The halfway point of the Premier League season has been reached, but already the damage has been done for some of the teams in the bottom reaches of the league standings. There is still a long way to go, but the writing could already be on the wall for those in the relegation places.
Punters have been trying to pinpoint the best value bets throughout the season, but they can also take advantage of all the promos dedicated to William Hill to get bigger returns when betting on the teams that will be relegated from the Premier League this season. But, which sides are in the most danger of dropping out of the top-flight?
The Canaries may have gained a lot of fans this season for the way that they play, but they have also been incredibly naïve. No team has conceded more goals than Norwich this season, while only Watford and Crystal Palace have scored more. The drop in form from Teemu Pukki has been damaging for Norwich, and any slim hope that they have of staying up this season will revolve around the Finn being able to find his shooting boots.
Nigel Pearson’s arrival seemed to have turned the tide for the Hornets, but as soon as they were out of the relegation places, they suffered a drop in from. They haven’t won in three, and their lack of firepower in the final third is costing them dearly. It is still hard to see Watford dropping down this season, however, as they do have the quality in the squad to rectify their situation. Gerard Deulofeu will be crucial to their chances.
West Ham United
All the talk at the beginning of the season was about how smart the Hammers had been in the summer by bringing in players like Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller. However, instead of competing for a place in Europe, they are looking down the barrel of relegation this season. David Moyes has failed to galvanise the squad since his arrival, as they have just won once. Their 3-3 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion was evident of the deep-rooted problems that they have at the club.
Aston Villa have been a strange commodity this season, as their performances have been better than their league position suggests. Jack Grealish is enjoying an excellent campaign, and his form could see him land a spot in the England squad for the European Championships. Scoring has once again been their Achilles heel, as they don’t have a consistent number nine. Meanwhile, they are also leaking too many goals, as they have the joint-worst record in the division.
Nobody could have foreseen the problems that Eddie Howe would have this season as the Cherries have struggled. Callum Wilson and Josh King have been unable to hit the back of the net as consistently as they would be expected to, while Dominic Solanke hasn’t been good enough. However, they do have enough quality in their squad to get the points that are needed, so they should be safe.