West Ham are 11/4 in bwin’s 2020-21 Premier League relegation odds after enduring a disappointing start to the season when losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle.
Callum Wilson scored his eighth goal in nine appearances against the Hammers before fellow debutant Jeff Hendrick wrapped up a deserved victory.
It was another miserable start to a season for West Ham, who have now lost their last five opening-day matches – a Premier League record.
With an horrendous run of fixtures to come they could already be in serious trouble by the end of October.
The Hammers were in a mild state of disarray even before a ball was kicked this season, having angered fans and players – notably captain Mark Noble – with the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom.
That, and the lack of incoming transfers, has seen the club’s board come under fire again and, even though supporters are still not allowed in, a handful gathered outside the stadium to protest.
However, manager David Moyes insisted the off-field unrest had no bearing on the performance.
He said: “When you go over the line it’s down to your own concentration. The dressing room has been very good with a good spirit among the players.”
Newcastle eased out to 3/1 with boss Steve Bruce saying: “I’m delighted with the attitude against a big strong West Ham team, and I thought the better football came from us.”
Bielsa unhappy despite pushing champions
Leeds drifted to 9/2 after playing their part in a seven-goal thriller as they went down 4-3 to champions Liverpool at Anfield.
The visitors equalised three times but were denied a point by an 87th-minute penalty which saw Mohamed Salah complete his hat-trick with his second goal from the spot.
Leeds, back in the top flight after 16 years, put up a good show against the defending Premier League champions but it was not enough for manager Marcelo Bielsa.
He said: “You can never be happy in defeat. At this level errors equals goals.
“We were very efficient but we didn’t create enough goalscoring opportunities. We also cannot ignore we conceded four goals. A lot of those goals could have been avoided.”
Fellow promoted sides Fulham and West Brom also began life back in the Premier League with defeat, losing 3-0 at home to Arsenal and Leicester respectively.
The Cottagers are now the 67/100 favourites for relegation and boss Scott Parker said: “When you are a team like us you need to quickly learn and that has been the constant message from me since we have been back.
“This year we are going to lose football matches, but what we can’t afford to do is when you go and lose two or three on the bounce – which is going to happen with us – let it cripple you.”
West Brom, back in the Premier League after two years, also had a reminder of exactly what they face if they want to survive.
Boss Slaven Bilic, whose side are 83/100 for the drop, said: “The thing I was most disappointed with was our reaction after the goal. Our mentality was not the same.”
Crystal Palace drifted to 3/1 after starting with a 1-0 win over Southampton while Sheffield United – beaten 2-0 at home by Wolves – and Burnley, without a game, are at the same price.
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