There are twelve teams that can be relegated from the Barclays Premier League this season, with seven of them operating at odds of 3/1 or lower to drop down into the Championship.
Once again, it is difficult to predict the trio of clubs that will finish bottom of the pecking order, although Wigan Athletic would feature prominently in a survey considering that the Latics have looked out of their depth this term despite Roberto Martinez’s best efforts.
We shouldn’t be surprised that Wigan are faring so badly considering they are one of the more modest clubs in the Premier League and the bottom side are a 2/5 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to be relegated after seasons of escaping the drop.
Since collecting five points from their opening five games, they have lost every single match played and a forthcoming match against Blackburn is absolutely crucial for them and Rovers.
After all, Steve Kean’s are just a point ahead of Wigan in the table following an equally dismal start to the campaign which has led to pockets of supporters calling on the manager and owners to step down at Ewood Park.
Even so, Blackburn could easily have more points on the table, with two missed penalties against Everton being a clear example of where fate dealt them a poor hand. Similarly, a recent 3-3 draw at Norwich saw them play the better football and they are even money (bet365 – £200 free betting) to go down.
It is unusual to see the promoted trio of teams outside the top two in this market, although Norwich City, Swansea City and QPR have all shown glimpses of why we should expect them to be in the Premier League next term.
The Canaries and Swans are actually in the top half of the table after bright starts, with Brendan Rodgers’ team playing some great football at Anfield in a recent goalless draw, although they can be backed at 15/8 to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Norwich have 13 points on the board from 11 games and seem to be finding the net on a regular basis, although City have conceded three goals in each of their last two games and some might be attracted to the 7/4 that the east Anglia side go down.
Meanwhile, Neil Warnock’s side played very well when losing 3-2 at home to Manchester City in their last game and there is enough quality in the ranks to suggest that Rangers should finish 17th or higher.
If you disagree with that statement, then odds of 3/1 are available about QPR going down, although most bookies think that Bolton and Wolves are likelier candidates after slow starts to the season.