The weekend of Premier League football is nearly over and with none of the market leaders tasting defeat, there has been a little bit of movement at the top of the outright betting as Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all seen their odds come in, while at the other end Southampton and Reading are now odds-on for relegation, with Norwich City and Wigan Athletic also short for the drop.
Champions City remain the favourites, but only just after a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium left them two points adrift of the summit. Roberto Mancini’s men are 3/2 to reclaim their crown, but are now only slightly shorter than neighbours United, who have been cut to 7/4 (from 19/10) to wrestle the league title back following their 4-0 demolition of Wigan at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Arsenal also secured a resounding home win, and the Gunners 6-1 victory over Southampton at the Emirates at the weekend has seen Arsene Wenger’s men cut from 14/1 to 10/1 to end their eight year wait for the top flight title. Wenger’s side are fourth favourites behind the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, who remain at 7/2 after their 0-0 draw at west London rivals Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas won his first match as Tottenham manager at the fourth time of asking to leave Spurs a distant fifth favourite in the title betting. The 3-1 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium leaves the Lillywhites a 66/1 chance for the Premier League.
At the other end of the table, that heavy defeat for Southampton means the Saints are now 4/5 joint-favourites for relegation, a tag they share with Reading after the Royals were outclassed at home to Tottenham. Norwich City are an even money chance to drop back into the Championship after a 0-0 draw with West Ham at Carrow Road means the Canaries are still winless, while Wigan are 7/4 following their heavy loss at Old Trafford.
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