Author: Tony MacDonald
2016/17 Premier League
Published: 15:47 18/05/2015
Three teams remain at risk of being relegated from the Premier League, but will you be betting on Hull City, Newcastle United or Sunderland playing football in the Championship next season?
Aston Villa and Leicester are now mathematically safe which given their form earlier in the season is scarcely believable, but we will have to wait until the final day of the season to find out who will join Burnley and Queens Park Rangers in the second tier of English football next season
Sunderland Relegation Betting
Best Odds To Go Down - 10/1 (Skybet/Winner/Titanbet)
With just one point needed from their remaining 2 games, if Sunderland can avoid defeat away to Arsenal on Wednesday, then they will play without nerves away to Chelsea on Sunday May 24th. The Black Cats are guaranteed to be safe regardless of their own results if Hull fail to beat Manchester United on the last day of the season, but Dick Advocaat will be leaving nothing to chance considering the calibre of teams his side have to face.
Sunderland sit on 37 points with a goal difference of -20, so are in the best position of the relegation candidates, though Arsenal won't be doing them any favours with second spot still potentially up for grabs and the desire to remain above Manchester United to avoid the play-off round in the Champions League.
Should it come down to a showdown at Stamford Bridge, Sunderland may be buoyed by their tremendous effort there last season when they beat the odds to claim a famous 1-2 victory and end Jose Mourinho's long-standing record of being unbeaten at home. The Wearsiders are also the one of only two sides to prevent Chelsea from scoring this season, with a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light irking the Portuguese tactician once more.
Newcastle Relegation Betting
Best Odds To Go Down - 7/1 (Coral/Unibet)
Newcastle were almost over the line when they went 0-1 up away to relegated QPR, but a second half capitulation means that they need to beat West Ham on Sunday to be sure of survival. Like their local rivals, they will avoid the drop regardless of their own result, if Hull fail to beat Manchester United.
The Magpies are a point behind Sunderland on 36, but with a far worse goal difference of -25 and that could be crucial depending on results elsewhere. For example if Hull beat Manchester United and Sunderland lose both of their games, but only by an aggregate of -4 goals, then a draw would not be enough for Newcastle to stay up!
Newcastle have not won a game since beating Aston Villa 1-0 at St James Park back in February, though there were signs of a mini revival in their 1-1 draw at home to West Brom before the defeat at QPR. West Ham themselves are in a poor run of form with just 1 win since March, though they did beat Newcastle 1-0 earlier in the season. The prospect of being relegated by former Toon boss Sam Allardyce will not sit well with the home fans who look set for a torturous 90 minutes on Tyneside.
Hull City Relegation Betting
Best Odds Top Stay Up - 4/1 (William Hill)
It's hard to see where it's all gone wrong for Hull almost a year on from achieving their best finish in the Premier League and giving Arsenal a scare in the FA Cup Final. But if the Tigers fail to beat Manchester United, they will be relegated regardless of results elsewhere.
Steve Bruce's side are 2 points behind Newcastle and 3 behind Sunderland on 34, but despite being the lowest ranked team, Hull have the best goal difference of -18. So if Hull win and Newcastle fail to win, the Tigers will send the Magpies down with the help of their superior goal difference. If Hull and Newcastle both win and Sunderland lose to both Arsenal and Chelsea, then it will be the Black Cats who are relegated.
Back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool at the end of April looked to have given Hull hope, but Saturday's 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham was their third loss on the bounce. Manchester United recorded a comfortable 3-0 win in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford and will be hoping to record a Premier League double over the Tigers to try and leapfrog Arsenal into third place. It's going to be a nervous afternoon at the KC Stadium!