Bournemouth are odds-on to go down in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after another frustrating weekend for Eddie Howe’s men.
The Cherries slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Burnley which left them two points and two places above the drop zone, and they are now 83/100 for the drop.
To add to their misery, Bournemouth had two goals disallowed by VAR and they also simultaneously had a penalty awarded against them.
Howe hopes the events at Turf Moor help to create a siege mentality in their quest to beat the drop, saying: “I think it’s so difficult for the players today.
“It was too much in the latter stage of the game once the VAR decision, the second one happened, I thought we fell apart a little bit mentally and then Burnley came into the game.
“The only positive I can give is we have to look at this as extra fuel, extra motivation that things can be perceived to be going against you, but we have to use it to create a siege mentality, to create a mentality that everyone is against us in our pursuit to stay in the division.”
Bournemouth face Chelsea and Liverpool in their next two games, while they still have to visit both Manchester clubs and have no matches remaining against fellow bottom-six teams.
Hornets’ poor form continues
Watford look good value at 3/2 in the Premier League relegation betting following their 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, which leaves them languishing in 19th place.
They were also denied a goal by VAR but their initial revival under Nigel Pearson appears to have stalled and they have only taken two points from their last five games ahead of this weekend’s clash with unbeaten leaders Liverpool.
Norwich are the 1/20 favourites for relegation after a 3-0 defeat at Wolves and Aston Villa are 67/100 to also make an immediate return to the Championship, despite being currently outside the bottom three.
Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton was a third straight loss and boss Dean Smith said: “My feelings are embarrassment with the performance. The thing that hurts me the most is a lack of fight.
“I take full responsibility. It has to be the lowest of the low. The defeat at Watford was bad but this was on a par. They’ve let themselves down with their own personal performances. We got beaten and deservedly so.
“There were too many training-ground players. You’ve got to perform on a match day and too many players didn’t.”
West Ham occupy the final relegation place but gave Liverpool a scare in a 3-2 defeat at Anfield on Monday night and are 6/5 to go down, while Brighton (6/1) and Newcastle (13/2) are still looking anxiously over their shoulders.
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