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Premier League relegation race: Odds and tips 2021/22



Sean Dyche's Burnley have flirted with relegation all season

The race is on for survival in the Premier League, with teams desperate to avoid the ignominy of relegation to the Championship next season.

Following promotion under Daniel Farke, Norwich have been favourites all season long to drop back down to the second tier and continue their recent history of yo-yoing between the two divisions, while several Premier League regulars have joined them this year.

Survival is worth upwards of £100 million per year, and here 101 Great Goals looks at relegation odds for 2021/22 from the Premier League and which teams are favourites to go down.

Relegation favourites

Norwich secured a massive victory on Friday evening as they defeated relegation rivals, Watford. The Canaries have now completed back to back wins in the league in a huge boost for their survival bid, climbing out of the bottom three for the first time this season in the meantime. They will be looking nervously over their shoulder however, with all three teams below them with games in hand, meaning they are 1/4 favourites to be relegated straight back down. The Canaries were written off at the start of the season but their recent form suggests they’re ready to put up a strong fight.

Burnley are currently rock bottom of the table with 12 points after 18 matches, but have four games in hand on Norwich due to a succession of postponed matches in recent weeks. Sean Dyche’s side have a history of clawing their way out of trouble at this time of year and gained a point away at Arsenal on Sunday, but with just one win to their name all season they face an uphill battle to do it once again, and are 1/2 to finally end their Premier League stay. To make things even more difficult, they will have to do it without Chris Wood who left for Newcastle earlier in the transfer window and thus depriving Burnley of their main source of goals.

Watford are reportedly set for yet another managerial change following an embarrassing defeat to Norwich on Friday, losing 3-0 to the side favourites to go down this year. Claudio Ranieri is already their second manager this season and the Pozzos could be tempted into another change following a winless run since their win over Manchester United in November. With a tricky fixture list to come, they must get something from a trip to Turf Moor and with relegation odds of 2/7 to go down they face a tough ask.

Josh Sargent scored in the vital win over Watford

Josh Sargent scored in the vital win over Watford (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Relegation outsiders

Following their recent major takeover, Newcastle will be desperate to avoid the drop. The transfer budget available to them has encouraged hopes of survival despite just two wins so far this season, but with Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier on board they have already claimed five points from their last three games. The latest match – a surprise win away at Leeds on Saturday – has reignited hopes of a miraculous escape, but their will need to be more additions for them to escape the bottom three but at 11/8 should fancy themselves to have the quality to get out of it.

Leeds have been badly hit by injuries this season and their form has taken a hit because of it. With key players such as Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips missing large chunks of the season, it is no surprise that a thin squad has struggled on the pitch and defeat to Newcastle threatens to pull them back into the dog-fight after successive wins looked to have eased fears. They remain seven points clear of the bottom three and are expected to welcome back key players in the coming weeks, but a bad run of form could see 6/1 odds for relegation prove good value.

After a bright start to the season, Everton subsided quickly under Rafael Benitez and gradually slid towards the bottom of the league. There is plenty of unrest around Goodison, with fans protesting against the board during Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa in the midst of a run that has seen just one win in their last 13. Duncan Ferguson has taken the reigns as caretaker manager although he is likely to soon be replaced by a permanent manager as they seek to prove odds of 9/2 to be relegated wrong.

Brentford have been dragged into the relegation battle following four consecutive defeats. Having made a strong start to life in the top flight, Thomas Frank’s side look to be running out of steam, but are eight points above the bottom three in 14th place. Every team below them has games in hand and table could start to look at lot worse for them in a few weeks time, and on current form, relegation odds of 6/1 could prove very good value.

The signing of Kieran Trippier is expected to be crucial for Newcastle's survival hopes

The signing of Kieran Trippier is expected to be crucial for Newcastle’s survival hopes (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Man City handed double boost ahead of Aston Villa




Man City handed double boost ahead of Aston Villa


Premier League-chasing Manchester City have, on Thursday, been afforded an altogether timely double boost on the personnel front.

Pep Guardiola’s troops are of course primed to return to action in 72 hours’ time.

