With the World Cup having come to a close attention turns back to the Premier League with pre-season already in full swing. It was a dramatic term last year with a host of sides fearing the dreaded drop heading into the last few weeks of the season and this year’s relegation battle is sure to be just as enthralling.
Tom’s recommended relegation bets:
#1 Burnley @ 3/5 – BET NOW
Last season’s Championship runners-up are the bookmakers favourites to make a swift return to the Championship and a best price 3/5 (as short as 9/20) looks a more than fair price. In fact the bookmakers are offering odds as short as 6/4 on Burnley finishing bottom of the pile.
Sean Dyche was always unlikely to have a huge budget to play with when it came to summer transfers and the signings he’s made so far have been fairly uninspiring. Michael Kightly, Matthew Taylor, Marvin Sordell, Matt Gilks and Steven Reid have all been added to the Turf Moor squad with only two commanding a transfer fee though none are likely to strike fear into Premier League opposition. Of those who were already playing in claret and blue very few look likely to be quality suited to this league with a lot expected of last season’s 21 goal man Danny Ings though he previously hadn’t managed more than seven goals in a league campaign.
Burnley lasted just one season when they were in this league back in 2009/10 and if they can better that this time around then I’ll be very surprised.
#2 West Brom @ 3/1 – BET NOW
The Baggies have made some strange moves already this summer with the acquisition of Alan Irvine to replace Pepe Mel seen as a peculiar appointment in many people’s eyes. Irvine has been out of full-time management for three years and has never been in charge of a top flight club so he has a big task in keeping West Brom up.
Journeyman Craig Gardner has completed his tour of Birmingham clubs by joining on a free while the ageing Joleon Lescott has made the step down from Man City and Chris Baird (who couldn’t get into relegated Fulham’s side last year) complete West Brom’s transfer dealings so far. That’s far from enough to turn West Brom into a team who warrant being as short as 1/5 to stay up.
The Baggies managed just 43 goals last season while only two teams outside the bottom three conceded more and so I fancy West Brom will be in major danger of returning to the Championship for the first time since 2009/10.
#3 Leicester @ 13/5 – BET NOW
Leicester are another side whose signings simply haven’t been good enough so far this summer with Championship quality players making their way to the King Power Stadium. Matthew Upson is too old while Ben Hamer and Jack Barmby lack experience at the top level though Villa’s Marc Albrighton should do OK.