Newcastle are 2/1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after the new era under their Saudi Arabian owners began with a 3-2 defeat by Tottenham at St James’ Park.
Callum Wilson got Steve Bruce’s 1,000th game as a manager off to the perfect start but goals from Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put the visitors in complete control by the time the break arrived.
Bruce’s hopes of hanging on to his job look forlorn – Newcastle have failed to win any of their opening eight league games and remain in 19th place in the table.
Asked if the club is in a relegation battle, Bruce, whose future remains the subject of intense speculation, said: “Have we not been in that for five of the last six years? I would think so.
“We’ve been up against it since I picked up the reins. To finish 12th and 13th, I found that very respectable for where we are at the moment.
“I’m still convinced we’ll win a relegation battle again but of course if you’re in the bottom half of the division, then you’re in a relegation battle, if that’s the way you want to put it so early.”
Lacklustre Leeds continue to struggle
Leeds are 6/1 after a 1-0 loss at Southampton left them on six points in 17th place.
Marcelo Bielsa’s depleted side failed to register an attempt on goal in a lacklustre outing at St Mary’s as a maiden Premier League goal from Saints striker Armando Broja proved decisive.
Captain Liam Cooper told LUTV: “You can’t go giving first-half performances away like that and we’ve got to learn from it.”
Victory for Southampton, who are 4/1, ended a nine-match winless run in the top flight dating back to last term and moved them a point above their opponents.
Watford are 1/2 for the drop after Claudio Ranieri endured a nightmare first game in charge after replacing Xisco Munoz as his new side were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Vicarage Road.
Burnley remain on three points after a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City and are 4/5 to go down while bottom-of-the-table Norwich are now 2/11 following a goalless draw with Brighton at Carrow Road which left them also without a win.
Crystal Palace are 7/2 for relegation after manager Patrick Vieira was denied a win at former club Arsenal by Alexandre Lacazette’s stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Brentford are ninth on 12 points and remain 9/1 following a narrow 1-0 defeat at home by European champions Chelsea.
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