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Victor Chandler writes...
5:55pm Sunday 27th April 2014 in Sport
Sunderland are out to 3/1 to be relegated from the Premier League after their emphatic 4-0 defeat of doomed Cardiff City yesterday.
As well as Phil Dowd's penalty, and subsequent red card, decision at the Stadium Of Light just before half-time yesterday the Hull equaliser at Craven Cottage 24 hours earlier was equally significant on a weekend that almost everything that could go right for Gus Poyet's men did.
To be relegated from the Premier League; prices from BetVictor: Cardiff 1/16; Norwich 1/12; Fulham 1/5; Sunderland 3/1; Villa 7/1; 40s Bar
Next up for Sunderland is a trip to Old Trafford next weekend and a United side who looked rejuvenated against Norwich on Saturday evening but surely the 10/1 quote for a Black Cats win at BetVictor is too big given the sides' recent results at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge?
United have been backed from 7/1 to 11/4 to win all their games under Ryan Giggs but the 4/11 to beat Sunderland is the wrong price.
If 10/1 looks an insult for the Black Cats to win at Old Trafford, the 11/1 for Newcastle to beat Arsenal this evening still looks a bit mean especially when you think they lost the corresponding fixture 7-3 last term. The Gunners are 3/10 to beat the Magpies for the fifth time in a row tonight with the visitors having scored fewer PL goals than any other (10) in 2014.
We have been betting for some time on the next Newcastle manager, irrespective of the timescale, and former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes has been well supported in recent days and is as short as 6/4 to be next through the St James' Park gates.
Newcastle entertain Cardiff next weekend and their quote of 10/11 to beat the Bluebirds (7/2) looks fair with the players likely to put on a show for their last home game.
Boro make the long journey to relegated Yeovil on Saturday and are 8/5 favourites to end their season with back-to-back wins after they sent Barnsley.
Hartlepool finish their season at home to Exeter and are 23/20 to end the campaign with a win after their excellent point at Home Park at the weekend. Colin Cooper thought his side played well at Plymouth and he will want to end a topsy-turvy season for the club in style at Victoria Park.