.
Newcastle United punched above their weight last season but could be sucked into trouble this time around and the proposed takeover has now fallen flat on its face. Brazilian forward Joelinton was hardly a raging success last term and there’s a good deal of emphasis on Allan Saint-Maximin for inspiration.
Who Are the Other Relegation Contenders?
Burnley have regularly staved off the threat of relegation and might be considered a little skinny at 3/1 for the drop, while Sheffield United were streets ahead of trouble last time out although there’s the possibility for the Blades to get sucked into the lower positions.
Brighton and Leeds are next in the betting and some might regard the latter as a big price for the drop considering they are one of the new boys in the Premier League, even if they are making statements of intent with their latest signings.