The new Premier League season starts on 9 August, and it’s time for our long-term predictions. We already have talked about our Favorites to win Premier League in Season 2019/20, and now we will look at the teams that will be in the relegation battle.
As expected, among the favourites to be relegated are the clubs that survived during the last season. I will also include the three teams that received a promotion from Championship. We will also talk about the sides that had a tough start of the previous campaign, but improved their performance. I will give you my long-term predictions for the clubs that will be relegated in season 2019/20.
Outsiders in the Premier League Season 2019/20
As expected, I will exclude the teams that finished in the second half of the standings during the last season. Watford, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Bournemouth are already proper Premier League clubs. There is nothing around them that makes me believe that they will be in the relegation battle.
‘The Cherries’ strengthened their defence during the summer, while ‘The Saints’ finished the last campaign very solidly under the leadership of Ralph Hasenhüttl. I believe that ‘The Eagles’ and ‘The Hornets’ have the potential to fight for a spot in top half of the table. I am inclined to include West Ham in this group. ‘The Hammers’ didn’t finish season 2018/19 with good results, but when it comes to individual quality, they are far superior compared to their direct competitors.
‘The Blades’ achieved the unthinkable and only for three years they made the transition from League One to Premier League. Chris Wilder did an outstanding job as the experienced manager accomplished promotion to the elite of England without spending much money on transfers.
It will be interesting to see how Sheffield United will perform in the Premier League. ‘The Blades’ don’t play the regular football that dominates in Championship. The team is capable of surprising even the leading sides in Premier League. During the summer, the club’s board strengthened the squad in an attacking plan.
‘The Blades’ don’t have much quality within the squad, but it will be hard for me to point one weak area. Sheffield United to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 1.66 at bet365.
Surprisingly, Norwich won Championship in the last campaign, although the team didn’t play better than its opponents in a big part of the fixtures. ‘The Canaries’ depended mainly on their attack and scored 93 goals, but it’s hard for me to believe that they will maintain the same level in Premier League.
So far, Norwich didn’t strengthen during the transfer window, but at least the team retains most of its players. In my opinion, this season ‘The Canaries’ will depend mainly on the manager Daniel Farke, and it is interesting to see how the club will perform in the Premier League.
The first year of the German specialist as a manager of Norwich was a failure. However, his changes and tactical decisions were enough for the Championship’s title during his second season with the team. Norwich to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 1.90 at bet365.
Dean Smith transformed Aston Villa after his appointment in October 2018. The English manager helped his favourite club to finish sixth and to win the play-offs for Premier League. However, when it comes to the defence, ‘Villans’ had many problems, and the team conceded 61 goals in Championship.
Aston Villa will have to improve the teams’ defence drastically to be able to keep their spot in Premier League. So far, ‘Villans’ attracted ten new players. In this number, I also include these players that were on loan during the previous campaign.
Many people compare Aston Villa with Fulham and think that ‘Villans’ will have the same fate. However, I cannot entirely agree with this opinion, and I believe that the team from Birmingham will keep their place in England’s elite. Aston Villa to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 3.00 at bet365.
Burnley didn’t start the last year well and were in the relegation battle until Christmas. However, ‘The Clarets’ improved their performance during the second half of the season and showed the level from the previous campaigns.
Burnley had a very diverse attack, and if they maintain this, the team will find a place around the middle of the table. Sean Dyche retained a big part of the last year’s squad, and I don’t believe that ‘The Clarets’ will be in the relegation battle. Burnley to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 2.87 at bet365.
Brighton finished the last season just three points ahead of the relegation zone, and it wasn’t surprising that Chris Hughton was sacked. His place took Graham Potter, who left a good impression with his work in Swansea.
Chris Hughton’s views differ sharply from those of Graham Potter and ‘The Seagulls’ will need time. I believe that Brighton will improve their performance and will keep their spot in the Premier League. Brighton to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 2.87 at bet365.
Rafael Benítez didn’t renew his contract and left the team, while his place took Steve Bruce. The Englishman was a manager of Sheffield Wednesday during the last campaign and left good impressions because he stabilized ‘The Owls’ in Championship.
Newcastle parted away not only with their coach but also with some of their most important offensive players. The young striker of Hoffenheim Joelinton replaced Ayoze Pérez and Salomón Rondón. The Brazilian player is considered a great talent, and at least in my opinion, Newcastle’s decision was a step in the right direction.
It will be interesting to see what ‘The Magpies’ will achieve without Rafael Benítez. The Spanish specialist transformed the team into a proper Premier League club without the board’s help. Steve Bruce is a different manager, and if the season doesn’t start well for Newcastle, the team will have huge problems. Newcastle to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 3.25 at bet365.
Odds and long-term predictions for Premier League Season 2019/20
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I expect that Norwich will return to Championship. ‘The Canaries’ cannot depend only on their attack in the Premier League. It’s essential for the teams that are in the bottom half of the table to have a solid defence, and I am not convinced that Daniel Farke can make the needed defensive changes.