The season started with a 5-0 thrashing at Fulham and the subsequent six matches have seen Norwich collect just three points which leaves them 19th in the table and every bookie make them an odds-on chance to be relegated.
The best odds about a City relegation are 4/6 (Ladbrokes free bets) and Hughton has to sort the defence out quickly after recently conceding five goals against Liverpool and four goals at Stamford Bridge.
However, it is QPR that have made an even worse start under Mark Hughes, with Rangers’ latest defeat being a 3-2 loss at West Brom that leaves them rooted to the foot of the Premier League.
Hughes has just a handful of matches to turn things round, with Stan James offering a best price 5/2 about the Hoops returning to the Championship, although the Welshman has made several new signings and will hope to get the right blend in coming weeks.
Reading are a much shorter price at 5/6 (bet365 £200 free bets) and it’s easy to see the Royals scrapping away at the foot of the league, with Brian McDermott’s side struggling for points after six games played.
The Berkshire side led 2-0 at Swansea in their last game before being pegged back to 2-2, the latest of several occasions where they have had their noses in front.
Southampton were another team to enjoy promotion from the Championship last term, although the Saints have so far done enough to stay out of the drop zone, with Nigel Adkins enjoying four points from seven games and they really should have had at least a point at home to Manchester United. They are an even money chance to go down.
Wigan, Aston Villa and Swansea City are the other teams tipped to potentially struggle, although those that have previously backed the Latics to go down will regard doing this again as a waste of money.
Roberto Martinez’s side are 15/8 with Coral to return back to the Championship, with Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa not looking particularly convincing after seven games which has seen them win just one match and score just seven goals.
Meanwhile, Swansea enjoyed a flying start although the wins have since dried up after taking six points against QPR and West Ham, although Michael Laudrup’s team played very well to recover from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Reading.