City new title favourites while Fulham record vital win
The big stories from the weekend include former title-favourites Chelsea slip up at Aston Villa and Liverpool continue their rampant form at the expense of the declining Manchester United. Meanwhile, down at the bottom of the table, a crucial victory for Fulham over Newcastle enhances their chances of survival.
Saturday’s shock was no doubt Villa’s 1-0 defeat of leaders Chelsea. The Blues were odds-on favourites at 5/6 to win the Premier League before the weekend but, following 10-man Manchester City’s 2-0 victory at Hull City, they are now behind their rivals at 2/1.
Jose Mourinho’s men (who went down to nine men in their match) are still first by four points, but City (now 5/4 to win the title from 7/4) are six behind with three games in hand.
Elsewhere at the top, there were big results in favour of both Liverpool and Arsenal. The duo are joint-second in the league and have played one less than Chelsea.
Rodgers’ Reds are looking a decent bet at 10/3 (from 6/1) to claim their 19th title following their fantastic form. They managed to win far too comfortably at Old Trafford 3-0 and have to be seen as genuine contenders.
Arsenal managed to see off arch-rivals Spurs thanks to a stunning strike from Tomas Rosicky early on. Coral still, however, don’t fancy the Gunners’ chances to win the league this season, with odds of 14/1, so now is the chance to get a great price if you think otherwise.
Spurs are now well off the pace for a Champions League spot, being seven points off City having played three games more. Their odds of 10/1 from 11/2 prove that only a miracle now with eight games to go can see them finish in the top four.
At the other end of the table in the relegation battle, Felix Magath won for the first time with his Fulham side, as they beat an Alan Pardew-less Newcastle. The west Londoners are now back in contention to stay up as their odds to achieve that feat have gone from 7/2 to 5/2.
Second-favourites to go down Cardiff City (1/3) lost away to Everton after a last minute winner from Seamus Coleman saw them lose 2-1. While relegation rivals Sunderland and Crystal Palace went head-to-head in a goalless draw, making them 7/4 and 6/4 respectively to be in the Championship next season.