After returning to the top of the table, Manchester United are still the favourites for the Premier League title after a weekend which saw Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal fail to win, while West Bromwich Albion’s great season marches on. At the other end, Reading are the relegation favourites after a mixed weekend for Queens Park Rangers, Southampton, Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and Norwich City.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men came from behind once again as they beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Old Trafford and are now 11/10 to regain the title, from a pre-match 5/4.
Near rivals Manchester City played out a 0-0 draw with Chelsea in Rafael Benitez’s first game in charge at Stamford Bridge as both clubs stay second and third favourites for the title respectively.
The champions are priced up at 13/10 (from 7/5) to regain their crown, while the Blues have gone from 4/1 to 5/1 to win the league under the former Liverpool boss.
Arsenal also drew 0-0, this time away to Aston Villa at Villa Park, to move sixth in the table, five points off the Champions League places. The Gunners’ odds of winning a first title since 2004 are now 50/1, from a pre-match 40/1.
The surprise package of the season, though, is West Bromwich Albion, who are now in third place after yet another win. The Baggies beat Sunderland 4-2 at the Stadium of Light and are just four points behind the leaders, which has made their title odds plummet from 2,000/1 to just 300/1.
At the other end, Reading are now the outright favourites for relegation after losing 3-2 to Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. The Royals are in 19th position and are 31/50, in from 7/10, for an immediate return to the second tier. The Latics remain 9/4 for the drop.
Southampton secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season to move out of the bottom three. The Saints’ 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St Mary’s means they are now 17/20 for relegation, from 7/10.
QPR remain 7/10 after that loss at Old Trafford and new manager Harry Redknapp takes over a side that are without a win all season and seven points adrift of safety.
Aston Villa now join QPR in the relegation zone after that goalless draw with Arsenal and you can get 7/4 (the same as before the weekend) on Paul Lambert overseeing a slide out of the top flight.
Norwich City are 9/4 (from 39/20) to be playing Championship football next term after a last-minute equaliser gave them a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.