There are usually a few surprises in each Premier League campaign although while AFC Bournemouth’s appearance in the top-six has been something of a shock, things are becoming utterly predictable at the opposite end of the league table with Fulham, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town occupying the bottom three positions. Indeed Cardiff City’s participation in the top-flight came as a surprise to most people with only the most optimistic Bluebirds supporters believing that 2017/18 would end in promotion to the Premier League via the automatic promotion places.
Those heady days now seem so long ago for the South Wales side and the Premier League has been far from the ‘promised land’ for Neil Warnock’s men with just five points collected from their first eleven league outings. As such it is no real surprise to see them chalked in as favourites to be relegated back to the Championship, William Hill Bookmakers going 2/5 that the Bluebirds find themselves plying their trade in the second tier in 2019/20.
Cardiff City aren’t at the foot of the table however, that particular accolade belonging to Fulham thanks to their 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Monday evening. The Cottagers have lost to each of the other two bottom-three sides in the past few weeks and as a result they are 4/7 with William Hill to make the drop next May.
Huddersfield’s win over Fulham gave their survival chances a boost, however the Terriers remain the lowest scoring side in the top four tiers of English football with a measly five goals to their name and for that very reason they find themselves 4/9 second favourites for relegation this season.
As for Burnley, they are next in the Relegation Market at 5/4, the Clarets failing miserably to emulate their success of 2017/18 when they finished seventh in the Premier League table and earned for themselves a place in the Europa League qualifiers.
Premier League Relegation – William Hill Odds
2/5 – Cardiff City
4/9 – Huddersfield Town
4/7 – Fulham
5/4 – Burnley
5/2 – Newcastle United
7/2 – Southampton
9/2 – Crystal Palace