Man City Heavy Odds On Favourite For Title After Beating Everton

It was arguably Manchester City’s biggest obstacle in the title run in, but yesterday’s 3-2 defeat over Everton has seen Manchester City’s odds to win the title slashed.

Before yesterday, City were around 4/6 to win the league, they are now a best price of 2/7 with Coral to win their 2nd title in 3 years – most bookies have them at 1/4.

I’ve written before, and I’ll write it again, I believe City should have had this league wrapped up weeks ago – Jose Mourinho certainly would have done, if he had been Man City manager (and I say that as no fan of Mourinho).

Chelsea’s victory at Anfield last week gave Pellegrini another chance, and got him off a rather large hook. If he blows it again, I wouldn’t blame City if they got rid of him, as it would be a massive underachievement.

Liverpool are now out to a best price of 7/2 with Paddy Power (£50.00 Free Bet), they visit Crystal Palace on Monday night in what is almost a last gasp attempt to keep their Premier League hopes alive, hoping – I would imagine – that the Palace players are already on the beech.

If you like backing out and out long shots, Chelsea can be backed at 40/1 with Bet365 to sneak in the back door and snatch the title.

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4th Place Finish Betting – Arsenal Still Favourites

Despite beating Arsenal with ease yesterday and putting the outcome of a Top 4 finish in their own hands, Everton still find themselves comfortably in second place when it comes to the betting for a Top 4 finish.

Arsenal still hold 4th place ahead of Everton, but only by 1 point, and Everton have a game in hand along with – maybe more crucially – a better goal difference (Everton are +21, Arsenal are +16).

All these hammerings Arsenal have taken against their main title rivals (originally), and now Top 4 rivals, could well come back to haunt them.

A five goals swing in Everton’s favour at this stage of the season could be very crucial, and shows just how bad Arsenal were yesterday, as just one goal back for them would have seen the goal difference gap close by two goals.

Despite all this, the bookies still have Arsenal as favourites to claim 4th place. They are odds on everywhere, and the 4/6 available with William Hill and BetVictor is the best price around at the moment.

Everton are obviously odds against, and the 8/5 with Ladbrokes is the stand out price on the Toffeemen making the top 4. If you are an eternal optimist, Man Utd are 33/1 and Tottenham are 50/1.

Everton still have to host both Manchester United and City in the run in, while the Gunners have now finished their daunting run of matches, and have a relatively easier looking run in – this is no doubt part of the reason why Everton are regarded as the outsiders.

That said, Everton are the form side, while Arsenal looked pretty toothless yesterday and also have a lot of injuries to contend with.

Can Everton be trusted to keep up this form though? They are inexperienced in this type of run in, while Arsenal regularly leave it this late to secure Champions League football, and therefore know what to do in these situations.

There are pros and cons in both camps, but on the whole I can see why Arsenal have maintained favouritism in this market.

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Latest Premier League Betting – City Even Money Favourites

Last night seen Manchester City take a giant leap in their pursuit of their second title in 3 years. Sometimes a win means more than just the 3 points you get, and last night’s 3-0 victory at Old Trafford was one of those results.

By winning last night, City not only overcame a tricky match in which 3 points were far from guaranteed, they also sent out a message to Chelsea that they are well up for this fight.

City are now only 3 points behind Chelsea, with 2 games in hand, and a 13 goal better goal difference – all this sees them as favourites in the betting at a best price of Even money with Coral (they are 5/6, 10/11 with most other bookies).

City still have a lot of work to do, and they have to visit the Emirates on Saturday – and despite what anybody says, they can’t take this fixture lightly. Chelsea are away at Crystal Palace on the same day, so it could all change again this weekend. Chelsea are a best price of 12/5 with Skybet (£30.00 Free Bet Available).

Onto Liverpool, and the countries form team are now into a best price of 7/2 with William Hill. They entertain Sunderland at Anfield tonight, where a win will take them back up to second in the table, 1 point behind Chelsea with the same number of matches played.

Liverpool are well regarded as the third team in this – now – 3 horse race, but the form they are currently in, they can beat anybody at the moment. Both City and Chelsea have to visit Anfield this season, but will Liverpool be able to continue this remarkable run throughout the rest of March, all through April, and into May?

That is a big ask, but when you look at it another way it is only another 8 matches, and Liverpool have had no European distractions, so in theory should be the fresher team.

