Watford have been eased to 5/6 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after romping to a spectacular 5-2 success at Everton.
Claudio Ranieri celebrated his first win in charge of the Hornets in emphatic fashion, with Josh King hitting a hat-trick on Merseyside.
Juraj Kucka and Emmanuel Dennis also netted as Watford twice came from behind to prevail and reach 10 points from nine outings.
After enjoying a belated 70th birthday present, Ranieri said: “I’m wanting Watford to be in the middle positions and I want to immediately get to 40 points and then continue to fight.
“For now, it is a good result and a very, very important three points but then we have to think about our mistakes.
“My philosophy, I think, was very clear. The players have worked with me for one week and slowly, slowly, I’m sure we will get better.”
Norwich are now 1/8 for the drop after a 7-0 loss to leaders Chelsea left them rooted to the foot of the table on two points.
The Canaries had defender Ben Gibson sent off for two yellow cards and Daniel Farke commented: “Games like this will not define our season, even with the manner of the defeat.
“Our season-defining results are our home games against teams like Brighton last time out and against Leeds next time, where we need to win points.”
Saints and Clarets share spoils
Ivory Coast winger Maxwell Cornet bagged a brace for the Clarets to help nudge them up to four points.
“I’m pleased once again with the performance level but obviously disappointed with the mistakes,” said Sean Dyche.
“Our mentality to try to win the game was quite obvious. We’re still searching for the win but we’ve got to maintain these performances and there were certainly good signs.
“We’re aware of the situation and we are working hard with the players and I don’t think we are very far from it.”
Tino Livramento and Armando Broja struck for Saints, who now have eight points on the board.
Theo Walcott and Nathan Redmond were guilty of awful misses, while Livramento also hit a post, but Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “At the end, a draw was deserved for both teams.”
Magpies rally after Bruce exit
For the Eagles, Christian Benteke hit the woodwork twice, missed a one-on-one and also saw a late headed effort ruled out for a foul after he had opened the scoring.
It meant Callum Wilson’s superb overhead kick rescued a point for the visitors, who are on four points, five behind Palace.
Patrick Vieira stated: “I am really pleased with the progress we have made from the first game against Chelsea to where we are.
“I think there is a really good understanding from the players about what we try to do and how we want to do it.”
Newcastle played their first match since Steve Bruce was sacked and Wilson said: “After the week we had, it was important to get a positive result.
“It’s a point on the board and something to build on. It’s baby steps – we’re going in the right way.
“You have to stay professional. We’re professional athletes at the end of the day. Whether the change is positive or not, you have to get on with it and try and get a result.”
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