Betting on the Premier League 2017/2018 has already gone into overdrive, despite the season only just starting. Numerous people bet on the next potential league title winner in the hopes that their favourite team will win the title. Teams who are most likely to survive and stay in the Premier League in the upcoming season also get a lot of attention.
Last season, the Premier League bid farewell to Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland. These teams were replaced by the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United from the Championship.
Bookmakers have already started to place odds on the teams which are likely to be relegated and those which will survive the upcoming Premier League season. However, the question here is who should you bet on this Premier League season?
Both bookies and pundits think that newly promoted clubs from the Championship will find it hard to survive top flight English football. It can be said that Brighton and Huddersfield Town are likely to be relegated to the Championship. Burnley and Swansea will also have to put up a fight in order to stay out of the relegation zone.
Two of the three newly promoted clubs from the Championship, namely Brighton and Huddersfield, have waited quite a long time to reach the top flight English league. Brighton played in the low tier leagues for roughly 34 years before gaining top flight status while Huddersfield had to wait 45 years. It will not be wrong to say that there has been a massive shift in the game of football in the last four to five decades. The Premier League has become faster and more physical. Both of these clubs are amateurs when it comes to the Premier League. On top of that, they do not have the resources to compete with or even match big clubs in the league.
However, in this article we will discuss the teams which are most likely to survive this season of the Premier League.
Newcastle United was the third club to be promoted to the Premier League after facing relegation in the 2015/2016 season. Newcastle United has played in the top flight English football league for 85 years. The club’s significant history in the league is the reason we saw Newcastle at 3/1 with Ladbrokes in July. The Magpies have the required experience to survive this Premier League season. During their 85 seasons in the top tier league, the club has managed to finish second which their highest ever ranking. In the 2011/2012 season, Magpies finished fifth and reached the quarter finals of the Europa League.
The club has a renowned manager and the financial power to reach the desired target. It is believed that Newcastle will have a good squad before the new season begins. Being one of the richer clubs, this season could see Newcastle finish as high as the European league.
Another team which is set to survive the relegation battle is Watford. The Hornets finished 13th last season and with a couple of good signings during the summer transfer window, such as Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool, the team has a decent PL squad to survive and stay in the top flight.
Crystal Palace, despite being on the brink of relegation last season are also likely to survive the relegation battle, all thanks to Sam Allardyce. Even though the sudden resignation of Big Sam was shocking, Frank de Boer has what it takes to ensure that the Eagles survive this season. The manager has also promised to give young players a chance and bring in a few experienced players to ensure a good squad.
On the contrary, chances of top Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are 1000/1 for being relegated to Championship this season.
We all know how hard it can be for newer teams to avoid relegation in one of the most competitive football leagues. The newly promoted clubs can also take inspiration from the fairy tale season of Leicester City, as the team defied the 5000/1 odds and won the Premier League title in 2014/2015.
Watford avoided relegation last season as Marco Silva guided his team to the brink of safety. However, things took a drastic turn when the team lost two back to back games. As Marco Silva joined Watford, he is now in charge of a Premier League club unlike his former team.
It is a relatively unreasonable to put the entire blame on Hull City. During many instances, Marco Silva’s arrogance has outshone the work done by Paul Clement for Swansea. The English coach managed to set things straight and organized the club which helped them revive lost trust among fans. Clement’s side won two consecutive matches against Everton and Sunderland due to which they are still in the Premier League. Hence, it is expected that the club will avoid relegation once again.
It is not the relegation zone which Paul Clement’s side has to worry about going into the next Premier League season. In the past few years, TV deals have increased exponentially which means that the stakes for staying in the top flight league are higher than ever.
It is safe to say that Brighton and Newcastle United have the backing to strengthen their squads. Tony Bloom, the owner of Brighton, has invested over £250 million during the past nine years. On the other hand, Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez has been promised £100 million in transfer funds.
This substantial funding is sure to make a few clubs nervous, especially those which do not have such hefty resources. There are a couple of mid table teams who would be safe and happy with their regular positions, for instance, Tony Pulis’ West Brom.
Eddie Howe and Bournemouth also did a tremendous job last season as the new club finished ninth in their second ever Premier League season. There could be unrest due to financial restraints, but Howe knows how to get his team ready for action. Furthermore, signings were never one of his strong points as he known how to sustain with what he has. However, will this be enough to survive the upcoming season?
Burnley also managed to stay in the top flight last season, but can the club put up with the arrival of Brighton and Newcastle? The competition is likely to increase and things are expected to be a lot tougher than the previous season.