Burnley are out to 7/2 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after claiming a surprise 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Ashley Barnes fired in a late penalty to hand the Reds a first home defeat in this competition since April 2017 and put the Clarets seven points clear of the drop zone.
Goalkeeper Nick Pope made a couple of crucial saves late on, while defender Ben Mee was a rock in defence.
Sean Dyche declared: “To gain the points we have done after a really tricky start and get back to winning games, I am really pleased with that side of things.
“Physically, we are always thought of as being strong and I think we were, we were strong in the way we held our team shape.
“We don’t work with the ball as much as other teams, particularly at these type of grounds, so you have to work well as a team without the ball.
“The main thing which is pleasing is the mentality; we did keep probing, we did keep asking questions.
“We do believe in the fact we can create and I think Barnesy was excellent the way he turned in the box – and it is a penalty. If we were due one, it is a good place to get one.”
Fulham are 3/4 for a quick return to the Championship after Wednesday’s 2-1 home loss to Manchester United left them third from bottom on 12 points from 18 games.
Ademola Lookman gave the Cottagers an early lead, but Edinson Cavani capitalised on a mistake from Alphonse Areola and then Paul Pogba struck a superb decider.
Scott Parker said: “I think from the start of the season, we see where we needed to improve as a team and the players have worked relentlessly on the training field to do that, to give ourselves a platform in games, to be more solid.
“Now that box seems to have been ticked and we need to look at the other side and how we can really take our chances in big moments in games, because I think that will probably be the difference for us.
“But look, we’ve come out of a run of nine games from Leicester away, to Manchester City, to Liverpool and Chelsea, the teams that are going to fight for the title this year, and went toe-to-toe with them really, so very proud but a little bit disappointed.”
Baggies fail to build on derby delight
West Brom are 2/9 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham left them on 11 points from 19 matches.
Matheus Pereira thought he had earned the Baggies a point when he cancelled out Jarrod Bowen’s opener, but Michail Antonio scored the winner.
Sam Allardyce had previously secured his first win in charge via a 3-2 derby success at Wolves.
Albion defender Kyle Bartley told the club website: “There’s a sense of disappointment because we feel like we deserved to get the draw, but at this level any mistakes are costly.
“After the Wolves game, we were confident of getting a result. We’re disappointed not to, but the effort was there and I think it was a good performance.”
Basement dwellers Sheffield United have just five points from the same number of outings and are as short as 1/33 to go down.
Brighton boosted their survival hopes with last weekend’s 1-0 triumph at Leeds and are out to 5/1 for the drop.
Neal Maupay’s 17th-minute strike proved enough to give the Seagulls a first success in 10 league games and put them on 17 points from 19 matches.
“We had to defend,” admitted Graham Potter. “But we managed the game well and I thought had the better opportunities and attacked probably more efficiently.”
Newcastle head to Aston Villa this weekend on a poor run of form and are quoted at 2/1 in this market.
The Magpies have picked up just two points in seven league games, but are still seven clear of the danger zone.
Steve Bruce insists he is “100 per cent” confident he is the right man to turn around United’s fortunes.
The 60-year-old stated: “I have been in football a long, long time and I’ve managed to do it before.”
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