2020-21 Premier League Preview: Relegation Candidates

Posted By High Press 10 on September 7, 2020

The 2020-21 Premier League season starts September 12th. High Press Soccer will again be previewing all of the teams entering the campaign. 

This year, we’ll group the teams into the following categories:

  • Relegation candidates
  • Mid-table fodder 
  • Top-half potential
  • Hello, Europa League
  • The contenders 

Up first are the relegation candidates: Fulham, West Brom Albion, Aston Villa, and Crystal Palace

If you haven’t already, review 2020-21 Premier League schedule and 2020-21 Premier League title odds

Fulham 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Relegation odds: +100
Last Season: 4th in Championship (won promotion playoff)
Last time relegated: 2018-19
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Nickname: The Cottagers, the Whites
Manager: Scott Parker
Key Additions: Antonee Robinson, Harrison Reed, Anthony Knockaert
Best Player: Aleksandar Mitrovic

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham celebrates after he scores his teams second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage on July 18, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Welcome back, Fulham! It’s like you were never gone. 

Last time Fulham were promoted, they invested heavily in the squad. Most pundits had them pegged to stay above relegation. 

They finished 19th with 26 points and a -47 goal differential. Ooof.

Will this stay up be different? Oddsmakers don’t think so, logging them as co-favorite (+100) for a drop. 

A bit of Fulham history:

  • They were FA Cup finalists in 1974-75.
  • They were Europa League runners-up in 2009-10.
  • USMNT star Clint Dempsey was their striker during much of his prime. 

Why you should like Fulham:

  • What we said about Dempsey above there. 
  • Everyone likes Craven Cottage. It’s homey. 

Fulham Daily Fantasy Star:

  • You could probably get some early season value out of forward Aleksandar Mitrovic. 
  • Ivan Cavaleiro may be worth a plug in if you’ve maxed out on pricier players. 

Fulham betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +100000
  • To finish top 4: +15000
  • To finish top 6: +5000
  • Relegation: +100
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Fulham Outlook:

It’s hard to make a case that Fulham will avoid a drop. It would require at least two teams from Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Burnley falling. 

Burnley isn’t dropping. Sure, nobody expected a well-coached side like Bournemouth to fall last season. So Sam Dyche’s side maybe has a few hiccups. But it would take some terrible injury luck to befall Burnley if they’re really going to be relegated. 

Newcastle is spending money to bolster their side. Also, a change in ownership at some point soon should infuse cash during the winter window if needed.

While Villa barely avoided the drop and Palace somehow keep surviving–it’s to hard to see Fulham ending up with mid-to-upper 30’s in points. Look for Fulham to end up back down in the Championship, finishing 19-20th. 

West Brom Albion 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Relegation odds: +100
Last Season: 2nd in the Championship
Last time relegated: 2017-18
Stadium: The Hawthorns
Nickname: The Baggies, The Albion
Manager: Slavin Bilic
Key Additions: Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira (made permanent), Cédric Kipré
Best Player: Matheus Pereira

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Filip Krovinovic and Matheus Pereira of West Bromwich Albion as they celebrate promotion to the Premier League on the pitch at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on July 22, 2020 in West Bromwich, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Fradgley – AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images)

While West Brom’s stay in the Championship wasn’t as brief as Fulham’s, they’re certainly not far removed from top flight soccer. 

West Brom is a proud club with a long history. This is what you’d call a “proper” Premier League club. They’ve got enough talent to make things interesting. 

A bit of West Brom history:

  • They were founded in 1878, so they’ve been around for math math math 142 years.
  • Despite their longevity, they have but one top division title (1919-20).
  • However, they’ve won the FA Cup 5x (1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968)
  • They also have a Football League Cup from 1966. 

Why you should like West Brom:

  • They’re known for a solid fan base.
  • Supporters celebrate goals by bouncing up and down and chanting “Boing Boing” which is fun.
  • If you’re into loud kits, their away uniform makes Norwich look tame. 

West Brom Daily Fantasty star:

  • Matheus Pereira should rack up some assists and fill in the box score. He’s another potential early season value. 

West Brom betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +100000
  • To finish top 4: +10000
  • To finish top 6: +4000
  • Relegation: +100
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West Brom Outlook:

As noted above, West Brom have some pieces. Do they have enough depth though to stay up? While their chances are better than Fulham, they’re going to need to out-perform their xG / xGA. Expect a near miss 18-19th place finish. 

