The Teams Tipped For Relegation This Season
July 26, 2016
Now that the Euros are over, all eyes have turned to what is promising to be the most explosive and keenly contested season in Premier League history. This applies to both ends of the table, as while the media may be obsessed with the battle for supremacy at the top the race to stay in the EPL is also a source of huge interest and importance.
Staying in the league is arguably more important than ever before in the current climate, particularly when you consider the size of the new television deal that is on the table. This is what makes this season’s relegation battle so fascinating, even before the first game has been played.
So, who are the top picks for relegation in the new season? While the bookmakers have made the three newly-promoted sides as their favourites for the drop, there are other bets that may offer greater value. With this in mind, here are three of our picks at the Bet Hut…
Hull City, 10/11
Let’s start with last years’ play-off winners Hull City, who have a squad that is similar to the one that we relegated back in 2015. This makes them obvious candidates for the drop, especially when you consider that the Tigers struggled to earn promotion after topping the table in January. With current manager Steve Bruce also tipped to be in the running for the England manager’s position, the club remains in a state of flux with just a few weeks to go until the beginning of the new season. With odds of 10/11, Hull are justifiable favourites to make a swift return to the Championship come May.
Watford enjoyed a wonderful return to the EPL last-term, comfortably surviving the drop and reaching the FA Cup semi-final to boot. The controversial sacking of Quique Sánchez Flores towards the end of last season has left the Hornets facing an uncertain future, however, even after the permanent appointment of the experienced but largely unknown head coach Walter Mazzarri. Given this and the side’s loss of form towards the end of the season, Watford offer considerable value for the drop next term and may face a huge struggle to remain in the league.
West Bromwich Albion, 9/4
The Baggies have become a Premier League mainstay over the last few years, although they enjoyed a largely disappointing season under the stewardship of Tony Pulis last-term. The on-going transfer speculation surrounding star-striker Saido Berahino hardly helped, particularly when coupled with a defensive and largely turgid style of play. Without serious summer recruitment or a willingness to adopt a more progressive style of play, the Baggies may be in for a difficult season that could ultimately end in relegation.
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