Reading favourite for drop but don’t discount Norwich or Swansea
Reading and Southampton are the 11/10 joint favourites to be relegated from the Premier League next season.
Despite both teams getting to the English top tier automatically, Ladbrokes reckons they will find the step up to Premier League football just too much.
Reading have made some decent summer signings though and both them and the Saints got promotion thanks to a possession-based style of football that served Swansea City so well last term.
While the new boys are always amongst the favourites to go straight back down it’s worth remembering that all three newly promoted teams – Queens Park Rangers, Norwich and Swansea City – survived last season.
However, there is a sense that Norwich and Swansea may succumb to the semi-mythical ‘second season syndrome’ and, with their summer’s hardly going to plan so far, they may be worth a punt at 6/4 and 9/5 respectively for the drop.
Both clubs have lost the managers to bigger clubs and there is some unrest amongst the players they’ve left behind.
Grant Holt was angling for a move earlier in the summer, while Swansea’s Scott Sinclair will not discuss a new deal until he returns from the Olympics.
The Swans have also lost Gylfi Sigurdsson who was so impressive for them in the second half of last season – although the Swans have made a couple of promising new signings.
With two relatively inexperienced managers now at the helm in the shape of Chris Hughton and Michael Laudrup, they may be worth backing for the drop at those slightly longer odds.
Wigan are also once again amongst the favourites for relegation and can be backed at 7/5. However, whether anyone will take a risk on them after their great escapes of the past few years in another matter.