Whatever perspective you look at it from though, the remainder of the season is unlikely to pan out in the way we expect it too. There will probably be plenty more twists and turns in this so far very entertaining and exciting Premier League season.

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Premier League Winner Odds – Liverpool Odds Shorten

Without kicking a ball, Manchester City find themselves back at the top of the Premier League betting, after both Arsenal and Chelsea slipped up in their midweek fixtures. City are now 6/5 favourites with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bet Available To New Customers).

I suppose the big losers in a way are Chelsea (despite still being top), they must really regard a 1-1 draw away at West Brom as 2 points dropped, and by all accounts, it nearly ended up with all 3 points dropped.

But how can I, or anyone, say they have mucked up, they are still top for goodness sake! And even if City win their game in hand, they will only draw level with Chelsea. Chelsea are a best price of 17/10 with Paddy Power.

Most observers would say that Arsenal have had a bad run lately (dropping 5 points in their last two fixtures, albeit tricky ones), and yet they are still only 1 point off the top of the Premier League, and 2 ahead of City (having played a game more).

Arsenal are now 10/1 fourth favourites with BetVictor.

And while the top 3 have been dropping points, Liverpool have dragged themselves back into contention.

Although Liverpool were expected to beat Fulham, the manner of their victory must be pleasing to Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool had to fight to the end, and they came from behind twice, although the flip side to that is that they can’t keep gifting the opposition sloppy goals, as it will catch them out soon. And Liverpool can’t afford any more stupid slip ups if they want to have a chance of winning the league.

The best odds on Liverpool winning the title is 17/2 with Boyelsports, they were 14/1 prior to the latest round of fixtures.

Liverpool are now only 4 points behind Chelsea, and have no European distractions, so I’d take them seriously.

The league looks like it could go right down to the wire this season, and coming into the last 3 or 4 matches, it could simply be who handles the pressure the best.

I did think it was City’s to lose, but over the last couple of weeks, I can’t help but feel that if Manchester City had Jose Mourinho in charge, this league would be over. City have the best squad (by a mile), and although they have a decent manage in Pellegrini, I don’t think he is anywhere near the best manager in the league.

If it does come down to who can handle the pressure the best, then Chelsea have the best man in the dug out to deal with that situation.

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Chelsea in to 5/2 after United drubbing

It’s a case of ‘as you were’ at the top of the Premier League following the latest round of fixtures last weekend.

Despite Chelsea facing Manchester United, they were all pretty much routine victories as expected from the current big three, which gives us an indication of just how far David Moyes’ team have fallen behind this season.

Chelsea’s comprehensive victory did actually see their odds cut from 7/2 to 5/2 with Betfred, but they only really drifted because Manchester City and Arsenal already had their respective 3 points in the bank.

It’s that stage of the season where the big players start to turn the screw and knuckle down to the job in hand, and you get the feeling that Manchester City and Chelsea seem to be upping their games now and really mean business.

Although they are still clinging to that top spot, the punters and bookmakers still don’t make Arsenal favourites, it’s as if everybody is waiting for them to crack, and so far they haven’t.

As I stated above though, you do feel that City and Chelsea have cranked up the pressure somewhat lately, and Arsenal have had a couple of less than convincing home wins this month, with last Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Fulham, and the win over Cardiff by the same scoreline – with two very late goals – on New Year’s Day.

The punters seem to think either this team will crack under the pressure currently being exerted by City and Chelsea, or they aren’t convinced by the apparent lack of depth in the Gunners’ squad, with Wenger seemingly reluctant to buy some back up for Olivier Giroud – preferring to instead rely on Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner.

Or it could be that the punters simply don’t believe in Arsenal for a combination of both.

Either way, Arsene Wenger’s team are still only 3rd favourites with the bookmakers, Betfred currently make Manchester City favourites at 11/10, Chelsea are 5/2 and Arsenal are 7/2.

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Latest Premier League Betting – City still favourites

Liverpool have been the big losers in the betting over the last couple of weeks in the race for the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’ team are now out to 10/1 with Bet365 after recent defeats away to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Despite the fact Arsenal are top going into the new year, and the team leading at this stage of the season has won the league 8 out of the last 9 years, they are still not favourites to win the title. They are only joint second favourites, and even third in the betting with a lot of bookmakers.

