Norwich have been eased out to 7/4 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds following their sensational 3-2 triumph over Manchester City.
Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki were on target for the injury-hit Canaries, who now have six points from their opening five fixtures.
“It was a thoroughly deserved three points and a result we knew we were capable of against unbelievable opposition,” McLean told the club’s official website. “We know how good we are in that changing room.
“There was a lot of talk through the week about the injuries and the task that we had ahead of us.
“But within the changing room, we knew whoever was on that pitch would have given everything for the shirt and for the fans.
“That’s what happened and we got our just rewards. The manager has a squad together that he’s confident in whoever plays will step up to the plate.”
Sheffield United are favourites for the drop at Evens after losing 1-0 at home to Southampton, which left them on five points.
The Blades created some good chances to score but were wasteful in front of goal, with David McGoldrick and John Fleck the main culprits.
Chris Wilder said: “It’s ridiculous, really, that we haven’t scored, we should have got something – minimum a draw. You’ve got to take those chances when they come in the Premier League.”
Magpies ready for lesser opposition
Newcastle are a point below after losing 3-1 at Liverpool and can be backed at 13/10 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds.
However, after a difficult start that has also included games against Arsenal and Tottenham, manager Steve Bruce remains optimistic.
He said: “We have acquitted ourselves very well up to a certain level. The next part is can we be a bigger threat, can we keep the ball better?
“There are plenty of positives to take. They have a spirit and attitude that is great.
“It has been difficult, with who we have had to play, but if we keep applying ourselves like that, we can only get better.”
Aston Villa are also on four points and quoted at 8/5 for a quick return to the Championship after drawing 0-0 with West Ham on home turf.
Dean Smith moaned: “What is disappointing is that we played just over 20 minutes against 10 men and couldn’t take advantage of that.
“We lost our structure and made mistakes – and at times lost emotional control during that last 20 minutes or so.”
The return of Quique Sanchez Flores inspired Watford to collect just their second point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal and they are 9/4 to fall.
After the Hornets had rallied from 2-0 down, Flores stated: “I am really happy with the reaction. They showed me that they are strong, they can make a big effort.”
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