The 40-point mark is considered the level a side needs to notch up on the Premier League table if they are to avoid relegation. Huddersfield Town and Southampton with 37 and 36 points in the 2017-18 season were lucky to stave off relegation by the skin of their teeth by virtue of their 16th and 17th spots respectively. Swansea City, Stoke City and West Bromwich on the 18th, 19th and 20th spots were relegated.
There could be a scramble to stay out of the bottom three (which is relegation territory) this time, given that just 8 points separated the 10th placed and 17th placed teams when the 2017-18 season ended. With tough sides like the Wolverhampton Wanderers “Wolves” and Fulham coming in, the going for sides like Bournemouth, Watford and Brighton could possibly get rough according to bookmakers. Contrary to expectations, the season for Bournemouth has begun well with the Cherries having registered wins over Cardiff City and West Ham. Watford, too, defying pundits, have got off to a flyer beating Brighton at home 2-0 and Burnley away at Turf Moor 1-3.
Cardiff City is another new entrant to the Premier League but head the odds (1/2) as far as relegation in the present 2018-19 season is concerned. The Welsh debutante pulled off a surprise 0-0 draw at home against Newcastle last weekend but lost to Bournemouth 0-2 in their opener.
Huddersfield Town, who made their first-ever entry to the Premier League last season may not be so lucky this time around. David Wagner’s side have been pummeled in both their initial Premier League outings 0-3 and 6-1 by Chelsea and Manchester City respectively. At odds of 4/6, they are the next in line after Cardiff City as tipped by the bookmakers to exit the Premier League this season.
Fulham at 11/4 is the third team tipped to face potential relegation. The West London club, managed by Slavisa Jokanovic, are back into the Premier league after a gap of 4 seasons but haven’t begun the 2018-19 season well, losing both their opening games – 0-2 to Crystal Palace at home and 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Burnley at 11/4 is one more club tied with Fulham. After having played out a 0-0 draw with Southampton, The Clarets succumbed to a 1-3 defeat to Watford. Under coach Sean Dyche, Burnley had one of their best seasons in recent times emerging 7th on the Premier League table in 2017-18. According to bookmakers that could have been a flash in the pan judging from the poor odds wagered on Burnley for the current year.
Brighton are relegation candidates, too, with odds of 11/4. First time entrants to the Premier League in 2016-17, coach Chris Hughton’s men performed better than expected when they ended the season 15th on the table with 40 points. After an opening loss of 0-2 to Watford, Brighton pulled off in what could be one of the upsets of the season, beating Manchester United 3-2.
Recommended Tip: Fulham to be relegated at 11/4 Ladbrokes price.
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