Two of the last four teams to have one point or less from their opening seven Premier League games have gone onto survive, which gives plenty of hope to Sunderland, who are just Evens to be relegated after they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United.
A far more lucrative betting proposition rests with the chances of Hull City, who drew 0-0 with Aston Villa at the weekend, slipping through the Premier League trapdoor despite their lightning start.
Bank on Hull’s form to nosedive
The bright lights of Premier League football always raise performance levels from newly promoted sides in the early part of the campaign but as the season progresses that extra adrenaline-induced boost is lost and results suffer as a consequence.
Just ask Blackpool, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion fans.
All three began their first season back in the Premier League with a bang, taking nine points or more from their first seven matches.
However, as winter came into view their inadequacies became more apparent, points dried up and all three were relegated come the final day of the season.
At 3/1 Hull look great value to follow the exact same path.
Manchester City are now title favourites after 3-1 win over Everton
Manuel Pellegrini’s side came from behind thanks to two goals from Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo and they now head the betting for the league title at 3/1.
Chelsea strengthened their claims for a Premier League success with a 3-1 win at Norwich and were slightly trimmed to 5/2 while 5/1 Arsenal’s eight match winning streak came to an end at West Brom in a 1-1 draw.
Southampton up to fourth after another clean sheet
The south coast club are on the rise as their resolute back four kept a fifth clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 victory over Swansea.
Supposed title challengers Tottenham could have done with some of that disciplined defending at White Hart Lane after surprisingly losing 3-0 against West Ham United.