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Big clubs not safe from relegation

By | 22nd February 2011

It is commonly stated in footballing circles that a team is too good, too big, too experienced or have too much quality to go down. Quite simply, this is not true. Ask the fans of Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham Forest or Sheffield Wednesday.

You have to earn your right to stay in the Premier League. Nobody, but nobody, is exempt from relegation.

So, I’m looking at you Aston Villa and Everton fans, although, on paper, you look to have enough quality to keep you in the division, being just three points above the relegation zone makes your position precarious at least.

Bookmakers, for all their caution and prudence, are also guilty of falling into this trap.

Everton face tricky back-to-back fixtures against the Premier League’s north east duo. At home to Sunderland then away to the unpredictable but sometimes ruthless Newcastle United, yet they are as big as 18/1 to be relegated this season.

Villa host Blackburn before a trip to the Reebok Stadium where Bolton have lost just twice all season, with a midweek FA Cup tie against Manchester City sandwiched in the middle. Again the bookmakers have them priced at a large 16/1 to be relegated.

In this tight Premier League, where quite literally anybody can beat anybody, a three-point cushion at the bottom can quickly evaporate.

Of course, for either of these two sides to actually be relegated it would mean that those below them would need to start picking up points.

West Brom (11/10) have recently installed the experienced Roy Hodgson. If he can tighten up their defense then they have plenty enough attacking prowess to suggest that they can pull clear of the bottom three.

Blackpool (6/5) are in free-fall but know that one positive, confidence boosting result could put them back on track while Wigan, West Ham and Wolves all just need to add some consistency to their performances and they could begin to climb the table.

With seven points separating those in the bottom half of the table the relegation trap door is still wide open for many clubs, including those who many consider too big to go down. The betting value may just lie in backing the big prices that are available on some of the previously established Premier League sides.

The above was provided by Football Betting News. Visit Football Betting News for betting tips and previews of every Premier League game plus next manager betting, transfer rumours and more. Plus a variety of Football Betting Free Bets to suit all betting budgets.

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