Premier League relegation odds: Palace now odds-on to go down

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Crystal Palace are now 4/5 to go down in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after tasting defeat in Roy Hodgson’s first match as manager.

The Eagles became the first club in top-flight history to lose their opening five games without scoring a single goal when beaten 1-0 at home by Southampton.

Things are expected to get even worse for Palace, as their next three league fixtures are against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, history could be on the Eagles’ side, as Hodgson lost his first three league matches with Fulham after his appointment in December 2007, but he still inspired them to survival on the season’s final day.

“The fans at the moment still believe this is going to change overnight, and are beginning to realise it won’t,” commented Hodgson.

“But I still think we will be okay, and we’ll work to be okay, and this group of players will follow me and the others to make sure we’re okay.

“But it won’t be by the end of October; possibly, it might be quite a long way forward.”

Cherries kick-start campaign by beating Brighton

Brighton are second favourites in the Premier League relegation odds at 11/10 following a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth, who were eased to 2/1 for the drop after securing their first points of the season.

The Seagulls seemed to be in control when going ahead through Solly March, but Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe turned it around for the Cherries.

“We have had a tough run of fixtures and this was really important,” said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. “There are a lot of emotions, relief is probably the biggest one.”

Brighton coach Chris Hughton declared himself “incredibly disappointed” with the result and stated: “They have a lot of quality and move the ball well, but we handled it well for a lot of the game.

“It was two poor goals we conceded that we never looked like conceding before then.”

Huddersfield are still among the favourites to fall at 3/2, despite putting in another encouraging display when drawing 1-1 with Leicester.

Terriers striker Laurent Depoitre netted on his full debut and, after Jamie Vardy levelled with a penalty, Town were unlucky to have Elias Kachunga’s header incorrectly ruled out for offside.

“We have good players and a good coach and you have seen from the first game that we can cause a lot of Premier League teams problems,” said Depoitre. “I definitely think we can stay in the league.”

Magpies flying high after hat-trick of wins

Swansea battled hard for a goalless stalemate against Tottenham at Wembley and are now 2/1 to go down, while Burnley are 9/4 for the drop following a brave 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Watford have been trimmed to 5/1 to fall following a 6-0 thrashing off Manchester City at Vicarage Road, while West Brom and West Ham are 13/2 and 9/2 respectively following a bore draw at The Hawthorns.

Newcastle have drifted out to 11/2 for a quick return to the Championship after a 2-1 defeat of Stoke gave them a third successive top-flight success for the first time since 2014.

After Christian Atsu fired the Magpies ahead, Xherdan Shaqiri levelled for the Potters with a lovely strike, but Jamaal Lascelles then headed home his second winner in a week.

“It just goes to show how much character we have,” the United skipper told the club website. “A couple of seasons back, we’d go a goal down or concede a goal and heads would drop.

“But now everyone steps up, the 11 of us. This group of boys is excellent – we just keep going.

“We’re an ambitious bunch of players, we’re a really tight group of lads and we’re friends. We work hard for each other on the pitch.”

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.