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35 points or less enough for Premier League survival next season

| 23.05.2011

Although 40 points is largely considered to be the benchmark for Premier League survival, taking the 3/1 that 35 points or less will be enough to avoid relegation next season could prove good value based on the outcomes of recent campaigns.

Wolves may have required 40 points to finish 17th in the final Premier League standings this season, but this campaign has been particularly tight with five teams still in the relegation mix ahead of the closing round of fixtures.

When looking at the final Premier League tables of the last decade, in only two of the ten years has a team needed 39 points or more to survive, with West Ham going down with 42 points in 2003.

Therefore, taking the 7/4 on a team requiring at least 39 points to survive next season may be a big ask, even if there are reasons to suggest that the bottom half of the table will be tight again.

Meanwhile, in half of the last ten years a team has required no more than 35 points to survive, with 34 points even being enough on three occasions.

Despite Newcastle, West Brom and Blackpool all doing pretty well on the whole this season, more often than not at least one of the promoted sides from the Championship finds life particularly tough in the top flight.

This could be Norwich next season with a squad that is light on Premier League experience and that is unlikely to be able to attract many big names, while Reading may have the same problem should they win their play-off final with Swansea.

The other option is to take the 1/1 that between 36 and 38 points will be required to stay up next season.

A £30 stake on 35 points or less keeping a team in the Premier League next season would return £90. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.