The odds for the Premier League relegation race

With the Premier League set to return for the first time since mid-March, Best Bookmakers takes a cursory look at the relegation-threatened teams in the top-flight and analyses their chances of beating the drop.

Brighton are 2/9 by 22bet uk to stay up in the Premier League relegation race, and we feel they are one side in the bottom half that should just about pull that off. The Seagulls face a very difficult run-in — Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester United, Manchester City and champions-elect Liverpool lie in wait in their final nine fixtures, nevertheless Garry Potter will find a way of keeping his side in the top-flight.

A home date with Arsenal who are mounting one last push to qualify for Europe kick-starts the process for them, followed by a tough-looking trip to the King Power stadium where they face another brilliant side in Leicester. They return to face Manchester United, and then away to doomed Norwich (very winnable fixture), a clash with Liverpool who could be champions long before they play this game.

They are then up against Manchester City at the Ammex Stadium, away to Southampton next and another home clash with Newcastle United before rounding off their campaign with a final day date at Burnley. It is no easy feat looking at the plethora of difficult fixtures they must negotiate, but expect them to come out fighting.

Another interesting side to back on this front is Watford who are offered at 1/3 to remain in the Premier League by the same firm.

Five of the Hornets nine remaining games will be played at their homegroud, a significant point to their chances of earning survival in the division for another year.

It is worth noting that they have already orchestrated the result of the season so far when they ended Liverpool’s hopes of going unbeaten with a 3-0 win in their last match at Vicarage Road before the coronavirus crisis.

They restart the season there versus the Foxes and return from a trip to Burnley with another home clash with another side fighting to avoid the drop in Southampton. After a meeting with Chelsea away, back-to-back home games with Norwich and Newcastle is the play and then West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal in that order to round off their season.

For the teams with an outside chance of survival, Bournemouth and Eddie Howie are 10/11 to stay alive in the Premier League, which is not at all certain following their run of three defeats and one draw in their last four league games prior to the break.

Aston Villa, second from bottom on the current standings are 15/8 to stay up while basement side Norwich City are 1/9 to crash back down to the Championship at the first time of asking.

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