If the bookmakers are to be believed then the title is already decided, 1/16 with Victor Chandler is the best price you can find on Man Utd after their 2-1 win over Newcastle. It is hard to disagree and surely they only need to avoid defeat to Liverpool next week and it will all be over.
In the betting for the fourth Champions League spot Arsenal are back favourites again despite their dodgy form and run of 0-0 draws. Aston Villa seem to have hit a rocky patch and with the late drama against Stoke last Sunday and tonights defeat to Man City they haven’t been able to take advantage of Arsenal’s recent generousity.
With the exception of West Brom who are starting to get cut adrift of fourth bottom it is still far from sure who else will be going down. The relegation battle has been wide open all season and just when it seemed that the promoted three where heading back down Stoke and Hull go and upset things by pulling off timely victories. Stoke have shown that they have the stomach for the fight lately with their remarkable fight back to get a point at Villa Park on Sunday and again with a crucial 2-0 win over Bolton tonight, while Hull who must have wondered where the next win was coming from go and win at Fulham of all places to really throw a spanner in the works.
With Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Newcastle all losing and Blackburn only managing a draw Stoke winning has seen them jump up to sixth from bottom and have all the teams up as far as Bolton looking nervously over their shoulders again.
Man Utd 1/16 with William Hill (£25 William Hill Free Bet available to new customers)
Chelsea 16/1 with Bet365
Liverpool 33/1 with Bet365
Champions League Qualification
Arsenal 5/6 with Skybet
Aston Villa 10/11 with William Hill
West Brom 1/9 with Boylesports
Stoke 11/10 with Ladbrokes
Middlesbrough 11/8 with Blue Sq
Newcastle 15/8 with Stan James
Portsmouth 3/1 with Bet365
Hull 10/3 with Bet365
Blackburn 5/1 with Skybet
Sunderland 12/1 with William Hill
Bolton 16/1 with Bet365