Former England international Trevor Sinclair told BBC final score that Hull City’s defeat to Burnley, added to results elsewhere, makes the Tigers favourites for the drop with just two fixtures remaining.
Before the day’s games kicked off, Sunderland occupied the final relegation spot and arguably had the toughest game on paper as they prepared for a trip to Everton.
However, the Black Cats secured a huge 2-0 victory which momentarily lifted them as high as 14th spot and above rivals Newcastle United.
The Magpies, along with Aston Villa, Leicester City and Hull all had home matches, with the latter facing a Burnley side that knew even with victory their Premier League fate was likely to be sealed this weekend.
Early goals for the Foxes and Villa raised the stakes at the KC Stadium, and under pressure to succeed, Hull ultimately crumbled and went down 1-0, the Clarets’ top scorer Danny Ings finding the net.
The defeat leaves Steve Bruce’s side in 18th spot and two points behind Newcastle, who claimed a point at home to West Brom, prompting Sinclair to label the Tigers the new favourites for the drop.
"Hull's points tally that they have got is not enough, they need more points so they are now the favourites to go down in that third position,” he explained.
Speaking after the game, Tiger boss Steve Bruce knew his side had disappointed and admitted that they are now facing a tough challenge in avoiding joining Burnley on the way down to the Championship.
He said: “It's a huge disappointment - it has been an awful weekend. The disappointing thing for me is that we needed a big performance and we didn't play. Now we have got a mountain to climb."
Hull finish off the campaign with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur, before hosting Manchester United in the season finale - two tough games where a minimum of four points may be required.