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.

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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