Bottom-three brethren Fulham, Sunderland and Cardiff are a lot further adrift in the relegation betting than punters might expect, with no side above them shorter than 5/2 for the drop.
Yet Sunderland could make a serious dent in their own even money odds for survival with victory over West Ham at the Stadium of Light and if they do Chris Hughton’s Norwich have most to fear.
A fiendishly difficult closing quartet of fixtures mean that the Canaries seasonal points tally can be as good as inscribed into the oak-lined annals of Carrow Road in two games time.
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Victory for the Black Cats would still leave Gus Poyets’ candy-striped candidates with four points to make up on the East Anglians but given they’ve two games in hand on their natural quarry the gap is far from insurmountable.
What’s more it may be that little more than the seven currently required are ultimately needed to butt in ahead of the Canaries on the last chopper out of Saigon.
Norwich’s last four fixtures see them host Liverpool and Arsenal, while also paying visits to Chelsea and Manchester United.
Prior to that, West Brom come to Carrow Road, before Hughton’s men clash with Fulham in a game that’s sure to see the Cottagers raging against the dying of their own top-flight light.
The latter game in particular will represent a tough nut to crack for a road attack that has netted just 11 times on their Premier League travels all season.
Sunderland’s final months are dusted with big names too, but Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea all visit the Stadium of Light inside the final four games, giving them more opportunities for point-gleaning than their friends in lemon and lime.