Villa’s chances of survival are looking extremely slim, and their odds of 2/9 to go down reflect that.
Remi Garde’s men lost 3-2 at home to Watford at the weekend, leaving themselves positioned in last place with just five points from 14 Premier League fixtures – the joint-worst ever tally at this stage.
After beating Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day of the season, Villa have picked up just two draws from their ensuing 13 league matches and it’s easy to see why they’re big favourites to go down.
While Villa are widely tipped to tumble through the trapdoor, what is surprising is that the bookmakers still have Sunderland as the next likeliest to go down, despite their transformation under Sam Allardyce.
The Black Cats are 1/2 to go down, despite currently placing outside of the relegation zone.
Since Allardyce has come in, Sunderland have picked up victories against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Stoke City, with the latter two coming in back-to-back games.
Allardyce pretty much guarantees Premier League survival, and it’s no coincidence that his arrival at the Stadium of Light has coincided with Sunderland defending much better and looking thoroughly solid.
Their recent victory over Stoke saw Newcastle United drop into the bottom three in their stead, yet surprisingly the bookmakers’ odds suggest the Magpies are still more likely to avoid the drop.
Newcastle were defeated 5-1 at Crystal Palace last weekend, a result which followed a heavy 3-0 home loss to Leicester City that ultimately caused training ground animosity among players and staff.
Steve McClaren’s side are in a rut, confidence looks shot and there seems a real lack of fight and motivation among their ranks – a disastrous combination which doesn’t usually end well.
The Magpies currently lie in 19th position, yet their odds of going down remain at evens despite a huge contrast in emotions in their camp and that of North East rivals Sunderland.
Bournemouth are still the third favourites for the drop, with a price of 8/11 to go down. Norwich City (9/4), West Bromwich Albion (9/1), Swansea City (9/1) and Watford (11/1) make up the fellow contenders.