This shows there are still plenty of doubters of Arsene Wenger’s team. They have just ground out a great result away at Newcastle, a result that was more down to grit and determination (rather than free flowing football on the immaculate Emirates deck), something the Gunners have regularly been criticised for not doing in the past.

Arsenal are now a best price of 9/2 with Coral (who have a £50.00 free bet for new customers).

Chelsea showed what they are capable of at Stamford Bridge yesterday. They were challenged by Liverpool, and they came through a tough examination. Despite this, inconsistency still looks Chelsea’s biggest foe, as results like the recent defeat away at Stoke highlight.

Even with all this inconsistency, Chelsea are still only 2 points behind Arsenal, and are a best price of 4/1 to win the league with a whole host of bookies.

Liverpool again, just came up short against one of their major rivals. The difference between this Liverpool team and some recent vintages though, is that they beat the teams they are expected to beat. It’s not too often this season that Rodger’s team haven’t despatched the teams from the lower echelons of the Premier League, unlike recent Liverpool teams.

For this reason, I wouldn’t be too down hearted if I were a Liverpool fan. Although they are clearly not the strongest team in the league, if they keep beating the lessor teams, they can still be in the mix come the business end of the season – when anything’s possible.

Onto Manchester United, and although I stupidly wrote David Moyes’ team off in my article at the start of December, I still proceeded to have a silly fiver on them on Betfair at 22/1 a couple of weeks ago.

To be fair that was more for reasons of football trading, than a genuine belief they could win the title. But they have since proceeded to go on a good run, and who knows who they might pick up in the January transfer window. After all, United are only two or three top class players away from being a decent side again.

Are United now back in the title race though? They are now 8 points behind leaders Arsenal, which I could possibly see them making up if they hit form in the second half of the season. It’s the 7 point gap to Manchester City that I see as the major problem.

City for once struggled a bit at home in their last fixture against Crystal Palace. I suppose they can’t hammer everyone at the Etihad Stadium, even Palace. Based mainly on the size and quality of their squad, City are still favourites, at a stand out best price of 23/20 with Boylesports, they are Evens pretty much everywhere else.

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Right time to back Man City for Premier League title?

Is now the right time to back Manchester City for the Premier League title?

The 7/4 currently on offer with Bet365 for City to win the league probably won’t return in a hurry – if at all – if Pellegrini’s side demolish Arsenal tomorrow, which they may well do.

The Champions League is gone for a few weeks now, and I believe that the competition had been effecting City in some of the away fixtures that fell around the time of Champions League weeks.

Containment seemed to be Pellegrini’s game plan, rather than sending his team out to win. City’s last two away games have seen a 3-2 victory over West Brom, and a 1-1 draw away at Southampton. Personally I think the Southampton match was a point gained.

If City can sort their away form out, I think that most punters would expect them to win the league. Their home form has been imperious. They are yet to drop a point at the Etihad Stadium, winning seven from seven. While Arsenal have the best away record in the top flight (5/1/1)

If City beat Arsenal on Saturday, their price will disappear. They are already favourites while 6 points behind the Gunners. So if you fancy City, now could well be the time to get on.

Bet365 have Manchester City at 4/5 to win the Saturday dinner time kick off. The Draw is 3/1 and Arsenal are 7/2. The Bet365 Bore Draw Refund also applies to this match.

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Premier League Winner Betting

All the bluster of the Transfer Window is finally over, and we can now thankfully start to make our (so-called) informed decisions about who will win what, in this season’s Premier League.

From a personal perspective I like to wait until all the transfer window bullcrap is over before I decide who I think will do what, as it’s just too hard to call when you don’t know which players will be at which clubs, when the window finally shuts.

Despite all the money that changed hands, not to much has changed with regard to the Premier League winner betting odds. Chelsea and Manchester City are both 2/1, and Manchester United are 4/1, which is pretty much where they were.

Despite Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil, they are still outsiders at 12/1, and with none of the top 3 (in the betting) making a significant signing, there was no major shift in the betting.

Okay, so some might rightly argue that Marouane Fellaini is a significant signing at over £25M, but when it comes to a signing that punters believe can influence the title race, Fellaini doesn’t seem to fit that description.

Chelsea signed Willain and Samuel Eto’o, but surprisingly let Lukaku go with Demba Ba staying at the club, while Manchester City did all their main business pre season.

Basically, none of the three made a signing that made football gambling punters sit up and take notice, a signing that would really influence the football betting world.

