Premiership Relegation Battle To Intensify

Gabe Morency

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:44 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 9:44 PM UTC

We are now into the business end of the Premiership season and the greatest intrigue lies in seeing who will be relegated. Man City have run away with the title and the top four is.
<p>We are now into the business end of the Premiership season, and the greatest intrigue lies in seeing who will be relegated. Man City have run away with the title and the top four is looking pretty well established, so the fight for survival will gain a lot of attention.</p><p>At this time of season, it is advisable to avoid betting on teams that have nothing left to play for and to focus on teams that are still desperate for points. There are two huge relegation six pointers taking place this weekend, and they will play a huge role in determining who will beat the drop.</p><p>  </p><h3>Newcastle v Huddersfield</h3> All three newly-promoted teams are currently outside the relegation places, which is a fantastic achievement as we head into April. Brighton are up to 12th with 34 points, while Newcastle have 32 points and sit in 13th place. Hats off to Chris Hughton and Rafa Benitez, whose pragmatic tactics have made their teams hard to beat, and both should stay up. But things are looking a lot more precarious for Huddersfield, the smallest team to play Premiership football since Barnsley in the 1990s. They are just three points above 18<sup>th</sup>-placed Southampton, having played an extra game, and their run-in is daunting. Away trips to Newcastle and Brighton are followed by a home game against Watford, and then they play Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton in their final four games.<p></p><p>Huddersfield are looking doomed and odds of 9/4 at Sky Bet on them going down are really attractive. Various other bookmakers are offering 9/5 or 2/1, and those prices are well worth considering. Huddersfield have scored fewer goals than any other team apart from bottom club West Brom this season, and that could cost them in the final seven games of the season. Apart from Aaron Mooy, they lack the requisite quality to remain in the Premier League.</p><p>Newcastle have been decent at home of late, with a win over Man Utd the highlight, and they should fancy their chances of getting a win here. Huddersfield have lost 10 out of 15 away games this season, and the Magpies can exploit that record. Newcastle beat another relegation candidate, Southampton, 3-0 in their last home game, and the 4/5 on offer at Bet Victor and Bet Stars looks great. These are two of the lowest scorers in the league, while Newcastle have a very tight defence, so under 2.5 goals looks interesting at 7/10 with Marathon Bet.</p><p>  </p><h3>West Ham v Southampton</h3> The last time West Ham played a home game, their fans launched several pitch invasions to protest about the owners, and the Hammers ended up losing 3-0 to Burnley. They are now 17th in the table, two points ahead of Southampton in 18th, and this is a massive six-pointed in the fight to survive the drop. The toxic atmosphere at the London Stadium could count against David Moyes’ men once again, and Southampton will bid to capitalise.<p></p><p>The Saints may be galvanised by the arrival of a new manager, Mark Hughes, who led them to a 2-0 win over Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals last time out. They had been sleepwalking towards relegation, but Hughes’ appointment could give them a much-needed jolt out of their slumber. They have been punished for continually selling their best players to Liverpool and bringing in sub-standard replacements, but there is still plenty of quality in this team.</p><p>West Ham are a confidence team and if Southampton can nick an early goal, Hammers heads will drop and Saints could seal a crucial win. Southampton draw no bet looks interesting in this game at 5/6 with Bet Victor and 9/10 with Marathon, as West Ham’s fans will be on their case and it could be a long old afternoon for Mark Noble and Co.</p>
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