Roberto Martinez’s team managed a total of 42 points last term and it would be a minor miracle if they are to get anywhere near that tally this time around, with 16 points generated from 24 games meaning 26 from 14 are required between now and the end of the season.
It is why the bookies are offering a best price of 1/4 (Coral free bets) about Wigan going down and three wins all season tells its own story, with five points separating them from 17th placed Wolves.
Mick McCarthy’s job is apparently on the line, although owner Steve Morgan’s dressing down of the players following a recent 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool seemed to do the trick last weekend as Wanderers came from behind to win 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers.
All of a sudden, the Midlands side are out of the drop zone with the bookmakers undecided as to whether Wolves are more likely to stay up or be relegated. You can get 10/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets) if you think they will still finish in the bottom three, with Emmanuel Frimpong ruled out for the rest of the season.
Essentially it appears as though five teams could be relegated from the Premier League this term and Blackburn Rovers are second favourites to be playing Championship football next season, with the Lancashire side having to regroup this week following a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal.
Steve Kean once again needs to rally the troops and Yakubu will be coming back from suspension to add some guile in attack, although some will feel as though the 4/7 (Coral) about Blackburn going down is a great price considering that heads might be starting to drop after a hard campaign which has seen Christopher Samba try to bring about a move.
Bolton Wanderers are back in the relegation zone following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City and even money is on offer that the Trotters go down, while the bookies make QPR a 9/4 chance based on their January investment which saw Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse make the move to Loftus Road.