Premiership Losers Online Betting

A total of 42 clubs have played in the Premier League from 1992 to 2008/09. Two other clubs (Luton Town and Notts County) were signatories to the original Premier League, but were relegated prior to the inaugural season and have not subsequently returned to the top-flight. Seven clubs have been members of the Premier League for every season, namely Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur. This leaves a group of 29 "Premiership losers," that have been relegated from the Premier League at least once, as detailed below:

Barnsley reached the top-flight in 1996-97 but lasted only one season. The club was relegated to League One in 2002.

Birmingham City
Birmingham gained promotion to the Premiership in 2002. However, they were relegated in 2005-06 and 2007-08.

Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn are perhaps the worst Premiership losers, as the only title winners to have been relegated (in 1998-99). However, they gained promotion back to the top-flight in 2001-02.

Bolton Wanderers
Bolton have spent 10 seasons in the Premiership, split into 3 spells. Promoted in 1994-95, they were relegated in 1997-98, but re-promoted in 2001-02.

Bradford City
Bradford reach the top tier for the 1999-2000 season but were relegated in 2000-01. The club was relegated to League Two in 2006-07.

Charlton Athletic
Charlton have spent 8 seasons in the top-flight, achieving promotion prior to the 1998-99 season. They were immediately relegated. Following a further 7 seasons in the Premiership, with a best finish of 7th, Charlton were relegated, having finished 19th in 2006-07.

Coventry City
Founder members of the Premiership, Coventry spent 9 seasons in the top-flight, before being relegated in 2000-01.

Crystal Palace
Palace were also founder members of the Premier League, but despite spending 4 seasons in the top-flight, they have never avoided relegation for more than one season.

Derby County
Derby have spent 2 periods, totalling 6 seasons in the Premiership. Promoted as Championship runners-up in 1995-96, they were relegated in 2001-02, but regained Premier League status in 2007-08, but endured a dismal season, with only 1 win and 11 points, finishing bottom by 24 points.

Ipswich Town
Ipswich, founder members of the Premier League, suffered their first relegation at the end of the 1994-95 season. Subsequently regaining top-flight status in 2000-01, they only survived 2 seasons, being relegated in 2001-02.

Leeds United
Leeds have been one of the major Premiership losers, having been semi-finals in the UEFA Cup and Champions' League in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Following 14 seasons in the top tier, Leeds were relegated to the Championship at the end 0f the 2003-04 season. In 2007, with further relegation virtually certain, the club went into administration, sealing their relegation to League One. Despite starting the 2007-08 season on -15 points, Leeds managed to reach the playoff final, losing 1-0 to Doncaster.

Leicester have spent 8 seasons, split into 3 spells (1994-95, 1996-2002 and 2003-04) in the top-flight.However, Leicester were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2007-08 season, thus marking the 2008-09 season as Leicester's first season outside the top two tiers of English football, their lowest ever finish.

Manchester City
Founder members City have spent 12 seasons in the top tier, suffering relegation twice, in 1996 and 2001. However, they regained top-flight status at the first time of asking following their most recent visit to the Championship.

Boro have spent 14 seasons in the Premiership, their latest spell stretching back to 1998, having been relegated in the 1996-97 season.

Norwich City
Founder members Norwich spent 4 seasons in the Premier League prior to their most recent relegation in 2004-05.

Nottingham Forest
Forest, former League Champions, 4-time League Cup winners and dual European Cup winners rank amongst the worst-ever Premiership losers. Relegation from the Premier League in 1992-93 saw the end of a 16-year stint in the top-flight under the stewardship of Brian Clough. They managed to regain Premiership status from 1994 to 1997, but were relegated again in 1998-99. After several unsuccessful attempts, under a succession of managers, to get back into the Premier League, Forest slipped into League One in 2004-05, their first visit to the third tier of English football for 54 years. They managed to gain automatic promotion to the Championship in 2007-08 but remain a sorry shadow of former years.

