Man Utd More Likely To Be Relegated Than Win Premier League
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Manchester United are now more likely to suffer a humiliating relegation than win the Premier League this season, according to multiple sportsbooks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 1-0 at Newcastle over the weekend to drop to within two points of the relegation zone.
Defeat leaves the Red Devils languishing 12th in the Premier League table — a staggering 15 points off leaders Liverpool after just eight games.
And sportsbooks have reacted to the Newcastle defeat — which saw former United defender Steve Bruce claim his first victory over his old club as a manager.
Man Utd Relegation Odds
According to 888sport, United are now 70/1 (+7000) to be relegated this season. That is a monumental shift from the 1000/1 (+100000) price they were offering at the start of the campaign.
Meanwhile, another dramatic shift in the odds has occurred in the opposite direction. The Red Devils were 25/1 (+2500) to win the Premier League when Unibet opened their market over the summer — yet that price has skyrocketed to 500/1 (+50000) off the back of the Newcastle loss.
It is a clear indication of where many believe this United side is heading right now and oddsmakers are currently pricing them at 1/6 (-600) not to finish in the top four.
Meanwhile, United’s problems are not just consigned to domestic competition. Solskjaer failed to haul his side into the Champions League last term and United have not exactly impressed in the Europa League since.
After a dispirited 1-0 home win over Astana, United then drew 0-0 at AZ Alkmaar, which resulted in Solskjaer staunchly defending the result.
Despite this, United are still around 6/1 (+600) with most sportsbooks to win the Europa League — behind only Arsenal at 5/1 (+500).
And with their league form currently suffering, United’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League could well be via winning the Europa League, which was the back-up strategy Jose Mourinho deployed when United finished sixth in 2016/17.
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Solskjaer To Be Sacked Odds
As for Solskjaer’s own future, the Norwegian is now the second favorite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post betting.
Solskjaer saw his price fall to an all-time low of 2/1 (+200) with BetVictor. Only Everton’s under-fire Marco Silva — at Evens (+100) — is at shorter odds.
Luckily for Solskjaer, the international break means he has a fortnight to work on United’s woes before a run of seven games in 31 days kicks off with a clash against Liverpool.
This could well define the manager’s future. Any more defeats and the United hierarchy may start looking for his replacement.
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About the Author
Joe Short, a contributor to Bookies.com, is a freelance journalist and former editor at the Daily Express, covering various sports, including soccer, darts and tennis.