CHELSEA NOT LIKELY TO RELEGATE NEXT TERM

Premier League defending champs Chelsea are not likely to be relegated to the lower division at the end of next season, bookies claim.


The odds are well staked in favour of the Roman Abramovich owned side 2500:1.

With the Manchester clubs spending big, both are not likely to be relegated as their odds are 2500:1 as well. Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have odds 1000:1 of relegating. They are rather likely winners after the top three aforementioned.

Ronald Koeman led Toffees are 66:1 in the odds of relegation next term even though they would be sharing their time with European fixtures. Southampton have 20:1 while former champs Leicester City have 14:1 odds.

The Hammers who were riding high in the 2015/16 season have odds of 7:1 after a difficult term last year despite spending relatively big. Stoke City are 13:2 as with Bournemouth after a decent return last year.

West Bromwich Albion have odds of 5:1 while Crystal Palace are 9:2 to drop down. Returners to the big boys, Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez have a decent chance of remaining in the top flight this time as they are 100:30 in the likelihood of returning to the Championship where they are defending champs.

Swansea are 9:4 after a close shave last term. Watford slumped in the 2016/17 season compared to their performance a year earlier. They are 13:8 to drop down while Burnley are 11:8.

Brighton and Huddersfield have the highest odds of relegating to the Championship. Bookies place them at 6:5 and 4:6 respectively.

Some would not have guessed that Middlesbrough, Hull and Sunderland would relegate based on different performances at various time in the past season. Well not many are giving Brighton and Huddersfield a chance this time.