The Premier League title is now Manchester United’s to throw away after the weekend’s action saw them extend their lead over Manchester City to 12 points and their odds being cut dramatically as a result. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all won to give themselves a top four advantage over defeated Everton, while at the other end Queens Park Rangers are now the strong favourites for relegation ahead of Reading, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa and Southampton.
With a 12 point lead at the top of the table, Manchester United are now as short as 3/100 to reclaim the Premier League title. The Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford, coupled with Manchester City’s 3-1 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s, means bwin see little way back for the champions, who are now 14/1 to retain the title.
It was a good weekend for the London clubs fighting it out for Champions League places, with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all winning.
The Blues’ 4-1 win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge means Rafa Benitez’s side are 9/50 to claim a top four berth, while Tottenham are 3/4 to do likewise after a Gareth Bale-inspired 2-1 win over Newcastle United at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light keeps the Gunners on the coattails of the top four and Arsene Wenger’s side are even money to overtake at least one of their rivals.
Everton’s loss sees the Toffees out to 7/1 to qualify for the Champions League, the same price as Liverpool, who have West Brom at Anfield tonight.
Four teams are odds-on for relegation as the bookies at bwin seem to think it is now four sides battling to stay out of the bottom three.
Southampton’s win at the weekend means they are four points clear of the drop zone and has seen their price go out to 5/1, leaving the sides behind them in trouble.
QPR are in the most distress of all after their 4-1 hammering at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea left them seven points adrift of safety, and the Rs are now 11/50 to go down.
Reading are next in the betting, with their 2-1 loss against Stoke seeing the Royals drop back into the relegation zone and you can get 11/25 on them being relegated.
Wigan are 13/20 after defeat to Chelsea, while Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over West Ham at Villa Park has lifted the Villans out of the bottom three. Paul Lambert’s side are 17/20 to fall through the trap door.
Newcastle’s defeat at Spurs leaves them four points above the drop zone and 10/1 to be playing Championship football next year.