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Premier League relegation odds: Tough start for Vieira

Crystal Palace are 9/4 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after appointing Patrick Vieira as their new manager.

The former Arsenal captain replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down at the end of last season after four years at the helm.

Vieira told the club website: “I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League and manage this great football club as we begin a new chapter together.

“It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman and sporting director about their ambition and plans for the whole club, including the academy.

“The club has fantastic foundations in place after many years in the Premier League and I hope we can make further improvements and continue to drive the club forward.

“I am also very excited to experience the atmosphere the club’s supporters make at Selhurst Park and away from home too – and I know just how important that can be for the team.”

The 45-year-old was sacked by Ligue 1 side Nice in December following a poor run of form but had previously done well there and with New York City.

However, he will need to hit the ground running at Selhurst Park after being handed a daunting early schedule.

Palace start the new season away to Chelsea and face Tottenham, Liverpool, Leicester and his old side Arsenal in the opening two months of the campaign.

The Eagles also face a rebuilding process, with Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Nathaniel Clyne, Wayne Hennessey, James McCarthy, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt and Connor Wickham out of contract.

Wolves have a new manager in former Benfica boss Bruno Lage and they are 5/1 to go down.

The 45-year-old was previously assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea.

Canaries favourites to fall

Two of the three promoted teams went straight back down last season, with West Brom and Fulham falling and only Leeds staying up.

Norwich are 10/11 favourites in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds this time, despite claiming the Championship title.

The Canaries have sold key midfielder Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa for £38million after he scored 15 goals and registered 16 assists last term.

However, Chelsea and Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour looks an ideal replacement following a season-long loan move.

City head coach Daniel Farke described Gilmour as a “perfect fit” and said: “I think it helped that in the past we have shown young players with potential are in good hands here.”

Runners-up Watford can be backed at Evens in this market while play-off winners Brentford are 11/10 for a quick return to the second tier.

Burnley finished fourth from bottom last season and are quoted at 5/2 to slip into the drop zone.

Steve Bruce silenced his critics as Newcastle finished as high as 12th but they are just 11/4 to go down.

Southampton can be backed at 4/1 in this market while Brighton are available at 11/2.

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