Newcastle Odds-On To Avoid Relegation Despite Betting Surge
Steve Bruce's appointment at Newcastle as Rafa Benitez's replacement has been met with much scepticism and punters have been quick to latch onto the growing gloom on Tyneside by backing them for relegation next season.
Newcastle have been the best backed team to suffer relegation in the last 24 hours in the wake of former Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce taking charge at St James' Park.
The Magpies have seen their odds to suffer the drop dramatically cut, but they are still odds-on to stay up best at 1/3 with Bet365 and William Hill in the 2019/20 Premier League betting markets.
Newcastle have already suffered the fate of relegation twice under the tenure of the much-maligned owner Mike Ashley, but the bookies still feel there are five sides more likely than the Toon to go down next season.
Bet365’s Steve Freeth said: "It’s undoubtedly a dream job for a boyhood fan of the club, and in truth, punters have been backing Newcastle for the drop a long time before Bruce’s name was linked with a return home."
Brighton, who go into next season also under new management following Chris Hughton's departure and Graham Potter's subsequent appointment, are 4/9 (Bet365) to stay up as they look to secure Premier League survival for a third successive year.
Who Will Stay Up?
Next in the betting comes big-spending Aston Villa, with the Premier League new boys 2/5 to stay up and best priced 1/2 to avoid relegation in their first season back in the top flight.
Villa have been the busiest club in the transfer window this summer and bookies rate them as having the best chance of the newly-promoted sides to stay up.
Burnley are third favourites to be relegated next season after flirting with the drop last term with Sean Dyche's men 4/9 to continue their stay in the Premier League.
Norwich, who were surprise winners of the Championship last season, are tipped by many to struggle in the Premier League having not spent much money in the transfer window so far this summer.
The Canaries are best-priced 10/11 with Bet365 to spring another surprise and avoid relegation.
Fellow Premier League new boys Sheffield United are the big outsiders to stay up next season with the Blades 6/5 to secure survival and best priced 6/4 with Black Type to defy the dreaded drop.
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