Wigan Athletic performed the great escape last year although Roberto Martinez’s team are rooted to the foot of the Premier League after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City and have the worst goal difference out of every team.
Nevertheless, this isn’t a dissimilar position to last season and the Latics are just a victory away from leaping out of the drop zone. It remains to be seen whether the 2/5 (Coral – £25 free bets) is a value proposition about Wigan going down.
Three teams must be relegated and Bolton Wanderers have showed little to suggest they will remain part of the Premier League this term. Owen Coyle’s team were easily beaten at Old Trafford on Saturday and the loss of Gary Cahill means that the holes in the Trotters’ defence could be bigger than ever!
Bolton are 4/7 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to suffer the drop although they might stand half a chance if their rotten home form at the Reebok Stadium can be addressed.
Queens Park Rangers are the other team that occupy a place in the Premier League relegation zone after 21 games, although the bookies aren’t expecting the Hoops to remain in the bottom three for long. The instalment of Mark Hughes as manager might well give QPR a lift and they are as big as 2/1 to make an instant return to the English second flight.
Instead, the bookmakers believe that Blackburn’s 17th place is a temporary one and they are 5/6 to suffer the drop, while Wolves are the other side in trouble despite a creditable 1-1 draw at Tottenham. They can be backed at 7/4 to go down.