Betting Special: Saints value to struggle for Premier League survival

The Premier League season gets underway this weekend and Willie Duncan has picked out the sides that he believes will struggle to retain their top flight status this term
The start of the new Premier League season is just days away but, before a ball is even kicked, for many clubs there is just one objective this season - survival.

The relegation market is always one of the most popular with punters and, as is the case each year, there appears to be plenty of value for those looking to predict which sides will suffer relegation at the end of the campaign.

Newly-promoted sides Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff City head up William Hill’s relegation market, suggesting that the odds compilers believe that a difficult season lies ahead for the Premier League’s latest inductees.

Palace booked their place in the top flight following an extra-time victory over Watford in the play-off final at Wembley in May but Ian Holloway’s side are red-hot favourites to go straight back down at just 8/15 (1.53) with William Hill.

Hull City, who were promoted on the final day of last term are second in the betting at 4/6 (1.67) with William Hill and, despite strengthening their squad over the summer, there is doubt as to whether the Tigers have enough strength in depth to cope with the rigours of life in the Premier League.

Premier League Relegation Betting

Odds from William Hill
Crystal Palace 8/15
Hull City 4/6
Cardiff City 5/2
Norwich City 4/1
Stoke City 3/1
Sunderland 9/2
Southampton 6/1
Malky Mackay’s Cardiff City seem best equipped of the newly-promoted sides to beat the drop this season, having cruised to the Championship title last term and the Bluebirds are odds-against at 11/8 (2.63) with William Hill to be relegated.

Of the sides who competed in the top flight last year, Norwich City are considered as favourites for relegation at 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill.

The Canaries suffered a blow at the weekend when new striker Gary Hooper suffered a serious injury in Saturday's pre-season clash with Panathinaikos.

However, the acquisition of striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel should give Chris Hughton's side a more potent attacking threat this year and they look to be too short in this market to attract much support.

Stoke City are sure to be a popular selection with punters following the departure of Tony Pulis from the Brittania Stadium and the Potters look a decent bet at 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to be relegated from the top flight this season.

The same firm offer a tempting 9/2 (5.50) for Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland side to slip out of the Premier League. The Black Cats looked likely to be relegated at one point last season but Di Canio masterminded a change in fortunes at Stadium of Light and the Italian will be looking for more of the same from his side after overhauling the squad this summer.

Southampton finished last season strongly but may find it tough to maintain that momentum in their second season in the top flight and there appears to be excellent value at 6/1 (7.0) in backing Saints to struggle in the battle to beat the drop this term.

Hull City look a good bet at 4/6 (1.67) to be relegated after failing to invest well over the summer and the Tigers may pay the price for failing to land Burnley striker Charlie Austin, who failed a medical at KC Stadium before joining QPR earlier this month.

Those looking to back bigger prices should consider the 6/1 (7.0) quote from William Hill for Southampton to be relegated. Mauricio Pochettino’s side may well find life in the top flight tough in their second season and are being well-backed to be relegated by value-hunting punters.

Hull City to be relegated at 4/6 (1.67) 3pts with William Hill Southampton to be relegated at 6/1 (7.0) 1pt with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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