• What Do the Bookmakers Think of Brighton’s Chances in 2021/22?

    With a matter of days until the kick-off of the 2021/22 English Premier League, the excitement is hotting up on the south coast. Graham Potter and his Seagulls are looking to build on last season, which culminated in easily avoiding relegation and bloodying some of the big boy’s noses along the way.

    Given Potter’s reputation as a progressive manager, there is no doubt that he will not settle for a similar season this time around, but what do the bookmakers feel Brighton are capable of in 2021/22?

    Relegation Unlikely to Be an Issue Again for Albion
    The Albion faithful will no doubt be reassured to find no less than nine teams that the leading bookmakers believe to have more chance of being relegated in 2021/22. At the time of writing, Norwich City and Watford look the most likely to be in the bottom three. Both sides have come up from the Championship and will once again be battling to tread water. Norwich may have signed several players but much of that was funded by the sale of star playmaker Emi Buendia, who moved to Aston Villa for a club record fee, according to https://www.canaries.co.uk/.

    Brentford are said to be the least likely of the three promoted clubs to get relegated, while Crystal Palace under the new managership of Patrick Vieira and Sean Dyche’s Burnley are also at odds of less than 3/1 for relegation. To put those prices into context, Brighton are priced as long as 8/1 for relegation with Betway. If you still think those odds are good value – or you’re a natural pessimist and prefer to win some money in the event of failure on the pitch – you can sign up to the UKGC-licensed operator through https://www.bonusfinder.co.uk/. This site covers all the leading gambling bonuses for UK-based punters. Whether an each-way bet will be prudent remains to be seen, but it is sure to be an exciting season.

    Is a Top Half Finish a More Realistic Prospect for Potter’s Brighton?

    Despite the disappointment of selling star defender Ben White to Arsenal in a £50 million deal, there is plenty to be excited about this Albion team. The bookmakers would appear to agree too. Brighton are priced at a shade under 2/1 to clinch a top half finish in 2021/22, which would equate to their highest ever league placing in https://www.premierleague.com/.

    Although White has been the only major departure from the Amex Stadium, there has only been one arrival thus far in the shape of Red Bull Salzburg powerhouse Enock Mwepu. The bookies’ short odds on a Brighton top half finish must be based on the view that Potter will be given most of the Ben White transfer fee to strengthen the squad between now and the end of August.

    Given the departure of Ben White, Potter has also moved to tie down Adam Webster to a new five-year contract, as a rich reward for the central defenders' displays last term. Potter and Albion are said to have their eyes on Sampdoria defender Omar Colley as a replacement for Ben White, while Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is also thought to be high on Potter’s shortlist to bring additional firepower to the club. Nunez bagged five goals in last year’s Europa League, so is no stranger to the big stage.

    Although nothing is ever certain in the Premier League, the latest betting odds suggest Albion fans can look forward to a season of consolidation and evolution rather than looking anxiously over their shoulders at the relegation trapdoor.
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