The race for survival in the Premier League has once more recommenced with teams desperate to avoid the ignominy of relegation to the Championship.
Last season saw Norwich City and Watford relegated, whilst Burnley’s six-season stint in the division finally came to an end.
The Premier League’s new boys Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Fulham will all be looking to avoid dropping straight back down to the second-tier.
Survival is worth upwards of £100 million per year, and here 101 Great Goals looks at relegation odds for 20223/23 from the Premier League and which teams are favourites to go down.
Can Bournemouth avoid the drop?
Bournemouth are back in the Premier League after securing automatic promotion last time out.
The Cherries finished runners-up in the Championship to end their two-season stay in the second tier.
They are now back in the big time and they will be aiming for another long stay in the division.
However, that has not gone to plan yet. Despite winning their opening game, they had conceded 16 goals in three games, albeit against the top 3 sides in the Premier League. This led to them parting ways with Parker and replacing him with Gary O’Neil, whose reign began brightly but has stuttered since.
Their hopes of avoiding a third consecutive top-flight relegation are not particularly fancied, with Bournemouth massive favourites to face the drop at 1/3.
Nottingham Forest back in the big time
Nottingham Forest are finally back in the Premier League for the first time since 1999.
But they are not being given much hope of staying there as they were second-favourites to face the drop at even odds before the start of the season, even with a record number additions to their side and more to come in January.
But despite being strongly tipped to go straight back down, the City Ground is likely to be a very tough place to go this season.
They claimed a famous win over Liverpool and took a point against Chelsea, while a run of just one defeat in 5 has propelled them up the table and into 13th. As it stands, the bookies have them at 12/5 to go down.
Fulham set to finally end their relegation-promotion cycle
Fulham dominated the Championship last season by amassing 90 points and scoring 106 goals.
Meanwhile, five of the 11 players in the Team of the Season were players from the west London club.
Aleksandar Mitrović spearheaded the Cottagers’ title charge netting a stunning 43 goals in 44 league matches, and has began in the same vein, with two goals against Liverpool to grab a draw for the Cottagers.
They have continued their strong form too, currently in sixth place and closer to the top 4 than a relegation spot. As it stands, they need 9 more points to hit the magic 40 points that usually ensures safety in the Premier League.
Due to this, Marco Silva’s side are now a massive 80/1 to drop back down to the Championship this season, a significant increase on the 6/5 that was being offered ahead of a ball being kicked.
Brentford looking to avoid second-season syndrome
Brentford managed to mark their first top-flight campaign in 75 years by securing survival.
The Bees even made a late push for the top half and ended the season with an impressive 13th place.
Towards the start of the year, the west London club looked like they were heading for the drop, however, the signing of Christain Eriksen in January transformed their fortunes.
The Dane played an integral role in helping Brentford finish 13th, and they will need to find a way to cope without him.
A staunch recovery from 2-0 down on the opening day of their season saw them rescue a point against Leicester City. Then, they demolished Manchester United 4-0 in extraordinary circumstances. They have continued their strong form, picking up wins over Liverpool and Manchester City in the process, and at present are 66/1 to go down.
Leeds United expecting more this season
Leeds United defied the odds on the final day of last season to remain in the Premier League.
The North Yorkshire club won away at Brentford whilst Burnley were unable to match their result.
Therefore, on the final day, Leeds leapfrogged the Clarets to maintain their top-flight status.
But, having now lost two key men in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, they were 11/4 to suffer relegation before the season started.
They remain on the precipice, while Jesse Marsch remains under pressure to deliver results, with the club currently 14th and 7/2 to be relegated.
Southampton on the slide?
Nathan Jones’ youthful south coast side do seem somewhat lightweight, lacking cutting edge at the top of the pitch for all their endeavour.
A massive three points against Evertonbrought them back into contention to avoid relegation, though they do remain at the foot of the table. Currently, they face odds of 4/5 to go down.
Leicester City in disarray
One side expected to do much better this season had been Leicester City, with Brendan Rodgers’ side boasting a host of talent. As it stands, however, they remain just two points above the relegation zone, and have lost their last four Premier League games.
They are currently priced at 11/4 to drop into the Championship, though the return of James Maddison from injury could change things at the King Power.
Moyes under pressure
Another side falling well short of their targets are West Ham, currently the most out of form side in the Premier League. Under-pressure boss David Moyes has seen his side take just one point from the last possible 21.
As it stands, they are 4/1 odds to be playing their football in England’s second tier next season.
Everton to drop out?
Frank Lampard’s Everton are in trouble.
A defeat to bottom of the table Southampton has left them 19th, and still struggling to find the back of the net. Currently, they are the bookies second favourites to go down, priced at 8/11 to drop out of the top flight.