Plenty of pundits are expecting Brighton to struggle in the top flight with an immediate return to the Championship perceived as the most likely outcome. However, it appears Oddschecker users think otherwise with seven other clubs more popular than Chris Hughton’s men in the relegation market. Only 5% of bets this week have been on Brighton being relegated, a stark contrast to the 16% of bets placed in July.
Burnley have been the top pick for relegation in the last few days accounting for 18% of bets a figure that rises to 68% in the time since the transfer of topscorer Andre Gray to Watford was confirmed on Wednesday. Premier League newcomers Huddersfield have remained a popular pick for the drop since they were promoted via the play-offs and again this week have been responsible for 13.6% of bets placed.
The top pick since the start of July have been Stoke City. Which should explain why the bookies have Mark Hughes as 4/1 favourite to be the first manager to leave his post. Despite being 7/1 for the drop with one bookmaker, 15% of bets have been on them to be relegated since 1st July. Stoke don’t play a home game against a team who finished below them last season until December 2 and beat just one team above them last season.
Unfortunately for David Wagner’s newly promoted team, Huddersfield have received more than double the number of bets than any other club to collect the wooden spoon with just over 35% of bets placed on The Terriers finishing bottom at 11/4.