Leeds United's predicted start to the new Premier League season and who is forecast to go down

The fixtures are out for Leeds United's third season back in the Premier League and the predictions are in as to how the Whites will fare in their first two games.

By Lee Sobot
Friday, 17th June 2022, 4:48 pm

Jesse Marsch's side will begin the 2022-23 campaign with a home clash against Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday, August 6 and Leeds are fancied to begin with a victory as the Whites are a best priced 11-8 favourites to take all three points.

Leeds are as short as 6-5 with some firms whereas Wolves can be backed at 23-10 and the draw is on offer at 5-2.

United then face the long trip to Southampton the following weekend and the forecast on the south coast is less bright for the Whites who are 12-5 to win at St Mary's.

FIRST TEST: Leeds United will welcome a Wolves side managed by Bruno Lage, above, on the opening weekend of the season and the Whites are expected to start the campaign in good style. Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's hosts are firm favourites, no bigger than 6-5 and as short as 11-10. The draw is on offer at 5-2.

In the long term, Leeds are expected to survive their third season back in the Premier League but the bookies think it might get pretty close.

Despite being joint-11th in the betting market to win the league at 750-1 - the same price as Everton - United are also fourth favourites to go down at 13-5 although Brentford (11-4) and Southampton (7-2) are not far behind.

Championship runners-up Bournemouth are favourites for the drop at 7-10, closely followed by fellow promoted duo Nottingham Forest (17-20) and Fulham (5-4).

Wolves, Everton and Crystal Palace are all 6-1 to go down, followed by Brighton (12s), Aston Villa (14s) and Leicester City (16s).

Newcastle United and West Ham United are both 33s to be relegated, after which there is a huge gap in the market to Arsenal at 500s.

Leeds are 9-2 to finish in the top half, 25s to end up in the top six and 100-1 to seal a top-four finish.