Bet365 go odds-on that the Tigers and Clarets drop out of the Premier League, even with Hull collecting a maximum six points
Hull City had been written off in most quarters before a ball had even been kicked, although Mike Phelan has engineered victories over Leicester City and Swansea City to ensure that the Tigers sit proudly in third position.
That hasn’t stopped bet365 from keeping them as joint-favourites to suffer the drop this term, with the leading bookmaker still going 10/11 about Hull being relegated back to the Championship after winning the play-offs last term.
It’s been tricky for a club whose supporters are at loggerheads with the current owners, while the latter are looking to sell the club. Steve Bruce resigned during the summer and star player Mohamed Diame has left for Newcastle, with Phelan picking up the pieces and doing very well thus far.
Even so, the bookies don’t expect this winning feeling to last and Hull welcome Manchester United to the KC Stadium this weekend for their toughest assignment yet.
Meanwhile, Burnley are also expected to struggle this season despite a win against Liverpool on Saturday.
Goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray meant the Clarets enjoyed three points despite not seeing much of the ball, with bet365 making them also 10/11 chances that they return to the second flight.
The third promoted team Middlesbrough are expected to fare much better, with Aitor Karanka’s side as big as 4/1 to go down after collecting four points from their first two matches.
In the eyes of the bet365 traders, the more likely team to suffer the drop is the one that lost at the hands of Boro on Sunday, with Sunderland now 11/8 for relegation and it’s looking as though a scrap against the drop is on the cards.
Watford are a 9/4 poke after collecting a point thus far, with Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Brom all available at 3/1.