None of the top six in the outright Premier League betting market lost this weekend but there has been movement in the prices for Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to win the division, while Aston Villa have been slashed for relegation, with Southampton and Norwich City now joint-favourites for the drop.
Champions City still head the betting for the Premier League title after their 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Despite losing their 100% record and trailing Chelsea by five points, Roberto Mancini’s men are now 7/5 with bwin to retain their crown, from a pre-season price of 13/10.
That draw gave Liverpool their first point of the season and Brendan Rodgers’ side are now 33/1 for the title after starting off at 25/1 before a ball was kicked. The Reds are now 3/1 to qualify for the Champions League, out from 21/10 prior to the new campaign.
As mentioned, it is Chelsea who lead the way after winning three matches out of three and their latest success, a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, has resulted in Roberto Di Matteo’s side being cut from an ante-post price of 4/1 to 33/10 to remain third favourites for the title.
The big movers in the relegation market are Aston Villa, who are now 5/2 for the drop after two successive defeats left them bottom of the division. Paul Lambert’s team have been popular with punters, who have backed them in from an ante-post price of 6/1.
Manchester United sit between the Blues and their neighbours City in the betting after an eventful 3-2 win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday, which saw Robin van Persie open his account for his new club with a first goal since his move from Arsenal.
The victory over the Cottagers gave United their first points of the season after their opening loss to Everton and Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are now 19/10 for the title, in slightly from their ante-post quote of 2/1.
Arsenal are yet to score this season and a second successive 0-0 draw, this time away to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, has seen their price for the title drift from 14/1 to 20/1. The Gunners are still odds-on to finish in the Champions League places, but are now 83/100 from 13/20.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are yet to win a match under new boss Andre Villas-Boas and have now been pushed out to 66/1 for the title after taking just one point from their opening two fixtures. Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion has seen Spurs pushed out from their pre-season price of 20/1, while AVB’s men are now 3/1 from 37/20 to finish in the top four.
At the other end of the table, the big movers in the relegation market are Aston Villa, who are now 5/2 for the drop after two successive defeats left them bottom of the division. Paul Lambert’s team have been popular with punters, who have backed them in from an ante-post price of 6/1 for demotion to the Championship following their 3-1 home defeat to Everton at the weekend.
As outlined earlier, Southampton and Norwich are the joint-favourites for relegation at 11/10. Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Wigan at St Mary’s has left the Saints pointless after two defeats, while the Canaries’ 1-1 draw at home to QPR at the weekend opened their account after a 5-0 opening-day defeat at Fulham.
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