Premier League on Betfair: Lambert defies critics as Stoke triumph

Paul Lambert enjoyed a winning return to Premier League football
Paul Lambert enjoyed a winning return to Premier League football
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All eyes were on Stoke on Saturday afternoon as Paul Lambert took charge of the Potters for the first time against fellow strugglers Huddersfield...

"For Huddersfield, this was their third League loss on the bounce and have now been cut into [2.64] from [3.2] to be plying their trade in the Championship next season."

The appointment of Paul Lambert was met with widespread discontent among the Stoke faithful but the former Wolves manager took one step towards convincing them otherwise as his side ran out convincing 2-0 winners over fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield Town.

The Potters were much the better side in the first half but it took 53 minutes for them to break the deadlock when Joe Allen converted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's cross. Mame Biram Diouf then finished the Terriers off in the 70th minute to earn a vital three points for Lamberts' men.

As such they're now [4.2] from [3.3] for relegation and the Potters have another winnable fixture in just over ten days time against Watford for which they're [2.30] favorites.

For Huddersfield, this was their third League loss on the bounce and have now been cut into [2.64] from [3.2] to be plying their trade in the Championship next season.

Brighton thrashed but Baggies kick on

Elsewhere in the bottom half of the table, Brighton were dismantled 4-0 at home by Eden Hazard and Chelsea, with the Belgian netting twice. The Seagulls who have been a formidable force on home turf this season probably deserved a consolation goal - or two - but regardless came in significantly from [5.4] to [2.62] for the drop. Chris Hughton takes his side down the coast to Southampton next where they're the [5.7] outsiders to come away with a much-needed victory.

West Brom were the other movers in the market, coming away with a hard-fought point at Goodison Park that also saw the debut of Theo Walcott for the Toffees. The Baggies who were perhaps unfortunate to not come away with all three points moved from [2.3] to [2.6] as Alan Pardew seems to finally be getting a tune out of the Baggies.

Premier League relegation odds

Following Saturday afternoon's results Swansea are the favourites in the market at [1.25] with Huddersfield and Brighton shortening to [2.26] and [2.64] respectively with West Brom [2.58]. Newcastle are [3.35] while Stoke can now be backed at [4.4]. Further down the market are Southampton at [5.8], Bournemouth [8.8], Watford [9.8] and Crystal Palace also at [9.8] after losing to Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates.

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