Premier League: Why Huddersfield are the best bet for relegation
THE PREMIER LEAGUE returns this week and here Mark O’Haire makes the case for Huddersfield suffering second season syndrome and eventual relegation from the top-flight.
Why Huddersfield are the best bet for Premier League relegation
Newly-promoted Cardiff correctly head the top of the Premier League relegation market following their minor miracle in securing promotion from the Championship under Neil Warnock.
The Bluebirds’ attritional and rugged approach is more suitable to the second-tier but the likes of Burnley have demonstrated it can also work in the top-flight. The Welsh outfit will be looking to follow the blueprint of the Clarets, and Huddersfield, who’ve both survived despite being written off before a ball was kicked.
There’s little value in backing the Bluebirds to suffer immediate demotion at 3/5 quotes so instead, focus your attention on Huddersfield catching a bout of Second Season Syndrome and eventual Relegation at 11/10.
A year in the top-tier has given the Terriers extra funding although David Wagner’s troops have so far been unable to recruit the players necessary to transition into a stable mid-table outfit with obvious concerns surrounding the strength (or lack thereof) in attack.
Town survived last term despite scoring just 28 goals– the joint-fewest from a side to stay up in Premier League history – as they failed to score in 21 of their 38 matches. The Terriers won only three games after Christmas and even the inspirational Wagner may struggle to keep them afloat this time around.
In nine of the past 21 Premier League campaigns, Second Season Syndrome has seen a club drop back down to the second-tier, and while Huddersfield defied pre-season odds of 4/6 to earn another crack at the top-flight, logic dictates a team with their relative measly wage bill will struggle to compete over time.