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Southampton FC 5/1 to be relegated after St Mary’s exodus

Ronald Koeman has been powerless to stop all the best players leaving

Saints are the most popular team on the Premier League relegation market, with Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers the latest to leave

Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw. Plus manager Mauricio Pochettino and the possibility of Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin leaving Southampton FC.

It’s little wonder that punters are looking to back the Saints for the drop despite last season’s excellent eighth-placed finish, with the Hampshire club essentially the best of the rest and only eight points behind Manchester United.

However, Ronald Koeman has been powerless to stop all the best players leaving and the odds on Southampton being relegated have halved in recent weeks, going from 10/1 to 5/1.

Betfred still offer 6/1 about the Saints going down and Koeman will have plenty of cash available to rebuild the Southampton squad although a difficult season looks to be on the cards due to the rebuilding project which the Dutchman has to undertake.

Winner are as short as 5/1 about a Saints relegation, having been promoted two seasons ago under Nigel Adkins before the manager made way for Pochettino.

Koeman might have anticipated losing the likes of Shaw and Lallana, although Lovren has essentially forced a move away from the club and Chambers going to Arsenal robs the club of another bright young talent.

Burnley are the odds-on favourites to be relegated at odds of 3/5 with Ladbrokes and will start the season with by far the lowest wage bill in the division, although Crystal Palace proved last term that survival is possible for any team.

QPR are a 2/1 chance and will hope the pairing of Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand in central defence helps them keep a few clean sheets, although Derby County played them off the park in May’s play-off final.

Leicester are a 13/5 chance and the pressure will be on Nigel Pearson to deliver, with West Brom rating an attractive bet at 11/4 considering that Alan Irvine was an uninspiring replacement for Pepe Mel.

All odds were correct at time of posting.