Southampton have been cut to 9/4 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after losing 1-0 at Cardiff in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first match in charge.
The first Austrian to manage in England’s top flight raised plenty of eyebrows in making no fewer than six changes for the trip to south Wales.
However, the defensive errors that have undermined Southampton’s season struck again when Jannik Vestergaard gifted Callum Paterson a 74th-minute winner.
Saints are without a win since September 1 and are only off the bottom of the table due to goal difference, but Matt Targett has faith in the new boss.
“It has not gone our way, but we have a new manager and new ideas now,” Targett said. “He is a coach who likes to get his hands dirty, really full-on.
“Everyone needs to buy into his tactics and we need to stick together as a team. We saw little bits here – not enough – and glimpses of what we can do when we press as a team.”
Cardiff are out to 3/4 to go down after making it four wins from their last five home matches, climbing up to 14 points, five clear of the basement.
Bluebirds defender Joe Bennett commented: “We’ve been struggling away from home, where it’s obviously difficult to get points.
“But if we can carry on our home form and nick a few results away from home, that could keep us up.”
Clarets buoyed by ‘huge win’
Fulham remained at the foot of the table following a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United and are also quoted at 3/4 for the drop.
Huddersfield are 1/2 favourites to go down after a 1-0 loss at Arsenal left them on 10 points.
Burnley climbed out of the relegation zone thanks to shading Brighton at Turf Moor, with James Tarkowski bagging the only goal.
The Clarets now have 12 points and are 53/100 to fall into the Championship at the end of the season.
Tarkowski told the club website: “It’s a huge win and so important. You can see how hard the lads were working at the end there and the desire they were showing to keep that clean sheet.
“It’s a great day all round and it’s important to be out of the bottom three.”
The result saw Sean Dyche’s men end an eight-match winless streak – in which they had lost six times.
Newcastle can be backed at 3/1 to go down after a 2-1 home loss to Wolves left them on 13 points.
Crystal Palace are one point below the Magpies following a 3-2 defeat at West Ham and quoted at 11/2 in this market.
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