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Victor Chandler on the North-East football markets
5:26pm Sunday 12th January 2014 in Sport
Sunderland moved from the foot of the Premier League table with an emphatic 4-1 defeat of Fulham. Adam Johnson proved the hero of the hour scoring a hat-trick and is 20/1 (from 33s) to make Roy Hodgson's England squad to Brazil.
That victory was only Sunderland's second away from home and was enough to ease them out to odds against for relegation for the first time since November - 11/10 with BetVictor to go down and odds on at 4/6 to stay up.
Steve Fletcher remains the even money favourite to be Sunderland's top PL scorer but does Adam Johnson look the value? He already has one more league goal than the Scot and is 4/1 to remain Sunderland's leading marksman.
West Ham came away from the Cardiff City Stadium with three precious points to bolster their survival claims.
The Hammers' win spoiled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's league debut as Cardiff boss and the Bluebirds' now replace West Ham in the bottom three.
Cardiff have been cut to 11/10 for relegation whereas Big Sam's men were eased to 7/4 from 11/8 for the drop, Crystal Palace remain 4/11 favourites after a 2-0 loss to Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Premier League Relegation Prices from BetVictor
Crystal Palace 4/11; Sunderland 11/10 (from 4/6); Cardiff 11/10; Fulham 6/5; West Ham 7/4; Norwich 5/2; 6/1 Bar
That makes it three straight wins for Poyet's men after a 3-1 defeat of Carlisle in the FA Cup and a terrific 2-1 defeat of Manchester United in the Capital One Cup.
At 2-1 Sunderland go to Old Trafford with a fighting chance, 90 minutes away from the final and BetVictor make Sunderland 8/1 to lift the trophy in March.
Wembley aspirations to one side for now, as Sunderland host Southampton in Saturday's early kick-off, Sunderland 11/5 underdogs, Southampton 11/8 and the draw 23/10. The reverse fixture at St Mary's saw a 1-1 draw and that is the 11/2 favourite with BetVictor in the correct score market.
Newcastle are struggling to rediscover their strong early season form but should be able to return to winning ways when travelling to West Ham on Saturday. Newcastle are 13/10 favourites, West Ham 21/10 and the draw 5/2 and despite Andy Carroll back in contention for a starting place The Magpies should have far too much class for the Hammers.
Middlesbrough continue their amazing run of form in the Championship, now just six points off a play-off berth. Boro are unbeaten in their last five league games and a 2-0 defeat of Blackpool gave Aitor Karanka's side four wins from their last five, all to nil.
BetVictor have cut them in the betting for a top six finish (6/1 from 8/1) and those dreaming of promotion can back take the 14/1 for Boro to be playing Premier League football next season.
Boro should be able to make it five wins in six when hosting a struggling Charlton side at the Riverside on Saturday, 9/10 to do just that and 11/5 to win to nil.
Hartlepool made it consecutive 3-0 defeats with an unsuccessful trip to Spotland against a very polished Rochdale side that further heightened their promotion claims. Pools have a difficult trip to promotion fancies Fleetwood on Saturday - the Cod Army 5/6, Pools 7/2 and 13/5 the draw.
For all the latest odds go to BetVictor.com