Market Movers: Manchester United drift while Liverpool odds drop
A stalemate with Burnely at Turf Moor, means Manchester United are out to 5/4 from evens to finish in the top four at the end of the season. A lacklustre performance, combined with inefficiency in front of goal influenced Coral’s Premier League title market, with fans and media alike criticising manager Louis van Gaal’s persistence to play 3-4-1-2 with the wrong personnel.
Liverpool meanwhile, have plummeted to 10/1 from 14/1 to win the Premier League, following their impressive 3-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur. The Reds are the first team to take points off Mauricio Pochettino’s club this term, as Raheem Sterling inspired Brendan Rodgers squad to victory. They are also now odds-on at 4/9, dropping from 8/11 to secure a top four finish, and having added Mario Balotelli to their striking department, this is a definite possibility.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa is now the 9/4 clear favourite to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer, having plummeted from 7/2, and a pre-season price of 7/1. The Brazilian-born Spanish striker has netted four times in three Premier League appearances, and seems to be enjoying his new life in England. With a supporting cast of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Willian, and Oscar, as well as former Atletico Madrid teammate Filipe Luis picking out his runs from left back, he will be well supplied with chances.
His team, Chelsea, are now odds-on to win the title for the first time, with Coral offering a price of 8/11 after their ruthless 6-3 demolition of Everton at Goodison Park, and Manchester City lost 1-0 at home to Stoke City. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have drifted from 6/5 to 8/11 in the title race.
West Brom are now 13/8 to be relegated from the Premier League this season, having previously been 5/2. The Baggies were beaten 3-0 by Swansea last time out enduring their first defeat of the season, however they are still without a win in three matches.