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 Scott Parker avoid third consecutive top-flight relegation?
Scott Parker is back in the Premier League after guiding Bournemouth to automatic promotion.
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.
The south coast club managed five consecutive seasons in the Premier League before they finished 18th during the 2019/20 season.
For Scott Parker, he is looking to avoid being relegated from the Premier League for the third consecutive time.
After taking charge of Fulham back in February 2019, he was unable to keep Fulham up and they dropped into the Championship.
He then took them straight back up after winning the play-offs only for the Cottagers to once again be relegated the following season.
This time around, they have begun their campaign in perfect fashion, picking up a strong 2-0 win over European hopefuls Aston Villa.
His hopes of avoiding a third consecutive top-flight relegation are not particularly fancied with Bournemouth favourites to face the drop at 8/13.
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 are second-favourites to face the drop at even odds, even with a record 12 additions to their side and more to come.
But despite being strongly tipped to go straight back down, the City Ground is likely to be a very tough place to go next season.
Forest managed to defeat Arsenal and Leicester City there in the FA Cup last season.
Cooper’s side have already done some impressive business this summer by singing Taiwo Awoniyi, Dean Henderson, Giulian Biancone and Moussa Niakhaté, while Jesse Lingard will be hoping for a better game than his opening offering.
They will be hoping that the bookies can be proved wrong this season.
Can Fulham 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 begun in the same vein, with two goals against Liverpool to grab a draw for the Cottagers.
Their last two spells in the top flight have seen them relegated on both occasions, and they will be hoping that they can make it third time lucky this season and stay in the top flight.
Marco Silva’s side are valued at 2/1 to once again be relegated to the Championship, with their draw with Liverpool meaning an 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, meaning that they are now 11/4 to be relegated, up from 5/2.
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 South 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 (who is set to join Barcelona), they are 11/4 to suffer relegation.
To replace the duo, Jesse Marsch’s side have signed Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra and American midfielder Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig.
And they got their new campaign off to a perfect start with a 2-1 win over Wolves, with fellow new signing Brenden Aaronson impressing in particular for Jesse Marsch’s side.
Southampton on the slide?
Tottenham found Southampton light work on the opening day of the season, and in truth the youthful south coast side do seem somewhat lightweight.
They will have to hope that the young stars that they have brought in over the summer can hit the ground running, with the bookies offering odds of 2/1 for them to be in the Championship next season.
Everton to drop out?
Another side currently looking somewhat lightweight heading into the new season are Frank Lampard’s Everton. They fell to a dogged but blunt 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in their opening game, and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined for the opening six weeks of the season and Richarlison now a Tottenham player, it is hard to see where the Toffees goals will come from at the moment.
They are currently 5/2 to be relegated from the top flight, but those odds could change significantly depending on the remainder of their summer business.