When it comes to the Premier League, there are very few certainties. Yet one thing you can be certain of is that three teams will face relegation at the end of the season. But as we lead up to the start of the 2016-17 season, who are the favourites for relegation?
At 4/6, Hull City are Coral’s odds-on favourites for the drop. Yes, the East Yorkshire club achieved promotion to the Premier League after just a season away. But a few things stand in the Tigers’ way. Firstly, the respected Steve Bruce has resigned as manager.
The reason? Bruce reportedly left due to frustration at a lack of transfer activity. In fact, the club have only signed one player – a goalkeeper from AFC Wimbledon. Before leaving, Bruce wanted to sign Hal Robson-Kanu.
Yet Robson-Kanu is still a free agent despite success with Wales at Euro 2016. This fact shows two things: First, it is clear the former manager’s fears were not unfounded. Second, Hull City are/were looking to sign players that no other club in the top flight seems to want.
The atmosphere around club is pretty sour after Bruce’s departure, and it would seem that Hull just don’t have the quality or the spirit to survive the drop.
With odds of 9/4 from Coral, West Brom there are certainly clubs that the bookmakers more likely to go down; namely Middlesbrough at 15/8. Yet after a number of good signings by Boro (such as three-time Champions League winner Victor Valdes and Negredo), we think that West Brom are more likely candidates for the drop.
This is despite the potential purchase of Diafra Sakho, who looked way past his best at West Ham last season. If you’re looking for good odds to make full use of your Coral freebets, then West Brom are our tip for relegation.
Burnley chairman Mike Garlick says his club will be in a better position for top flight survival than they were in the 2014-16 season. Despite being relegated at the end of 2014-15, their season in the top flight put them in a much better financial position. As a result, they are now able to invest in more (and better) new players.
New signing Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee is a real coup; his performance for Iceland during Euro 2016 only serving to highlight his quality. Yet despite a great campaign in the last Championship season, we think that the Premier League will be unforgiving and see the Clarets face the drop despite their best efforts. With odds 10/11, Coral clearly agree.
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