With only eight weeks into the Premier League betting season we take a look at the teams & their relegation best priced odds. Join us as we preview the lines & share our free soccer picks.
We are a mere eight games into the season but already three sleeping giants of English football find themselves cast worryingly adrift at the foot of the Premier League table. Fans are anticipating a hard-fought battle to stay in the top flight and keep the riches a place at the top table ensures so it makes for a fascinating betting market. Here is a rundown of the clubs in the thick of the battle, along with the best prices available courtesy of SBR's live soccer odds board.
A woeful start to the season has left the Black Cats at the bottom of the table and favourites to drop out of the Premier League. However, they have acted decisively and replaced Dick Advocaat – the first managerial casualty of the season – with the hugely experienced Sam Allardyce. The first thing he is likely to do is sign Kevin Nolan, his captain at West Ham last season, which would provide the side with a mature leader and an effective attacker. Allardyce’s teams have not always played the most attractive football, but they have always been effective and he often overachieved at West Ham, Bolton and Blackburn. He also has a genuine goal scorer in Jermain Defoe at his disposal, and this is often the difference between the teams that stay up and the teams that suffer the drop. Sunderland are not an attractive price, and this bet is one to avoid.
Aston Villa (-137.5)
Aston Villa have been awful so far this season and it is difficult to see them stay in the Premier League unless drastic changes are made. They were on a one-way street to relegation last season, but the arrival of Tim Sherwood as manager galvanised them and they survived by the skin of their teeth. The manner in which they were butchered by Arsenal in the FA Cup Final set alarm bells ringing, however, and they endured a miserable summer in the transfer market, during which they lost their top scorer Christian Benteke and failed to bring in anyone exciting. Now is the time of year when owners get itchy trigger fingers, desperate to avoid the financial woes brought about by relegation from the most lucrative league in the world, with Advocaat and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers already fired. Sherwood could be the next to go, and that would be a sensible move. He is a good man-manager but not a particularly astute technician. His teams are recklessly gung-ho and always attack without committing enough bodies to defence, leaving them liable to a hammering on a regular basis. Rodgers could come in and save them, but why would he want to jump aboard this sinking ship. Aston Villa look like a good soccer pick for relegation.
The northeast was once a powerhouse of English football, but Newcastle are right down at the bottom, level on points with neighbours Sunderland but suffering from a worse goal difference. They have drawn three and lost five of their opening eight games, and were beaten by the reserve team of the lowly Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, compounding a miserable start to the season for the Tynesiders. They have flirted with relegation for the past few seasons and this could be the one where they finally go down. Manager Alan Pardew’s decision to leave looks increasingly shrewd as his Crystal Palace side continue to soar, while replacement Steve McLaren has struggled to rally the Newcastle troops. This was supposed to be the season that saw the Magpies challenge nearer the top end of the table after owner Mike Ashley invested in players they desperately needed. But the big money signings Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Thauvin and Georginio Wijnaldum have massively failed to deliver so far. Newcastle look spineless, disorganised at the back and toothless going forward. Another decent bet.
The Rest of the Field
Three teams go down and there will be many in the bottom half of the table looking nervously over their shoulders. It is rare for all three promoted teams to stay up, so expect one of Bournemouth (+230), Norwich (+350) and Watford (+500) to go down. Of the three, Norwich look the most solid. They have an excellent manager and they have the most Premier League experience of the three. Bournemouth will struggle after the loss of top scorer Callum Wilson, who was ruled out for six months with a cruciate ligament injury, and they are worth a punt. But the most attractive bet here is Watford. They are only a point above Norwich and two above Bournemouth, but they have hardly set the Premier League alight this year and finished below both of them in the Championship last season. They have not invested much in their squad and look excellent value at +500.