While although the Premier League focus is usually based around who will finish top of the table, that does not mean matters at the bottom are simply ignored and for those clubs who are hoping to avoid relegation, they will have their work cut out across the course of the season. The race, and odds, to finish bottom of the league table is just as tight as the battle for the top places.
Work that will require those struggling outfits to finish 17th or higher in the Premier League table and if they fail to reach that certain threshold, relegation to the second tier of the English football pyramid then awaits.
Even though relegation will spell misery for a trio of unfortunate outfits, there is always scope for punters to make good use of that misery and for those who select who will be bottom of the pile, the potential for profitability is not all that far away.
Because with the odds to finish bottom list being one of the more popular markets that are currently available, it means the spotlight is shone just as bright on the clubs who are more making up the numbers than opposed to challenging for the title.
SINGING LIKE A CANARY
With this season’s edition of the Premier League now in full swing, the runners and riders for the drop are becoming more evident with each week that passes and at the time of writing, it is Norwich who find themselves at the foot of the table.
Which also means they are the current favourites to finish bottom of the table in six months’ time and although the Canaries have been down on their luck as of late, their fortunes could be about to change.
Fortune that comes in the shape of a new arrival and with Daniel Farke finally being given his marching orders, there was a relatively quick turnaround in regard to who would be manager at Carrow Road.
A decision that also saw a rather quick turnaround for Norwich’s newest managerial incumbent and with Dean Smith only recently being sacked by fellow Premier League outfit Aston Villa, he would soon swap the West Midlands for East Anglia.
Which means Norwich supporters will soon be looking for that infamous ‘new manager bounce’ that is always mentioned in situations such as these and if Smith can add some life to what has been a rather flat season, then last season’s Championship winners may soon improve.
Should that be the case then the current odds of -163 on the moneyline may soon lengthen and if the former Aston Villa boss can lead his new charges into battle, then another club may end up taking their place at the bottom of the table.
THE BEST OF THE WORST
Which means if it is not to be Norwich who end up finishing in 20th and last place at the end of the season, the question is who will? While the answer may also depend on just who is the Watford manager come March or April.
Because the Hornets are known for one thing in particular and that is changing their manager with oft regularity and although their chop and change strategy works from time to time, it also has a habit of backfiring when it matters most.
Which means the recent appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the latest man to take the Watford managerial baton is a rather interesting one and when you consider his failure as Fulham manager three seasons ago, it may not bode well for his latest employers.
At the time of writing, Watford find themselves as second favourites in the finishing bottom market and at odds of +400, tipping a continual slide down the table under Ranieri, might not be the worst wager you will ever place.
Of course, neither Norwich or Watford are the only horses in the race that nobody wants to win (or should that be lose?) and although Sean Dyche is something of a stalwart when it comes to Premier League employment, no man’s tenure in charge will last forever.
Which could mean bad news for Burnley at the end of the season and although they were taken over by new American owners last year, the funds required to compete in the Premier League have not quite materialised.
Which means there is a sense of diminishing returns at Turf Moor and with the Clarets hovering dangerously around the relegation zone, the aim will be to constantly keep their heads above water between now and next May.
Then again, there is always a danger that instead of swimming with the tide, Burnley could also sink like a stone and if you think this will be the season when a lack of money finally catches up with them, you could make money at the current bottom odds of +700.
HOWE FOR NOW
While the list of clubs to finish bottom would not be complete without mentioning Newcastle and although they may have won the lottery after their Saudi-owned takeover was finally complete, results have not followed in due course.
Or should we say positive results have not followed in due course and with the Magpies still looking for their first league win at the time of writing, they will hope that Eddie Howe can now lift them out of the relegation doldrums.
After more than a season out of the game, the ex-Bournemouth boss has decided that now is the time to cash in on his own managerial stock and with Newcastle planning on Premier League prizes in the next few years, he has been tasked with taking the club out of the relegation zone.
Because if Howe fails to achieve such a remit, then Newcastle will not only be the richest football club in the world but by far the richest club in the EFL Championship and that is not the direction of travel the club’s new owners have planned for.
With riches to spend in the New Year, it should mean that a rise up the table follows. Then again, new players means a further disjointed squad and if you think that means they will go backwards, you can back their finish at the bottom, at odds of +1000.
The odds to finish bottom of the Premier League will fluctuate throughout the season depending on form and results.
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