Aston Villa are 5/2 (3.50) outsiders in the relegation odds for the 2019/20 Premier League season after their dramatic victory over Derby County at Wembley.
<div><p>Jack Grealish and co held their nerve in a winner-takes-all £170 million Championship play-off final and they are back in the top flight following a three-year absence. Bookmakers have responded by immediately pricing up a relegation market for next season and Villa have fared pretty well in their estimations. They are fifth in the betting, with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=8cb1fdf6-5659-4f16-a75b-679218b0115e&f=1" target="_blank" title="10Bet">10Bet</a> offering odds of 5/2 on them going down. Sheff Utd, who gained automatic promotion by finishing second in the Championship table, are the favourites at 4/6 (1.66) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a>, and champions Norwich are also odds-on at 10/11 to go down.</p><p>Bookmakers have Burnley and Brighton at 2/1 after both teams narrowly beat the drop last season, and then Villa are next at 5/2. You never see all three newly promoted sides yo-yo straight back down to the Championship, and the odds compilers clearly feel that Villa are the best equipped for an assault on the top flight. They finished the season in excellent form and if they can keep hold of stars like Grealish and Tyrone Mings, persuade Chelsea to loan them Tammy Abraham for another season and bolster the squad with some proven Premier League talent then they might just be able to pull it off.</p><p>Yet Fulham’s 2018/19 should serve as a cautionary tale. The Cottagers also came up via the playoffs after beating Aston Villa 1-0 in last year’s final. They spent a fortune on several big names and they were expected to finish in the top half of the table, but their investments proved unwise and they ended up 19<sup>th</sup> and relegated with several games to spare. It will be important for Dean Smith to buy the right players and retain the core of the side that achieved promotion. Fulham are joint favourites at 8/1 to secure promotion to the Premier League once more next season, but that does not look like an attractive bet considering the exodus the club will be expecting this summer.</p></div>