Oldham Athletic
Founder members Oldham spent 2 seasons in the Premier League before relegation in 1993-94.

Queens Park Rangers
QPR, also a Premiership-founding club, lasted 4 seasons until their relegation to the Championship in 1995-96.

Promoted as Championship runners-up for 2006-07, the Royals lasted only 2 seasons before returning to the Championship.

Sheffield United / Wednesday
Both Sheffield clubs were founder Premier League members. The former have been relegated twice (the latest being 2006-07), while the latter had an uninterrupted run of 8 Premiership seasons until relegation in 1999-2000.

The Saints run of 13 seasons in the top-flight came to an end with relegation in 2004-05.

Sunderland are another side that have been unable to remain in the Premier League for a prolonged period, spending 8 seasons in the top flight, with a longest stay of 4 seasons from 1999-2003.

Swindon Town
Swindon spent only one season in the Premier League (1993-94) and rank "highly" amongst Premiership losers, being relegated to League One in the following season and to League Two in 2005-2006. However, they gained League One status the following season.

Watford have spent two seasons in the Premiership (1999-2000 and 2006-07), but have never avoided relegation.

West Bromwich Albion
West Brom have spent 4 seasons in the Premiership but have been something of a "yo-yo" side, unable to maintain Premiership status for more than 2 seasons. They suffered their latest relegation in 2005-06 but were promoted as Championship winners in 2007-08.

West Ham United
West Ham have spent 14 seasons in the Premiership, with a 5th place finish, under Harry Redknapp, in 1998-99. Relegated in 2002-03, they regained top-flight status by winning the playoff final in 2004-05.

Wimbledon must rate as the worst Premiership losers. They were relegated in1999-2000, following 14 seasons in the top-flight. The club's owners sought a move away from London in order to restore profitability. After much debate, the FA sanctioned Wimbledon's move to Milton Keynes. Initially, in 2003-04, the move was a catastrophe, with the club in administration and the administrators selling any player who would command a fee. Following 33 losses, they finished bottom and were relegated again. New owner Peter Winkelman "rebranded" the club, changing its name to Milton Keynes Dons FC, marking the end of Wimbledon FC.

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Surprisingly, Wolves have only spent one season in the Premier League (2003-04). However, as one of the historically most successful English clubs, their return to the top echelon surely cannot be delayed too long.



From the start of each season, the online layers offer prices on Premiership losers, i.e. those teams to be relegated from the Premier League. Almost invariably, at the start of the season, the market leaders are the teams recently promoted from the Championship. However, there is usually little value for the punter in backing these sides to be relegated, with them trading at extremely short prices, even before a ball is kicked. Rather than backing bookmakers' opinions, value-seeking punters may do well in considering the following:

1. Teams which have finished in the bottom half of the table in the previous season and (usually due to lack of funds) which have failed to make any significant signings in the close season.
2. Teams with small squads, lacking any strength in depth to cover for injuries.
3. Teams with inexperienced managers.

To Finish Bottom

Layers also offer prices on the worst Premiership losers, namely the team to finish in 20th place. Invariably, especially early in the season, promoted teams will be to the forefront of this market. Punters seeking value would do well to wait until around Christmas before getting involved, allowing time for patterns to emerge. Almost by definition, the lesser Premiership teams are inconsistent, with long losing runs a definite possibility. By the same token, teams at the bottom of the league may embark on a decent run, collecting enough points to negate the possibility of finishing bottom.

To Stay Up

"Traditionally," the team which props up the Premiership at Christmas is relegated. While there is much to be said for previous statistics, nothing is ever cast in stone and punters wishing to engage in this market would do well to note the points above and seek value outside the obvious selection(s).

Match Betting

Particularly late on in the season, teams involved in a relegation "dogfight" should not be underrated, even against the top sides. Teams fighting for survival often perform above expectations and punters should be very wary of taking short prices about even the best sides when opposed by relegation candidates.

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