While although the Premier League focus is usually based around who will finish top of the table, that does not mean matters at the bottom are simply ignored and for those clubs who are hoping to avoid relegation, they will have their work cut out across the course of the season.
Work that will require those struggling outfits to finish 17th or higher in the Premier League table and if they fail to reach that certain threshold, relegation to the second tier of the English football pyramid then awaits.
Even though relegation will spell misery for a trio of unfortunate outfits, there is always scope for punters to make good use of that misery and for those who select who will be bottom of the pile, the potential for profitability is not all that far away.
Because with the odds to finish bottom list being one of the more popular markets that are currently available, it means the spotlight is shone just as bright on the clubs who are more making up the numbers than opposed to challenging for the title. Here we take a look at the current standings at the foot of the Premier League table and update our thoughts on one of our previous articles.
GAMES IN HAND
All does not seem well at Turf Moor these days and with Burnley currently finding themselves bottom of the Premier League table, their lengthy stint in the English top-flight could well be coming to an end.
However, Sean Dyche is certainly a shrewd operator within the division and with Burnley being in trouble plenty of times before, the ginger lothario will be primed and ready to mastermind another quest for survival.
One that sees Burnley hold a number of games in hand over their relegation rivals and if the Clarets can pick up important points along the way, then all of a sudden, their plight at the foot of the table will not seem as bad.
Then again, just because they possess as many as four games in hand over Norwich in 18th is no precursor to future success and if you take their previous results as a sample of form for the season, finding positive results is far from a given.
Especially as there seems to be little in the way of funding for new personnel and with talisman Chris Wood now departing for Newcastle, it is the Magpies who have managed to weaken a direct relegation rival.
Looking at the current relegation odds, Burnley find themselves priced as short as +300 with VIPCasino and even though they have managed to keep their heads above water in recent years, now might be the time in which they sink to the EFL Championship.
FARKE OUT, SMITH IN
With a change of managerial personnel at Carrow Road, there are now signs of life within the Norwich squad and after such a meek start to proceedings, they do at least have a chance of Premier League survival at the end of the season.
A chance that has come since the installation of Dean Smith and with the Canaries now just a point from safety, they will look to overtake Watford and subsequently move themselves out of the relegation zone.
However, there are two huge issues for Norwich, and they are developing at both ends of the pitch. Firstly, they are scoring nowhere near enough goals this season and they are also conceding too many at the other end.
With their first 21 games of this campaign now in the history books, they have managed a rather embarrassing 10 goals – less than a goal every other game and when coupled with more than two goals against per game on average, these metrics point to almost certain relegation.
Of course, there is still plenty of football left to play between now and May and there is no doubt that Norwich have improved under their new manager, something that was evident only recently against Everton.
Whether their home win came because of an uplift in Norwich fortune or because Everton were so bad that day, is still to be decided and if last season’s EFL Championship winners are to stay up, then they certainly have their work cut out.
Especially as they priced as short as -145 on in the Premier League relegation market and for those who like to see betting as a long-term investment, this could be a rather safe place to put your money.
HOWE MANY MORE CHANCES
Another team that has made a managerial change at the bottom is Newcastle and although small steps have seemingly been made under new boss Eddie Howe, you get the feeling that giant strides are actually required.
With just one league win all season, it is almost absurd to consider the fact that Newcastle are still in with a decent chance of survival, and this arguably says more about the teams at the bottom as a collective.
Because there is no doubt that the Premier League has been low on quality across the board and although it is often lit up by the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, the counterpoint is those teams fighting for the lives.
Of which one of those is most definitely Newcastle and although they have recently won the football lottery after their Saudi-led takeover, they are playing like a team that has misplaced its winning ticket.
Not only that, but there is very little in the way of connected thinking and although Eddie Howe was eventually installed as the new manager of the club, the transfer strategy that followed was almost non-existent.
Admittedly they have managed to land both Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood since the start of the January transfer window and although these additions are both solid and sensible, there is still a lot of inferior talent on the Newcastle books.
While talking of books, when it comes to the sports kind, the relegation market is actually suggesting that Newcastle will somehow avoid relegation and if such a feat is achieved, it could end up being the greatest escape of them all.
Which means, at present it looks like four teams are fighting for survival and with three suffering the fate of demotion of the season, Watford will be doing their absolute best to maintain their current 17th place standing.
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