Newcomers Brighton favourites for relegation


Newly-promoted Brighton face a scrap to avoid an instant return to the Championship according to the latest odds.

Brighton & Hove Albion narrowly missed out on the 2016/17 Championship title, although the Seagulls were celebrating promotions weeks previously and Chris Hughton’s side will now take their place in the top flight for the 2017/18 campaign.

The Sussex club seem to be built on solid foundations and Brighton are 2.20 (6/5) with William Hill to be relegated, although there’s a strong chance that they will continue the upward momentum that has seen them grow stronger at the AMEX Stadium.

Newcastle United were the other side to go up automatically although the Magpies are regarded as having a much stronger chance of remaining in the top flight this season.

Rafael Benitez looks likely to stay at St James’ Park and the bookies offer 5.00 (4/1) that the Tyneside club are relegated, with the Spaniard hoping to receive the funds to strengthen the squad and ensure they rack up enough points to fend off the drop.

If the promoted clubs do make a decent fist of remaining in the Premier League, then the existing members will be vulnerable and Burnley are 2.25 (5/4) with William Hill to suffer relegation a season after staying in the top flight thanks to the astute management of Sean Dyche.

Watford are also considered at risk, with the Hornets 2.75 (7/4) to go down and the constant chopping and changing of manager might eventually come back to haunt a club who didn’t set the league alight with their performances last season.

West Brom are as big as 7.00 (6/1) for relegation although their form seriously dipped towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign. While Tony Pulis remains in charge, you suspect they’re largely immune from the drop although his departure could change things.

The team that gets promoted through the play-offs will instantly be regarded as relegation fodder, although the likes of Stoke City and West Ham could be at risk after underwhelming seasons.

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