One relegation spot left after Middlesbrough bow out at the Bridge
Last night’s 3-0 comprehensive win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was not just the win that all but clinched the Blues their 2nd Premier League title in 3 years, but was also the result that condemned Middlesbrough to relegation down to the Championship, meaning there is now just one relegation spot left to fill – with north east rivals Sunderland having already gone down last week.
The three teams in with a realistic chance of also going down are Crystal Palace, Swansea, and Hull City.
Given the odds are stacked in favour of Palace, it is no surprise to see that they are the rank outsiders in the betting for relegation from the Premier League. Bookmakers currently make then a huge 18/1 to go down (it would also be the first time Sam Allardyce has ever been relegated).
Swansea are second favourites for the drop at 5/1, while Hull are massive odds on at 1/5 to join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship next season. You can currently get some great new account offers from the bookmakers for Premier League – and football in general – betting from websites like allgamblingsites.com, and this one.
The remaining spot to be filled is currently occupied by Hull – hence why they are 1/5. The odds really are stacked against them too overhaul one of Swansea or Crystal Palace and extent their current stay in the top flight to two seasons.
Hull have a massive fixture away at Palace on Sunday (kick off at 12noon), when they know an away win would put them just 1 point behind Allardyce’s team going into the final round of fixtures.
On the same weekend Swansea travel to Sunderland (Saturday, kick off at 3pm), knowing that a win at the Stadium of Light would guarantee them Premier League football next season, should Hull lose at Selhurst Park the following day.
A Swansea win along with a draw for Hull would also all but to it for the Swans, as that would mean the worst that could happen would be that Hull could draw level with Swansea on points, and Swansea currently also have a +5 better goal difference that their relegation rivals.
For Crystal Palace the equation is far simpler, avoid defeat to Hull on Sunday, and they stay up. If they lose on Sunday, Big Sam’s Palace side would still have another chance to put it right the following week, but they are away at Old Trafford, so they will surely looking to get the job done before then.
Given that Palace only need a draw on Sunday, there is a fairly good chance that Allardyce will shut up and shop and park the bus. If you fancy it might end in a goalless draw with Palace parking 10 men behind the ball Under 0.5 goals can be backed at 10/1, while Under 1.5 goals is 5/2.