- A spell of poor form has put Aston Villa in the danger zone to be relegated from the Premier League
- Dean Smith’s men now have -180 odds to be relegated this season
- See the most recent odds for relegation from the EPL below
It’s been a rough year for both Aston Villa and Norwich City, two sides who were promoted this season but face an uphill battle to stay in England’s top-flight. Villa currently sits on 25 points in 19th spot, while the Canaries are dead last in the Premier League with just 21 points this term.
Bournemouth has also slipped up lately, failing to win in their last five matches. The Cherries have seen their EPL relegation odds fall from +130 in February to -143 currently. Their last victory was on February 1st when they beat Aston Villa. West Ham, Watford, and Bournemouth are all tied with 27 points and all have the fear of being relegated.
2020 EPL Relegation Odds
Odds taken Mar. 9th
Villa in Poor Form
It’s been a disappointing year for Aston Villa, winning just seven times all season. Their last victory league victory was back on January 21st when they beat another side threatened with relegation, Watford. However, they did put up a very gutsy performance against Man City in the league cup final, losing a heartbreaker by a score of 2-1.
They’ve had no issue scoring goals per se, netting 34 in 27 appearances. However, they’ve conceded a Premier League worst 52 goals this term. They’ve also won consecutive matches just once this season, beating Norwich City and Brighton on back to back matchdays in October. Jack Grealish has been about the only bright spot for this side, bagging seven goals and adding seven assists.
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At this point, it seems inevitable that Dean Smith’s side will be heading back to the Championship. They face a relatively difficult schedule ahead, with seven of their last ten matches against sides in the top ten. Among those opponents will be Chelsea, United, Leicester, Liverpool, and Wolves, among others.
Bournemouth Continue to Struggle
The Cherries have been in the Premier League since the 2015-16 campaign, but that could very well change if they don’t start winning more fixtures. They’re in a three-way tie for the last relegation spot and frankly, their poor form this season reflects their results. Eddie Howe’s squad has bagged just 29 goals in as many matches. Just one goal per game isn’t going to cut it, especially if you concede as often as the Cherries have this term.
They’ve let in 47 goals and suffered yet another defeat over the weekend against league leaders Liverpool. Although they took the early lead thanks to a Callum Wilson tally, Bournemouth collapsed on two different occasions in which the Reds made them pay. It’s the inconsistency in their midfield and backline that has caused them lots of problems this year along with the lack of production from the likes of Wilson and Ryan Fraser, who both enjoyed fantastic seasons last year.
Five of their last nine matches are against very decent sides in the top ten. Man City, Wolves, United, and Leicester are all ahead on the schedule. Their Premier League fate is in their hands, however, it’s not going to be an easy finish to the 2019/20 campaign with such difficult matches in the coming weeks.
Could West Ham or Watford go Down?
Both the Hornets and the Hammers also face the possibility of relegation this year, as they’re tied with Bournemouth on 27 points.
Watford has won just once in their last five, but the one victory was a crucial one, beating Liverpool 3-0 and handing them their first Premier League defeat since January of 2019. Nigel Pearson’s men have had a very dismal year though, winning just six times in 29 matches. They have immensely struggled to score goals as well, registering less than a goal per match this term.
West Ham hasn’t fared much better, winning just once in their last ten appearances. Despite signing numerous players last summer such as Sebastian Haller and Pablo Fornals, David Moyes’ side has faced a lot of disappointment. But out of all these teams who fear of being relegated, the Hammers have the easiest schedule to end the year. Only four of their last nine matches are against sides in the top half. The possibility of staying in the Premier League is definitely possible if West Ham can put together a few positive results.
Villa, Norwich, Cherries Will be Relegated
Aston Villa faces a very tough schedule to end the season and their form hasn’t necessarily improved as of late. It’s a foregone conclusion that Norwich City will return to the Championship, currently sitting six points off 18th place Bournemouth/Watford/West Ham. Bournemouth has been a lost cause all year and with their next handful of matches against quality sides, I don’t see them standing much of a chance.
At this point, I see Villa, Norwich, and Bournemouth being relegated this year.