Premier League Relegation Odds: Pressure Piles On Everton And Southampton
This looks set to be another significant weekend in the Premier League relegation battle, which betting sites believe contains as many as seven clubs.
Two candidates for the drop are searching for new managers in Leeds United and Southampton, while Everton recently brought in Sean Dyche to lead them clear of trouble.
All three teams are in action this weekend, with Everton and Leeds set to go head-to-head at Goodison Park.
There are doubtless more twists and turns to come between now and the end of the campaign.
You can find the latest relegation odds from UK bookmakers below, followed by our analysis of the fight to finish above the dreaded dotted line.
|West Ham United||16.67%|
Bournemouth Not Bottom But Relegation Favourites
Bournemouth only dropped into the relegation zone for the first time this season in late January.
Yet they have long been the favourites to go down with football betting sites, which currently offer a price of 1.25 on Gary O’Neil’s side to finish in the bottom three.
Bournemouth went six games unbeaten between the end of August and the beginning of October, but their form has been pretty dismal since then.
Of the last 36 points on offer in the Premier League, Bournemouth have amassed just five.
The south coast side are by no means cut adrift, with just one point separating them from 17th spot.
However, there is no doubt that Bournemouth face an uphill battle to avoid demotion.
Southampton No Longer The Premier League’s Model Club
A few years ago, Southampton were widely held up as the Premier League’s model club.
They combined an excellent scouting network with a fruitful academy to produce one of the most impressive pound-for-pound teams in the top flight.
Those days are gone and Southampton have made a mess of this season. The sacking of Ralph Hasenhuttl was understandable, but the choice of Nathan Jones to succeed him backfired spectacularly.
After seven defeats in his eight league games at the helm, the Welshman was given the heave-ho last weekend and Southampton are searching for a new manager currently.
The Saints are four points adrift of safety and can be backed at 1.25 to go down.
A bungled attempt to appoint Jesse Marsch recently has not exactly done anything to help the situation.
Everton Not Out Of The Woods Yet Under Dyche
Sean Dyche led Everton to a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in his first game at the helm.
The Toffees performed brilliantly at Goodison Park, neutralising the then-league leaders as an attacking force and causing them problems at the other end with crosses into the box.
But a 2-0 defeat by Liverpool last time out underlined the fact that Dyche has a big job on his hands in the months ahead.
Everton do not score many goals and their record on the road is poor, with just one win at opposition stadiums in 2022/23.
Ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Leeds, Everton are in the bottom three and have scored only 16 goals, the lowest such figure in the division.
They are listed at 2.1 with Ladbrokes to be playing Championship football next season.
Leeds And Forest Still Battling To Steer Clear Of Trouble
The Whites will once again be under the stewardship of caretaker manager Michael Skubala this weekend.
The search for the next Leeds manager to replace the aforementioned Marsch has not gone well, with several of their targets opting to remain with their current employers.
Leeds would drop into the bottom three with a loss to Everton, and there has been talk that they could be forced to hand the job to the inexperienced Skubala until the end of the campaign.
With all that in mind, it is a surprise they are available at a relatively lengthy 3.0 with Bet365.
Nottingham Forest, previously the favourites to succumb to the drop, are now given only a 3.25 shot of finishing in the bottom three.
Steve Cooper’s side have pulled clear of the relegation zone after losing only one of their last six matches.
West Ham And Wolves Should Retain Top-Flight Status
West Ham United are just two points above the bottom three, but they are only 6.0 with Unibet to be relegated.
That is partly because of the quality within their squad, and partly because the underlying numbers suggest they have been underachieving so far.
There have been signs of late that David Moyes’ men might have turned a corner. They have only lost one of their last five games, and that was a slender 1-0 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves have themselves pulled clear of the relegation zone of late, and are now priced at 8.0 to be demoted.
Julen Lopetegui’s side could rise as high as 12th if they emerge victorious this weekend.
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