Hammer Time Starts So Soon


After what seems an awful long time, the Barclays Premier League bandwagon is about to roll on as project restart finally begins on Wednesday evening at the odd hour of 6PM with the crucial game between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, Villa are desperate to get points from their game in hand, whereas Chris Wilder's men will be looking to firm up a European slot.

The other game is between City and Arsenal and has no relevance for those teams at the base of the table, essentially West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Villa and Norwich are the teams in jeopardy and the odds are pretty close as to who will be relegated. One of the reasons for the tightness of the appraisals is that there are so many unique variables to factor in to the equation, home advantage as has been show in the Bundesliga is no where near as important as it could have been had fans been allowed to attend games, furthermore the ruling allowing five substitutes may well have an impact on results, but it is uncharted territory and fans and managers alike will view tomorrow night's games with interest to see how things pan out.

The exact odds for each club in the dreaded drop zone as of the 11th of June are listed below and in the image above, at a glance it is obvious that Watford have been given slightly better odds than David Moyes' men, but Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have been given worse odds than the Irons.

West Ham: 2/1
Watford: 47/20
Bournemouth: 81/100
Aston Villa: 7/20
Norwich: 11/100

These odds may well change after Wednesday evening due to the fact that 3 points for the Villains will take them above West Ham in the table, We found an average for relegation odds at SportsBettingDime, but as we said these will no doubt be amended as the situation unfolds. Before Hammers take to the field at the London Stadium at 17:30 Hrs on Saturday to take on Wolves, Norwich will have hosted Southampton, Watford would have played Leicester and Brighton, although they don't feature in the bottom five, will have played Arsenal.

So there is a possibility that West Ham could be bottom of the Barclays Premier League before even kicking a ball! That said, at least David Moyes can influence the club's final position and doesn't have to rely on others to get the results that put pressure on those fellow strugglers at the foot of the table. Looking at each team's run in and trying to calculate where each team may finish is like trying to comprehend infinity, because there are so many variables involved, and unique ones at that, no one really knows how things will end up, Liverpool will be crowned champions but it is at the other end of the table where the real interest will be.

Relegation will be catastrophic for any of the teams that go down, especially for West Ham United and Aston Villa, both have big grounds to fill, but West Ham are in a more precarious position due to the fact that they have so many high profile big earners in the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andrily Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere. In addition there are so many players that other teams would swoop for, Declan Rice, Grady Diangana, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals and Issa Diop would all be of interest to clubs looking to pick up a bargain, and of course the price offered for these stars would be significantly lower because the club would have been relegated, but also the long term effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on transfer fees is not known, but in the short term prices for high profile players look to have dropped by as much as 50%.

David Moyes and his team have nine games to save the season, to quote Sir Alex Ferguson "It will be squeaky bum time", you bet your arse it will ! - Ed

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Dicks is the man's picture

Norwich United???? er....what?

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nevillenixon's picture

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Dicks is the man's picture

lol thanks Nev, signing up now...

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

No home support will be critical and puts us now at a disadvantage for the last game of the season. Its down to the players, who has the heart, who has the bottle and who will just go the extra mile. Look at our squad and past attitude I would say.... welcome to the chumps league :o(

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Dicks is the man's picture

or- they might be free of the the fear and doubt in front of the supporters and turn on a style the likes of which we have never seen before.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

... back in room!!! :o)

Do hope you are right Dicksy

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nevillenixon's picture

Funnilly enough I agree, the Bowl of Misery is a caustic place if one of the home team has a ricket, the absence of the crowd, invariably, as happens at many grounds, out sung by the opposition supporters, might actually help the team play 'without fear', let's hope so.

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I would say the same dartford,i dont think it will matter being there or not,we have been limp all season,to all of a sudden come out with an amazing transformation,is something i would love to see,all we can do is hope.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Agree Essex, why we will all of a sudden transform from a limp gutless side to show character and steel is unlikely but... ever the optimist! COYI's!!!

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Its going to need Noble and Rice giving verbal throughout each and every game, pepping the 'weaker' players up. I personally think we are lacking a steel spine character through the side and thats why we find ourselves exactly where we are today. Hope I'm wrong and hope they have grown some in recent weeks and understand what relegation would mean to us lot...COYI

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

well the good news Aus is that you will hear them or not give verbal in that empty BoM!

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I watched the games last night,players and staff arriving at the ground with masks on,the backroom staff etc,subs aswell sitting all apart in the ground,no hand shake at the beginning,steady musnt get too close now,yet when the game starts your tackling,knocking and brushing into one another.This leads me onto the pubs,keep your distance on the way there masked up,go in push your way to the bar, have a few good beers,then leave masked up,and keep apart,whats the difference hey.

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