After a start of no points and one goal scored from their opening three matches, everyone’s favourites for the drop, Burnley, have already begun to wilt in the relegation betting.
Those who expect to see the Clarets plying their modest trade in the second-tier in a year’s time can get paid out at 9/20, meaning the Lancashire club are the only Premier League outfit available at odds-on to go down at present.
Despite the lack of support, there’s plenty of time for Sean Dyche’s side to silence the negative Normans busy counting their money after backing the Turf Moor residents to fall under top-flight wheels after one season at the summit.
It took Sunderland nine games last term to pocket more than four points, but the Black Cats comprehensively cheated death when the final table was printed.
With 38 points in the bag, they were five points above the waterline.
Further encouragement is provided in the shape of Stoke, who survived by 11 points in their first season in the Premier League after collecting just three from their opening five matches.
No side should know better that pinging the top-tier lids by no means guarantees survival than Burnley.
Under Owen Coyle’s guidance in the early exchanges of the 2009/10 instalment, they prevailed in four of their first five home matches, besting reputable adversaries Manchester United and Everton in this spell.
Yet, they finished the season five points worse off than the team in 17th, their demise confirmed with two matches to play.
Their second attempt at dodging the Premier League axe hasn’t kicked off in anywhere near as explosive fashion, but an opening trio of fixtures against Chelsea, Swansea (away) and Man Utd represent incredibly tough going for a newbie to navigate.
But the points are being choppered in with a deluge of winnable games on the horizon.
Crystal Palace, Sunderland, West Brom, Leicester and West Ham are next in the firing line so expect to see the Clarets pull away from their mooring in the basement in the coming weeks.