Manchester United’s win over Arsenal, coupled with the failure of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to pick up maximum points, has seen the outright market for the Premier League title change significantly, while at the other end Southampton, Queens Park Rangers and Reading remain winless and are short for relegation after a good weekend for Norwich City, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa.
The Red Devils are now just 11/10 to win the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford put them top of the league for the first time this season. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, 8/5 to be crowned champions before the weekend’s action, are one point clear of the chasing pack. The Gunners are now out to 28/1, from 20/1, after falling nine points behind United.
United’s rivals Manchester City are out to 2/1 from a pre-match 7/4 after a 0-0 draw with West Ham United at Upton Park. The champions are two points behind their neighbours in third, one point and one place beneath Chelsea, who surrendered top spot after drawing 1-1 with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. The Blues are now 3/1, lengthened from 5/2, to win the league.
Fifth favourites Tottenham are now 100/1 to win the Premier League after a poor 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane. Andre Villas-Boas’ side, 50/1 before kick-off, are now out of the Champions League places. That win for the Latics, which was their second consecutive league victory, has seen their odds for relegation go from 8/5 to 5/2 as Roberto Martinez’s side climbed six points clear of the drop zone.
Southampton, yet to play this weekend, are still favourites for relegation at 3/5 ahead of their clash with West Brom, while Reading remain 7/10 after a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. That result leaves both sides winless and in the relegation zone and the R’s are now 7/4, cut from 2/1, to be playing Championship football next year.
Elsewhere, wins for Norwich City and Aston Villa have eased both club’s relegation worries. The Canaries beat Stoke City 1-0 at Carrow Road and have gone from 9/10 to 5/4 for the drop. Villa also won 1-0, away at Sunderland, to remain at 2/1 for relegation.