With nearly half of the midweek Premier League fixtures played, Manchester City aside, the focus has been on the battle to avoid relegation and Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa and Newcastle United have all seen their odds for the drop change after a significant Tuesday night of action.
City played out a 0-0 draw with QPR at Loftus Road that was of much more use to the home side than it was to the champions.
Roberto Mancini’s men are now 4/1 to retain their crown after blowing the chance to go within two points of rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.
That draw for Rangers, which leaves Harry Redknapp’s side bottom of the table and four points from safety, means the Rs are now 31/50 to go down and 23/20 to stay up.
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The most significant match at the bottom saw Newcastle United beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park to win their first away game of the season and ease their relegation fears.
In the wake of that vital result, the Magpies are now 5/1 for the drop (out from 3/1 prior to the match) and as short as 9/100 to survive.
That is in stark contrast to the Villans, who are 31/50 to be playing Championship football next season (23/10 to avoid the drop).
Villa are now in the drop zone after Wigan Athletic came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Stoke City at the Britannia stadium. The Latics are 13/10 to be relegated and 11/20 to be playing Premier League football next year.
Elsewhere, Sunderland drew 0-0 with Swansea City at the Stadium of Light and if you think the Black Cats can get dragged into a relegation battle, you can get 25/1 on Martin O’Neill’s side going down.