We’re coming very close to the return of English Football, and although we’ll be watching our favourite footy team perform to a crowd-less stadium – some things will never change. And one of those irreplaceable aspects this season is, of course, the bookmaker’s odds.
New squads, new tactics, some old faces and some new – let’s take a closer look at the betting odds available for this season’s English Premier League outcomes.
To Be Relegated
Anyone can predict who’s going to win the English Premier League 2020/2021 season, but indicating who will be sent to the Championship next season can sometimes involve a little more thought. Let’s take a sneak peek at some fantastic value on the board and perhaps an alternative approach to betting the heavily favored markets.
West Bromwich Albion
Although seemingly obvious, it’s hard to make a case for WBA to survive the shark-infested waters of the Premier League.
The runners-up in last season’s Championship table have been relegated from the Premier League on four occasions since 2002 and after the coronavirus break, seemed to lose their form dramatically – winning just three of their final eleven matches.
The financial struggle from COVID-19 has affected the club. Still, they were fortunate to collect Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana from Sporting CP and West Ham. Maybe acceptable heading into a new Championship season, but this is the Premier League, and WBA are looking low on talent for their venture back into top-flight football.
Without their passionate fan base at the Hawthorns it could be a severe problem finding that extra boost in 2020, WBA won less than half their Championship fixtures at home last season. With this same home advantage statistic key to any EPL arrivals survival, it doesn’t look promising for the west midlands side.
A lucky season for Villa should leave the club with little optimism if it weren’t for their late four-match unbeaten streak during the final fixtures of the season they would be preparing for a term in the Championship as we speak.
In comparison to the last term, Villa’s recruitment plan has been reduced as they’ve made just one signing since the end of last season. Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest isn’t the game-changer that will help assist Villa in the new season, but holding onto Jack Grealish for another season would notably be Aston Villa’s best achievement during the transfer window.
Brazilian striker Wesley returns to full fitness, this should help ease the pressure on Jack Grealish reliving him of the goal-scoring pressure, but if Villa stands a chance of survival this season, they’ll need to build on their defensive system.
Relegated side Norwich were the only squad to concede more goals than Aston Villa during last season, combine this with the lack of acknowledgement regarding Villa’s back four from manager Dean Smith – it doesn’t look hopeful.
Aston Villa to be Relegated @ 7/4 [2.75] [+175] with Bovada
It didn’t take Fulham long to gain back their EPL position, after one year in Championship football they’ve managed to scrape back into top-flight competition.
Another club that is struggling financially, Fulham does have COVID-19 setbacks, but their main problem stems from their extensive transfer spree the last time they were promoted into the Premier League (2018). Manager Scott Parker has been handed a small transfer budget, leaving him with the same personnel to adapt for the upcoming return to the EPL.
The same players who couldn’t handle the Premier League in the 18/19 season are still playing for Fulham, with little ability to make drastic changes for the squad it seems like The Cottagers could be fighting a relegation battle from start to finish. Beyond the talented Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham isn’t offering any significant threats to their peers in the EPL, and it would come as no surprise if they’re kicking it around in the Championship by 2022.
Fulham to be Relegated @ 11/10 [2.10] [+110] with Bovada