Rock-bottom Sunderland’s miserable run of form continued with a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, and David Moyes’ team are now into 1/200 for relegation from the Premier League this season.
Former United manager Moyes desperately needed to get one over on his old employers on Sunday, but they had a mountain to climb when Zlatan Ibrahimovic curled in the opener before Sebastian Larsson was controversially sent off. Down to 10 men and having not scored in their previous six games, the Black Cats were facing an almost impossible task in the second half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford found the back of their net to add to their misery.
“I don't want to blame referees for my position and us losing,” Moyes insisted afterwards. “Today the result was helped by the referee. Manchester United were playing well but the red card was a decision that went against us.
“We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday and we have to try and win it. We do some good things but just lack a bit of quality but it's not for the want of trying. The boys are doing everything they can. The hardest thing as a manager is losing and we're losing a lot. The players care and want to do well and we're not doing as well as we should be.”
Sunderland have now failed to score in over 11 hours of football and following the 3-0 loss to United they are now only a couple of weeks away from being officially relegated. If they are beaten by West Ham United next weekend and by Middlesbrough on April 26, they could be condemned to the drop when the final whistle goes at the Riverside Stadium.
Unsurprisingly, the bookmakers fully expect them to bow out of the Premier League this season and William Hill
is now 1/200 about Sunderland being relegated, with second-from-bottom Middlesbrough next up at 1/25 ahead of Swansea City side at 10/11, Hull City at 8/15 and Crystal Palace – who play Arsenal on Monday night – at 1/12.
At the other end of the table, William Hill continue to back Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City for top-four finishes at 1/100 and 1/9 respectively. Liverpool remain in third place after a 2-1 win at Stoke City and they are now 2/7 to finish in the top four, while Arsenal are 11/4 shots as they prepare to visit Selhurst Park for Monday Night Football. Manchester United, who climbed to fifth with the win over Sunderland, are now 4/1 shots with Everton 200/1 outsiders after their win over reigning champions Leicester City.
Latest William Hill odds:
Relegation odds (to stay up): 1/200 Sunderland (20/1); 1/25 Middlesbrough (1/10); 10/11 Swansea City (4/5); 11/8 Hull City (8/15); 6/1 Crystal Palace (1/12)
Top Four odds: 1/100 Tottenham Hotspur; 2/7 Liverpool; 1/9 Manchester City; 11/4 Arsenal; 4/1 Manchester United; 200/1 Everton.