Newcastle United odds-on to be relegated this season

Newcastle United are the bookmakers' pick to be relegated down to the Championship at the end of the season

Following a decent pre-season campaign, it’s fair to say that Newcastle United already appear to have hit the buffers, a routine 1-0 defeat to Arsenal being followed by an alarming capitulation to newly-promoted Norwich City with the Canaries collecting all three points courtesy of a hat-trick from Teemu Pukki. This is certainly enough to set alarm bells ringing at St James’ Park and while we are only two games into the new campaign, questions will be asked as to the suitability of Steve Bruce as a replacement for Rafael Benitez. In fairness, Bruce has been on a hiding to nothing since his arrival in the north-east and he is hardly likely to endear himself to the fans as much as Benitez did. Similarly he will also find the going much tougher than his Spanish predecessor who had a knack of steering clubs to safety. The Magpies have flirted with the possibility of relegation many times over the past two seasons but Benitez succeeded in keeping them in the Premier League. The bookmakers don’t believe that Steve Bruce will be quite so fortunate.

The former Sunderland boss was a universally unpopular appointment amongst a Newcastle fanbase who will understandably feel somewhat aggrieved at the moment and recent results certainly won’t be lifting the mood of gloom and frustration on Tyneside right now. Similarly the fact that the club are now the bookies’ pick for relegation at the end of the season won’t be helping spread the cheer with some firms going odds-on that the Magpies find themselves in the Championship next season. The fact that Steve Bruce is favourite in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market will be seen as a silver lining in some quarters, however given that he was the best that the Newcastle board could tempt to Tyneside, this should be seen as cause for concern.

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All-in-all, this is a worrying time for Newcastle United and it’s hard to see just how the mood can be lifted. A tough season lies ahead and given recent performances we don’t envisage the Magpies moving far away from the foot of the table any time soon. Relegation is always going to be close at hand and that alone will be enough to heighten the fans’ ire towards both board and manager. Perhaps a winning run would help lift the mood but with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on the horizon, we don’t expect that to happen in the next few weeks.

 

Premier League relegation – William Hill Odds

 

Evs  –  Newcastle United

11/10 – Sheffield United

13/8 –  Norwich City

7/4  –  Aston Villa

9/4  –  Burnley

5/2  –  Crystal Palace

7/2  –  Brighton & Hove Albion

7/2  –  Watford

4/1  –  Southampton

5/1  –  Bournemouth

8/1  –  West Ham United