Premier League Relegation Predictions
Each team is always wanting to be looking up the table, but more often than not, the most interesting battle is to survive relegation. Last year, the gap between the top 6 and the rest of the league was bigger than ever. With just a few weeks left of the season, there was 10 teams who could realistically be worried about dropping down into the Championship. As the new Premier League approaches, Bet UK has taken a look at the team’s most likely to be fighting against the drop this year.
Cardiff City in the 17/18 Championship Season
The Bluebirds earned automatic promotion with a 2nd place finish in last year’s Championship, narrowly avoiding the playoffs. Neil Warnock used his years of Championship experience to greatly improve a Cardiff side who wouldn’t have came into the season expecting promotion. Although Cardiff finished in 2nd, goal scoring was their main problem. They still managed to score 67 goals through the season, but that was the 2nd lowest total in the top 6. Their true strength was a strength that Warnock prides his teams on; their defence. Alongside Champions Wolves, Cardiff had the best defence in the league, conceding 39 goals.
Cardiff City Transfers
Cardiff has dipped back into the Championship for all 4 of their signings ahead of the new season. The 2 main signings for Neil Warnock’s mean are Bobby Reid and Josh Murphy. Bobby Reid joins Cardiff on the back of his strongest season at Bristol City, who looked like play off contenders at one point. Josh Murphy joins after 2 years in Norwich City’s first team. Murphy will be joining his twin brother Jacob in the Premier League, who plays for relegation rivals Newcastle United. Considering the squad failed to score goals last year, this puts a lot of pressure on the 2 new boys who will be expecting to chip in with the goals to keep Cardiff in the Premier League.
Cardiff City 18/19 Premier League Prediction - Relegation
It looks like the step up to the Premier League might be a step too far for Cardiff, who look worryingly weak across the pitch. The Bluebirds have very little Premier League experience throughout the squad, with Warnock also struggling in his stint as a Premier League manager. If Cardiff are to stay up, they are going to have to be rock solid and rely on the defence that got them promoted. Sol Bamba and Bruno Ecuele Manga will be in for a busy season. Both players are making their first step into Premier League football and will have to improve against the likes of Harry Kane and Mo Salah.
Watford in the 17/18 Premier League Season
It was a strange season in the Premier League for Watford last year. Marco Silva started out as manager and managed to have Watford competing for the European spaces at the start of the season. But after his head was turned by Everton, it was a steady decrease into the bottom half until a final position of 14th was confirmed on the final day. The Hornets only won 7 of their last 30 games, although that did include a 4-1 win over Chelsea in Javi Gracia’s first home game. Richarlison was the shining light for much of the season, but he followed Marco Silva to Everton in the summer transfer window, leaving a hole in Watford’s midfield.
Watford have yet to spend any of the Richarlison money, although Gerard Deulofeu has made his loan move permanent and will be expected to replace the Brazilian. The Spanish international only played 7 times last season, but has impressed enough at his previous clubs to convince Gracia to sign him up. Goalkeeper Ben Foster has also been brought in, but it’s not clear whether or not he will start given Heurelho Gomes’ reputation at Vicarage Road. As is typical of Watford in recent years, their signings are mostly relatively unknown, but don’t be surprised if they take to the Premier League quickly.
Watford 18/19 Premier League Prediction - Safe
Watford will expect that they should be safe again this year, with enough Premier League quality to keep them in the league. They may not have a chance to spend the Richarlison money in the summer transfer window, but if things aren’t going to plan by January then they have money to fall back on. The Hornets have enough players who can make the difference at Vicarage Road, with Deulofeu, Doucoure and Pereyra all able to turn a game on it’s head. Defensive reinforcements have been brought in to strengthen up an already strong defence that should secure Watford’s Premier League place.
Huddersfield Town in the 17/18 Premier League Season
Huddersfield managed to survive against all odds in their first ever Premier League season. Manager David Wagner stuck to the methods that got his team promotion and it paid off, finishing the season in 16th, 4 points clear of relegation. Although Huddersfield survived, they only managed to score 28 goals in 38 games which was the joint worst return in the league. Wins against Manchester United, Watford and Bournemouth were the highlights of the season, but there is still much needed improvement ahead of 18/19.
Huddersfield Town Transfers
David Wagner seems to be looking to improve his defence over his attack this summer. Only one 2 attacking players have been signed, but neither will truly excite Huddersfield fans. Ramadan Sobhi joins from Stoke having only scored 2 goals in 2 years, while Adama Diakhaby has only ever scored 6 goals in his professional career. However both players are still young and might provide to be shrewd pieces of business in a few years time. In defence, there have been a few impressive additions. Terence Kongolo has signed on a permanent deal from Monaco whilst Erik Durm brings Champions League experience following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
Huddersfield Town 18/19 Premier League Prediction - Relegation
Unless Huddersfield’s forwards prove to have an unbelievable breakthrough season, it’s tough to look past Huddersfield going down. They needed to improve on the 28 goals last year, but without a proven goalscorer it looks unlikely that much of a difference will be made. To rely on a defensive strategy for a full season is risky when playing against some of the worlds best attacking players every week. When Huddersfield play the worse Premier League teams, they will need to attack and their weaknesses will become apparent.
