Betting Special: Cherries set to struggle after a slow start

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After the opening three games of the season, our tipster takes a look at the Premer League relegation market, with a 9/4 shot offering decent value

West Ham United are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after suffering a 3-0 loss against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.

Slaven Bilic's side have endured a dreadful start - beaten in each of their opening three league matches, conceding 10 goals in the process - but the Hammers can still be backed at 4/1 (5.0) with Genting to slide into the Championship. With the manager's future seemingly in the balance, it could be an uncertain few weeks at the London Stadium.

Crystal Palace, too, have endured a wretched start to the season under the stewardship of Frank de Boer; the Eagles have lost each of their first three league matches - including home defeats against Huddersfield Town and Swansea City.

Furthermore, the south Londoners have yet to score a league goal and, having survived a relegation battle last term, Palace can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) with Genting to succumb this season; Swansea City, who defeated Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, are 2/1 (3.0) with the same firm to suffer relegation.

Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus, Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Another team yet to pick up a Premier League point this season is AFC Bournemouth; Eddie Howe's Cherries suffered a sickening 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, with Raheem Sterling scoring the decisive goal deep into stoppage time.

Bournemouth face a run of tough fixtures after the international break including Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham so Howe's men are in danger of being cut adrift. The 9/4 (3.25) quote for the Cherries to be relegated could offer decent value given the tricky fixture list they have ahead.

Brighton and Hove Albion picked up their first Premier League point against Watford on Saturday afternoon, but Chris Hughton's men are still searching for their first goal since returning to the top tier after settling for a goalless draw against the Hornets.

Brighton paid for their profligacy against Marco Silva's side, for Watford played with 10 men for more than an hour and that lack of cutting edge is a major concern for the Seagulls; as such, Brighton are Genting's even money (2.0) favourites to drop back into the Championship.


Newcastle United, promoted as champions from the second tier last season, got off the mark with a win against West Ham United at St James' Park on Saturday, but concerns about the Magpies' lack of transfer activity this summer persist and Rafa Benitez's men can be backed at 100/30 (4.33) with Genting to be immediately returned to the Championship.

Huddersfield Town have picked up seven points from their first three matches - only Manchester United have accrued more points so far - while David Wagner's men have yet to concede a Premier League goal. The odds compilers, however, remain unconvinced that the Terriers can build upon their solid start and the team from west Yorskshire are a 7/4 (2.75) chance to be relegated.

Burnley started the season in spectacular style, winning 3-2 against champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Sean Dyche's side claimed a share of the spoils against Spurs at Wembley on Sunday; should they maintain that form, the 5/4 (2.25) quote for the Clarets to be relegated would appear to be somewhat skinny, while the same firm go 9/2 (5.50) that Marco Silva, relegated with Hull City last season, suffers a similar fate with Watford this time around.

The Premier League's scrap for survival looks to be tight, but, with some tough fixtures ahead, Bournemouth could find themselves in trouble and the Cherries could represent decent value at 9/4 (3.25) to experience the dreaded drop.

AFC Bournemouth to be relegated at 9/4 (3.25) for a 1pt stake with Genting
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