Manchester United are now odds-on favourites to win the Premier League after a weekend which saw Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all fail to win, while Tottenham Hotspur have moved into the top four with a third straight victory. At the other end, Reading, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton all remain odds-on for relegation, with Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sunderland also quoted at short odds for the drop.
The Red Devils stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points by winning a surreal match at the Madejski Stadium, forcing bwin to change their odds on United to win the league from 11/10 to 4/5.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side beat Reading 4-3 after twice falling behind, with all seven goals coming in the first half, and are now clear of rivals Manchester City, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at the Etihad Stadium. The champions, who host United next weekend, are still 13/10 to retain the title.
Chelsea remain third favourites, but have seen their odds double from 5/1 to 10/1 after their 3-1 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park left them without a win in three games under interim boss Rafael Benitez.
The Blues are now ten points behind United and are level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, who are 66/1 to win the league after securing their third straight win by beating Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal are now tenth in the table, 15 points off the summit after a 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City. The Gunners are now 80/1, out from 50/1, to win the Premier League.
At the other end of the table, three sides remain odds-on for relegation but Reading are the outright favourites at 2/5 (from 31/50) after that defeat at home to the league leaders.
QPR have also been cut after a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Aston Villa left them without a win in 15 matches. Rangers are now 3/5 from 7/10 to be playing Championship football next year, while Paul Lambert’s men are quoted at 13/5 for the drop, from 7/4.
Southampton join QPR and Reading in the bottom three and the Saints are still 7/10 for an immediate return to the second tier after a 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.
Sunderland are just one point and one place above the drop zone after their latest defeat, this time to Norwich City at Carrow Road. Martin O’Neill’s men are 7/2 to be relegated after that 2-1 loss, while the Canaries are now 3/1 after pulling seven points clear of the bottom three.
Wigan Athletic, who play Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Monday, are 9/4 to be relegated.