Brighton relegation odds slashed after Burnley defeat

Brighton relegation odds slashed after Burnley defeat

Brighton’s odds to be relegated halved

It is fair to say that Brighton & Hove Albion are going through something of a rough patch at the moment. Indeed they suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Burnley in their latest Premier League outing, a result which closes the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

Chris Hughton’s side had pulled away from the bottom three between October and early December, with five wins from eight games seeing them climb into 10th place on 4th December and 12 points ahead of the drop zone. There are now genuine fears that the Seagulls could be relegated this season, with a section of their fan base starting to question the manager.

Awful form for the Seagulls

The last few months have seen Brighton’s form drop off completely. They have won just one of their last 11 matches in the Premier League, losing seven of those and they are now starting to look over their shoulders. Albion are now just three points ahead of Southampton who occupy the final relegation place, with their goal difference not much better than their south coast rivals either.

As a result of their woeful recent form, the bookmakers odds are starting to shorten on Brighton to be relegated. Less than two weeks ago they were priced at 40/1 to go down with bet365, it then went down to 16/1 prior to their game against Burnley but they have now been slashed in to 8/1 with the same bookmaker as a result of their poor performance against the Clarets.

The only positive for them has been their run in the FA Cup, which has seen them beat AFC Bournemouth in the third round and West Brom over two legs in the fourth round so far. And they will fancy their chances of reaching the quarter-finals too, with a home tie against Championship outfit Derby County to come next.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton have been really struggling for form of late.

Brighton fixtures are kind

The one thing that will give Brighton’s fans hope that they can avoid being sucked into a relegation battle is that they have a fairly kind run of fixtures on the horizon. Their next five fixtures see them up against Leicester City, Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Southampton and you feel like that could define their season. They will fancy their chances of picking up points from those fixtures despite having not played too well of late, with four of the five matches against fellow strugglers.

Added to that, they now have first team goalkeeper Mathew Ryan back from international duty. David Button was forced to deputise as Ryan missed four matches playing for Australia at the Asian Cup. He was a big loss for the Seagulls as they conceded in three of those four matches and won just one, but since he has been back they have managed to pick up four points in three matches.

The return of Mat Ryan is a huge boost for Brighton.

Other teams are in more danger

Despite winning only one game in their last 11, Albion remain in 14th place in the Premier League table meaning there are still six clubs in a more perilous position than themselves. Huddersfield Town are all but down after just two wins all season has left them rooted to the bottom of the table, with 13 points now separating themselves and safety. Meanwhile Fulham also look to be doomed with Claudio Ranieri’s side seven points adrift of safety.

That means that it looks like a six-way battle for the final relegation place, with just three points separating 13th and 18th. As it stands Southampton sit in the third and final relegation spot, with a 93rd minute defeat to Cardiff City potentially damaging. But the bookmakers still fancy the Saints to stay up, with bet365 offering odds of 5/1 for them to survive, but with their only reliable goalscorer Danny Ings currently injured it could be tough for them.

It is Cardiff City who bookies think will go down, with the promoted side currently best priced at 10/11 with William Hill to be relegated despite moving up to 16th. Burnley, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are the other three teams in with a chance of the drop and whilst Palace should be ok, the other two clubs are both below Brighton and have more difficult fixtures to round off the season.

Full Premier League Relegation Odds:

(All odds from bet365)

Huddersfield Town – 1/500

Fulham – 1/10

Cardiff City – 4/5

Burnley – 11/4

Southampton – 5/1

Newcastle United – 6/1

Brighton & Hove Albion – 8/1

Crystal Palace – 20/1

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