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Premier League promoted teams: How will Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton fare in top flight?

Ahead of the new Premier League season getting underway in August, we examine the hopes and prospects of the three newly promoted teams - Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton.

Last season's Premier League campaign marked only the fourth time ever that the three newly promoted teams stayed up, with Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest finishing in 10th, 15th and 16th place respectively.

Of course this is no easy feat, and Championship winners Burnley, runners-up Sheffield United and play-off winners Luton Town will all be well aware of the size of the task that faces them next season just to escape the drop.

We take a look at all of the key betting markets for each of the three newly-promoted teams...

Burnley

Top Newcomer - 4/7
To be Relegated - 13/8
Not to be Relegated - 4/9
To Finish in Top Half - 8/1
To Finish in Bottom Half - 1/14

Vincent Kompany's Burnley are the most fancied of the three newly-promoted teams ahead of the new Premier League season, with the Clarets becoming only the fourth team ever to break the 100-point mark in the Championship last term as they romped to the title.

Ending up on 101 points, Burnley lost only three league matches all season, with Kompany able to implement an attacking style of play at Turf Moor with his side also finishing the campaign as the Championship's highest scorers by far with 87 goals.

A far cry from the pragmatism on display under the auspices of previous manager Sean Dyche, 37-year-old Kompany has quickly assembled a team capable of playing a comparable style to that of his old manager Pep Guardiola at Premier League champions Man City.

Overseeing an intense recruitment drive after taking the reins at Burnley last summer, acquiring 16 players in total, the Belgian has put together a team comprised of young, dynamic and technically gifted players.

The Burnley manager will to work his magic again in the transfer market this summer if his charges are to give a good account of themselves in the Premier League next term, with a 6-0 defeat against Kompany's old employers at Man City in the FA Cup quarter-finals offering a harsh indication of the step up in class.

The Clarets did dispatch of Bournemouth 4-2 away from home in the third round of the same competition, however, and will be confident their dominance in the Championship last term will see them strong enough to hold their own in the Premier League.

Burnley - Turf Moor

Burnley lost just one game at their home of Turf Moor in the Championship last season, a shock 2-1 defeat to QPR shortly after their promotion was confirmed.

Sheffield United

Top Newcomer - 11/4
To be Relegated - 4/7
Not to be Relegated - 5/4
To Finish in Top Half - 16/1
To Finish in Bottom Half - 1/40

Sheffield United joined Burnley in earning promotion to the Premier League as the Championship's runners-up, sealing promotion with three games to spare as they ended up finishing 11 points clear of third-placed Luton.

Adopting a similar formation as under Chris Wilder's successful Blades side which achieved promotion to the top flight in 2018-2019, utilising three centre-backs and wing-backs. Paul Heckingbottom's charges appeared the best of the rest behind runaway leaders Burnley for the majority of the Championship campaign.

Sheffield United's last foray into the Premier League lasted two seasons, experiencing contrasting fortunes as they finished in 9th in 2019-2020 and subsequently finished rock bottom the following year. 

Heckingbottom will be hoping this latest Blades side can have a comparable impact in the top flight following promotion as Wilder's Class of 2019-20 did, with a number of the same personnel - such as John Egan, George Baldock, Ollie Norwood and Sander Berge - still within United's ranks.

The United gaffer will no doubt be searching for new recruits to help bolster his squad ahead of the challenge that lies ahead in the Premier League, but the Blades' hopes may just depend on preventing sales to valuable key players including Iliman Ndiaye and Norwegian Berge who have drawn interest from bigger clubs.

Sheffield United - Bramall Lane

Sheffield United narrowly missed out on European qualification in their last season as a newly-promoted Premier League side in 2020-21, finishing two points behind Arsenal in 9th.

Luton Town

Top Newcomer - 4/1
To be Relegated - 4/11
Not to be Relegated - 2/1
To Finish in Top Half - 20/1
To Finish in Bottom Half - 1/66

Playing in the fifth tier of English football as recently as 2014, Luton Town completed their fairytale rise through the pyramid by sealing promotion to the top flight for the first time since 1992 with a penalty-shootout victory over Coventry City in the play-off final at Wembley.

Despite losing previous manager Nathan Jones to Southampton in November, the Hatters were able to finish third in the Championship table under the leadership of new boss Rob Edwards.

Primarily operating in a 3-5-2 formation, Luton are a high-pressing, energetic side who also boast a significant threat from set piece situations with considerable height throughout the team.

Although they will possess by far the cheapest squad assembled in the top flight, Luton are an extremely well-organised unit who will be awkward to play against, especially at their modest Kenilworth Road home stadium which houses a capacity of only 10,356.

With the odds stacked against them to escape the drop in their first ever campaign in the Premier League since it was rebranded in 1992, it will be compelling to watch how Rob Edwards' side go about their business against some of the world's biggest stars in the new season.

Luton - Kenilworth Road

Luton may be forced to play a number of their opening Premier League fixtures away from home with Kenilworth Road requiring upgrades in order to meet broadcasting standards in the top flight.

Number of Promoted Teams to be Relegated odds:

  • 0 - 25/1
  • 1 - 11/8
  • 2 - 5/6
  • 3 - 12/1 

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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