Relegation betting update: Grim reading for Newcastle United, Norwich boost

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

Following another weekend of drama at the bottom of the Premier League table there has been another swift change in odds regarding Newcastle United, Norwich City and Sunderland.

With Aston Villa rooted to the foot of the table and now possible just one game away from relegation, it has become a battle between Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich for the remaining two spots.

Following Rafa Benitez’s arrival at Newcastle, there were fresh hopes that the Magpies could pull clear and the odds illustrated in a previous piece by HITC suggested they were the most likely to survive.

However, the Tyneside club managed just one point from Benitez’s opening two matches in charge and Norwich’s 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion before the international break tipped the balance in their favour.

The Canaries’ home encounter with Newcastle on Saturday was therefore a real crunch tie, and it was the Norfolk side who came out on top as a Martin Olsson last-gasp strike gave them a 3-2 win.

As now published by popular Bookmakers Sky Bet, the odds on Norwich going down have gone out to 13/8 while the odds on a Newcastle relegation have shortened drastically to 1/8.

For anybody unfamiliar with odds, with 1/8 available on Newcastle going down is the sort of odds which you would find on Bayern Munich recording a home win over opposition like Stuttgart - very likely.

Sunderland, sandwiched between the two, could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion despite completely dominating the game and creating a number of decent opportunities.

The Black Cats have improved under Sam Allardyce, yet they find themselves four points behind Norwich with just seven games left - with one of those being a trip to Carrow Road.

Sky Bet’s odds on a Sunderland relegation is now at 2/7, though defeat against Norwich in two weeks time will no doubt see their chances of beating the drop become much smaller.

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