To me Manchester United have pretty much stood still squad wise, and that is mainly why they are third favourites. They won the league last year quite convincingly, but I think seasoned watchers would say that it wasn’t with a vintage squad. That said, it is still a pretty strong squad.

For me they needed a right back, and they clearly wanted (and need) a creative midfielder, but unless they can get a top class world performer, then there’s no point in just buying for the sake of it. Can they be strong enough to win the league again? I’m not so sure, I think they are going to need City and Chelsea to under perform (again) this season.

Chelsea underwent a bit of a transformation season last year for me. Mourinho will get the balance of the team right, even if that means leaving Mata out, which all the early indications suggest he will. If Torres can recapture his top form, then Chelsea will be a force to be reckoned with.

Can they be stronger than Manchester City though? I thought that City majorly under performed last season. They basically chucked the league away that day Nasri ducked out of the way of Van Persie’s free kick in the last minute at Eastlands.

There are a few ifs buts and maybes for me, here. Can Torres perform, and can Pellegrini get Manchester City to perform to their potential? Whoever comes out on top there, will win the league in my view.

There is one other conundrum to throw into this mix here, and that is Eden Hazard. Hazard looks a top class player to me, he looks the sort of player who will one day take the Premier League by storm and win the league for Chelsea in the sort of fashion Eric Cantana and Cristiano Ronaldo did for Manchester United in the past – almost single handedly.

I’m not sure if that will happen this year for Hazard, but I’m sure he will develop into that sort of player some time over the next two to three years.

For now though, if asked to nail my colours to the mast, I’m going to go for Manchester City to win the league this year (I predicted that last year as well), and I believe the rest of the top 4 will be made up of the same four teams as last season (Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal – although not necessarily in that order).

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Premier League Betting

Manchester City seem to have come out of the weekend as the big winners in the betting as they now are favourites on their own to be the champions this season.

City were basically neck and neck with Manchester United and Chelsea before a ball was kicked, but their 4-0 demolition of Newcastle United on Monday night seems to have gone down as the most impressive result of the weekend.

From what I seen of the three matches, they all looked like glorified training sessions for the big three. They all won at a canter, and none of them ever looked to be in top gear. I actually though Chelsea looked the most comfortable, but I think their opponents have to be taken into consideration, as Hull – Tigers, or City, or whatever they are – were the weakest of the three opponents.

Ironically enough, Manchester United looked to have the most difficult fixture away at Swansea, and despite winning it 4-1, they now find themselves as third favourites.

At the moment Bet365 have Manchester City at 2.75, Chelsea at 3.00, and Manchester United are 4.00.

For United to drop out to 3/1 third favourites on the back of an impressive 4-1 win at Swansea is surprising and a bit baffling. Then again, if the football gambling community are expecting Wayne Rooney to be sold to Chelsea, that could be a big factor in this price.

It’s difficult placing a league winner bet at the moment. No one knows who will be at Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window, and I believe the odds currently reflect that. The only team that looks to have definitely finished their business is Manchester City, and I see Chelsea only being interested in Rooney.

Another factor why United’s price is longer could be that punters aren’t too impressed with David Moyes (so far).

Moyes seems to have been setting himself up for a fall with his transfer activity. I can’t see what’s going on with the Cesc Fabregas move, all the signs are that Fabregas isn’t going to move, so it’s probably going to look like a second snub after he missed out on Thiago Alcantara who moved to Bayern Munich.

I believe Moyes could be leaving himself open for a right shoeing off the media if United stutter over the coming few weeks. Not only will he get a good kicking over form, but also on missing out on Alcantara and (probably) Fabregas, and his handling of the Rooney situation. Knowing the press, they already have their pens ready.

This is one of the reasons why I find the Fabregas pursuit strange. Surely Fabregas should have been sounded out already? If he hasn’t been, this is a big mistake by Moyes, and will make him look amateurish.

A lot of this sort of business is generally done behind closed doors. Players make it clear they wish to sign before bids are made, I’m not convinced that has been done with Fabregas, while I believe Rooney has made it clear he is happy to sign for Chelsea.

Then again, maybe Fabregas has been sounded out, and he has made it clear he wants to come to United. And Rooney may still be at Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window, and Moyes will have played a blinder. The next 11 days or so will tell us one way or another. And only then do I believe we will see a genuine price on Manchester United.

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