Hitting your five-a-day through the exclusive consumption of sour grapes may lead a sacked Premier League manager to blurt out that his former employees would’ve survived relegation had they not binned him, but Chris Hughton, who recently made such a statement, is in fact accurate in his exclamation.
Despite the dastardly doings of the most fiendish being in the FA’s fixture-generating department, a final four-game gauntlet against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal will not be enough to send Norwich down this season.
Next season, however, they WILL finish bottom.
The reasoning is yet to come, but don’t dally, lump your £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com today on the 13/20 that says the Canaries will remain afloat this term and pocket an as-good-as-guaranteed £19.50 profit when, not if, it comes in.
As alluded to in an earlier piece penned by the news.bwin.com/en/ quillsmiths (which can be read by clicking here) the challenges the current bottom three face to save their skins are too daunting for salvation.
Take Fulham, for instance – even if they beat Norwich at 23/20 when the sides do battle at the weekend, they’ll still need to win two more games to give them a points tally capable of buoying them above the dotted line of doom.
Those are most likely going to have to come from home games with Crystal Palace and Hull, but with the Cottagers unable to string successive home victories together all season, it’s hard to envisage them achieving such a feat.
Norwich need only to avoid defeat at Craven Cottage and that should see them safe, though even if they lose their final five games there’s still a great chance they’ll stay up.
If they do, though, it won’t be for long because, as Sunderland are currently finding out, the team that finishes 17th in the top-flight is in for a far worse fate the following campaign.
Each of the previous four sides to teeter on the basement boundary after 38 games has regressed into relegation fodder the very next season, with three of those – QPR, Wolves and West Ham – all residing in 20th spot upon the closure of proceedings.
An enticing 5/1 says Norwich will be the fourth successive ladder stabiliser added to the list following the conclusion of the 2014/15 campaign and this should not be ignored.