One of the most popular bets of the summer was for West Ham to earn a top half finish, after the club’s owners splashed the cash on a host of new signings and tempted title-winning coach Manuel Pellegrini to the London Stadium. However, after back-to-back defeats the Hammers have been cut from 8/1 to a best of 6/1* with William Hill to be relegated.
Pellegrini’s new-look side were beaten 2-1 at home by Bournemouth on Saturday to follow on from a shambolic opening day performance, when they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool. It’s early days in Pellegrini’s reign, of course, but the fixtures look tough for the Chilean over the next six weeks, beginning with a trip to Arsenal next weekend.
The Hammers must also visit Everton, while their next three home games are against Wolves, Chelsea and Manchester United. Unless they can quickly get into their stride it would be no great surprise to see those relegation odds shorten before the end of September. Cardiff are the favourites for the drop, shortening to a best price of 8/15 after their goalless draw with Newcastle, while Huddersfield have been trimmed from 4/5 to 8/11* with Ladbrokes after a 6-1 loss at Manchester City.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|