“Survival season” points to big prices for West Brom and Fulham

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Having spent much of the campaign struggling to pass to their own team-mates that time of the year when relegation battlers morph into world-beaters is upon us.

Wigan used to be the flag bearers for “Houdini football”, but in their absence some fine escape artists look to be evolving.

Cardiff are the second-worst away side in the Premier League yet travelled to Southampton – who had only lost one home game to a side below them in the table all season – and won.

The Bluebirds may still be 1/4 for relegation with Ladbrokes, but with three points separating them from safety, results like that can be the catalyst for a winning run.

It’s Stoke who are next to cross swords with the south Welsh outfit and at 6/4 to win, it seems silly not to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Although they couldn’t see the job through, West Brom’s canter to a 3-0 half-time lead over Tottenham is just another indication that the head-scratching result season is here to stay.

Pepe Mel’s side are just three points clear of Fulham in 18th place and, after their 15th draw of the campaign, seem intent on inching to their survival tally one point at a time.

The Baggies have taken a share of the spoils in three of their four away games with the current top six and with a trip to Manchester City next on their agenda; the 6/1 on another stalemate looks too good to turn down.

Under the iron-fisted regime of Felix Magath, Fulham look to have finally found enough stability to launch a survival bid from.

Consecutive wins, the latest a vital three points over free-falling Norwich, put the Cottagers just two points from safety and with Spurs next up three wins on the bounce for the first time this season looks a fantastic price at 6s.

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