Premier League Relegation: Norwich certain to drop back
Posted 8th August 2011
Last season proved to be one of the most dramatic leagues in recent years as up to ten teams scrapped to avoid relegation to the Championship over the closing months of the campaign.
In the end it was the newly promoted Blackpool who returned to the Championship where they were surprisingly joined by Birmingham City and West Ham United.
This season much of the focus is on newly promoted sides Swansea City, Norwich and QPR.
Over the last nine Premier League campaigns at least one of the promoted teams have been relegated straight back to the Championship so unsurprisingly Swansea and Norwich are odds-on to be relegated available at 6/11 and 8/13 respectively.
Norwich look the most likely of the promoted teams to make a swift return given their swift rise to the Premier League. Two seasons ago, Paul Lambertís were plying their trade in League 1 and managed to win successive promotions to land their ticket to the Premier League.
Last season Norwich showed poor away form against the top sides in the Championship and Lambert has yet to bring any experienced signings to the club. The leap from League 1 football to Premier League is likely to prove a major shock for the club and expect Norwich to finish bottom of the table.
Other likely candidates to join Norwich include Blackburn and Wigan.
Blackburn under Steve Kean is a club that appears to be going nowhere fast as they just escaped relegation in the closing weeks of the season. They have lost defender Phil Jones to Manchester United and have failed to spend any of that £16.5 million transfer fee. Striker Nikola Kalinic is reportedly on the verge of leaving and no player at the club manage to score more than six goals last season.
On the plus side they have a couple of quality players in goalkeeper Paul Robinson and central defender Chris Samba but a lack of quality upfront combined with Keanís managerial inexperience will make this a long season for Rovers and at 3/1, Unibet, represent a good bet for relegation.
Wigan stayed up last season after winning their final two games of the season which was the first time they had recorded back-to-back wins all campaign.
Roberto Martinez is a good manager and during the summer turned down the chance of managing Aston Villa. He may regret that refusal during the course of another long season for the club.
They have lost one of their main creative outlets in Charles NíZogbia who was their top goalscorer in all competitions last season whilst the return of loanee Tom Cleverley back to Manchester United is a further blow for Martinez.
The Lactics may escape the dreaded drop but once again they will have to fight till the fight few games of the season.
Tip #1: Back Norwich to be relegated from the Premier League at 8/13 with Unibet.
Tip #2: Back Blackburn to be relegated from the Premier League at 3/1 with Unibet.