Bookmakers are expecting another season of struggle for Newcastle United when the Premier League returns in a fortnight’s time – but they’re NOT backing us to go down.
Bet365 have us down at 11/4 to be relegated this season, deeming us the SIXTH most likely to be a Championship side come May next year.
The favourites to go down are Norwich (5/6), followed by fellow newly promoted sides Watford (1/1), and Brentford (11/10).
Bruce’s NUFC are also backed to finish above Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace (7/4) and Sean Dyche’s Burnley (5/2), with Southampton (4/1), Wolves (5/1) and Brighton (6/1) coming after ourselves as the three outsiders to go down.
Here’s how Bet365 have it with just two weeks to go until the new season kicks off:
- Norwich – 5/6
- Watford – 1/1
- Brentford – 11/10
- Crystal Palace – 7/4
- Burnley – 5/2
- Newcastle – 11/4
- Southampton – 4/1
- Wolves – 5/1
- Brighton – 6/1
Many pessimistic Toon fans predict a season of doom, with us currently the only EPL side yet to make a signing and the Saudi takeover suffering yet another setback.
Premier League survival is the only priority for Mike Ashley and the bookies’ predicted 15th-placed finish ensures that.
However, let’s not kid ourselves and see 15th as a reason to crack open the champagne and have a celebration – even if some would take that right now after yet another summer of neglect at St James’ Park.