Betting Special: Stumbling Stoke could struggle in relegation dogfight

With QPR and Reading almost certainly condemned to the Championship, Willie Duncan examines the market on which side might join them in being relegated this term
With just five points separating six teams in the lower reaches of the English Premier League, the battle to avoid relegation looks set to be more intriguing than the fight for the title when the league season reaches its conclusion next month.

Consequently, the betting market on which three sides will plummet into the Championship is a fascinating one and Coral's market offers plenty of value for punters.

Premier League relegation betting

Odds from Coral
Reading 1/100
Queens Park Rangers 1/50
Wigan Athletic 8/5
Aston Villa 5/2
Stoke City 4/1
Reading and Queens Park Rangers are surely certainties for the drop. The Royals may have held Liverpool to a battling draw at the weekend but currently sit 10 points adrift of safety while Rangers find themselves in an equally perilous position after suffering a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Everton on Saturday.

Therefore, it comes as little surprise to see Nigel Adkins’ side available at just 1/100 (1.01) with Coral to be relegated to the Championship while Harry Redknapp’s men are rated as 1/50 (1.02) shots with the same firm to be playing their football in England’s second tier next term.

FA Cup finalists and perennial strugglers Wigan lie third bottom of the table and can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) with Coral to be relegated this term but that is a price which represents little value given that Roberto Martinez’s men are in the drop zone only by virtue of goal difference while it is worth noting that the Latics have two games in hand to their fellow strugglers.

Aston Villa have lost just one of their last five matches and Paul Lambert’s men will be hoping that Belgium international Christian Benteke, who has scored an impressive 19 goals in his debut season for Villa, can fire the goals to keep them in the Premier League. Villa are chalked up at 5/2 (3.50) with Coral to go down this term.

Struggling Stoke City are locked with Villa on 34 points and represent excellent value at 4/1 (5.0) with Coral to be relegated, having picked up a paltry five points from 13 Premier League matches in 2013. The Potters face crunch fixtures against Queens Park Rangers, Norwich City and Sunderland in their next three matches and should Tony Pulis’ side fail to collect a lion’s share of points from those matches, they could well find themselves facing the prospect of Championship football next term.

Sunderland will have been heartened by their stunning 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle United on Sunday and the Black Cats, now under the stewardship of Paolo Di Canio, are available at Coral’s chunky 9/2 (5.50) quote to be relegated.

The battle to beat the drop looks to be, as tense as ever but out-of-sorts Stoke City could struggle to pick up the points required to remain in the top flight and, subsequently, the Potters represent superb value at 4/1 (5.0) with Coral to join Queens Park Rangers and Reading in the Championship next season.

Stoke City to be relegated at 4/1 (5.0) with Coral

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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