Normally when a ‘big’ team have a sluggish start to the season the bookies are wise to the fact, and their odds reflect it. Chelsea, currently 16th in the league table, have made a shambolic start to the season, but some bookies don’t even bother listing them (below) in their relegation candidates odds list.
Chelsea’s current position in the relegation picture is fooling no one, but the same cannot be said about Aston Villa.
In the table below Skybet have Villa at 4/6 for relegation, which basically translated means ‘bye-bye to the Championship’. In comparison, the newly promoted teams Watford (7/2), Bournemouth (5/2) and Norwich City (7/2) are all given decent chances of survival.
Leicester City who spent most of last season at the bottom of the league are a safe as houses 22/1 for relegation this time around.
What is perhaps increasingly worrying for Villa is the odds don’t seem to simply reflect current league positions. Newcastle winless and bottom of the table at 11/10 for survival are given a better chance than Villa. Now that is worrying even at this early stage.
Sunderland have recently acquired Sam Allardyce, who boasts the record of never being relegated. Will he secure the Black Cats Premier League status? It’s not a given considering the lack of quality currently in their squad. Yet, Sunderland showed last season, they can rally to the cause.
Of course, it’s early days, but Villa don’t have a squad of Premier League seasoned players and the odds distinctly reflect this. They also perhaps reflect the confidence draining effect the next five fixtures – Chelsea, Swansea, Man City, Spurs, Everton – could have on the team, if they don’t at least pick up a couple of positive results.
To say this international break is the calm before the storm is certainly an understatement.
Lets hope Villa’s odds for relegation are a tad longer come Christmas though.
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