It's all over for another EPL season and it may seem pessimistic to start talking about who will be going down this time next year, but your Humble Handicapper know that money is there for the taking if you follow his top 2014-15 relegation tips.
Your Humble Handicapper always says that the table doesn’t lie. Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich have no one to blame but themselves for the fact that they now find themselves playing ball with the likes of Huddersfield and Brentford instead of in the top flight of the English Premier League next season.
Enough with last season…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Forty points is the magic number required to stave off life outside the Premier League. But in 2009/10 the bottom three clubs had: 19 30 and 30 points respectively: so just 31 would have been enough to ensure safety. And last season 36 points would have been enough to ensure EPL survival.
As usual, it is likely to be the three teams who come up from the Championship who will be favourites for the drop, and it is usually the winner of the play-offs who will be priced at the shortest odds. That team is still TBC, but will certainly be worth making a healthy soccer pick once we know who it is.
Burnley, the side who finished second in the Championship behind Leicester, are the odds-on favourites to drop straight back down again, priced at best odds of 4/7. They are followed by Leicester and FA Cup finalists Hull at 2/1 (Hull are worth a cheeky bet if ever there was a team who are due a shock).
Next up, are Crystal Palace, who romped home this season, but are at 7/4 with the sportsbooks to fail to repeat their survival. Then, things get very interesting, and this could be the tip of the season (already). Stoke and Newcastle, who finished 9th and 10th, are at 5/1 and 7/1, respectively. Both sides should be safe, but Newcastle are an “anything can happen" side, and Stoke are due a bad season after so much mediocrity.
Burnley are the bookies favourites to finish dead last at 7/4, but you can get big odds on West Brom (who avoided the drop more because of the opposition being worse than they were, than their own skill) are 10/1 to end the season at the foot of the table. That’s pretty big odds but they are certainly worth a wee punt on being relegated at 7/2.
The top seven sides in the EPL this season are at the silly odds with 80/1 on Everton, and 1000/1 on Chelsea and Man City, but if you’re chasing big odds you might like to know that 8th place Southampton are 14/1.
Free Soccer Pick: Leicester West Brom and Burnley all go down.