Premier League Relegation BattlePublished April 28, 2009 by OCR Editor
Newcastle, Middlesbrough fight to avoid losing spot in top flight.
Liverpool still has a small chance of snatching the English Premier League title from Manchester United, but the relegation battles provide most of the betting interest as the end of the season nears.
Middlesbrough, in 18th spot - three points adrift of 17th position and safety with four games to go - is 1.20 with British bookmaker Ladbrokes to be one of the three teams to go down to the Championship for season 2009/10.
Newcastle, sitting a point behind their northern rival in 19th position, is 1.61 to be relegated for the first time since the Premier League was formed in 1994.
Two more northern English teams, Hull City, 2.10, and Sunderland, 4.00, are next in line to go down. Hull is 17th with 34 points from 34 games. Sunderland has 35 from 34, meaning it might survive even if it fails to win another game.
West Brom, bottom with just 28 points from 34 games, looks almost certain to be knocked out of the Premier League. At the top, Manchester United is 1.08 to win its 11th Premier League title in 17 seasons, given its three point lead (with a game in hand) over Liverpool. The Reds are 6.50 to steal the title from their arch-rival's grasp.
Man U's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is a 1.12 favorite to finish the season with the most goals. He has 17, two ahead of Chelsea's French striker Nicolas Anelka, who is 9.00 to overtake Ronaldo.