Another weekend of Premier League football has gone by, and there is another big story to tell in regards to the race for survival as Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich City all suffered disappointing defeats.
Aston Villa’s 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth leaves them on the brink of relegation to the Championship as they now sit 15 points from safety with only five games remaining.
But the big story of the weekend happened at Selhurst Park, as Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace all but secured their Premier League status for another season with a slim 1-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich.
The Canaries have been in good form of late and boosted their own hopes of survival with back-to-back wins over West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle recently, but they could not follow that up in South London.
Fortunately for Alex Neil’s men, the two clubs immediately below them could not profit from their defeat as bookmaker Sky Bet retain their odds of 13/8 to suffer relegation come the end of May.
The biggest movers in terms of odds were Newcastle as Rafa Benitez’s side edge closer to the drop.
Benitez’s arrival sparked fresh optimism around St. James’ Park, yet following the Magpies’ 3-1 defeat at Southampton on Saturday the Spaniard’s record reads one draw and three losses from four games.
Newcastle’s performances have not improved, and with six points separating them and Norwich in 17th position one can only question whether Newcastle have another two wins in them
Time is running out for Newcastle, and their odds of 1/12 to go down would suggest they need a miracle now.
Sunderland have also gradually fallen away and their win-less run continued with a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Leicester City at the Stadium of Light, prompting fresh doubts over their chances.
The Black Cats are now 1/4 to go down, and defeat next week at relegation rivals Norwich would all but seal the deal as they currently sit four points behind the Norfolk side and in desperate need of wins.