With Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea not in action, Arsenal strengthened their grip on a top-four place and Everton kept their Champions League hopes alive, while at the bottom, a mixed weekend for Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Norwich City has seen the odds for relegation change.
Arsenal survived a real scare before eventually beating the Canaries 3-1 at the Emirates, scoring three goals in the last five minutes to climb up to third place in the Premier League table.
The Gunners are now as short as 3/10 to finish in the top four for a 16th consecutive season under Arsene Wenger, with Chelsea at 1/4 and Tottenham now a 5/4 chance to end up in the Champions League places.
Everton, who defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Goodison Park, are just three points off the top four themselves and bwin make them a 10/1 shot to finish there, although Arsenal could all but kill off their challenge by beating them at the Emirates on Tuesday.
That defeat leaves QPR ten points from safety with just five games to play and Harry Redknapp’s side are now 1/50 to be relegated. Reading, who drew 0-0 with Liverpool at the Madejski, are also ten points adrift and are 1/100 to go down.
But there is a battle on for the final relegation spot, with all other teams odds-against. Wigan Athletic, currently in that final position, were in FA Cup action at the weekend and are 8/5 to be relegated (11/25 not to) now they are three points from safety with two games in hand.
Above them are Aston Villa, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham at Villa Park. Paul Lambert’s side are 14/5 to go down (11/50 not to), but it is Stoke that are the big movers in the market.
The Potters, who were soundly beaten by Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium, are also just three points above Wigan having played two games more, and are now 7/2 to go down.
Sunderland are going in the opposite direction. The Black Cats are now 5/1 to be relegated (and 9/100 to stay up) after an incredible 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle United at St James’ Park in what was Paolo Di Canio’s first victory as manager. The Magpies are 20/1 for relegation.
After their defeat at the Emirates, Norwich are 15/2 to be playing Championship football next season.