Relegation betting update: Big movers after January, Sunderland in trouble

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Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Swansea City and Bournemouth have all spent time in the bottom three this season.

The January transfer window proved a critical month for those involved in the relegation fight, and all but Aston Villa made key signings in order to boost their respective survival hopes.

Villa still sit at the bottom of the table, ten points adrift of safety having won just one game since the opening day of the season. With only 14 games of the season left, they need a miracle.

But what of the other relegation contenders? Sunderland, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Swansea City and Bournemouth have all been in the bottom three at some point in the campaign.

According to Sky Bet, Sunderland are the next favourites to go down with odds available at 1/5 – the sort of odds you can get on Barcelona beating Levante in La Liga this weekend.

It doesn’t bode well for Sam Allardyce’s men, yet it’s entirely understandable as two teams stand between the Black Cats and safety and Norwich already have a four-point advantage on them.

Sunderland made a number of signings in January and there is no doubt their team as improved, though with games running out it’s looking like being a little too late at the Stadium of Light.

Newcastle are next favourites to go down, with odds of 1/1, though that wasn’t the case before they failed to show up at Goodison Park in midweek and lost convincingly 3-0 to Everton.

The Magpies originally jumped ahead of Norwich in the odds of staying up, largely due to strengthening what was already a decent squad with one or two impressive January signings.

Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet joined the club in the first two weeks of the window before England international winger Andros Townsend was added from Tottenham Hotspur.

Steve McClaren’s men have the squad to stay up, yet they need to put together a run of form similar to Bournemouth - the ultimate big movers in the relegation dogfight.

The Cherries at one stage looked doomed, conceding goals at an alarming rate and even losing to Newcastle in a close encounter at Dean Court.

However, Eddie Howe has splashed the cash in January, bringing in goal scorers Lewis Grabban and Benik Afobe and it has helped maintain momentum on the South Coast.

Bournemouth have won five of their last ten league matches, and with a seven-point gap over Newcastle in 18th, they have moved to an outside 14/1 to go down via Sky Bet's odds.

Norwich [6/5], Swansea City [9/2] and West Bromwich Albion [15/2] make up the fellow contenders.

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