Newcastle United embarked upon a last-minute spending spree in the January sales with the arrival of Barreca and Almiron resulting in a flurry of bets being placed on the Magpies staying in the Premier League at the end of the season. Bookmakers have responded by slashing the odds on Rafael Benitez’s side continuing in the top-flight from 1/4 to as low as 1/8 with a reported 48% of all bets on who will remain in the Premier League after the end of the season being aimed at the Tyneside club over the past 24 hours.
The Magpies boosted their case for avoiding relegation thanks to their shock win over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City last time out and this will have boosted morale in a Newcastle outfit which have been far from impressive this season.
Elsewhere, the three apparently-doomed sides of Huddersfield Town (16/1), Fulham (2/1) and Cardiff City (2/1) remain unfancied in their bid to escape the drop with punters putting just 18% of all bets in this particular market on these three sides.
There’s little doubt that the Magpies pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the season so far with their win over Pep Guardiola’s men and Rafael Benitez has been handed a second boost in his bid to escape the drop following the club’s spending spree on deadline day. Indeed should Almiron impress to the same degree as he has managed in the MLS, then he could prove to be the difference between Championship and Premier League football at St James’ Park next season.
Premier League, to avoid relegation – William Hill Odds
1/8 – Newcastle United
1/3 – Burnley
2/1 – Cardiff City
2/1 – Fulham
16/1 – Huddersfield Town