Last season’s relegation race was the only real excitement of the Premier League 2017/18 season as the top 6 pulled further away from the rest of the league.
Last season all three newly promoted sides remained in the division as Premier League mainstays, West Brom, Stoke and Swansea all paid the price for mediocre seasons.
Can the newly promoted sides make their mark in the Premier League or will they fall a similar fate to many teams in the past?
Jonathon Hague takes a look at the Premier League odds to see who has a strong chance of playing in the second tier for the 2019/20 season.
Cardiff to be Relegated @ 8/11 – BET NOW
Out of all the teams promoted from the Championship, Cardiff are the ones the bookies fear for their status. The Welsh side are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2013/14 after a second-place finish last season thanks to brilliant management of Neil Warnock.
Despite that, Cardiff do not appear to have stepped up in their personnel necessary for survival in the division. The lack of ambition is evident in the Championship level players the Welsh side have acquired during the summer period.
Bobby Reid from Bristol City could be a strong signing as his impressive season for Bristol City in the Championship saw suiters from the Premier League eye up the forward.
Neil Warnock might be a master of the Championship but apart from one season with Sheffield United in the mid 00s, his performances in the Premier League leave a lot to be desired. Warnock has only won 17 of the 74 Premier League games he’s managed, losing just over 50% of those games.
As odds on favourites for the drop, Warnock will have to step up massively to keep Cardiff in the division. Expect a struggle.
Fulham to be relegated @ 15/8 – BET NOW
Despite splashing the cash on Jean Michel Seri from Nice, Aleksander Mitrovic from Newcastle and securing a loan deal for former Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle, Fulham have very low odds to be relegated as the bookies feel like there are better teams in the division who have the experience when it comes to a relegation dogfight.
Fulham are third favourites to get relegated at 15/8, but if I was going to predict their fate I would suggest they will finish above 13th in the League this year and possibly scrape a top 10 finish.
Wolves on the other hand look like they could be pushing for a European place already. A string of strong signings, plenty of money for investment and a manager with experience of managing in the Champions leagues could accumulate in a dream season for Wolves. The bookies look certain that Wolves will be staying up as they’re priced at 1/10 to keep their place for the 2019/20 campaign and it is hard not to agree.
Huddersfield to be Relegated @ 6/5 – BET NOW
Last season’s new boys, Huddersfield Town, scrapped into the 2019/19 season after two draws against Chelsea and Manchester City to claim their place for this season’s Premier League campaign. It might have been a scrappy and nervy affair. but since David Wagner took over as manager of the West Yorkshire club, Huddersfield have thrived off their underdog status.
In their second season, the club will still be hoping to avoid the drop as the quality of the promoted teams steps up from previous season to make their chances of staying up much slimmer. Despite remaining with the core of players that got them promoted two seasons ago, the Terriers are in need to strengthening their squad before their first game against Chelsea.
Permanently signing Jonas Lossi from Mainz was a crucial move and the purchases of Ramadan Sohbi and Erik Durm from Stoke City and Borussia Dortmund respectively will be shrew moves for Huddersfield, but the West Yorkshire side are missing a goal scorer and another player in the middle of the park to see them improve on last season’s 16th place.
Watford to be Relegated @ 5/2 – BET NOW
In their fourth consecutive season in the top flight, Watford have had nothing but turbulent times in the three years prior. Last season was marred by the accusations that Everton ‘illegally approached’ then manager Marco Silva and that saga has continued into the summer as Silva became the new Toffees boss while taking Richarlison with him for £40m.
Yet activity at Vicarage Road has been rather stagnant bar the permanent move for Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona. The reliance on Troy Deeney is a major problem and the jury is still out as to whether former Malaga manager, Javi Gracia, is the man to progress the Hornets.
As the league looks stronger this season, the relegation battle could see Watford struggle to pull together a run of form unless they start spending the money from Richarlison’s transfer to strength in key areas in all areas of the pitch.
A poor run of form early on could see Watford’s owners to sack the Spaniard and bring in one of the usual suspects. When it comes to relegation odds 5/2 you can’t get much better value.
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