Premier League relegation odds: Tough start for Fulham

Premier League relegation odds: Tough start for Fulham

Fulham will begin life back at elite level with a difficult home game against Liverpool and are 2.1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds.

Marco Silva’s Cottagers travel to Molineux to face Wolves in their first away game of the campaign before hosting Brentford.

Their opening west London derby against Chelsea is on September 10 at Stamford Bridge, with the reverse fixture currently scheduled for February 4.

Bournemouth face a daunting schedule on their return to the top flight and are quoted at 1.67 for the drop.

After kicking off the season at home to Aston Villa, Scott Parker’s men face Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool consecutively.

Nottingham Forest will end their 23-year absence from the Premier League with a tricky opening run and are 1.8 to go straight back down.

The Reds start out with a trip to ambitious Newcastle and must face four of the bookmakers’ predicted top eight in August.

September will be kinder to Steve Cooper’s side, as they host their fellow promoted teams at the City Ground, either side of a trip to Leeds, who narrowly avoided the drop last term.

Brentford are likely to need points on the board by mid-April, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham among their final six opponents.

Thomas Frank’s Bees begin with a tricky trip to Leicester and are 3.4 to fall down to the Championship.

Whites eyeing early gains

Leeds finished fourth from bottom last term and can be backed at 3.4 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds this time.

Jesse Marsch will be eyeing a fast start, though, as the Whites initially host Wolves and have only Chelsea to face from last year’s top four in their opening 10 games.

Southampton finished last season poorly, taking just one point from their last six matches, and they are 4.0 for the drop.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl could come under early pressure this term as three of Saints’ first five games are against teams expected to challenge for a Champions League place.

Crystal Palace recovered well from a slow start under Patrick Vieira, taking 10 points from their final six games to finish 12th, and are 5.5 here.

However, the Eagles have once again been handed some tricky early fixtures, hosting Arsenal on the opening day before trips to Liverpool and Manchester City in two of the next three weekends.

Everton flirted with disaster for a while last term and can be backed at 6.0 ahead of hosting Chelsea first up.

Opening fixtures:

August 5 – Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
August 6 – Bournemouth vs Aston Villa, Everton vs Chelsea, Fulham vs Liverpool, Leeds vs Wolves, Leicester vs Brentford, Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest, Tottenham vs Southampton
August 7 – Manchester United vs Brighton, West Ham vs Manchester City

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