Premier League relegation battle: Eagles and Foxes ease fears

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Crystal Palace and Leicester were the big winners in the Premier League relegation battle over the weekend, but it’s starting to look very bleak for Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Palace enjoyed a bit of luck as a Troy Deeney own goal helped them to edge out Watford 1-0 at Selhurst Park, but that was a third straight win for the Eagles and they are now 3/1 to go down.

Trueform ratings: How the teams in the bottom six have fared in recent weeks.

Sam Allardyce’s side are four points clear of third-from-bottom Hull and have a game in hand, although they do return from the international break with tough trips to Chelsea and Southampton.

“I’m feeling a lot more relieved than I was and whenever I get a victory, and they haven’t been that often since I’ve been here, I do make sure I enjoy them,” beamed the former England boss.

“The confidence is growing, so if we can carry on getting the results against teams around us, that means it won’t be beyond us to try and nick a point here against one of the big six that we’ve still got.”

Leicester, who are 22/1 to fall, have also picked up maximum points from their last three domestic fixtures as the Foxes built on their Champions League heroics against Sevilla by prevailing 3-2 at West Ham, with Jamie Vardy continuing his recent resurgence by netting again.

Kasper Schmeichel had to be at his best to help City hold on and manager Craig Shakespeare said: “We started really well and got the goals but it was backs to the wall at the end. My heart was in my mouth at times, but I am intensely proud of the results we have got.”

Basement dwellers Sunderland ended a run of three straight Premier League defeats, but they again failed to score in a home draw with Burnley and are just 3/50 to be relegated as that result left them seven points from safety.

Trueform key match: Swansea will be determined to beat Middlesbrough at home after the international break.

Middlesbrough are 11/50 to go down after Aitor Karanka’s departure couldn’t inspire them to get anything out of a 3-1 loss to Manchester United at the Riverside, although the Teessiders did rally well for a while late on until a Victor Valdes slip dashed any hopes of a comeback.

Hull’s away form continues to be worrying after they were beaten 4-0 at Everton, prompting their relegations odds to be cut to 1/2, but the Tigers do return from the international break with a home double-header versus West Ham and Middlesbrough.

Swansea haven’t got anything to show for their last four road trips following a 2-0 loss at Bournemouth, but facing Middlesbrough at Liberty Stadium next up could give Paul Clement a boost and it is 3/1 for the Welsh outfit to drop down to the Championship.

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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.

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