SPORTING INDEX’S Premier League Relegation Index gives points to teams finishing in the bottom six places at the end of the season. They are awarded as follows: Bottom = 60pts, Second Bottom = 40pts, Third Bottom = 30pts, Fourth Bottom = 20pts, Fifth Bottom = 10pts, Sixth Bottom = 5pts. All others = 0.
With just six points separating the bottom six sides at present, and the managerial merry-go-round in full swing, the Relegation Index is pretty open. Burnley may be three points clear of basement boys Leicester, but still have the highest quote, trading at 33-36. Buyers at 36 would make a profit of 24 times their stake if the Clarets finished last.
However, if Burnley finished 18th or better, then buyers would make a loss of at least six times their stake. Leicester are pitched at 30-33.
Queens Park Rangers looked down and out early in the campaign, but are now 20-23 on the Index with Harry Redknapp’s charges up to 16th.
And what about Southampton? After a brilliant 2013-14 season, a mass summer exodus left many fearing the worst. Saints were trading at 6-8 in August but, after a fantastic start that has yielded 36 points from 20 games, Ronald Koeman’s men are now priced at 0-0.3.