Newcastle United in the 17/18 Premier League Season
Last year was very successful for Newcastle United, finishing 10th in their first season back in the Premier League. At Christmas, there was a real threat of Newcastle being relegated again. But a strong run of form after the January transfer window saw Rafa Benitez’s men shoot up the table. Home victories over Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea prove that Newcastle are becoming hard to beat again, even without having the strongest squad. The main worry was scoring goals, with Ayoze Perez finishing as top scorer with 8 goals after a late season hot streak.
Newcastle United Transfers
Mike Ashley is still refusing to give Rafa ‘every penny the club generates’ as he once promised, but Newcastle have still signed some players. Martin Dubravka signed permanently after last season’s successful loan spell, and another loan star Kenedy has had his deal renewed. Ki sung-Yueng has signed on a free contract, Fabian Schar for £3m and Yoshinori Muto for £9.5m. None of these signings are expecting to set the league alight, but under Rafa Benitez, they could solidify the team spirit that made Newcastle successful last year.
Newcastle United 18/19 Premier League Prediction - Safe
Rafael Benitez might not have strengthened his Newcastle United side as much as he would have liked, but they should still survive. The season will likely be the same as last year, with a threat of relegation looming throughout. But Rafa Benitez knows exactly how to get the best out of his team. A solid spine to the team, surrounded by hard working, dedicated players ensures that Newcastle have a good chance of securing a Premier League place for next season.
AFC Bournemouth in the 17/18 Premier League Season
Last season, Bournemouth were mostly comfortable, finishing in 12th place. The Cherries were level on points with Newcastle on 10th, so it could have easily been a first top half finish for Bournemouth in the Premier League. Eddie Howe’s men struggled at the start of the season, finding themselves in the relegation zone at Christmas time. An unbeaten January, including a 3-0 win away at Chelsea almost guaranteed Bournemouth’s safety as they pulled away from the bottom of the league. A poor run of form towards the end of the season wasn’t enough to worry Eddie Howe, who were already comfortably mid table by then.
AFC Bournemouth Transfers
Bournemouth haven’t really added to their squad this season, with their only first team signing being Diego Rico from Leganes. David Brooks has also joined from Sheffield United, although the 21 year old will not be expected to have a huge impact. It’s been a quiet summer for the South Coast squad, with Eddie Howe still relying on some of the players who helped Bournemouth get promoted to the Premier League.
AFC Bournemouth 18/19 Premier League Prediction - Relegation
There is a feeling around Bournemouth that this could be the year that they finally get relegated back to the Championship. Most of the teams around them have greatly strengthened their squads, but Bournemouth have struggled to bring any stars into the team. The defence was the biggest problem last year, alongside Asmir Begovic who was responsible for a few high profile errors. Diego Rico might help to sure up the defensive line, but there are still quite a few older players who won’t be getting any better this year. Last year, the Premier League lost 3 ‘established’ sides and with the promoted sides spending money for fun, there is reason to worry for Bournemouth.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion in the 17/18 Premier League Season
Brighton’s first ever Premier League season mainly went by without any real relegation threat. Apart from one week in the bottom 3 after gameweek 2, Brighton were out of the relegation places for the rest of the year. Chris Hughton used his previous Premier League experience to help Brighton grind out results against some of the league's biggest teams. Pascal Gross turned out to be an inspired signing, scoring goals as well as assisting Brighton’s front line. Glenn Murray was Gross’ biggest beneficiary, scoring 14 goals throughout the season.
Brighton & Hove Albion Transfers
The TV money that the Premier League brings in has clearly prompted Brighton’s owner to spend. Chris Hughton has broken the club’s record transfer twice in the summer transfer window, bringing in Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Bissouma was brought in to sure up Brighton’s midfield, whereas Jahanbakhsh will be hoping to carry on his goalscoring form from last year. The Iran international scored 21 goals in Holland’s top flight last year before representing Iran at the 2018 World Cup.
Brighton & Hove Albion 18/19 Premier League Prediction - Safe
Brighton are one of the few bottom half teams who have actually strengthened in the key areas that they needed. Florin Andone and Jahanbakhsh will both provide much needed competition up front. Brighton’s defence has also been packed with reinforcements, with Chris Hughton essentially signing a full back 4 this summer. If Brighton can remain as difficult to beat as last year, then they will have no problems surviving the drop this year.
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