Aston Villa 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Relegation Odds:+175
Last Season: 17th in Premier League
Stadium: Villa Park
Nickname: Villains
Manager: Dean Smith
Key Additions: Matty Cash
Best Player: Jack Grealish 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Aston Villa at London Stadium on July 26, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

It took a mini end-of-season run and final day heroics, but Villa managed to stay up again. 

Going into last season, Villa invested heavily in the squad. That expenditure didn’t translate into the kind of results they were expecting. This off-season, they splashed for Matty Cash. But that was it. Otherwise, the squad remains more or less in tact from last season. 

A bit of Aston Villa history:

  • The club was founded in November 1874–they’ve got history. 
  • They have 7 English first division titles, the last being in 1980-81.
  • The Villains have 7 FA Cup titles, the last being 1956-57.
  • They have 5 league cups, the last being 1995-96.
  • They have 1 European / Champions League title in 1981-82.

Why you should like Aston Villa:

  • Hands down, they have the best nickname in the Premier League (“The Villains”)
  • They actually are a historic club with a real history, unlike Manchester City.
  • Jack Grealish is legit. 

Aston Villa Daily Fantasty star:

  • Grealish tends to be over-priced per his production in DFS contests. John McGinn has shown to be a decent value play. 

Aston Villa betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +100000
  • To finish top 4: +8000
  • To finish top 6: +3300
  • Relegation: +175

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Aston Villa Outlook:

Again, last off-season they spent $169.4M USD (£139m). This off-season, they spent £15.75m. Having barely avoided the drop, they needed to add more pieces. 

Keeping Grealish, of course, is a coup. Many major clubs were interested. However, their front-line just isn’t EPL-worthy. It’ll be a struggle to stay up again. Expect a 18-20th finish. 

Crystal Palace 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Relegation Odds: +225 
Last Season: 14th in Premier League. 
Last relegated season: 2012-13
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Nickname: The Eagles
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Key Additions: Nathan Ferguson, Eberechi Eze
Best Player: Wilfried Zaha 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 05: Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Pre Season Friendly match between Crystal Palace and Brondby IF at Selhurst Park on September 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Smoke, mirrors and duct tape. 

Palace finished 12th two years ago. They placed 14th last season. Should they be considered somewhat safe?

Oddsmakers don’t think so. They are tied (with Newcastle) as the 4th most likely relegation candidates at +225. 

This is a squad that doesn’t invest much or sell often. They didn’t really use their Aaron Wan-Bissaka money for improvements. Their best player–Wilfried Zaha–is aging out of his prime. And somehow Roy Hodgson is still motivating the lads. 

This feels like it could be the end of Palace’s latest top tier run. 

A bit of Crystal Palace history:

  • Palace has been around since 1905. 
  • Eddie Izzard is a fan. 
  • While it feels like Palace has been in our lives forever, they have no first division honors to speak of and only two second division titles (the last being in 1993-94). 
  • They do have two FA Cup runner-ups, including that 2015-16 run.

Why you should like Palace:

  • They always seem to have one big upset up their sleeve each season. 
  • You are a fan of smoke, mirrors, as well as duct tape. 

Crystal Palace Daily Fantasy star:

  • Despite his resident status as Palace’s perennial best player, Zaha isn’t much of a fantasy contributor (for his usual price, at least). 
  • Jordan Ayew can produce goals at a reasonable cost.
  • And James McArthur fills in the box score well. 

Crystal Palace betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +100000
  • To finish top 4: +8000
  • To finish top 6: +3300
  • Relegation: +225

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Crystal Palace Outlook:

Last season, conventional wisdom was Palace would stumble out the gates, sack Roy, and possible rebound to avoid relegation. 

Copy+paste. 

Advanced stats suggest Palace where a bit lucky to finish 14th. Their xPTs had them slotted 17th in the table. Somehow, they keep finding points. 

That kind of luck eventually runs out. This should be Palace’s drop season. Expect a 17-19th range finish. 

Where to bet the 2020-21 Premier League in the US

In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

For New Jersey, we recommend DraftKings Sportsbook NJ or FanDuel Sportsbook.

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