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The three teams relegated from the Premier League — Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth — are hot on Brentford’s heels in the betting markets.
Norwich look stacked with talent but quickly have to regain a winning mentality after a horrific end to their Premier League season, losing every game in Project Restart, dropping to this level with a whimper.
The Canaries’ underlying numbers were terrible at both ends of the pitch, too, averaging 1.03 xGF and 1.95 xGA per game.
Infogol expects Daniel Farke’s side to be challengers for an automatic promotion spot (20%), but we’ve seen how hard it is to recover from such a bad campaign after Huddersfield’s struggles last season.
Watford’s tumultuous 2019/20 season, which was overseen by four managers, ultimately ended in relegation, but they look set to challenge for an immediate return if applying themselves correctly.
Vladimir Ivić has now taken charge of a talented, deep squad.
A squad which posted underlying numbers more aligned with a mid-table Premier League side last season, ranking ninth on Infogol’s final xG table.
A huge underperformance in attack was the main catalyst behind their struggles, scoring just 36 goals from chances equating to 53.4 xGF.
Watford did showcase their potential at times, though, becoming the first team to beat Liverpool last season after an incredible display.
With the Pozzo family at the helm, the Hornets can call upon a wealth of resources to bounce back to the top tier, and Infogol expects them to do just that.
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Available at 8.4 (12%) on the Betfair Exchange, our model identifies Watford as a small value play (13% – 7.7) to win the Championship outright given the quality at their disposal.
Bournemouth are another side who have a new man in charge. Following Eddie Howe’s exit, long-term assistant James Tindall takes over a team devoid of confidence.
A late flourish was not enough to save the Cherries from relegation, struggling at both ends of the pitch (-17.9 xGD) and collapsing midway through the season in what has become customary fashion.
Although Infogol envisages Bournemouth challenging for the top spots in this upcoming campaign, Tindall is hardly an inspiring hire, and plenty of key players are leaving.