A vital weekend of Premier League action has seen Manchester United cut to their shortest outright price of the season, with the odds of Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lifting the Premier League title all on the drift. In the relegation market, Reading are now extremely short for the drop, with the weekend results bringing about changes in the odds to Queens Park Rangers, Southampton, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
United are now 53/100, in from 4/5, to win the Premier League after a dramatic injury-time win over rivals City stretched their lead at the top of the table to six points.
Robin van Persie’s last-minute winner at the Etihad gave United a 3-2 victory and bwin has subsequently cut their odds of winning the title to as short a price as they have been all year. As a result, the champions have drifted from 13/10 to 2/1 to retain their crown after suffering a first home league defeat in 37 matches.
Chelsea are also on the drift despite picking up their first league win under Rafael Benitez. The Blues won 3-1 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, but have gone from 10/1 to 12/1 to win the Premier League.
Arsenal are still 80/1 to win the title despite a 2-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion, while north London rivals Spurs have lengthened from 66/1 to 125/1 after suffering a last-gasp 2-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.
The betting at the other end of the table is becoming increasingly tight, apart from Reading, whose 1-0 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s has seen the Royals go from 2/5 to 1/4 for relegation, much shorter than any other side.
The win for the Saints, though, has seen Nigel Adkins’ side get out of the bottom three and you can now get evens (from 7/10) on them being relegated.
There was another relegation clash at the DW Stadium, where Wigan and Queens Park Rangers played out a 2-2 draw. The result has kept Harry Redknapp’s side at 3/5 for the drop after a 16th winless match of the season, while the Latics are now 2/1 from 5/2 to finish in the bottom three.
Sunderland slipped into the relegation zone after that home loss to Chelsea and Martin O’Neill’s men have been cut to 5/2 (from 7/2) to be playing Championship football next season.
After playing out a drab 0-0 draw with Stoke City, Aston Villa have gone from 13/5 to 12/5 for relegation.