Relegation betting update: Sunderland new favourites to survive after weekend results

Norwich City, Sunderland and Newcastle United are in the fight to stay up.

Another round of fixtures has come and gone and yet more twists and turns have occurred with Aston Villa suffering an inevitable relegation and a big game at Carrow Road taking place.

Norwich City headed into the weekend four points clear of Sunderland and six clear of Newcastle United.

The Canaries had odds of 13/8 to go down with popular Bookmaker Sky Bet, a clear indication that they were the favourites to preserve their Premier League status come the end of the season.

But in a must-win game for Sunderland, Sam Allardyce’s men rose to the occasion and saw off the Norfolk side 3-0, closing the gap between the two to just one point with only a handful of games remaining.

The Black Cats were solid at the back and prolific in front of goal; some contrast to previous matches.

As a result, the Wearside club are now the new favourites to stay up, although Sky Bet’s odds of 8/11 to go down suggests they are not at all convinced they will ultimately beat the drop in May.

Norwich’s odds have dropped to 2/5, while Newcastle have gone from a previous 1/12 to 1/4 to go down after they secured a vital 3-0 victory over mid-table side Swansea City at St. James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez made one or two big changes to the line-up that lost at Southampton the previous weekend, and they worked out for the better as the Magpies finally put in a decent performance all round.

Both Sunderland and Newcastle have a game in hand on Norwich, and amazingly enough the latter can climb out of the bottom three momentarily if they beat Manchester City at home on Tuesday.

With relegation all set to go to the wire, expect plenty more twists and turns to come with each set of supporters suffering moments of both elation and heartbreak in their bid to remain in the top flight.

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