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Which three Premier League teams are heading for relegation?

2017-10-11 10:22:00, Views: 45, Warren Ashurst

Which three Premier League teams are heading for relegation?

With things tight at the bottom of the Premier League, which three sides are facing the big drop this season?

We are now seven games into the new Premier League campaign and so far there are a number of early contenders for the drop. Nine teams are still lingering on single figures despite 21 points having been available so far. One side is even sitting on zero points.

The Premier League relegation betting market is one of the most popular among UK punters and, with a number of sides under-performing in the early weeks of the season, choosing three teams to be relegated by May is quite an ask.

However, despite the lack of guarantees, here are the three Premier League sides we are tipping for relegation come May.



Crystal Palace

Perhaps the least surprising selection, but Crystal Palace's start to the Premier League season can only be described as woeful.

They are the only side in the league to have not scored a single goal in the new campaign and have conceded a whopping 17 goals in the process.

After four games, they parted company with Ronald De Boer and installed former England head coach Roy Hodson in the hot seat, and he has been unable to contribute to an upturn in form.

Their next four fixtures include a visit from Chelsea and a trip to Spurs but, despite their shortcomings, The Eagles do have players capable of survival in their squad.

With Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham all side-lined, Palace will be hoping for no new injury concerns, otherwise the possibility of a revival will become more unlikely.

Bookies odds for relegation: 8/15 (Sky Bet)



Brighton

One of the harshest relegation choices – and despite the fact they were promoted last season – Brighton have pitched up among the least impressive.

With four losses to their name already this season, three of which are away from home, The Seagulls will be well aware of the challenge ahead.

Getting last year's Championship player of the year, Anthony Knockaert, back on form will be a priority for Brighton manager Chris Hughton this season.

The Frenchman recently admitted that personal troubles could be behind his slump in form since Brighton’s promotion.

Club record signing Jose Izquierdo is another example of a player who has been unable to adapt quickly to his new surroundings, having played just 99 minutes of Premier League football so far and failing to appear much in pre-season for former side, Club Brugge.

With two wins so far at home this season, their performances at the Amex Stadium will play a crucial role in their survival bid.

Bookies odds for relegation: 11/8 (bet365)



Bournemouth

Eddie Howe’s side are a victim of their own success after finishing ninth in the league last season.

However, they now find themselves down near the bottom and, if things do not improve, they may not be enjoying a fourth consecutive year in the Premier League – an achievement which was inconceivable when they were promoted in 2015.

Bournemouth’s form at home, which has helped them so much in the past two years, has been lacklustre this season.

They have only picked up four points at the Vitality Stadium from their first four games, and have looked very weak in defence, despite the acquisitions of former Chelsea players Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake.

They have also picked up nothing on the road in their opening three games, so it is no surprise they can be found as favourites for the drop across many bookmakers.

Cherries’ star man Callum Wilson is set to make his return to the Premier League later this month, after playing just 33 games in two seasons due to two serious knee injuries.

His return will be welcomed by staff, fans and team-mates alike, and will see the former Coventry forward link up with England international Jermaine Defoe, who has started the season slowly by his own high standards.

Bookies odds for relegation: 11/8 (Bet Victor)



As we are only a fifth of the way through the season, there is bound to be twists and turns at the top and bottom of the table before May.

Punters across the country will be looking to soak up the football free bets as the season progresses, with odds for relegation fluctuating weekly among those in the danger zone.



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