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Premier League Betting Special: Brighton 2/1 to be relegated after hiring Graham Potter

12:07 SAST 2019/05/21
Graham Potter Swansea City 2018-19
The Seagulls officially appointed the former Ostersund and Swansea manager on Monday but could be faced with a battle for survival at the Amex Stadium

There is a new man in charge of Brighton as Graham Potter has been appointed to replace Chris Hughton.

Despite leading the Seagulls to Premier League safety, Hughton was fired on May 13 after the club won just two of their last 18 Premier League matches – going from being 11 points clear of relegation to surviving by just two points.

They lost 11 of those 18 games and one of the biggest worries was a lack of goals, with the club scoring just 35 all season and going over 11 hours without scoring at one point.

Former Swansea manager Potter’s main task, though, will surely be to guarantee another season of Premier League football, but bet365 go 2/1 (3.0) that Brighton get relegated in their third term.

Potter impressed in his only season in south Wales, recovering from a poor start to guide the Swans to a 10th placed finish and an FA Cup quarter-final, but the odds suggest he has work to do in Brighton.

Indeed, the 2/1 (3.0) quote makes them fourth-favourites to go down. Newly-promoted duo Sheffield United (4/6) and Norwich (Evens) could be set for an immediate Championship return, whilst Burnley are available at 13/8 (2.63).

It is just 2/5 (1.40) that the Seagulls are able to stave off relegation whilst a bottom-half finish is priced at 1/9 (1.11), which would be their third consecutive such campaign since returning to the top-flight.

In fact, Brighton have never finished higher than 13th in the top tier of English football, which came back in 1982, and bet365 go 6/1 (7.0) that they claim an impressive top-half finish in Potter’s debut season.

The online bookmaker offers 80/1 (81.0) that the Seagulls break the stranglehold on the top six whilst a top four finish can be backed at 200/1 (201.0), and an unlikely maiden title is 1500/1 (1501.0).

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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