Betting: Burnley could struggle to retain their Premier League status

Two of the three newly promoted teams are fancied to return to the Championship but the Clarets could be in for a tough season after a key departure

Huddersfield and Brighton make their Premier League debuts this weekend but both teams are frontrunners to suffer an immediate return to the Championship according to the bookmakers.

The Terriers have certainly been busy in the transfer market, bulking out the squad which triumphed in the play-offs at Wembley back in May. Tom Ince and Steve Mounie were the most expensive signings as well and a permanent deal for Aaron Mooy, who was on loan from Manchester City last term.

David Wagner's men are the favourites for relegation though, priced at 8/13 (1.62) with dabblebet.

Conversely, Chris Hughton has made fewer changes to his Seagulls squad, perhaps being more inclined to put his faith in the side who secured automatic promotion although the additions do include Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, Matt Ryan from Valencia and PSV's Davy Propper. They're 5/4 (2.25) for the drop.


One team who have certainly not been too busy this summer are Burnley. The Clarets' incredible home record secured their place in the Premier League but Sean Dyche has lost the cornerstone of his defence in Michael Keane, who left for Everton earlier in the window as well as selling Andre Gray to relegation rivals Watford.

While Turf Moor might still be a very tricky trip for most teams, it's unrealistic to expect the team to garner anything close to the 33 points they managed there last term. Dyche will obviously be aiming to improve on last season's dismal showing away from home, but his side looks weaker going into this new campaign, even with the addition of Jack Cork and Jon Walters, and that must be a huge concern.

While it's unlikely Burnley will be outclassed on a regular basis, their squad looks especially thin on the ground given Keane's departure and with a smaller budget than many of the teams around them, dabblebet's enhanced 6/4 (2.50) on the Clarets going down, which is an industry best, does make plenty of appeal at this point. There is still time to add some quality of course, but this industry best quote looks the best bet in the market given the current situation.

Watford limped to the end of the 2016-17 season and despite appointing Marco Silva, they too are expected to endure some tough times in the battle to avoid the drop. It's 2/1 (3.00) that the Hornets finish at least one place lower than the 17th spot they ended up in last term. They're the same price as Swansea (2/1) in the betting.

Newcastle (9/2 enhanced from 7/2) seemingly have the best chance of retaining their top flight status although Rafael Benitez may not have had the freedom in the transfer market he was expecting.

The Magpies have added Mikel Merino's loan to permanent deals for Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu but there may be more to come as the month draws to a close.

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Burnley to be relegated at 6/4 (2.50) with dabblebet

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