The top of the Premier League table unsurprisingly captures the attention of most fans throughout the world, but the small matter of relegation is just as important for many clubs, particularly given the huge sums of money at stake.
It looks set to be another nervy campaign for several sides, with some established Premier League teams aiming to avoid the unfortunate fate as the newly-promoted clubs try and take their places in the division.
We take a look at which sides could be involved in a relegation scrap this season and their latest odds to go down, as well as predicting who will suffer the dreaded drop.
Relegation odds are courtesy of William Hill – correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.
Premier League Relegation Odds
Fulham – Odds: 1/2
It’s a return to the top-flight for the west London club, who suffered relegation from the competition as recently as the 2018/19 campaign, where they recorded just league seven wins all season. But they have made their way back thanks to a playoff final win against Brentford after finishing fourth in the Championship last time out.
It’s also a return for manager Scott Parker, who spent the majority of his career on the pitch in the Premier League at the likes of West Ham, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur. Despite the positivity around Craven Cottage, many within the industry are backing the club to go straight back down.
West Brom – Odds: 8/13
The Baggies are another club to make a much-anticipated return to England’s top division, having finished rock bottom of the 2017/18 campaign with just six victories to their name.
But Slaven Bilic has brought a new lease of life to The Hawthorns, clinching second place and automatic promotion from the Championship last season. They’ve made some exciting signings, but may just fall short in terms of Premier League quality within the squad.
Newcastle – Odds: 9/4
Off-field issues are seemingly a constant at St James’ Park, but fortunately for supporters there looks to be an improvement on the pitch. They’ve brought in plenty of Premier League experience through the likes of Bournemouth duo Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, with Jeff Hendrick and Jamal Lewis also arriving.
But despite those positive signings, and despite finishing 13th last time out, Steve Bruce’s men could still be dragged into another relegation battle. It’s certainly a talented squad, but one that could be in trouble if things don’t go exactly to plan.
Aston Villa – Odds: 11/4
Another club littered with players possessing plenty of ability, but again another who could slide towards the bottom of the table if they aren’t careful. They’ve also strengthened with the additions of Championship stars Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins.
However, just nine wins in the last campaign saw them end with 35 points, only one ahead of relegated Bournemouth and Watford. Moreover, their 67 goals conceded was the second-worst record in the division, so things must change at Villa Park if they are to avoid a similar struggle this time around.
Burnley – Odds: 3/1
Much like Palace, Burnley’s survival in the top-flight in recent years has relied heavily on a resilient defensive strategy, with both clubs conceding 50 goals last season. 10th spot was clinched thanks to 15 league wins, more than Arsenal and Sheffield United, and level with high-flying Wolves.
Sean Dyche’s side have had a very quiet transfer window to date, with the boss prioritising keeping Nick Pope and James Tarkowski at Turf Moor over any new recruits. Should they keep their key players fit and happy, Burnley look set to continue their stay in the top-flight.
Crystal Palace – Odds: 11/2
A miserable end to the season saw the Eagles win just once in their final nine fixtures, with their 31 goals scored the second-lowest in the league. Fortunately, a resolute defence ensured the club finished in 14th place.
The lack of goals may certainly be rectified by recent arrival Erebechi Eze, who could undoubtedly form a deadly partnership with Wilfried Zaha in attack, but only if the latter decides to remain in south London.
There are, however, a handful of other clubs who could also be hovering nervously in and around the bottom three come the end of the campaign.
Championship winners Leeds are one such side, but many are backing Marcelo Bielsa’s talented squad to have enough in the tank to remain in the competition for the long-term. And despite their astonishing ninth-place finish in 2019/20, Sheffield United are also being mentioned among the potential relegation candidates.
Brighton are another who are dominating much of the relegation talk, having perhaps ridden their luck on one too many occasions in recent years.
And having finished just five points from safety in the last campaign, West Ham are another side being associated with the drop. Despite a hugely talented team on paper, the Hammers can be backed at 9/4 to be relegated from the Premier League this season.