One of the more remarkable managerial achievements of the past decade was how Rafael Benitez managed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League last season.
After arriving up from the Championship the Spanish supermo added to his growing cult status on Tyneside by not only dodging relegation, but lead The Magpies to a miraculous 10th place finish and all with Scrooge McDuck-levels of investment from owner Mike Ashley.
All that doesn’t seem to matter to our punters though, and the most amount of money staked on any club for Premier League relegation has come in for Benitez’s boys. That’s what happens when your headline summer signings are Federico Fernandez from Swansea and loaning in Solomon Rondon.
One Sunderland-based punter is so confident of a reunion with his club’s greatest rivals in the Championship next season that he’s had a whopping £1,000 wager on The Magpies to have their Premier League wings clipped. Sunderland will have to get out of League 1 first though for that date to happen.
Despite the cash on Newcastle to suffer the drop, our traders still have them as an outside 5/1 shot to exit the league. Which means you can still get in at a decent price if you don’t believe Newcastle can repeat the survival trick this season.
As for the highest number of bets to be in the drop zone at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Premier League new boys Cardiff are neck-and-neck in that regard with Huddersfield.
Neil Warnock’s outfit may have strengthened their midfield with the addition of Republic of Ireland international Harry Arter before the window shut, but that didn’t impress our oddsmakers much as they remain the 8/13 favourites to be relegated.
By the way, one punter in Co Cavan, Ireland has a whopping 50c on Man City to be playing in the Championship next year – somehow we reckon he won’t be picking up some winnings in May on that one.
Roll on the new season!
* All odds correct at time of posting.