Premier League 2021/22 Relegation Predictions, Odds and Picks

  • Norwich City, Watford and Brentford won promotion from the Championship last term
  • The bookmakers consider Crystal Palace, Burnley and Newcastle United to be vulnerable
  • Three teams will suffer relegation from the Premier League in the 2021/22 season

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The Premier League 2021/22 season beings on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 22 May 2022. Each team in the division will play 38 games, with three points available for a win and one point for a tie. The three sides with the fewest points at the end of the season will be relegated to the Championship.

As is often the case, the three promoted teams are the favorites to fall through the trapdoor. Twelve clubs are offered at odds of less than +1000, which shows that the majority of Premier League teams cannot rule out a relegation scrap this season.

Premier League 2021/22 Relegation Odds

Odds taken on 13 September 2021 from BetMGM

Premier League 2021/22 Relegation Odds
Norwich City -150
Watford +140
Brentford +275
Crystal Palace +225
Burnley +140
Newcastle United +275
Southampton +400
Wolverhampton Wanderers +500
Brighton & Hove Albion +550
Aston Villa +600
West Ham United +800
Leeds United +800

The gap between the Championship and the Premier League has only grown larger in recent years, so it is no surprise that the bookmakers believe all three promoted teams are vulnerable. Norwich City won the second division last season but are the favorites to go down, followed by Watford and Brentford.

Crystal Palace are under new management in the form of Patrick Vieira, a former Arsenal captain who is nevertheless unproven as a coach in the Premier League. Sean Dyche has continually kept Burnley clear of trouble in recent years, but his team are nevertheless fifth-favorites to suffer demotion.

From a value perspective, consider Newcastle United at +275. The Magpies have not done much business in the transfer market and were poor for large parts of last season.

How Does Relegation Work in the Premier League?

The Premier League is played on a double round-robin basis. Each team in the division plays every other side home and away, giving a total of 38 matches. Three points are awarded for every win and one point for every tie. At the end of the campaign, the three sides with the fewest points are relegated.

As a result of this format, there is no fixed date when Premier League relegation is announced – that moment is simply confirmed when it is no longer mathematically possible for a team to finish 17th or higher. The earliest confirmation of relegation from the Premier League came when Derby County’s fate was sealed on 29 March 2008.

What Does Relegation Mean in the Premier League?

Relegation ends a club’s participation in the Premier League. A team that is relegated will spend the following season in the Championship, the second tier of English soccer.

Relegation is an important part of the English soccer system, which makes it a key point of difference with MLS in the United States. It is seen as essential to sporting integrity within the English soccer pyramid, and the vast majority of supporters of Premier League clubs would oppose the removal of relegation, even if it benefited their team.

The presence of relegation also makes the Premier League more entertaining. Because the division lacks a play-off system, the majority of clubs would have nothing to fight for if the threat of demotion was abolished. Relegation battles are sometimes even more dramatic and engaging than title races.

Which Clubs Were Relegated in the Premier League 2020/21?

Sheffield United were the first team to be relegated from the Premier League in the 2020/21 season. They accumulated just 23 points from their 38 games, and were sent down on April 18 after losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Bromwich Albion followed them through the trapdoor on May 9 following defeat by Arsenal. The Baggies amassed only 26 points and went on to finish 19th, above only Sheffield United.

Fulham were relegated on May 11 after they failed to beat Burnley. The Cottagers picked up 28 points and finished 11 points adrift of 17th spot.

Which Clubs Have Been Relegated the Most?

Club Number of Relegations
Norwich City 5
West Bromwich Albion 5
Crystal Palace 4
Middlesbrough 4
Sunderland 4
Bolton Wanderers 3
Birmingham City 3
Queens Park Rangers 3
Nottingham Forest 3
Hull City 3
Leicester City 3

Norwich City will be looking to avoid a sixth relegation from the Premier League this season, having already finished in the bottom three on five occasions – an unwanted record they share with West Bromwich Albion. Crystal Palace would draw level on five relegations if they finish below the dreaded dotted line in the 2021/22 campaign.

Which Premier League Teams Have Been Relegated?

Forty-two clubs have been relegated since the Premier League was launched in 1992, with a total of 88 demotions in that time. Three teams have been demoted in each season with the exception of 1994/95 when four went down.

Eight teams have never been relegated from the Premier League, including Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford. The six other sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – have participated in all 30 Premier League seasons to date.

Three Premier League title winners have been relegated. Blackburn Rovers finished in the bottom three in 1998/99, just four years after being crowned champions. Leicester City and Manchester City were both relegated before they won the title.

Was the Premier League Called the Premiership?

The Premier League was called the Premiership for sponsorship reasons between 1993 and 2007. It has been known as the Premier League ever since.

How Can I Watch the Premier League on TV?

Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Premier League on NBC. Kick-off times tend to range from 7.30 AM to 3.00 PM (EDT).

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