With Manchester United competing in the final match of the weekend against Everton, the Red Devils have been able to cast an eye on Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle and Liverpool as the teams who head the betting for the Premier League title and Champions League places all got their campaigns under way.
And the bookmakers at bwin have already altered their odds after a weekend of Premier League action that threw up some surprises. Manchester City remain the 13/10 favourites to retain their crown after a 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday, but Manchester United have already been cut from 2/1 to 17/10 without even kicking a ball as the Robin van Persie effect takes hold for punters.
Chelsea remain third favourites for the title, unchanged at 4/1, after a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic during which new signing Eden Hazard starred on his competitive debut for the Blues. Roberto di Matteo’s men also stay 1/4 to qualify for next years’ Champions League, but it was a mixed weekend for the other top-four contenders.
The Magpies have been cut a massive five points from 12/1 to 7/1 for a top-four finish after their impressive win over Andre Villas-Boas’ men.
Arsenal have been cut from 14/1 to 16/1 for the Premier League title after a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland in their first match of the post-Van Persie era and are now priced at 3/4 (from 31/40) for a top-four finish.
The Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham have also been lengthened for a Champions League position after losing 2-1 at fellow European challengers Newcastle. Spurs are now 21/10 (from 37/20) to claim a top-four berth, while the Magpies have been cut a massive five points from 12/1 to 7/1 for a top-four finish after their impressive win over Andre Villas-Boas’ men.
It is a different story for Liverpool, who have already been pushed out to 40/1 for the title (from 25/1) and 5/2 (from 21/10) for Champions League qualification after a chastening 3-0 defeat at West Brom in Brendan Rodgers’ first league game in charge.
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