With Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham earning promotion to the Premier League, we take a look at their chances for the 2020/2021 campaign.
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To start with Leeds United, and excitement is rife that they’ll do extremely well under the tactically sophisticated tutelage of manager Marcelo Bielsa. Having had two brilliant seasons in the Championship, which was punctuated by them winning the division last term, the high pressing, relentless attacking Leeds will be fascinating to watch.
Wanting some reinforcements to bolster his squad, the Whites have impressively secured the services of Spanish international forward Rodrigo and German international defender Robin Koch. If reports are to be believed their search for more players is still on. Seeing as Bielsa’s methods take time to adapt to, it’ll be expected the Argentine will pick many of his tried and trusted players from that sealed promotion for their mouthwatering opener vs. Liverpool.
Priced at 4.33 to suffer relegation and 226 to win the league, Leeds will certainly be an entertaining watch as their return to the Premier League after 16 years away is good news for all.
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Up next is West Bromwich Albion, who finished second in the Championship. With plenty of firepower and creativity upfront in the form of star playmaker Matheus Pereira, Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu, they notably bagged 77 goals last term. Transferring this record into the EPL will obviously prove tough, but they should still provide plenty of threat.
Boasting a solid defence too and goalkeeper in Sam Johnstone, they’ll certainly be a challenging opponent.
While Oliver Burke has returned following a loan in La Liga at Alaves, they’ve lost some key men, including Nathan Ferguson, Filip Krovinovic and Callum Robinson. But they did, however, secure the services of Grady Diangana permanently after an excellent season on loan. With Robinson set to return on loan too, this will be a big boost for the Baggies.
The fact they have a manager in Slaven Bilic who has plenty of Premier League experience should also help them. Tipped for relegation by many, they’re priced at 2.00 to go down and priced at 501 to be champions.
Set to face off with Arsenal to kick off the new season, Scott Parker’s men will be hoping to avoid relegation and put in a solid campaign.
Boosted by some eye-catching transfer dealings, which have seen them bring in Mario Lemina and Harrison Reed to reinforce their midfield ranks. Returning loanees Jean Michael Seri and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa should be handy too, with the latter especially primed to impact after a superb campaign on loan at Villarreal.
Bringing in gifted former Wigan fullback Antonee Robinson and permanently signing Anthony Knockaert will give them further hope of achieving their goal of survival.
With excellent centre forward Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the line and Ivan Cavaleiro wreaking havoc out wide, in combination with Tom Cairney and the aforementioned mids looking to control things in midfield, they’ll be a nice team to watch.
Getting off to a good start will be pivotal, as they attempt to avoid suffering relegation again. The fact the Cottagers are priced at 1.91 to avoid relegation and 501 to be winners displays the bookies aren’t high on their hopes.