Sunderland are at the foot of the table with seven matches played in the Premier League this season, but despite a horror start in which they've taken just one point, there are still 27 games—and 81 points—to play for, and only six points needed to escape the drop zone.
But the odds are perhaps a reflection of the gloomy prospects at the Stadium of Light, given Paolo Di Canio's summer squad overhaul and sudden departure in September.
That said, back in summer they were generally at around 5/1 to be relegated, and as you can see from this Oddschecker historical graph, even after early defeats they could be backed at around 9/2 to go down.
By the time Di Canio left, that situation had worsened drastically. On the weekend of his departure the odds of relegation had shortened to the point that they were hovering around evens.
And now that Poyet has been installed, the odds have tipped a little further so they are odds-on for the drop.
You can see all of this represented in graph form above, with five leading British bookmakers shown.
On the one hand it is understandable that Sunderland, who added no points in the two games taken by interim manager Kevin Ball, have slightly bleaker prospects of beating the drop than they did in September.
But often a new manager gives players and supporters a boost of confidence and performance, and with 27 matches of a season left, the odds on winning a title or beating relegation should be to some extent governed by confidence.
All odds quoted found on Oddschecker.
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