It’s been a terrific season for both Norwich City and Sheffield United, and there will be very few who will begrudge them their place in the top flight. However, despite amassing 94 and 89 points respectively, the pair are being widely tipped to return to the second tier at the first time of asking.
? Chris Wilder, pictured with @England boss Gareth Southgate, and former @ManUtd manager Sir Alex Ferguson – picking up his award for the LMA Manager of the Year 2019. ??⚪#sufc #twitterblades pic.twitter.com/iLYY3C6o49
— Blades Mad (@Blades_Mad) May 15, 2019
Sheffield United Favourites for Relegation
The odds for Premier League relegation were released at the beginning of May, and Blades fans will be unsurprised to see their side quoted at an odds-on price for an immediate return to the Championship. The South Yorkshire outfit were the surprise package of the campaign, and manager Chris Wilder must take enormous credit for masterminding their promotion. The former Oxford and Northampton boss won Manager of the Year and Championship Manager of the Year at the LMA Awards, and has also been linked with the vacancy at Brighton. He is currently fourth favourite in the betting to take over at the AMEX.
It looks like the club will have the funds to purchase some players this summer, especially considering that they’ve released five players, which has left them with just 16 first-team squad members.
Norwich Could Struggle According to the Bookmakers
Despite a late-season wobble, Norwich managed to secure the Championship title on the final day of the season at Villa Park. Daniel Farke’s side played easy-on-the-eye football throughout the campaign, and have some outstandingly talented players in their squad.
They have been given more of a chance of survival than Sheffield United, with quotes of around 19/20 for the Canaries to spend just a single season in the top tier.
The East Anglian club have been linked with a number of potential signings already this summer, but with sporting director Stuart Webber remaining at Carrow Road, we can expect a number of shrewd acquisitions to join the squad over the coming months.
Other Relegation Candidates
Despite ending the season strongly, Sean Dyche’s Burnley are currently the third favourites for relegation next year, whilst managerless Brighton are also tipped to struggle by the bookmakers, and can be backed at around 5/2.
At a larger price, Bournemouth’s ropey away form could put them in jeopardy, and the Cherries can be backed at 7/1 to return to the Championship after four successful seasons in the top flight.
PIC: Sean Dyche in good spirits at today’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/FRGux4Ybtg
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 10, 2019
Return of the Premier League
With a lack of top-flight European football taking place throughout the summer months, many football fans are already beginning to look towards the ante-post markets, and savvy punters often tend to seek out the early value. Those who believe it is too early to start formulating pre-season accumulators will be pleased to see that the MLS continues throughout June and July, and bettors can find many soccer betting markets available on each of these games on a weekly basis. With an increased number of mid-week games taking place this season, there are more MLS betting opportunities than ever before.
The popularity of Major League Soccer has grown exponentially in recent years, and the expansion of the league has certainly helped make it far more competitive. Even though it is a league which rarely fails to entertain, many soccer fans will still be eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League.
We can expect a flurry of transfer rumours over the next couple of months, with each of the promoted clubs working hard to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign. The odds suggest that Sheffield United and Norwich’s stay in the Premier League will be brief, but both sides do look strong, and that should result in a fascinating battle to avoid the drop next year.