The new Premier League clubs are back in the pre-season, and with the major international summer tournaments ending, or nearing an end, we can officially build up to the new Premier League season! It’s less than 5 weeks away, so the bookmakers will provide many betting specials for you to predict for the upcoming season.
Here on betting.football, I will provide all the specials for EVERY Premier League team, and today’s piece will focus on the newly promoted sides, that had been through an arduous Championship season to get here. I will give you my insight, based on stats and analysis, as well as my equally-important, never-failing gut intuition, that has carried me throughout the years. Let’s start by looking at last season’s Championship winners.
Best Premier League Performance: 3rd in the 1992/1993 season
Last Year in Premier League: 2015/2016 season
Opening Three Fixtures: Liverpool (A), Newcastle (H), Chelsea (H)
Norwich won the EFL Championship last season, as they finished the season in stupendous form as they remained unbeaten in their last 14 matches, winning a total of 10. They confirmed promotion with three games left to play, and wrapped up the title by beating Aston Villa 2-1 on the final day away from home. Their final points tally was 94 points, and they also boasted the most amount of goals with 93 scored in 46 games (that’s over 2 goals per game). Finnish striker Teemu Pukki was a huge influence on that, as he scored 29 goals in the league, making him the outright top scorer by 4 clear goals. Going into this season, they are 2nd favourites to get relegated at 1/1 (EVENS), despite being champions, but unlike Wolves – who were previous Championship Champions that finished 7th in the Premier League – there isn’t the same amount of budget backing them.
Norwich start the season by going to European Champions Liverpool in what will be an eye-opener for the Canaries, before hosting their first Premier League game at home for over three years to Newcastle. German manager Daniel Farke has done a sterling job, as after a mediocre first campaign, he has managed to earn promotion in only his 2nd season. He’ll know that his team will be in a huge fight to remain in the Premier League, but this Norwich side are more than capable. I’d tip them to finish in the area between 14th and 17th. Here are some specials that you should consider;
Teemu Pukki to score 15+ goals – 1/1
To Stay Up – 8/11
Norwich to score 50+ league goals – 13/8
And for the tipsters…
Norwich to earn a top 10 finish – 10/1
And for the dreamers…
Norwich to win their first three games – 200/1[geot exclude_country="US" ][/geot]
Best Premier League Performance: 14th in the 1992/1993 Season (Champions of Division 1 once)
Last Year in Premier League: 2006/2007
Opening Three Fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester City (H).
Sheffield United were the surprise package last season in the Championship, as they often flirt with the play-off places each year, but went that one step further to finally accomplish their Premier League dreams again. They started their campaign with back to back defeats, but would only go on to lose seven more matches in the rest of the season. Despite that poor start, Sheffield United started to get some consistency with their results, and their season continuously grew post-Christmas. From February onwards, they put the pressure on the likes above them including Leeds and Norwich, and finally broke into the top two. It was only temporarily though, until the final five matches when they made that 2nd spot their own. Due to Leed’s collapse, Sheffield United held on to 2nd spot and earned automatic promotion following a 2-0 home win against Ipswich on the penultimate day of the season.
Manager Chris Wilder couldn’t believe that his team had achieved, as they had to edge past the likes of Leeds, West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby to get promoted. Billy Sharp, who is 33 years old, finally has the chance to test himself against the Premier League defenders, and will hope to score 20+ goals as he did last season. Sheffield United’s fixture list doesn’t start off to badly with three winnable games, although they’ll be far from easy. Sheffield United are favourites to be relegated at 4/6, and also favourites to finish bottom at 5/2.
On paper, they do have the weakest squad, but will hope to bolster their attacking options with the signing of Neal Maupay for £15million. Nonetheless, they will have a hard time in their return to the most competitive league on the planet, and I can see them finishing from 18th to 20th – and therefore, being relegated straight back to the Championship. Here are some specials that you should consider;
Sheffield United to finish bottom – 5/2
Sharp to score 12+ Premier League goals – 8/13
Sheffield United to score the least amount of goals – 3/1
And for the tipsters…
Sheffield Utd to finish higher than Crystal Palace – 7/2
And for the dreamers…
Sheffield Utd to finish in the top half AND win Carabao Cup – 1000/1[geot exclude_country="US" ][/geot]
Best Premier League Performance: 2nd in the 1992/1993 season (Seven times Division 1 Champions)
Last Year in Premier League: 2015/2016
Opening Three Fixtures: Tottenham (A), Bournemouth (H), Everton (H).
In terms of honours, Aston Villa are the 6th best English team of all time. Seven times they have won the top tier title in English football, and a European Cup win back in the 1980’s makes them one of the biggest clubs, that boasts a huge following. Following a few poor years in the Premier League, they were eventually relegated as one of the worst Premier League sides ever in the 2015/2016 season. Coming straight back up was the task, but it has taken them four years to achieve it. After a few mediocre seasons finishing in mid-table, they then lost at the final hurdle – the playoff final – in the 2017/2018 campaign. One year on though, they reached the same stage again, only for them to beat Derby 2-1 and put Aston Villa back where they belong.
Managed by Dean Smith, who is assisted by Chelsea legend John Terry, Aston Villa put together an impressive string of results in the 2nd half of the season to climb the table and claim a play-off spot. Despite their great run, it must be noted that their home form last season had recorded one of the worst defensive showings in their history, as they conceded 36 goals at home in 23 matches.
They go into this Premier League season as joint 3rd favourites (along with Burnley), to be relegated at 15/8. Last season they did rely on some key loan players, such as Tammy Abraham and Axel Tuanzebe, who will return back to Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, unless they can sort out another loan deal. Young midfielder Jack Grealish, who is a local fan of the club, has continued to impress throughout his time at Aston Villa, and now this must be the season for him to make a big impact in front of the worldwide audience.
Elsewhere in the squad, they have the experienced Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady who will has been promoted three times to the Premier League, and will hope he can become a permanent fixture in this sides’ success. I believe Aston Villa’s prestige and ability to attract more players will help them remain a Premier League side for the following campaign. I’d predict them to be in the 13th to 16th range. Here are some specials that you should consider;
Grealish to score 10+ goals – 9/4
Aston Villa to score 50+ goals – 8/11
Aston Villa to stay up – 4/11
And for the tipsters…
Aston Villa to get 55+ league points – 10/1
And for the dreamers…
Aston Villa to finish in the top half and fellow rivals Birmingham to be relegated – 33/1
That covers all of the Premier League new boys. What are your predictions? Do you agree or disagree? What are your safety bets? And what punts are you taking?
I hope that you have enjoyed reading, and be sure to check back on all our Premier League betting specials for the season ahead. Happy betting![geot exclude_country="US" ][/geot] [geot country="US,CA" ]
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