In a significant night of Premier League action, Chelsea became the firm favourites to finish in the top four after beating Fulham, while Manchester City’s victory over Wigan Athletic leaves the Latics in the drop zone. Meanwhile, Manchester United took another step to winning the championship with a draw against West Ham United.
Chelsea ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Craven Cottage thanks to a wonder goal from David Luiz and a John Terry brace and bwin go 4/25 that Rafa Benitez’s side finish in the Champions League places.
The Blues are third in the table, a point ahead of Arsenal in fourth (with a game in hand) and three ahead of Tottenham in fifth. The Gunners are 2/5 to claim a top-four berth after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Everton at the Emirates, with Spurs a 6/5 chance.
Wigan remain three points from safety in the relegation zone after an unfortunate 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
A late Carlos Tevez goal gave the champions victory in the FA Cup final dress rehearsal and the Latics are now 7/5 to be relegated and 1/2 to stay up.
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With Reading (1/100) and Queens Park Rangers (1/50) both ten points from safety and as good as relegated, the battle to avoid the last spot looks wide open, with three sides just three points above Wigan having played a game more.
Aston Villa are 14/5 to go down (11/50 not to), Stoke City are 4/1 to be relegated and Sunderland are 5/1 to be playing Championship football next season. Norwich City, just a point better off, are 8/1 to finish in the bottom three.
Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with West Ham at Upton Park, secured by a controversial late Robin van Persie equaliser, leaves Sir Alex Ferguson’s side needing just six points to secure the Premier League title.