It’s that time of year again. The football season is about to begin and it’s all to play for whether they be at the top of the table or newly promoted sides battling it out to retain their league position.
The likes of Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Norwich City will be keen to survive, with most bookies not fancying the latter two’s chances.
Paddy Power are tipping both to get relegated come the end of the season. For newly promoted clubs, it’s not always a struggle and some teams can be well worth backing.
If you’re looking to bet on a newly promoted side then you should seriously consider the following tips:
When a team does during the summer can be instrumental in how they perform in a higher league. Look for those who have signed players with experience of the league and have that little extra quality.
Monitor the players coming in and consider what they’ll add to the squad. A good example of this is the progress of Wolves last season in comparison to Cardiff.
On the other hand, you can also look at Fulham, who spent heavily but perhaps signed too many players and couldn’t gel.
Previous Season Form/Position
If a side were runaway champions they’re likely to have a much better chance of survival than one who scraped into the playoffs and earned promotion, provided they keep hold of their best players of course.
What’s also interesting to note is the style of play. Different leagues see different styles succeed and a team will sometimes need to adapt in order to do well. Analyse the players and manager to decide whether that is possible.
Some leagues however, that isn’t necessary. For example the style and quality of League Two and the National League are fairly similar, which often leads to back-to-back promotions, Tranmere being an example last season.
How well a newly promoted side does can often also depend on the state of the league they are going into. If there were a number of sides which could have been relegated from that division the season previously, they’ve a much better chance of survival than if the bottom sides had been cast adrift.
The likes of Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa will be a little more optimistic considering the struggles of Burnley and Brighton last year, as well as the poor summer Newcastle have had.
Back Them Early
Early season form is often better than later season form for newly promoted sides. They have a point to prove early on and have that extra fight and drive to get off to a good start.
You’ll get some great odds with the likes of BetVictor early in the season as they try and work out how well a newly promoted side will play, and they can be worthwhile backing.
Sides such as Blackpool and Huddersfield have been good examples of this in previous years before dropping down and battling relegation by the end of the season.
There’s plenty to consider when backing newly promoted sides and if you take into account all the factors above you really can make some good money from them!