Relegation betting update: Norwich City new favourites to survive after weekend results

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Sunderland, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Norwich City make up the bottom four.

According to bookmakers Sky Bet, Norwich City are the new favourites to preserve their Premier League status come the end of the season following the results at the weekend.

The Canaries started the weekend sitting in 18th position, sandwiched between Newcastle United and Sunderland and having gone more than ten weeks without a league victory.

Alex Neil’s side had been in free-fall since the New Year, yet a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns has really spiced things up at the bottom of the table.

The odds available on Norwich going down are currently 8/11, demonstrating that they still remain deep in the relegation mire and seemingly likely to make an immediate return to the Championship.

But odds on both Sunderland and Newcastle have changed following the Tyne-Wear derby draw, with the Black Cats now offered at 2/5 and the Magpies plummeting to 1/3 from former odds of 4/5.

Rafa Benitez’s arrival at Newcastle offered fresh hopes for the Tyneside club, yet a 1-0 defeat at Leicester City and the 1-1 draw with Sunderland leaves them in a spot of bother.

The Magpies do have favourable games coming up with Swansea City, Crystal Palace and Norwich all to play, yet time is running out and a defeat to the latter at Carrow Road could be catastrophic in their bid to survive.

Of the three clubs, Sunderland appear the most-improved but points dropped against Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton in recent weeks suggests Sam Allardyce’s men are extremely fragile.

Each game from now until May is crucial for each club but with Sunderland, Newcastle and an out of form Watford all yet to visit Carrow Road, it’s easy to see why there is a new favourite to stay up.

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