In the last 15 Premier League seasons, either or both the team’s sitting in 19th and 20th positions in the table on September 22nd have been relegated, suggesting that punters should be backing both Crystal Palace (19th) and Sunderland (20th) with great confidence to fall through the trap door.
Profits on Palace being sent back down to the Championship hardly are bank breaking 1/4 but the Evens on Sunderland has far greater value credentials.
Paolo Di Canio has instigated just one measly point in Sunderland’s opening five games and is reportedly on the verge of the sack.
Only one team in the last 13 seasons to have one point or less after five games have managed to survive (Middlesbrough 2003/2004).
All the other seven teams were relegated with a whimper, including Sunderland themselves in 2006, when after taking just one point from their opening five games they went on to finish bottom with just 15 points.
The Mackems were stuffed 3-0 by West Bromwich Albion this weekend, where Stephane Sessegnon scored on his debut after Sunderland had allowed him to join the Baggies in the transfer window.
Liam Ridgewell volleyed home midway through the second half before Morgan Amalfitano’s effort made it 3-0.
After the match Di Canio came under fire from disgruntled sections of the travelling support when he went to applaud them at the final whistle.
Reports have suggested that the game could be the fiery Italian’s last act as boss with Roberto Di Matteo, who was interviewed for the job when Di Canio was appointed in March, seemingly the frontrunner to replace the former Swindon Town gaffer.
If Champions League winning Di Matteo does take the reins, he’ll have to become only the eighth manager in 15 seasons to save a side from relegation that were bottom of the league at this stage of the season.
Crystal Palace and their manager Ian Holloway also have a huge job on their hands to make their stay in the Premier League longer than just a year after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Swansea City.
The Swans found the net after only 80 seconds when Michu got on the end of Jonjo Shelvey’s through-ball before Nathan Dyer scored from close range in the second half.