With just under two months until the Premier League season kicks off once again, we are taking a look at the latest odds for who are the likeliest side to occupy rock-bottom when the season finishes.
Premier League to Finish Bottom Odds
Bournemouth and Forest Among Favourites for Dismal Season
After securing promotion back to the Premier League, Bournemouth are favourites to finish in 20th place in the 2022-23 season.
Lead by Scott Parker, the Cherries had a fantastic season in the Championship, finishing second with the best defensive record in the league as well as the second best goalscoring record. They do however have the challenge of staying the Premier League this season with limited resources, and many questions remain as to whether squad is capable of competing in the top-flight.
They returned to life in the top-flight with a superb victory on the opening day against Aston Villa, but the reality of their task has been made abundantly clear by Manchester City and Arsenal where they conceded seven goals across the two fixtures.
Elsewhere, play-off winners Nottingham Forest are second favourites to finish bottom. Steve Cooper’s miraculous turnaround from the bottom of the Championship to promotion is nothing short of sensational, and a buzzing, youthful side have been bolstered with 16, yes 16, new signings.
Four points from three games including a spirited win over West Ham highlight their obvious quality, but it remains to be seen whether the abundance of new additions will gel immediately.
Fulham enjoyed one of the most emphatic Championship title wins in recent memory, netting 106 goals along the way with striker Aleksander Mitrovic breaking the record for goals scored with 43.
The Cottagers look to be a decent side under the guidance of Marco Silva, but they have acquired the unfortunate nickname of a ‘yo-yo’ club given they have alternated between the top-flight and the Championship since the 2017-18 season.