Sunderland and Villa massive odds-on to drop to Championship, with Bournemouth, Norwich and Newcastle also in the mix
The Premier League table has now started to take shape, with Aston Villa rock bottom and the bookies aren’t exactly convinced that Remi Garde is going to save the club’s bacon.
The Villans are already staring at the prospect of Championship football and bet365 go 2/5 about them being relegated this season, with the Midlands side having collected just a point since winning at Bournemouth in their opening game.
Garde will need to implement new ideas quickly although the Frenchman will be confident he can steer his new team out of the bottom three come the end of the campaign and perhaps they will be helped by the ineptitude of team’s above them.
Sunderland are another team in the mire and perhaps Sam Allardyce would have been taken aback by some terrible defending which allowed Everton to win the game 6-2 on Sunday.
Bet365 regard the Black Cats as bigger certainties for the drop than Villa, with a Tyne-Wear derby win perhaps flattering Sunderland considering Newcastle had initially looked by far the better team.
As far as the third relegation spot is concerned, the bookies regard that as totally up for grabs at the moment and it could be worth backing a couple of teams at odds-against on the basis that you might win with both of them.
Bournemouth are clearly struggling at the moment, having spiralled down the league after an initially bright start and the Cherries are 11/10 with bet365 to return to the Championship this term.
Norwich City are also wavering after four straight defeats and they’re 11/8 for the drop although a slender 2-1 defeat at Manchester City suggests that the Canaries have enough to stay up this term.
Newcastle are 6/4 for relegation despite their lowly position at the moment, while West Brom are 11/2 to go down after some mixed results including a 3-2 reverse at home to Leicester last weekend.