Wins for Sunderland and Newcastle today ensured the north east pair were not cut adrift at the bottom of the table while pulling Norwich right back into the mire. Joe Dyer has the latest on the relegation betting from Betfair after a significant day at the bottom of the league...
"Newcastle are the shortest price in Betfair's Relegation betting with Exchange punters making them 1.351/3 to go down, Norwich split the two at 1.528/15 and Sunderland can be backed at 1.75/7."
They have left it late in the season but wins for the two north east clubs today have given both Sunderland and Newcastle a slim hope of staying up.
Elsewhere, Manchester United kept the heat on their neighbours at the Etihad with a 1-0 defeat of Aston Villa, a result that means the Midlands side are relegated from the Premier League, but Southampton's hopes of European football took a knock following a 1-1 draw at Everton. In the day's other 3pm kick-off Watford inflicted a home defeat on West Brom courtesy of Ben Watson's first-half effort.
The day began at Norwich where Sunderland knew that a win was imperative to their survival hopes with their opponents holding a four point advantage, though having played a game more. A first-half penalty from Fabio Borini gave them the vital advantage and further goals from Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore after the break sealed the win. The 0-3 scoreline was backed at a high of 80.079/1.
That early result made a Newcastle win against Swansea an absolute must and the Toon finally obliged for Rafa Benitez. Jamaal Lascelles got the all-important opening goal before late efforts from Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend settled matters with the 3-0 win. Over 2.5 goals traded at a high of 18.017/1.
The results leave Newcastle (28 points) and Sunderland (30pts) still in the bottom three but Norwich (31pts) are within reaching distance.
Newcastle are the shortest price in Betfair's Relegation betting with Exchange punters making them 1.351/3 to go down, Norwich split the two at 1.528/15 and Sunderland can be backed at 1.75/7.
Manchester United were well fancied to destroy Aston Villa but it only took one goal in the end - over 1.5 goals backed at 1.152/13 after Marcus Rashford's 32nd minute opener. The win confirms that Villa will play next season in the Championship - Betfair customers backed the Claret and Blyes at a high of 6.611/2 to go down.
That same scoreline was repeated at The Hawthorns, but it was the away side that took the spoils. Watford were backed at a high of 4.03/1 to beat West Brom