With the financial gap between the Premier League and EFL Championship seemingly drifting further and further apart, staying in the top tier is becoming even more vital for the so-called smaller clubs in the Premier League.
Now more than ever, relegation would have huge financial implications for the three relegated sides. There is no guarantee of jumping straight back up, either, as the Championship is notorious for being one of the toughest leagues in the world.
The Latest Relegation Odds
The battle for Premier League survival could go to the wire this season, as the bottom half of the table is extremely congested. Placing football bets on a team to be relegated is not an easy task right now. Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth – last term’s three promoted clubs – were all tipped to struggle, but all three are currently outside of the bottom three. However, Bournemouth are the bookies' favourites for the drop at 1/7, while Forest are currenlty priced at 15/8. Fulham are available at 300/1, which shows how far they have come.
Liverpool and Chelsea have had dreadful seasons by their high standards, though neither is in danger of going down. Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham have overachieved and look safe, while the top five are battling it out for European places. Every other team in the Premier League could get embroiled in the relegation dogfight.
The Relegation Candidates
Everton had a bad Premier League season last time around, and the Toffees have been poor again this term. The pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard, who has struggled to find the winning formula since arriving at Goodison Park.
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On the whole, David Moyes has done a terrific job during his second stint as West Ham United boss. However, despite flying in the UEFA Europa Conference League, the Hammers have had a tough time in the Premier League, spending the majority of the domestic season hovering around the bottom three.
New Southampton boss Nathan Jones has his work cut out at St Mary’s. The Welshman, who worked wonders at Luton Town, had a difficult start to life as Saints manager, though the results have picked up of late. Southampton needs to keep the momentum going if they are to extend their stay in the top flight.
Fulham Proving the Doubters Wrong
Fulham, last season’s Championship winners, have finally got it right in the Premier League. Instead of looking over their shoulder, Marco Silva’s Cottagers have European football in their sights. However, Bournemouth and Forest – who were both promoted alongside Fulham last term – have both found Premier League life tough going thus far.
The likes of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also struggled for consistency and are not out of the woods in terms of Premier League relegation just yet.
We have been treated to several fascinating relegation battles over the years, but this one could be the best one yet. With only a handful of points separating mid-table to the bottom three, things are starting to hot up.
The main focus is on the top of the table as Arsenal looks to fend off the likes of Manchester City in the title race, but keep your eyes on the bottom three as we could see plenty of fireworks from now until the end of the campaign.