Premier League Relegation Odds: Pressure Piles On Southampton And Wolves
There is just one round of Premier League fixtures remaining before the World Cup break, but football fans and betting sites are not ready to turn their full attention to Qatar just yet.
The bottom half of the table remains congested ahead of matchday 15.
Just six points separate 11th-placed Brentford from Nottingham Forest at the foot of the standings, and as many as 10 teams could yet be involved in the battle against the drop.
Let’s take a look at the latest Premier League relegation odds, before analysing some of the contenders to fall through the trapdoor.
Premier League Relegation Odds
|West Ham United||9.09%|
Forest Odds-On To Suffer Demotion
Nottingham Forest fans were jubilant after their last-gasp equaliser against Brentford on Saturday, but a 2-2 draw was actually a disappointing result.
Steve Cooper’s side once again failed to beat bottom-half opposition at the City Ground, despite the Bees being without starman Ivan Toney.
Forest are 1.44 with the best football betting sites to be playing Championship football next term.
Their recruitment gamble - the club signed 22 players over the summer - has not paid off and Cooper is understandably struggling to gel a new-look squad together.
The World Cup break could do Forest good, but it looks like they will be battling against relegation for the remainder of the season.
Cooper’s men rank 19th for goals scored and goals conceded, which is a worrying indication of their all-round shortcomings.
Winless Run Sees Bournemouth Slide Down Standings
For the second week in-a-row, Bournemouth blew a two-goal lead on Saturday.
Having previously lost 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur having gone two up in the 49th minute, the Cherries saw a 3-1 advantage turned into a 4-3 deficit against Leeds United.
Gary O’Neil did an excellent job of steadying the ship in the early part of his caretaker reign, but Bournemouth have now lost four matches on the bounce.
They are the second-favourites to finish below the dreaded dotted line at 1.48 on Unibet, with a permanent Bournemouth manager reportedly set to be appointed in the coming weeks.
Wolves Struggling To Build Momentum
No team in the Premier League have scored as few goals as Wolves this term, as they've only managed 8 all season.
The West Midlanders did manage to find the back of the net twice on Saturday, but it was still not enough.
Wolves went down 3-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion, moving them level on points with last-placed Forest. As such they are now the third-favourites to be relegated at 2.25 with Ladbrokes.
Julen Lopetegui will replace Steve Davis in the Molineux dugout next Monday, before which Wolves host league leaders Arsenal.
There is enough quality in the squad for Wolves to get out of trouble, but Lopetegui is a cautious tactician and not necessarily the ideal manager to get a moribund attack firing.
Managerial Change On Way At Southampton
Ralph Hasenhuttl was sacked as Saints manager on Monday following a 4-1 thrashing by Newcastle United the previous day.
Southampton have begun the search for a successor and their decision will play a big part in determining the club’s fate.
Southampton dropped into the bottom three at the weekend and they are now priced at just 3.0 to go down.
They have one of the youngest teams in the division and that lack of experience could ultimately prove costly.
There is quality within Southampton’s ranks though, and the right manager should be able to at least keep them competitive for the remainder of the season.
But with a trip to Liverpool to come on Saturday, things could get worse before they get better.
Leicester, Everton And Leeds Not Yet Out Of Woods
Leicester have climbed up to 14th place after a run of just one defeat in their last five matches.
Australian betting sites now price the Foxes at 7.0 to finish 18th or below, and it does indeed look like Brendan Rodgers’ side are out of the basement battle. The same cannot yet be said for Leeds or Everton.
The Whites, available at 5.5, have strengthened their position with back-to-back victories, the latest of which was a thrilling come-from-behind defeat of Bournemouth.
But despite that upturn, they are just three points outside the bottom three.
Everton (4.5 with Betfair) have a point fewer than Leeds and are still struggling to find the back of the net.
Only Forest and Wolves have worse attacking records so far, but Frank Lampard has at last made his team tougher to score against.
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