In the knowledge that a three-point haul will see them assured of back-to-back titles in the English top-flight, the Sky Blues are set to welcome Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to the Etihad, for a final day clash.

And, after stuttering to a 2-2 stalemate with West Ham last time out, City, this time round, will likely be considerably more confident in keeping their upcoming opponents at bay.

This comes owing to a pair of timely returns to fitness in the club’s first-team ranks.

As confirmed in a post across the Citizens’ social media platforms on Thursday, John Stones and Kyle Walker, both of whom were forced to sit out at the London Stadium owing to injury, have returned to training alongside the rest of Pep Guardiola’s squad.

The two defenders, in turn, are expected to be available for selection this coming Sunday.

Wolves test

Turning attentions towards the other protagonist in the Premier League’s title race, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderer to Anfield this weekend, primed to take advantage of any potential slip-up on Man City’s part.

The Reds, amid an ongoing pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple, currently sit just a point adrift of the table-topping Sky Blues.

This comes after Klopp and co, despite a whole raft of changes, emerged from a meeting with Southampton with a hard-fought 2-1 win on Tuesday night.


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Robert Lewandowski’s agent drops major hint over Barcelona switch




Robert Lewandowski’s agent drops major hint over Barcelona switch


Word stemming from the Spanish media over the course of the last 24 hours points towards Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski inching ever closer to a move to Barcelona.

Speculation surrounding the future of Polish international Lewandowski has of course been rampant in the media for some time now.

This comes with the 33-year-old, fresh off another scintillating campaign in front of goal, eyeing a move away from Bavaria ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Speaking ahead of the club’s final Bundesliga outing of the season last weekend, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed as much, albeit whilst adding that Lewandowski is expected to see out the remaining year on his current contract:

To this point, the outfit most frequently tipped as a summer landing spot for Bayern’s star man have of course been Barcelona.

This comes with Xavi and co. understood to be highly appreciative of Lewandowski’s goalscoring talents, and evidently of the opinion that heading into the new season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club’s first-choice centre-forward is out of the question.

And, as alluded to above, if the latest rumours emanating from Spain are anything to go by, then the Blaugrana appear primed to imminently land their man.

As per transfer journalist Gerard Romero, Pini Zahavi, Lewandowski’s representative, was in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Not only that, but, during his trip, the super agent paid a visit to the club’s official store, to allegedly purchase no fewer than ten Barca jerseys, all with Lewandowski’s name emblazoned across the back.

Blues keen

Interestingly, word of Barcelona’s swoop for ‘Lewa’ inching ever closer comes fresh on the back of the 33-year-old being linked with a move to another of European football’s heavyweights just days ago.

The outfit in question? Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.


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Jordan Ayew escapes punishment in reckless challenge against Everton




Why Jordan Ayew was not sent off for ‘reckless’ challenge vs Everton

Iconic Premier League club Everton are in a fight for their lives in the top flight of English football coming into the final weekend of action in the 2021-22 season, and at the time of writing are hosting Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Goodison Park with anything less than a win set to subject the Toffees to a final day of action on Sunday that could consign them to relegation.

But Everton fans will undoubtedly feel aggrieved after Eagles forward Jordan Ayew escaped serious punishment after a reckless challenge on academy graduate Anthony Gordon right next to both dugouts during the first half of play.

Ayew was seen to hack down Gordon with a scissor motion while contesting possession and made no attempt to win the ball, with players on both sides losing their cool in the resulting scrum.

It could not have come at a worse time for Everton given the gravity of the evening, and though the Toffees have fought back to lead 3-2 at the time of writing after Jean-Philippe Mateta and the aforementioned Ayew gave the Eagles a two-goal lead ahead of Michael Keane, Richarlison, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin bringing matters into Everton’s hands, the fact that the Premier League came out in response to state that the tackle was “reckless” but not worthy of a red card once against calls into question the FA and the inconsistent refereeing standards in the league.

If Ayew was correctly sent off given the video and picture evidence on hand, matters could well be different regardless of the fact that Everton have done incredibly well to fight back when it has mattered most.

With both teams now in stoppage time, it’s clear that the Toffees found fuel through injustice with their Premier League lives at stake.

This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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