Betfair writer Louise Moran looks at the impending relegation battle for season 08/09.
Now the dust has settled on
Harry Rednapp's sudden move to Spurs and they have already notched
up their first win, attention is turning to the other clubs battling
the threat of relegation. And with a full midweek and weekend fixture
list to look forward to, the table, and football
odds, could look
very different by the end of next Monday evening, when Newcastle take
on high-flying Aston Villa.
Spurs are now out to ninth
favourites with some bookies to go down after the arrival of Harry Houdini
– even Hull are now seen as more likely to get relegated. It does
seem inevitable that they will claw their way out of trouble and as
much as I dislike managers losing their jobs, the board must be commended
for taking such a bold (and expensive) step.
Meanwhile, Newcastle must be
looking on with envy at the capture of Redknapp. He almost went to St
James' Park at the start of the year but eventually decided to stay
put at Portsmouth. The decision to bring in Joe Kinnear has not paid
the same immediate dividends and this is reflected in the football betting. Newcastle are fifth favourites to
go down and have lost four of their last six matches in league and cup.
They desperately need to get back on track after losing at Sunderland
on Saturday and have a good chance of doing so against West Brom, who
have shipped seven goals in their last two matches and are second favourites
to be relegated.
Only five points separate the
bottom nine teams. Stoke don't look to have the quality to get themselves
out of trouble and Bolton, Fulham and Wigan (third, fourth and eighth
favourites respectively) will be feeling the pressure. Everton are just
a point above the relegation zone but are a hefty 14/1 to go down, while
Boro are just more likely to avoid the drop than Spurs according to
the bookies. West Ham might be exactly mid-table at the moment but they've
lost their last three and are sixth favourites for the drop.
This week is intriguing, as
many of the bottom teams play each other. As already mentioned, in midweek
Newcastle play West Brom, Fulham take on Wigan and Everton travel to
Bolton, while at the weekend Everton face Fulham and Boro play West
Ham. Spurs might find their mini revival comes to an abrupt end against
Arsenal and Liverpool, but stranger things have already happened this
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