Newcastle have been eased out to 11/10 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds following their 1-0 win over Manchester United at St James’ Park.
Matty Longstaff’s debut goal helped the Magpies bounce back from a 5-0 drubbing at Leicester, as they moved up to 16th in the table on eight points.
“It’s been a difficult week, but that result gives everybody a lift and let’s just hope now they all come back from internationals and we can stay a bit injury-free,” beamed manager Steve Bruce.
Record-signing Wesley bagged a brace for Villa and was backed up by goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz, before Josip Drmic grabbed a late consolation for the Canaries.
City had nine senior players out injured, including two goalkeepers and three centre-backs, as they slipped to second from bottom on six points.
Daniel Farke said: “It’s important not to be too down, because I’m really sure that we won’t have at any point this season such a similar situation, with so many players injured.
“I hope it will improve for the Bournemouth game. I think and hope that at least a few players will come back and I think then we will have a good chance to strike back.”
Villa are now two points above their fellow top-flight newcomers and Dean Smith declared: “Our performances have been there and that result is probably what we’ve deserved over the last few weeks.”
Hornets held by Blades
Watford remain at the foot of the table on three points after being held to a goalless draw at Vicarage Road by Sheffield United.
Andre Gray and Danny Welbeck were both guilty of wasting chances for the basement dwellers, while Dean Henderson also produced a fine save to stop Craig Dawson’s injury-time header.
The Hornets are now 11/10 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds, but defender Christian Kabasele stated: “I don’t think a win is far away.
“With all the respect for the other teams, I think we have too much quality up front to be involved in a relegation battle.”
The Blades are 13th on nine points and quoted at 7/4 for the drop, with Chris Wilder commenting: “I was disappointed with the result, which shows how far we have come.
“We came to an established Premier League club and our ambition was great. I loved the way we played. We were desperate to go and win the game.
“On the road, our record has been very good so far. We have started off life in the Premier League really positively. We are going for wins away from home and I applaud the players for that attitude.”
Brighton are on the same points tally after boosting their survival chances with a 3-0 triumph over Tottenham and are out to 7/2 to fall.
Aaron Connolly, 19, marked his first Premier League start with a fine double and said: “It’s the proudest moment of my career so far and now I want to push on for more.”
Southampton are two points lower and also 7/2 for the drop following a 4-1 home loss to Chelsea.
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