Relegation betting market steady despite outlandish results

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Roberto Martinez could be forgiven for feeling the blues this morning after Wigan Atheltic were cut to 1/2 to be relegated despite a hard-fought victory over Blackburn at the weekend.

Mick McCarthy may be feeling slightly better than his relegation counterpart as Wolverhampton Wanderers were lengthened out to 4/6 from 8/13, but even a win over the Premier League leaders wasn’t enough to lengthen Wolves out to odds against.

Having defeated Blackpool earlier in the week, West Ham United fans were singing the praises of Avram Grant’s managerial abilities as his side lengthened out to 8/11 for relegation.

But a home defeat to Birmingham City has seen West Ham slashed back into 4/7 to be relegated with Birmingham now available at 3/1 after Alex McLeish’s side secured a precious three points.

While the three teams that have spent most of the season in the bottom three remain odds on, Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion are well and truly in a relegation fight and offer the value at their current prices.

Blackpool’s 5-3 defeat at Everton on Saturday was their eighth defeat in their last nine games and after such a tremendous start to the season which saw Blackpool as big as 7/1 for relegation, Ian Holloway’s side are now 6/4 to be relegated and in desperate need of a win.

Consecutive home games against Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur would normally offer a chance to take three points but Blackpool’s home form has been dire and a crunch tie with Wolves at Molineux may be Blackpool’s best hope of ending their losing streak.

A managerless West Brom are 13/8 to win and consecutive home games with West Ham and Wigan could well define their season.

The next fortnight is a crucial period in the relegation fight and punters should be looking for the value now.

A £25 stake on West Brom being relegated would return £65.63. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.