Premier League Relegation Odds: Pressure Piles On Everton And Southampton
We could be in store for the most entertaining Premier League relegation battle of all time, with betting sites of the belief that no fewer than nine teams are involved.
Just six points separate Bournemouth at the bottom from Crystal Palace up in 12th.
Virtually no one in the bottom half of the division is safe from the threat of relegation, and there will no doubt be plenty of twists and turns between now and the end of the campaign.
Which three top-flight teams will be playing Championship football next term?
You can find the odds below, followed by our analysis of the demotion dogfight.
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Bournemouth And Southampton Face Uphill Battle To Survive
Bournemouth would have expected to lose to Arsenal at the weekend, but the manner of the defeat was painful.
After storming into a 2-0 lead at the Emirates Stadium, the Cherries ended up losing 3-2 thanks to a last-gasp Reiss Nelson winner.
Gary O’Neil’s side have conceded the most goals in the Premier League, while they are bottom of the expected goals table - which shows they are finding it tough to create clear-cut chances.
Little wonder, then, that Bournemouth are odds-on favourites to go down at 1.33 with Bet365.
Southampton have won two out of their three Premier League games under Ruben Selles, who has been handed the reins on an interim basis.
The Saints have given themselves a fighting chance of staying up, but odds of 1.53 show there is still plenty of work to do.
Everton And Leeds Hope New Managers Pull Them Clear Of Danger
Everton (2.0) missed the chance to climb out of the bottom three on Sunday, as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Nottingham Forest.
Sean Dyche has overseen 1-0 home triumphs over Leeds United and Arsenal since taking charge, but no team has won fewer games since the start of the season.
Scoring goals has been a problem throughout 2022/23. Everton have scored only 19 goals up to now, the joint-lowest figure in the division.
Dyche will need to make the Toffees more productive in attack if they are to survive.
Leeds also have a new manager, with Javi Gracia appointed a couple of weeks ago.
The Whites beat Southampton in his first game in charge, before going down to Chelsea last time out.
Outside the bottom three on goal difference alone, Leeds are 2.5 with the best football betting sites to finish below the dreaded dotted line.
Forest And West Ham Being Let Down By Poor Away Form
Nottingham Forest are hard to beat in front of their own fans, which could help their survival bid.
They have gone unbeaten in their last nine matches at the City Ground stretching back to the middle of September.
But unless they start picking up points on the road as well, Forest will be involved in the relegation battle: no team in the Premier League has a worse record away from home than Steve Cooper’s side, who are 2.8 with Unibet to be demoted.
West Ham are also struggling at opposition stadiums. They have the same number of points as Forest (six) on their travels, but their goal difference is not quite as bad.
Despite the quality within their squad, the Hammers are still in huge danger of going down at 6.0.
Leicester Unable To Get Out Of Trouble Despite Squad Strength
Leicester began this season with the aim of qualifying for Europe, but their only objective now is staying in the Premier League.
This has been a dismal campaign for the Foxes, so much so that it would be a surprise if Brendan Rodgers was still their manager at the start of next term.
Even so, Leicester are only 6.0 with Ladbrokes to go down as things stand.
That is probably because their squad contains plenty of quality players, and the assumption is that they will eventually pull clear of the drop zone.
However, after a 1-0 defeat by Southampton on Saturday, nothing can be ruled out and Rodgers is among the favourites in the Premier League Sack Race.
Mid-Table Wolves And Palace Are By No Means Out Of Trouble
Julen Lopetegui has done a fine job at Molineux since he was installed as Bruno Lage’s permanent successor.
Had the season started when the Spaniard assumed control, Wolves would be eighth right now.
They are still only six points clear of the bottom three, but Australian betting sites recognise they are now unlikely to go down by pricing them at 8.5.
Crystal Palace are now level on points with Wolves, so it is slightly surprising that they are given odds as long as 9.0 to suffer demotion.
Patrick Vieira’s side are on a nine-match winless streak and have games against Manchester City and Arsenal on the horizon. They could be a good outside bet.
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