With the title race between Manchester United and Manchester City all over, the main betting interest is now the race for the Champions League and the battle to avoid relegation and there have been some significant chances to the prices after a pivotal weekend in the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur have drifted further for a top-four finish behind Arsenal and Chelsea, while with Reading and Queens Park Rangers as good as down, Sunderland are now the third-shortest side for the drop, ahead of Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Norwich City.
Chelsea are 11/50 to finish in the top four after moving third with a 2-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, coming from a goal down to claim the win in Paolo di Canio’s first game in charge of the Black Cats.
That result saw Spurs slip to fourth place as they were held to a 2-2 draw by fellow top-four hopefuls Everton at White Hart Lane, with a late Gylfi Sigurdsson strike rescuing a share of the spoils for the hosts.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men are now 5/4 to clinch a Champions League spot as they come under increasing pressure from bitter rivals Arsenal, who beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns and are now just two points behind their bitter rivals with a game in hand.
You can get 9/25 about Arsene Wenger’s side finishing in the top four, while Everton, who sit a further four points back, have drifted from 8/1 to 10/1.
At the bottom of the table, Reading’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton at the Madejski Stadium means they are now 1/100 to go down, while Queens Park Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Wigan at Loftus Road leaves the Rs a 1/25 shot to be relegated now they are seven points adrift of safety with six games to play.
All the other sides are odds-against. Sunderland are 6/4 to be relegated (12/25 not to) after that defeat to Chelsea left them above the relegation zone on goal difference alone from Wigan, who are 7/4 to go down (2/5 not to).
Aston Villa are 7/2 to finish in the bottom three (4/25 not to) after securing a vital 3-1 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. That defeat leaves the Potters just three points above the drop zone, with bwin making them a 15/2 chance to be relegated.
Norwich City drew 2-2 with Swansea City at Carrow Road and are now just four points above the relegation zone. The Canaries are 11/1 to be playing Championship football next season.