Premier League relegation odds and preview

The 2021/22 season is about to begin and survival will be the aim of the game for some teams as we assess which teams are set to struggle in the Premier League relegation odds.

Norwich

Norwich secured an immediate return to the Premier League after winning the Championship title for the second time in three years.

The Canaries finished six points clear of Watford and 10 ahead of third-placed Brentford, who joined the pair in the top flight following their play-off victory over Swansea.

The loss of Emi Buendia is a major blow and Norwich again look overly reliant on Teemu Pukki for goals, but Billy Gilmour and Milot Rashica are useful additions.

Daniel Farke’s side are 10/11 favourites for relegation after being handed a tough start but they should put up a better fight than they did two years ago.

Norwich to go down10/11

Watford

Watford followed Norwich in sealing an instant return to the Premier League, with manager Xisco playing a pivotal part after taking over from Vladimir Ivic in December.

The Spaniard made the Hornets a tough unit to beat and they won 14 of their final 18 games to leapfrog Brentford and Swansea into the automatic promotion places.

They have added useful Premier League experience to the squad but this still looks set to be a season of struggle.

Watford to go down11/10

Brentford

Brentford clinched promotion to the Premier League for the first time after beating Swansea in the play-off final at Wembley.

A year after suffering heartache at the hands of Fulham in the Championship showpiece, the Bees made no mistake second time round.

Thomas Frank, Brentford

A lack of Premier League experience could prove their downfall but the goals of Ivan Toney give them a chance of survival.

Brentford to go down11/8

Crystal Palace

The Eagles start a new era following the departure of manager Roy Hodgson plus several first-team players who were out of contract.

Patrick Vieira has been appointed as manager and will try to implement a new playing style while staying clear of the bottom three but that is no easy task and six defeats in their final eight games was a worrying way to close the previous campaign.

Palace begin with four successive London derbies – Chelsea (a), Brentford (h), West Ham (a), Tottenham (h) – and Vieira will soon be under pressure if results go against him.

Palace to go down17/10

Southampton

Southampton were top of the Premier League in November but that must feel a long time ago now and plenty has gone wrong since then.

They slid down the table last season to finish 15th and their defence was not good enough, conceding nine goals in a match for a second successive season.

The departure of Danny Ings to Aston Villa means they also look short of quality up front and Saints now look a good option despite being cut to 11/4 in the Premier League relegation odds.

Southampton to go down11/4

Newcastle

Newcastle eventually finished last season in 12th place, 17 points clear of the relegation zone.

A 3-0 defeat at Brighton in late March left them anxiously looking over their shoulders and made it two wins in 18 league games, but Steve Bruce’s side won five and drew two of their final nine games to pull clear of danger.

The Magpies, who are 3/1 in the Premier League relegation odds, have a decent start and Steve Bruce will hope to get the fans onside otherwise things could get ugly.

Newcastle to go down3/1

Burnley

Burnley finished in their lowest position in their five seasons since returning to the Premier League last time out.

The Clarets lost their last three games without scoring and seven of their final nine in total to end in 17th place, albeit 11 points clear of Fulham.

A takeover last season prompted hope of a much-needed overhaul of an ageing squad but that has failed to materialise and Sean Dyche will need to get Burnley punching above their weight once more.

Burnley to go down9/4

Wolves

Wolves are another team who will begin the new Premier League season with a new manager after Nuno Espirito Santo left Molineux.

After back-to-back seventh-placed finishes following promotion, Wolves could only manage 13th place last season which also ended with three consecutive losses.

Bruno Lage is the new man in charge and he will be helped by the return of Raul Jimenez from injury, with the Mexican’s goals badly missed after he fractured his skull.

Wolves to go down4/1

Brighton

Brighton won a lot of admirers for their brand of football under Graham Potter last season, in which they were embroiled in a fight for survival for large parts.

The Seagulls eventually finished in 16th and 13 points clear of the bottom three and went five unbeaten in their final five home games, including beating Manchester City.

Creating chances has never been Brighton’s problem but they must be more ruthless in front of goal to push up the table.

Brighton to go down6/1
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